Amy Holbrook

Teacher on Special Assignment, Mad River Local Schools
Speaking at

Becky Parker

Teacher on Special Assignment, Mad River Local Schools

Mandy Polen

Teacher on Special Assignment, Mad River Local Schools

Session

Practitioner Insights on Implementing High-Quality, Knowledge-Building Curriculum

Teachers deserve a high-quality, research-based curriculum and the support that should come with implementing it. Viewing and learning through an implementation process can be messy, uncomfortably and wholly rewarding for the teachers and students involved in the process. This session will explore the current journey in one public school district in Ohio where research is beginning to drive curricular and instructional decisions. Through the perspective of those responsible for working alongside the teachers during the change process, we will discuss how and why the shift was necessary, issues of equity for students, what it looks like in action, and the types of changes we are observing in students and teachers as a result.

Bio

Amy Holbrook is a teacher on special assignment at Mad River Local Schools in Riverside, Ohio. Amy taught eighth-grade social studies for 16 years. Amy’s instructional advocacy and research journey began through her work as her local association (union) president. Currently, Amy is a part of a curriculum coaching team committed to using educational research to shape curriculum decision-making. In 2017-2018, the district adopted a high-quality, knowledge-building ELA curriculum in grades K-8 and a structured phonics program in K-2. Amy’s current role is to support teachers with the implementation of the new curriculums.

Rebecca Parker serves as a teacher on special assignment at Mad River Local Schools in Riverside, Ohio. Previously, she taught preschool, 3rd grade and 6th grade, served as a 5/6 assistant principal and preschool director. Rebecca is part of a curriculum coaching team committed to using educational research and evidence to improve instruction and student learning. Rebecca’s first experience with a knowledge-building ELA curriculum was as a classroom teacher. Her current role is supporting teachers with the implementation of this curriculum as well as a structured phonics program in K-2.

Mandy Polen is a teacher on special assignment working with K-4 teachers at Mad River Local Schools in Riverside, Ohio. She has taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. Mandy is passionate about quality instruction and providing teachers with aligned curriculum. Mandy’s exposure to research through a network of advocates has influenced her greatly and has helped to shape district curriculum decisions. As a part of a curriculum coaching team, Mandy’s current role focuses on supporting teachers to implement a structured phonics program along with a knowledge-building ELA curriculum.