Nebraska Instructional Materials Collaborative

Because materials matter for all Nebraska students.

High-Quality Instructional Materials for English Language Arts

Selecting English Language Arts (ELA) instructional materials is one of the most critical decisions a district will make. Finding instructional materials that are aligned to Nebraska’s College and Career Ready Standards for English Language Arts and that meet the needs of your district can be overwhelming, particularly when examining a crowded marketplace.  This webinar series highlights the instructional materials landscape today and how the selection of high-quality ELA materials can make a difference in student outcomes and learning. Additionally, webinars will be held for select ELA instructional materials that meet expectations for alignment and quality (as reviewed by EdReports).


An introductory webinar will be hosted on Friday, March 15th from 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. CST.  One-hour webinars for specific ELA materials will be held at 4:30 p.m. CST (3:30 p.m. MST) on the dates listed below. The table includes a description of the webinar, information about the instructional materials being highlighted and the registration link. All webinars will be recorded and posted on the Nebraska Instructional Materials Collaborative website.  You must register for each webinar individually.

Friday, March 15th
12:30 p.m. CST

Introduction to High-Quality Instructional Materials

NDE, in partnership with ELA experts from Student Achievement Partners, will highlight the instructional materials landscape today and how the selection of high-quality ELA materials can make a difference in student outcomes and learning.

Monday, March 18th
4:30 p.m. CST

A pioneer in K–12 education since 2000, Amplify is leading the way in next-generation curriculum and assessment. We’re the only publisher with all-green EdReports ratings for K-8 ELA and Science. All of our programs provide teachers with powerful tools that help them understand and respond to the needs of every student.

Amplify Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) for PreK–5 is a research-based core curriculum that combines rich, diverse content knowledge in history, science, literature, and the arts in an intentional sequence with explicit, systematic foundational skills instruction to improve comprehension. Amplify CKLA is based on the latest research in reading science.

Amplify ELA is built specifically for middle school students and teachers. Dedicated to making every day a win for teachers, Amplify ELA includes embedded teacher support, powerful differentiation tools, print and digital instruction and more to improve student outcomes for middle school students.

Tuesday, March 19th
4:30 p.m. CST

Open Up Resources is a nonprofit developing the highest quality core curricula available to districts, provided for free as Open Educational Resources (OER) to promote educational equity.  In this webinar, you will learn more about:

EL Education K–5 Language Arts, a top-rated elementary ELA curriculum on EdReports, is designed around science and social studies topics, and is proven to improve literacy outcomes, higher-order thinking, and teacher-effectiveness when paired with professional learning.

Bookworms K–5 Reading and Writing, a research-based curriculum designed to make high-quality literacy instruction easier for teachers, balances fiction with nonfiction texts and spans a broad range of topics. Developed by Dr. Sharon Walpole of the University of Delaware, it’s driving best-in-state gains in PARCC, SBAC, and Georgia Milestone districts.

Wednesday, March 20th
4:30 p.m. CST

ARC Core, from American Reading Company (ARC), is a basal alternative designed to dramatically improve outcomes for both students and teachers.


As the first and only ELA Curriculum to be rated All Green, K–12, by, ARC Core provides one seamless system of:


  • High-Quality Curriculum
  • Curriculum-Aligned Professional Development
  • Curriculum-Aligned Intervention
  • Culturally Responsive Design
  • K–12 in English & K–5 in Spanish

Thursday, March 21st
4:30 p.m. CST

Great Minds® crafts exemplary materials inspiring joy in teaching and learning. Eureka Math™, PhD Science™, and Wit & Wisdom® take students far beyond rote learning for a deeper, more complete understanding of math, the sciences, and the humanities.


Wit & Wisdom® is a K–8 ELA curriculum that allows teachers to celebrate the joy of reading and writing with all learners while maintaining the rigor the standards demand.  Each Wit & Wisdom module centers on the study of rich and engaging texts, curated to build students background knowledge, vocabulary, and writing proficiency. The curriculum earned near-perfect scores from independent nonprofit reviewer and received a Tier 1 rating, the highest possible, from the Louisiana Department of Education, which is widely respected for its curricula leadership.

Thursday, March 28th
4:30 p.m. CST

Amplify Science earned the only all-green rating in EdReports’ first-ever review of middle school science instructional materials.  The highlights of this webinar include:

  • A conversation about three-dimensional science standards and what they are actually asking students to do.
  • The elements of a high-quality science instructional materials.
  • The approach Amplify took with program authors, The Lawrence Hall of Science, to create Amplify Science.
  • The unique features of Amplify Science that make it so effective and engaging.

Tuesday, June 11 &  Wednesday 12
9:00am – 3:00p.m. MST

Nebraska Materials Adaptation Project Training

The Nebraska Materials Adaptation Project for Journeys and Wonders will help you and your teachers know how to focus on what matters most for developing proficient and confident readers, writers, listeners and speakers while working towards college- and career- readiness.

Note: Those that do not use Journeys or Wonders are welcome to join the training and will receive transferable learning about high-quality instructional materials and a potential model of adapting your own materials for better alignment.

Nebraska Materials Adaptation Project Training Flyer