Dec 29, 2023

Use it or Lose It (that is, the benefit for students)!

Chris Dwyer
Capacity Building Lead
Guide to the Implementation of High-Quality Instructional Materials

High-quality instructional materials (HQIM) can make a real difference in student learning. But purchasing HQIM is only the first step in ensuring students gain the benefits of the new investment. In reality, there are many roadblocks on the way to effective use of HQIM, ranging from partial or spotty usage to outright resistance. With the unprecedented investments in HQIM through ARP ESSER funds, it is time to shine a spotlight on best practices for utilization so that new materials don’t end up on shelves or in closets. 


The Guide to the Implementation of High-Quality Instructional Materials (HQIM) synthesizes advice from practitioners and researchers about how to encourage solid execution of plans and realize the full benefits of well-chosen materials. The guide begins with a short synthesis of the research about the value of HQIM and provides advice to state, district, and school leaders about:


  • Selection of materials—the processes that lay the foundation for success
  • Strategies for implementation success—advice for phasing and tips to avoid common mistakes
  • Roles and responsibilities—state education agency; district; and school, with special attention to the role of building principals


Practical tools and videos are linked throughout the guide. The short video interviews showcase state education agency and local district leaders who have had success in encouraging and supporting utilization of new curricular materials. School leaders will be able to use the tools for monitoring HQIM implementation and conducting classroom observations. 


A short version of the guide is available for a quick read of highlights.