Teacher Advisor With Watson—a free, philanthropic offering from the IBM Foundation—is home to a curated collection of high-quality resources for K-8 math. These resources, combined with the power of Watson, can help teachers more efficiently plan lessons suitable for all their students.
Teacher Advisor is also a practically-oriented professional development site. Standards information, strategy videos, and other supporting materials can help inform the lesson planning process, while also serving as a robust library that teachers can consult anytime to increase their content knowledge.
Teacher Advisor uses IBM Watson™ technology, specially trained by K-8 math experts, to recommend the best available resources through search. We plan to further train Watson to make even more informed resource recommendations in the near future, based on teacher needs.
A: Teacher Advisor was built specifically for teachers to use for lesson planning and content/pedagogy knowledge enhancement. It is a dependable source for supplementary classroom materials, as well as information on teaching strategies and grade-specific math standards. Teacher Advisor is not in any way an evaluative tool, and it is also not intended to be used during class time as a student-facing tool.
A: Teacher Advisor supports Kindergarten thru 8th grade math.
A: You can access the tool using Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.
A: Yes. Teacher Advisor provides you with the ability to quickly find high-quality, aligned, grade-level resources by concept. Simply type in the concept you're interested in and filter by grade-level to find content aligned to that particular concept for the chosen grade/student level.
A: The vast majority of lessons available in Teacher Advisor have exit tickets that allow teachers to quickly assess student understanding. Many content providers also include formative and pre-assessments as part of their unit overviews, which can be found in the "Strategies" section. However, there are no summative assessments currently available in Teacher Advisor, due to advice from educators that there is too much emphasis on assessment, and not enough emphasis on good practice.
A: We will continue to add content for each grade level as we review new materials, and will also explore adding content that can support teachers as they work with English Language Learners and students with diverse learning needs. However, we will only add content if it passes a high-quality bar set by our education partners. During our two-year initial development effort, we heard from teachers a consistent theme: I am overwhelmed by the amount of resources available on the web, and I don't know how to find materials that I know are high quality. So, we are taking a conservative approach in the content we add to Teacher Advisor to build trust from teachers that our content is indeed the best you can find on the web.
A: If you would like to submit elementary math content, or content on good teaching pedagogy, for consideration to be included in Teacher Advisor, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the following information in your submission:
Please keep in mind that all content in Teacher Advisor needs to be vetted by our content experts at UnboundEd. Submission of content does not guarantee your content will be added to Teacher Advisor. For those whose content does meet our quality standards, you will receive full attribution and credit for your work on the site.
A: IBM's philanthropic approach, aligned with our company’s global business strategy, is to provide our most innovative technology and talent to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges, including helping to improve educational outcomes for all students. We believe that teachers are the greatest lever in positively impacting student achievement. We see Teacher Advisor as an ideal way to showcase Watson's ability to make a positive impact on the lives of educators.
A: Teacher Advisor is not only supported by IBM philanthropic resources and an advisory board of renowned education leaders and teachers, but also by grants from The Ford, Carnegie, and Stavros Niarchos Foundations. In addition, IBM technologists work closely with a range of education experts to ensure that teachers have access to the best instructional resources available.
A: We are always looking for ways to improve Teacher Advisor and ensure it continues to meet the needs of teachers everywhere. Our IBM technologists continue to collaborate with elementary math subject matter experts and teachers across the United States to train Watson to make more targeted and personalized recommendations. We will also be regularly adding additional content, while making improvements to the user interface based on feedback from our teacher-users.
A: Teacher Advisor is a cloud-based web app that is accessible to anyone. However, it uses only U.S.-based content for the time being. The IBM Foundation will work with international partners to determine how to make Teacher Advisor relevant elsewhere over the course of 2020.
A: For the foreseeable future, Teacher Advisor will remain a tool for elementary math teachers. We will listen to our advisory board of respected education leaders, and to our teacher-users, to determine if and when we will expand to other content areas and/or grade-levels.
