Category: Professional Development

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

How Do You Show Evidence That Your Strategies Impact Student Learning?

School Superintendent Dr. Julia Espe often quotes Israeli teacher Haim Ginott: “Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.” During her career as superintendent of Princeton Area Schools in MN, Espe continually strove to ensure that whatever “fell” on the students in her school district left

Find Your Space; Own your space!

To be effective and happy, we need to be ourselves. The start of a new year, a big term ahead, it’s reflection time.  My message to teachers and leaders is to navigate the turbulence and try to do what you can to make your job your own; to carve out

3 Steps to Develop Reflective, thus Effective Teachers

This article was originally published on Elevated Achievement Group, Inc. We are told that teachers should develop students that can evaluate their own learning.  The thinking is that this will make them active participants in their own education and guide them towards becoming lifelong learners.  We at Elevated Achievement Group

Book review: Creating the Schools Our Children Need

This review was originally written by Sally Coates and published in tes on June 03, 2018. Educational prophet Dylan Wiliam has words to inspire everyone This blog post has been moved to The Dylan Wiliam Center Blog. Please click here to read the full blog post. Learning Sciences InternationalWe believe

Your Curriculum May Not Be Aligned, and You Might not Know It

By Carla Moore, coauthor of Essentials for Standards-Driven Classrooms. This article was originally published in SEEN Magazine. If you work in the district curriculum office, this statement may be what keeps you up at night: Districts and schools have worked diligently to implement the College and Career Standards. From my own journey,

“Owning” Learning: A Step Above “Doing” and “Understanding”

If you are reading this post, it’s probably because you know that student motivation is key to greater academic success. And if you are like a lot of other educators, you’ve probably had days where it feels like no matter what you do, you can’t get your students motivated. Well,

Nic Weatherly gives a sneak peak into his new book “Deliberate Coaching”

New LSI author Dr. Nicholas Weatherly sits down with Matt Cicoria, host of The Behavioral Observations Podcast, and founder of Positive Behavioral Outcomes, LLC to discuss his forthcoming book Deliberate Coaching: A Toolbox for Accelerating Teacher Performance, co-written with Dr. Paul Gavoni.  Deliberate Coaching introduces the science of human behavior, or Applied Behavior Analysis

Dylan Wiliam: Teacher Learning is Every Leader’s Priority

LSI author Dylan Wiliam sits down with Ollie Lovell of ERRR (Education Research Reading Room) to discuss his book Leadership for Teacher Learning. Dylan Wiliam is author of the best-selling book Embedding Formative Assessment, and his newest book Creating the Schools Our Children Need: Why What We’re Doing Right Now Won’t