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GEAR 1 - Instruction, Learning and Assessment Resources

Wisconsin Resources:

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. 2016. A New Balance: Wisconsin's Strategic Assessment Systems. (Accessed November 21, 2016)

Provides support to schools and districts as they build capacity for assessment literacy, effective data inquiry, and collaborative professional communities committed to processes of continuous improvement.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. 2016. Common School Fund for Public School District Libraries. (Accessed November 21, 2016)

School Districts receive an annual distribution of earnings from the Common School Fund. These funds (commonly known as Library Aid) are used to purchase library books and other instructional materials. Guidance on purchasing and alignment to district integrated planning with the library media specialist allows districts to move into the digital age.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. 2017. Fostering Innovation in Wisconsin Schools. (Accessed August 13, 2017)

This report provides guidance to school districts to consider when seeking new or different approaches to instructional designs.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. 2016. Wisconsin Online and Blended Learning Guide. (Accessed November 21, 2016)

A cross-agency resource for districts to understand the policy, research, practice and funding components to implement online and blended learning. In addition, DPI staff have created online assurances and key planning resources for districts as they consider options that relate to serving a wide variety of students.

Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative. 2016. A Preview of Programs and Partners. (Accessed November 21, 2016)

A summary of the wide variety of resources, services, and benefits that districts need in order to offer online and blended learning options to students.

Institute for Personalized Learning. 2015. The Institute for Personalized Learning. (Accessed November 21, 2016)

A provider of high-quality, cost-effective programs and services for K-12 districts in Southeastern Wisconsin. This website has valuable resources to further personalized learning.

Other Resources

Michael Horn and Heather Staker. 2015. Blended: Classifying K-12 Blended Learning. (Accessed November 21, 2016)

Summarizes the blended learning models described in Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools. It is the practical field guide for implementing blended learning. Wisconsin will be leveraging the models and research to offer high quality professional development sponsored by the Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative.

State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA). 2016. Building Your Roadmap to 21st Century Learning Environments. (Accessed November 21, 2016)

The Roadmap is a free planning tool for school leaders consisting of an interactive website, a detailed report, and an infographic. It is designed to help schools get the most value out of their investments in high-speed broadband and digital content by crafting a holistic strategy to create 21st century learning environments.

National Writing Project; Digital Media+Learning Research Hub. 2014. Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom. (Accessed November 21, 2016)

Provides examples of practice that teachers have shared online—at the NWP Digital Is website—and curates them into a larger collection. This collection, unique in its focus on in-school work, explores the principles of Connected Learning woven throughout classroom work and practices.

National Writing Project. 2014. Interconnections: Understanding Systems through Digital Design. (Accessed November 21, 2016)

In an era of increasing interconnectedness, knowledge and power belongs to those who understand the nature of the interdependent systems — and have the skills to change those systems. The books in the Interconnections collection offer K-12 educators a curriculum toolkit for supporting systems thinking with a design-based approach to learning that aligns with current Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards while still being relevant to youth interests in digital culture.

Quality Matters. 2016. Quality Matters K-12 Secondary Rubric, Second Edition. (Accessed November 21, 2016)

Standards and Annotations focused on quality course design.

iNACOL. 2013. Mean What You Say: Defining and Integrating Personalized, Blended and Competency Education. (Accessed November 21, 2016)

Provides a scan of the literature to expand the knowledge base for the field of online, blended, and competency-based education.

University of Michigan, School of Education. 2011. Triple E Framework. (Accessed November 21, 2016)

The Triple E Framework attempts to define what it should look like, sound like and feel like to integrate technology tools into teaching in order to meet and exceed learning goals. The framework is based on three levels, Engagement in learning goals, Enhancement of learning goals, and Extension of learning goals.

IMS Global. 2016. Transitioning to Integrated Digital Curriculum. (Accessed November 21, 2016)

Provides an overview to the technical compliance factors needs to integrate digital content, learning systems and assessment tools. This paper is provided by the organization who certifies approved vendors and provides guidance checklists for district leadership teams who are adopting digital curriculum.

Linda Hammond Darling. 2014. Using Technology to Support At Risk Learners. (Accessed November 21, 2016)

Discussion of the key components of equity of learning opportunities for all students in the digital age to close the achievement gaps.

The Center for Digital Education. 2016. Guide to Choosing Digital Content and Curriculum. (Accessed February 28, 2017)


This guide is intended to help districts address some of the challenges of moving from a print-based to a digital-based curriculum. It provides context, effective practices and resources for districts and is divided into three sections: planning for success, understanding digital content and curriculum options, and implementing with fidelity.

For additional resources around instruction, learning, and assessment, visit the framework page of future ready schools.

For questions about this information, contact Janice Mertes (608) 267-1054