Open Educational Resources


Internal Coherence Assessment & Protocol

is anchored in a process that generates a profile of a school’s capacity to engage in deliberate improvements in instructional practice and student learning across classrooms.


Focus 5

is a set of classroom-ready deep breathing exercises designed to minimize distraction and develop a greater focus for learning.


The 5x8 Card

is an observation tool designed to focus school principals on “Student Vital Actions” associated with the Common Core’s Standards for Mathematical Practice.



is a set of Algebra 1 assignments that incorporate worked examples and prompt students to analyze and explain.



consists of 4th and 5th grade math problems that students are asked to analyze and explain in order to help them dislodge stubborn misconceptions.


Poster Problems

includes 12 two-day lessons taught in six instructional phases to support diagnostic teaching in mathematics. Lessons are centered around engaging problem contexts that highlight critical mathematics concepts targeted in 6th and 7th Grades.


Tools for Sense-making in Mathematics

was developed to shift the culture of mathematics classrooms away from answer-getting and toward sense-making. These tools help teachers guide their students through solving word problems.


WordGen Weekly

(for middle school) is a supplementary interdisciplinary curricular resource that offers a series of discussable dilemmas designed to promote academic language and other 21st century academic practices.


WordGen Elementary

(for grades 4 and 5) is comprised of 12 two-week units per grade level. It expands students’ background knowledge and academic vocabulary, while emphasizing practices such as argumentation, analytic reasoning, reading for evidence, discussion, and writing.


Reading Inventory and Scholastic Evaluation

RISE is a 45- to 60-minute web-based assessment appropriate for diagnosing the reading skills of students in grades 5 through 10. The RISE was developed to help identify students who struggle with basic reading skills and provide detailed information to teachers about the nature of their struggles.


Strategic Adolescent Reading Intervention

STARI is a literature-focused, Tier II intervention for students in grades 6-9 who are reading 2-4 years below grade level. STARI addresses gaps in fluency, decoding, reading stamina, and reading comprehension with the aim to move struggling students to higher levels of proficiency rapidly.


Reading to Learn in Science

The RTLS website provides a series of classroom strategies to help students and teachers address the challenges of comprehending science texts. This site is also very helpful as professional development content.


Science Generation (PDF version)

Inspired by the original Word Generation program, Science Generation focuses on science topics commonly taught to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. These 18 week-long units provide opportunities to read, write, discuss, and build arguments about basic questions in science.


SciGen Teacher Dashboard

(digital assets for tablets and projectors)

This new version of SciGen includes 24 units, numerous updates, flexible formats, and dozens of interactive and projectable features. Unlike the PDF version, student materials are embedded within detailed digital lesson plans for teachers.


Social Studies Generation

Inspired by the original Word Generation program, Social Studies Generation (SoGen) goes in-depth on social studies topics commonly taught to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. These curricular materials provide opportunities to read, write, discuss, and build arguments about basic questions in history, geography, and government.

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