The content in Teacher Advisor comes from a variety of high-quality Open Educational Resource providers. Specifically, lesson plans come from EngageNY, CPALMS (Florida), North Carolina Department of Instruction, Massachusetts Department of Instruction, Share My Lesson (from the AFT), Student Achievement Partners and Open Up Resources. Because of the Creative Commons 4.0 license attributed to these providers, we give teachers the ability to modify these high-quality lesson plans through our "Customize" mode, which is currently available for all EngageNY and Open Up lesson plans. Additional activities can be added to those lessons from Illustrative Mathematics, Khan Academy, and Understood. Teachers can also view and download additional supporting video and strategy content from Khan Academy, Teaching the Core, the Hunt Institute, Louisiana Department of Education, Understood, America Achieves, UnboundEd, and EngageNY. All of our content has been reviewed by a team of former educators to ensure quality.
America Achieves is a non-profit focused on driving systemic change in education, specifically on education-to-workforce issues. They offer video modules to help teachers transition to college and career-ready standards, which are now available in Teacher Advisor. The videos, developed in response to teachers’ request for concrete examples of how to implement the new standards, feature live examples of teachers integrating the standards in classrooms from elementary through high school.
Content Available: Videos of in-class instruction for Grades K-5
CPALMS is the State of Florida’s official source for standards information and course descriptions. It provides access to standards-aligned, free, high-quality instructional resources that have been developed specifically for the standards and vetted through a rigorous review process. CPALMS has made some of their best lessons available in Teacher Advisor, and more will be added to the corpus for kindergarten in 2020.
Content Available: Lessons for Grades 3 and 4; student-facing activities for Grade 3
The EngageNY mathematics curriculum is a project of the New York State Education Department, which strives to provide leadership for a system that yields the best educated people in the world. EngageNY Math is now one of the most widely-used and standards-aligned curricula in the United States, and was ranked by EdReports.org as one of the highest quality full-grade curriculum providers available.
Content Available: Full-grade units and lessons for grades K-8; student-facing activities for Grades k-6; standards-specific strategy suggestion videos for grades K-5; videos of exemplary instruction by standard for Grades K-5
The Hunt Institute is an independent nonprofit pursuing research, educational partnerships and events related to improving education policy. They seek to empower governors, policymakers, and other educational leaders to development and implement comprehensive strategies for the transformation of public education. As an organization influential in helping teachers adapt to shifts in the 21st century standards, the videos available on Teacher Advisor cover broad standards-topics to help teachers understand the meaning and vertical alignment of standards across grade levels.
Content Available: Standards-based video explanations for Grades K-5
Illustrative Mathematics is committed to creating a world where learners know, use, and enjoy mathematics. They have created high-quality educational resources for teachers and students to know, use and enjoy mathematics. Teacher Advisor features Illustrative Mathematics tasks and teacher-facing video explanations for Grades K-5.
Content Available: In-depth student-facing activities, along with teacher-facing commentary (tasks) for Grades K-8; Fractions concept progression videos for Grades 3-5
Through Inside Mathematics, K–12 educators can strengthen their classroom teaching by viewing—and trying out—best practices and resources from fellow teachers and instructional coaches. Inside Mathematics includes videos and other resources that showcase real mathematics teaching and learning, freely available to educators around the world. A service of the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin, Inside Mathematics continues to explore everyday classrooms, with new content updated regularly.
Content Available: Full-length lesson videos and shorter instructional clips for Grades 1-5
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom, entirely for free to students, parents, and educators across the world. Teacher Advisor curated all relevant grades 3-8 math videos from Khan Academy's extensive collection, and in partnership with EngageNY and Open Up, mapped all videos to their appropriate lesson plans in our collection.
Content Available: Hundreds of videos aligned to EngageNY and Open Up lesson plans in grades 3-8
The Louisiana Department of Education is focused on implementing Louisiana Believes, the state’s plan to ensure every child is on track to college or a professional career. As part of this plan, the department provides teachers with the tools and guidance they need to plan and deliver lessons that meet new standards.
Content Available: EngageNY Remediation Guides for Grades 1-5; EngageNY Remediation Tools for Grades 4-8, complete with diagnostic assessments
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is committed to preparing all students for success in the world that awaits them after high school. As part of this effort, the department has developed of a number of Model Curriculum Units, created by teams of teachers from across the Commonwealth.
