Lessons Learned: Reaching Families for Equity and Student Achievement

Educators and families have high expectations for themselves and each other and both feel overwhelmed when their students aren’t succeeding.  On occasion, differences involving culture, perception and perspective, cause assumptions and misunderstandings that can make communication and partnership efforts complicated. With this understanding, I’ve come to learn a few lessons

Family engagement and student achievement

What Does Family Engagement Have to Do with Equity and Student Achievement?

There is no question that teachers deserve the lion’s share of the credit when a student learns to read, write and grasp any academic concept covered during the school day. In fact, research and every respected education leader in the Country, will confirm teachers are the most important factor regarding

Using Classroom Technology as a Tool, Not a Crutch

By Michael D. Toth, coauthor of The Power of Student Teams. Originally published in Education Week. Technology provides many powerful opportunities to support student learning, but sometimes it can be used as a crutch rather than as a tool. Here are a few guidelines that educators can consider to ensure

FTEM Newsletter: Planning for Success and Using the Protocols to Plan

You are reading a post from the the Learning Sciences International (LSI) monthly FTEM newsletter helping to inform current users of the Focused Teacher Evaluation Model on the best practices for effective evaluation. Planning for Success Why is planning the first step to success? Best Practice: Using the Protocols to

Bowlesburg Elementary holds Monday night tailgate to celebrate school progress

A Monday Night Tailgate at Bowlesburg Elementary: Celebrating a Semester of Growth

In schools and districts throughout the United States, LSI’s Applied Research Center is transforming core instruction and leadership practices. It’s always exciting to see the results, and to hear about community celebrations like this one in Illinois. Keep up the fantastic work, Bowlesburg Elementary! The transformation began when the school