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Adopting Materials Through an Equity-Focused Lens: Designing an Instructional Vision
How does your vision of instruction drive the why and what of your adoption? An instructional vision helps to communicate the expectations for teaching and learning and creates a foundation for what the district considers effective instruction in a classroom. This vision acts as a guide through your adoption process and serves as a critical lens through which all potential materials are viewed. It will guide all decisions districts, school leaders, and teachers make about classroom experiences—such as instructional material adoptions and teacher professional development. In this webinar, you will hear from Dr. Todd Davis (Aldine, TX ISD) and Jesse Melgares (New Teacher Center) about how they tackled the creation of an instructional vision and how this work has impacted their materials adoption process. We will then share a tool to help your district develop its instructional vision.

Guests: Dr. Todd Davis (Aldine, TX ISD), Jesse Melgares (New Teacher Center)

Apr 22, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Jesse Melgares
Senior Director of Programs & Partnerships @New Teacher Center
Jesse Melgares is the Senior Director of Programs & Partnerships at New Teacher Center, where he supports district partners with academic and teacher development initiatives. Prior to New Teacher Center, Jesse was Director of Mathematics for a network of 28 schools and previously held roles as a teacher and school administrator. At the heart of Jesse’s work is his belief that school systems exist to support learning for all students, including English Learners and Students with Disabilities. Everything systems do should contribute to strengthening the instructional cycle and the interaction between teachers, students, and high-quality content.
Dr. Todd Davis
Chief Academic Officer @Aldine Independent School District
Dr. Todd Davis is the Chief Academic Officer for the Aldine Independent School District. Dr. Davis has devoted all of his 29 years in education to Aldine ISD and has served in a variety of capacities. Dr. Davis began his career as a fourth-grade teacher at Worsham Elementary. He has also served as assistant principal at Hambrick Middle School, principal at Stephens Elementary, principal at Aldine Middle School, Area Superintendent of Magnet Schools, and School Assistant Superintendent for High Schools. Dr. Davis earned his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Minnesota State University, his master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Sam Houston State University, and his doctorate in Executive Leadership from the University of Houston. As CAO, he is responsible for providing leadership in planning, developing, maintaining, and evaluating all of the district’s curriculum and instruction. With oversight over several departments, he provides direct supervision of curriculum st