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Instructional Materials Reviewer Workshop: Collaboration and Curation on High-Needs Topics

Author // Sarah Mowery Thursday, 07 September 2023

This summer INFOhio hosted an in-person, multi-day event with a small cohort of Instructional Materials Reviewers. This 3-day workshop increased participants' skills and knowledge of evaluating and implementing open access content for teaching and learning.

INFOhio wants to thank the following educators for their expertise and participation in the summer Instructional Materials Reviewer Workshop: 

Christina Conti - Jackson Local Schools
Lisa Gallagher - Barnesville Exempted Village School District
Kelly Gonzalez - Avon Local Schools
Dawn Naylor - Southern Local Schools
Michelle Neal - Zanesville City Schools
Payton Norris - Zanesville City Schools
Jennifer Seebauer - Teays Valley Local Schools
Joni Sexton - Middletown City Schools
Amy Stanley - Gallia County Local Schools
Melanie Wightman - Fairview Park City Schools


Benefits of participating in this workshop included:

  • Professional development using the INFOhio Instructional Materials Rubric and repositories for evaluated content
  • Curation of evaluated supplemental content for use in Ohio schools and districts
  • Contact hour certificate and a stipend upon completion of workshop objectives and deliverables


Each participant was responsible for reviewing instructional materials using the Instructional Materials Rubric. During the review process, reviewers determined if the instructional material received an endorsement. Reviewed materials that are endorsed are added to the Ohio Reviewed Instructional Materials hub. This hub is a one-stop shop for Ohio educators looking for peer-reviewed, high-quality instructional materials that align with Ohio's Learning Standards. 

Using what they learned, participants selected quality instructional materials around one of the following high-needs topics:

  • Career Exploration
  • Financial Literacy
  • Holocaust and genocide for grades 6-12
  • STEM

Participants created content packages for educators. Browse these curated materials in the Content Packages collection on INFOhio's Open Space. 

Have questions? INFOhio is here to help. For questions, comments, and additional support contact us at support.infohio.org

About the Author

Posted by: Sarah Mowery

Sarah Mowery is a Professional Instructional Specialist with INFOhio. She has worked in education for 16 years as a school librarian and technology coach in elementary and middle school settings. While in these roles, she's been an integral part of the building leadership teams working as a curriculum connector and integrating web-based tools. She earned a BA in Sociology from Bowling Green State University and an MLS with a specialization in PK-12 schools from East Carolina University. Sarah was one of the original INFOhio ICoaches when the program first began in 2013 and has a passion for sharing how INFOhio resources can transform teaching and impact learning for students and educators across the state of Ohio. 

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