Content Available: Lesson plans for Grades K-5, along with corresponding implementation guides; student-facing activities for Grade 3
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction seeks to prepare every public school student to graduate ready for post secondary education and work, prepared to be a globally engaged and productive citizen. Accordingly, it has provided sets of lessons that align with mathematics content standards, as well as the Standards for Mathematical Practice.
Content Available: Lesson plans for Grades K-4; student-facing activities for Grade 3
Open Up Resources is a nonprofit organization developing the highest quality full-course curricula available to K–12 districts, provided for free as Open Educational Resources (OER) to promote instructional equity. OUR partners with the country’s foremost materials experts to author superb curriculum and deliver essential implementation support, from professional development to printing. The Open Up Resources middle school math curriculum available on Teacher Advisor has been expertly authored by Illustrative Mathematics, quality reviewed against key rubrics, and written to develop students into mathematical thinking. The curriculum is the highest rated middle school math series according to the nonprofit curriculum review site EdReports.
Content Available: Full-grade units and lessons for grades 6-8
Share My Lesson is a destination for educators who dedicate their time and professional expertise to provide the best education for students everywhere. Share My Lesson members contribute content, share ideas, and get educated on the topics that matter, online, 24/7. The Share My Lesson resources available on Teacher Advisor have been vetted by our subject-matter experts, and are some of the best resources available from this AFT-sponsored tool.
Content Available: Lesson plans for Grades K-2
Student Achievement Partners is a non-profit organization with one purpose: to help all students and teachers see their hard work lead to greater student achievement. These materials are some of their many free, ready-to-use classroom resources designed to help educators understand and implement college and career-ready standards.
Content Available: Lesson plans and student-facing activities for Grade 3; videos and strategy documents for grades k-8
UnboundEd is a non-profit organization that provides free, standards-aligned resources and immersive training for teachers and leaders in pursuit of equity. UnboundEd's online curriculum resources for Grades PK-12, a number of which have been integrated into Teacher Advisor, have been reviewed and sequenced by math and ELA experts. UnboundEd also serves as Teacher Advisor's primary content partner, vetting the content for inclusion in TA, and serving as subject-matter experts to help train the Watson computing engine in elementary math.
Content Available: Instructional videos for Grades K-5; EngageNY-aligned content guides for Grades k-5
Understood's mission is to help the 1 in 5 with learning and attention issues be successful in life. As a leading digital resource and nonprofit organization, Understood empowers millions of parents and educators through personalized resources, daily access to experts, interactive tools and a supportive online community.
Content Available: Supporting strategy documents linked to major standard domains in grades k-5, along with student-facing materials.
The following are terms of a legal agreement between you and IBM. By accessing, browsing, or using this registration form and/or website, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by these terms and to comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including export and re-export control laws and regulations, and you agree that you will not register for or use Teacher Advisor unless you are located in one of the following currently supported countries ("Supported Countries"): Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, Greenland, Guatemala, Haiti, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Macedonia, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States of America. For the avoidance of doubt, users shall not register for access to Teacher Advisor and/or enter information in the registration form if such user is located in a non-supported country such as European Union and the following: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and any other country not listed in the Supported Countries list above.
Teacher Advisor is not designed to process data that may be subject to Data Protection Directive (95/46/EEC) and any implementing local legislation; or, as from May 25th, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (collectively referred to as the EU Data Protection Legislation). You agree not to provide IBM content if you are located outside of the Supported Countries or content that contains personal data that is subject to the EU Data Protection Legislation.
This website contains proprietary notices and copyright information, the terms of which must be observed and followed. Please see our Copyright and trademark page for related information.
Content within the registration form and on this site may not be copied, reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted, distributed, or used for the creation of derivative works without IBM's prior written consent. For IBM owned materials, IBM grants you non-exclusive, non-transferable, limited permission to access and display the web pages within this site, solely on your computer and for your personal, non-commercial use of this website. This permission is conditioned on you not modifying the content displayed on the registration form or on this site, you keeping intact all copyright, trademark, and other proprietary notices, and your acceptance of any terms, conditions, and notices accompanying the content or otherwise set forth herein or in this site.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, there may be software and other materials that are made available for downloading, access, or other use from this site that have their own license terms, conditions, and notices. Such materials will be governed by their respective terms, conditions, and notices.
