Webpage Updated August 2023
Why Do We Evaluate Resources?
Focused ED evaluates digital and print learning resources to provide teachers with relevant information, so they may decide if, when and how to use a resource for classroom instruction. The evaluations are based on criteria which includes, but is not limited to, B.C. curriculum match, content relevance, age appropriateness, social considerations, and design elements.
Members may view and download full evaluation reviews here: K-12 Evaluated Resource Collection
View this short video for more information.
Evaluation vs Approval
Focused ED does not approve resources. We provide criteria-based information to inform decision-making by districts, schools, and teachers.
Who has Responsibility for Selecting Learning Resources?
The responsibility for learning resource selection is shared by teachers, schools and districts. We encourage teachers to be aware of their local policies and procedures.
And at all times, we encourage teachers to read the evaluations and determine the best fit for their classroom. We created this professional learning resource to support teachers in growing their understanding:
What Do We Evaluate?
We evaluate print and digital resources for classroom use with a focus on novels, picture books, and reference materials. We evaluate educational websites which are publicly accessible or accessible through anonymized logins, and are not fee-based. Resources which are included in the Digital Classroom Collection have been evaluated for use, as part of the procurement process.
Resource evaluation is an ongoing process. Social issues emerge that prompt a new review of social considerations. Digital resources evolve that require fresh attention. Depending on when a resource was written or when it was evaluated, it may be that reviews contain information and terminology that seems dated. As capacity permits, we review earlier records for relevancy.
Who Evaluates Resources?
Focused Education evaluators are selected and appointed by the BC Teachers' Federation (BCTF). Once appointed, Focused ED provides evaluators with two online evaluator training courses. Following the training, evaluators are assigned in pairs to conduct the resource evaluations.
Educators interested in becoming an evaluator should view the BC Teachers' Federation webpage for information on the application process, which occurs between January – March most years. Watch in January 2024 for a possible new posting.
We seek evaluators from all regions of the province, and encourage applications from teachers with diverse representation and experience.
How Does a Member Submit a Resource for Evaluation?
Members can request an evaluation of resources that they intend to use in the classroom for instruction and/or student assignments with a whole class or groups of students.
We first review these requests for relevancy, currency, availability of distribution, provincial wide scope, and general classroom suitability before scheduling a resource into the evaluation process.