What if we could bring professional development to your school (that you have already paid for!) around these instructional practices? Would it help with your proficiency-based learning and teacher effectiveness work? … More Would This Help With Proficiency-based Learning and Teacher Effectiveness?
How a Plain English Instructional Model provides an opportunity for typical teachers to expand their thinking and skill around instruction. … More The Advantages of a Plain English Instructional Model
It’s easy to find stories and reports in the media frustrated with technology in schools, promoting caution, or even advocating for banning tech. But to what extent to these look at how the technology was being used, consider desired learning experiences for students, or the support offered teachers? … More Ed Tech Research is Clear: Owning a Device Does Not Improve Learning
Audrey Armitage at EdWeek draws a comparison between an episode of the Simpsons where the elementary school disastrously implements educational technology and Education Week’s recent Technology Counts 2015 report. Not surprisingly, the fictional school’s ed-tech effort fails spectacularly and comedically. A massive power surge destroys the new devices and leaves Springfield’s educators at a loss … More What Can the “Simpsons” Teach Us about Educational Technology?
Level of implementation matters. Unfortunately, simply participating in training and having the right resources available does not mean that students will do better or that your initiative will have it’s desired impact. The degree to which teachers implement your initiative and related strategies matters. So, how do you drive your initiative to a high level … More Positive Pressure and Support – All 3 Pieces
So, you’re waist deep in your school’s initiative. Maybe it’s improving learning by taking advantage of 1to1 tablets or laptops, or through proficiency-based learning, or with a focus on student motivation and engagement. And you are providing teachers with training and resources. And you are working to leverage Positive Pressure and Support to drive your … More Positive Pressure and Support – Part 2: Supervision
So you’re working on your MLTI implementation, or some other school initiative, and you really believe in it, and you really want it to make a difference. And you are trying to pay attention to leadership for school change, and have certainly provided training to your staff and have made resources available. Unfortunately, simply participating in … More Positive Pressure and Support – Part 1: Expectations