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A Guide to Implementing Instructional Coaching

Sponsor: Better Lesson
Posted: April 25, 2018

Research studies in the last decade have indicated that instructional coaching can have a transformational impact on teacher and student growth. Coaching can also be difficult for schools and districts to implement successfully. This paper will support education leaders to define the purpose, roles, and responsibilities that make instructional coaches highly effective impact multipliers. The paper will address the three challenges to integrating coaching into a school or district: time, talent, and training. Finally, it will offer an 8-step blueprint for implementing an instructional coaching model, either as a pilot or in a system-wide capacity.

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ESSA: An Opportunity for American Educators

Sponsor: Solution Tree
Posted: April 18, 2018

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides an opportunity for increased student achievement across the United States by allowing states a greater degree of freedom and control over public K-12 education. To take advantage of this opportunity, states must abandon the thinking that led to the failure of previous reforms such as No Child Left Behind and instead embrace a new mindset about the most promising strategies for improving schools. That new mindset must include supporting teacher collaboration, establishing clarity of purpose, providing ongoing feedback, creating conditions that allow educators to succeed, and sustaining improvement through the PLC process.

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Fostering Student Engagement in the Mathematical Practices Provided by Curriculum Associates

Sponsor: Curriculum Associates
Posted: April 16, 2018

Research suggests promoting deeper, more sustained learning by having students participate in a routine of problem-solving followed by instruction. By actively engaging students in problem-solving and discussion, this instructional routine can help them understand and remember mathematics concepts.
This whitepaper examines:
• Planning for productive mathematics discussions
• Selecting student work for classroom discussion
• Sequencing student work to support meaningful classroom discussion
• Questions to consider when selecting and sequencing student strategies

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Six ways to shore up equitable instruction in a tiered curriculum

Sponsor: McGraw-Hill Education
Posted: April 15, 2018

Every student both struggles and excels in his or her own way. By designing multi-tiered instructional frameworks with competency and equity in mind, K-12 educators can provide students with differentiated instruction—including remediation, acceleration, and other academic supports—at exactly the right time, and in the right measures, to meet individual learning goals.
Educational leaders can consider six actionable strategies when creating curriculum programs to serve increasingly diverse and special populations of students, close performance gaps, and ensure achievement for all. Schools and districts that apply these strategies can potentially gain an advantage when it comes to addressing all students’ academic needs.

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Power in Numbers: Coaching to Lead School Teams

Sponsor: NYC Leadership Academy
Posted: April 15, 2018

Schools with strong teams of educators can improve instruction in ways that a principal working on her own cannot. Leading effective teams is not easy, however, and principals need particular skills to do it well. A principal coach can play a critical role in helping school leaders build capacity to do this work.
Power in Numbers: Coaching principals to build teams that transform schools serves as a guide for anyone who coaches principals, laying out what principals need to know and be able to do to lead teams effectively, and how coaches can effectively support principals in building their capacity to lead teams.

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Strengthen your district volunteer program

Sponsor: VolunteerNow
Posted: April 1, 2018

A standardized, district-wide volunteer program allows teachers and administrators to focus on the future: our children. Supporting students and teachers through community engagement does not have to be complicated. Successful volunteer programs bridge the gap in funding and staffing, and allow children to feel connected and supported. From writing great volunteer opportunities to reporting hours, the structure of your district’s volunteer program can make-or-break volunteer impact. This guide can help your district create an easy-to-use, efficient and powerful volunteer program, designed by national volunteerism experts.

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Different Approaches to Improve Formative Assessment

Sponsor: DreamBox
Posted: April 1, 2018

This free toolkit offers popular pieces from experienced educators (former Superintendents, Teachers and Curriculum Designers) with new ideas and tips on applying assessment in innovative ways. Learn how to use formative assessments for collaborative learning, support challenged and advanced learners, and tips to accelerate algebraic thinking.

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Developing Teacher Leaders to Transform Teaching and Learning

Sponsor: Capella University
Posted: April 1, 2018

Teacher leaders are arguably the most important factor in driving digital teaching and learning transformation. For long-term success, schools and districts need to cultivate a pipeline of competent teacher leaders who are trained to share their on-the-ground experience and play an active role in peer-to-peer learning and support. But today, teacher shortages, antiquated professional development models, and the lack of incentives and recognition are standing in the way. Read more about how education leaders can create environments that support, train and recognize teacher leaders—and how Capella University can help provide solutions for sustaining a teacher leader ecosystem.

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Guide to Meeting the Next Generation Science Standards

Sponsor: Defined STEM
Posted: March 15, 2018

The Next Generation Science Standards require educators to shift their classroom focus from transmission of information to application of knowledge through real-world experiences. While the benefits are clear, how to meet these standards presents educators with a new set of challenges. Download this guide to learn how to help students apply their knowledge and meet the performance expectations of the NGSS through authentic performance tasks.

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The New Mindframe on Assessment

Sponsor: Corwin
Posted: March 15, 2018

John Hattie’s new mindframes for Visible Learning research identifies “Assessment shows me my effect” as a shift in thinking about the value of classroom assessment. The new mindframe suggests that when thinking about assessment, including formative assessments, as a reflection of a teacher’s effort more than the students’ it turns assessment into a positive force for designing instruction. This experience is described by one school district who implemented the Common Formative Assessments 2.0 process as they dived deeper into their implementation of Visible Learning.

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Creating Multi-Tiered, Equitable Instruction: 6 Strategies

Sponsor: McGraw-Hill Education
Posted: March 1, 2018

Every student both struggles and excels in his or her own way. By designing multi-tiered instructional frameworks with competency and equity in mind, K-12 educators can provide students with differentiated instruction—including remediation, acceleration, and other academic supports—at exactly the right time, and in the right measures, to meet individual learning goals.

Educational leaders can consider six actionable strategies when creating curriculum programs to serve increasingly diverse and special populations of students, close performance gaps, and ensure achievement for all. Schools and districts that apply these strategies can potentially gain an advantage when it comes to addressing all students’ academic needs.

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How a District used eBooks to Evolve & Remain Competitive

Sponsor: OverDrive Education
Posted: March 1, 2018

Located along Michigan’s southern border with Ohio, the Bedford Public Schools (BPS) recognized several years ago that to better prepare students for the future workforce, it must refocus on developing critically thinking problem solvers who can communicate effectively.

“It’s a cultural change we’ve gone through,” said Edward Manuszak, assistant superintendent of instructional and student services.

Implementation of a 1:1 Chromebook program for grades 3-12 would follow. With these new learning tools being put in place, BPS then sought a digital content provider that could offer titles aligned to the district’s curriculum.

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The Science Behind Student Engagement

Sponsor: Pearson
Posted: March 1, 2018

Engaged students are those students who are actively learning. They are not passive, but are instead actively analyzing, comparing, collaborating, contributing, and creating. Online learning programs can be the key to foster student engagement through active learning tasks. Where are you on the shift to digital?

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Guide to Choosing Digital Content and Curriculum

Sponsor: Dreambox
Posted: January 1, 2018

This resource is designed to address the challenges of moving from a print-based to a digital-based curriculum to help districts effectively make the transition. Through providing effective practices and resources for districts, this guide will allow you to plan for success, understand your digital and curriculum options, and implement your program with fidelity. Download this guide to help inform your digital content and curriculum strategy.

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