Your failure to comply with the terms, conditions, and notices on this site will result in automatic termination of any rights granted to you, without prior notice, and you must immediately destroy all copies of downloaded materials in your possession or control. Except for the limited permission in the preceding paragraph, IBM does not grant you any express or implied rights or licenses under any patents, trademarks, copyrights, or other proprietary or intellectual property rights. You may not mirror any of the content from the registration form or this site on another website or in any other media.
Information on this website is not promised or guaranteed to be correct, current, or complete, and this site may contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. IBM assumes no responsibility (and expressly disclaims responsibility) for updating this site to keep information current or to ensure the accuracy or completeness of any posted information. Accordingly, you should confirm the accuracy and completeness of all posted information before making any decision related to any services, products, or other matters described in this site.
IBM provides no assurances that any reported problems will be resolved by IBM, even if IBM elects to provide information with the goal of addressing a problem.
If you choose to participate in feedback testing, you agree that IBM may collect your name, email and number of years teaching, in order to contact you, to interact with you and to better understand your experience level and how it relates to any feedback you provide. IBM may further review, use and implement your feedback data, including your survey responses regarding experiences with the application and scripts of your interaction with the IBM service, in order to learn which dialog experiences are most effective, how to best tailor dialog to user experiences and to evaluate the helpfulness of certain questions and answers.
As you use the application, we may collect data metrics about your use, including log in and log out times, total session times, usage frequency, and site navigation information, in order to inform our feedback approach, to adjust to user needs and experiences, and we may contact you to ask for more detailed information about your user experience.
Finally, if you are selected by IBM to be an MVP teacher participant, provided that you are in one of the Supported Countries, we may also collect additional information, including the name of your school district, years of experience in a particular topic or grade level, particulars about your class lengths, curriculum decisions, tools or guides or coaches available to you, your class composition in terms of numbers, students working below grade level, IEPs, ELL students, in addition to the number of classes you teach in a year, and your familiarity with Common Core standards. IBM may use this data to inform future materials or functionality we make available, or to help us personalize the application to benefit you and other similar users.
All information you submit within the registration form will be used for the purposes described above, and IBM may also use this information to contact you in the future to inquire if you are interested in participating in future IBM projects, potential offerings or services. If at any time you would like IBM to refrain from sending you emails about Teacher Advisor, please email us at TAHelp@us.ibm.com. You are aware of your rights in connection with the processing of your Personal Data (defined below), including the rights to access, rectification, object to the processing and withdraw your consent.
This website may provide links or references to non-IBM websites and resources. IBM makes no representations, warranties, or other commitments whatsoever about any non-IBM websites or third-party resources that may be referenced, accessible from, or linked to any IBM site. A link to a non-IBM website does not mean that IBM endorses the content or use of such website or its owner. In addition, IBM is not a party to or responsible for any transactions you may enter into with third parties, even if you learn of such parties (or use a link to such parties) from an IBM site. Accordingly, you acknowledge and agree that IBM is not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources, and is not responsible or liable for any content, services, products, or other materials on or available from those sites or resources.
When you access a non-IBM website, even one that may contain the IBM-logo, please understand that it is independent from IBM, and that IBM does not control the content on that website. It is up to you to take precautions to protect yourself from viruses, worms, trojan horses, and other potentially harmful or destructive programs, and to protect your information as you deem appropriate.
All links to this website must be approved in writing by IBM, except that IBM consents to links in which the link and the pages that are activated by the link do not: (a) create frames around any page on this website or use other techniques that alter in any way the visual presentation or appearance of any content within this site; (b) misrepresent your relationship with IBM; (c) imply that IBM approves or endorses you, your website, or your service or product offerings; and (d) present false or misleading impressions about IBM or otherwise damage the goodwill associated with the IBM name or trademarks. As a further condition to being permitted to link to this site, you agree that IBM may at any time, in its sole discretion, terminate permission to link to this website. In such event, you agree to immediately remove all links to this website and to cease using any IBM trademark.
