Walter H. Gale Professor of Education and Economics, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Senior Fellow, Urban Institute
Assistant Superintendent of Academic Content, Louisiana Department of Education
In conversation with
Executive Director, Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy
Districts and states usually spend relatively little time evaluating the quality and effectiveness of the curricula used in their schools. Yet strong evidence suggests that selecting high-quality curricula remains a more cost-effective way to improve student learning than other, more popular, interventions, such as decreasing class size or giving merit pay to successful teachers. What does the research actually say, and where does it lead us? Are there districts and states that have prioritized strong curricula, and to what effect? What are the organizational challenges to doing so, and how might we overcome them?
The conversation centered on state and district leaders whose curricular initiatives have had a positive effect on student outcomes.
This program was made possible by the generous support of the Achelis & Bodman Foundation.