New Tool Provides Educators with Free Resources for Equitable Lesson Planning and Classroom Instruction

WASHINGTON (July 7, 2023) — In June, the Bainum Family Foundation launched the Instructional Framework (IF) website, a comprehensive, research-informed platform tailored specifically for English/Language Arts K-8 grade educators, equipping them with the tools and resources necessary to enhance their teaching methods and foster greater student engagement.

“We are excited to introduce and share the IF website as a new, free resource designed to enhance classroom instruction,” said Amy Soper, director of organizational learning and effectiveness. “With an emphasis on promoting inclusivity and cultural responsiveness, the IF includes training videos and grade-level materials designed to meet teachers where they are and help them integrate best practices in their classrooms,” added Soper.

Key features of the IF website include:

  • Research-informed best practices: The IF website offers a rubric detailing eight key, research-based instructional practices, carefully curated to enhance lesson planning and improve student outcomes.
  • Grade-specific resources: Educators can access a comprehensive multimedia suite of resources aligned to grade-specific standards that demonstrate how to apply best practices, ensuring targeted and effective instruction.
  • Flexible integration: The IF website and its resources are user-friendly, allowing educators to tailor which instructional approaches to prioritize based on their individual or school-wide needs.

“The purpose of The Instructional Framework is to make things easier for teachers. You’re constantly getting better as a teacher and your students only benefit from that,” said LaKeisha Dickerson, seventh-grade teacher at George E. Peters Adventist School.

The IF website is a resource that equips teachers with an array of grade-specific, multimedia materials that can be adapted to meet educators where they are — maximizing impact and fostering student growth. When every teacher is effectively prepared to plan and deliver standards-based instruction, all students will have the quality instruction they need to thrive.

For more information about the Instructional Framework website, visit

About the Bainum Family Foundation:

The Bainum Family Foundation is working to create a society where all children thrive. We work alongside communities experiencing racial and economic disparities to create lasting systems change for the well-being of children and families. Founded in 1968 by Stewart Sr. and Jane Bainum, the foundation today focuses on Early Childhood and what children need for a strong start in life (including early learning, health and mental health, family economic security and stable housing). Our Legacy Programs support faith-based education and other issues important to the Bainum family. Visit us at


Racine Tucker-Hamilton
Director of Strategic Communications
Bainum Family Foundation