The Silent “C” in Teamwork

January 28, 2019 By: Chandra Williams, Ed.D., Chief Executive Officer FORMING, STORMING, NORMING and PERFORMING your way to successful collaborations! We have all heard the saying: “It takes a village to raise a child.” Well, it takes a team of teachers to educate a student. Successful teamwork is essential to meeting the needs of all students—and it takes collaboration for a team to function effectively. Collaboration is a multifaceted type of relationship. It requires extensive resources, and it takes time…

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3 components of effective literacy instruction for students struggling with reading skills

The importance of literacy across all school subjects is obvious: If students struggle to read textbooks, novels, worksheets, classroom assignments, and instructional materials, they can find themselves at a huge disadvantage in any classroom. As you teach students experiencing reading difficulties, keep in mind these three components of  effective literacy instruction: 1. Effective literacy instruction teaches essential reading skills and strategies. Skills — According to findings by the  National Reading Panel, essential reading skills students need to learn include: Phonemic awarenessPhonicsFluencyOral…

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Guide: How to implement Instructional Rounds in your school this year

Instructional Rounds can help promote a collaborative Professional Learning Community for your teachers and provide space for teachers to individually reflect on their own instructional practices. This week, we want to help you implement Instructional Rounds in your school to create a better learning environment. Definition: What are instructional rounds? Rather than instructional leaders being the ones responsible for observing and sharing feedback to improve teaching and learning, instructional rounds allow teachers to observe and share feedback to learn from…

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How Professional Development Can Contribute to a More Equitable School Environment

Of all the factors contributing to our schools’ equity gap, it may not surprise you to learn the teacher shortage is one of the most important and alarming. A  2016 Learning Policy Institute report  estimated the teacher shortage would quadruple between the five years separating the 2012-2013 school year and the 2017-2018 school year…and this shortage is only expected to get worse as we approach 2025. One of the biggest reasons for this shortage is the high rate of teacher turnover, primarily…

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How formative assessments can improve student success in the 2019-2020 school year

How do you use assessments in your classroom? Many view assessments simply as a means of determining student success after completing a unit of study, but assessments can also be used as tools to help improve student achievement throughout the school year. When used appropriately, assessments can even help inform your instructional practices and learning targets to improve student learning. What are formative assessments, and how are they different from traditional assessments? When you use tests to determine a student’s…

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