4 Questions to Consider as Your School Prepares for Summer School Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

As your school prepares for the Summer 2020 season, we strongly encourage you to consider the following questions: 1. What criteria will we use to determine eligibility for summer school? Typically, only about 25% of students in the USA attend some sort of summer learning program, such as summer school. This year, we must strongly consider the need to expand summer school eligibility to include many more students. The COVID-19 pandemic started to cause school closures in early to mid-March,…

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How School Leaders Can Support At-Risk Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, schools across the country have been forced to shut down for the foreseeable future—possibly even until next fall. Although teachers are doing their best to provide parents with suggestions to encourage learning at home, they have no way of directly ensuring high quality education for students. These extended periods away from school threaten to disproportionately impact at-risk students. Which students are most negatively impacted by COVID-19? School closures threaten to disproportionately impact students…

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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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