USE OF AND SUBMISSION OF THE REGISTRATION FORM AND USE OF THIS SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. ALL FORMS, MATERIALS, INFORMATION, PRODUCTS, SOFTWARE, PROGRAMS, AND SERVICES ARE PROVIDED "AS IS," WITH NO WARRANTIES OR GUARANTEES WHATSOEVER. IBM EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW ALL EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY, AND OTHER WARRANTIES, GUARANTEES, OR REPRESENTATIONS, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT OF PROPRIETARY AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS. WITHOUT LIMITATION, IBM MAKES NO WARRANTY OR GUARANTEE THAT THIS WEB SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE.
YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT IF YOU USE AND SUBMIT THE REGISTRATION FORM AND IF YOU DOWNLOAD OR OTHERWISE OBTAIN MATERIALS, INFORMATION, PRODUCTS, SOFTWARE, PROGRAMS, OR SERVICES, YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND THAT YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGES THAT MAY RESULT, INCLUDING LOSS OF DATA OR DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM.
SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF WARRANTIES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
IN NO EVENT WILL IBM BE LIABLE TO ANY PARTY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY TYPE WHATSOEVER RELATED TO OR ARISING FROM THE USE OR SUBMISSION OF THE REGISTRATION FORM OR THIS WEB SITE OR ANY USE OF THIS WEB SITE, OR OF ANY SITE OR RESOURCE LINKED TO, REFERENCED, OR ACCESSED THROUGH THIS WEB SITE, OR FOR THE USE OR DOWNLOADING OF, OR ACCESS TO, ANY MATERIALS, INFORMATION, PRODUCTS, OR SERVICES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY LOST PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOST SAVINGS OR LOSS OF PROGRAMS OR OTHER DATA, EVEN IF IBM IS EXPRESSLY ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THIS EXCLUSION AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY APPLIES TO ALL CAUSES OF ACTION, WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, WARRANTY, TORT, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORIES.
The IBM Online Privacy Statement applies to IBM’s and our affiliates’ websites that link to the Statement. Below are some of the highlights of the Statement.
To find out more about our privacy practices, see the IBM Online Privacy Statement.
Watson is an advanced computing solution capable of providing expert-level insights and advice to human beings working in a wide variety of fields, including medicine and education. Specifically, Watson is good at analyzing massive amounts of information (research publications, news, social media, organizational data, medical data, lesson plans, etc.) and providing industry professionals (doctors, teachers, accountants, etc.) with relevant and clear recommendations based on a user-level request.
We upload a variety of teacher resources to Watson (lessons, activities, etc.)
Watson identifies key concepts and relationships across these resources
Watson is able to present teachers with highly relevant search results and recommendations
Because of Watson's ability to identify and then refer back to relevant concepts and relationships within a large body of information (in this case, the information we're talking about is the library of free educational resources that we uploaded to, and had enriched by, Watson), Teacher Advisor can and does return highly informed results and recommendations based on in-tool search requests from teachers. Watson presents the best known matches between a given search term and all the vetted resources it has analyzed—even if the most highly-ranked resource doesn't contain the exact keyword you entered in your search.
We began with 1,000+ lessons, activities, documents, and videos for Watson to ingest. Then, using Watson Discovery Service (just one of the many ways to leverage the power of Watson), all of these resources were organized, studied, and enriched by Watson.
Because it understands human language, Watson can add education-related concepts to individual resources, and can also identify meaningful relationships across resources. This ultimately helps Watson make its resource recommendations. Former teachers and math experts, as well as other technical experts, provide Watson with the necessary guidance and training along the way.
We've only touched the surface of what's possible with Watson! With your help, and thanks to a continued partnership with a dedicated team of former math teachers and coaches, we plan to train Watson to better understand the elementary math domain, ultimately enabling it to provide more targeted and personalized recommendations for individual teachers.