Category: School Transformation

Lesson Planning: 6 Steps for Aligning Student Tasks With Learning Targets

By Amy Dujon, author of The Essential Flipbook for Achieving Rigor The goal of a standards-based classroom is to provide each student with an opportunity to produce evidence of the grade-level standards. This is no small feat for the teacher. First, teachers must understand the level of thinking and evidence required by

“We HOPE to See a Productive Struggle” Sara Croll on Omaha Public Radio

“We hope to see a productive struggle. We want kids to really think it out and try. When the teacher goes in and shows them and saves them, so to speak, the learning stops, because they got the answer and they’re done. So we really encourage the productive struggle —

Modeling With Mathematics: What it Is and How it Aligns With the Standards-Driven Classroom

By Jackie Speake I recently facilitated a teacher training at a school district with Learning Sciences International. The training included College and Career Ready (CCR) Standards for Mathematics, and we discussed the eight standards for mathematical practice. For more information on all eight practices you can check out CoreStandards.org. Unlike the Next

8 Listening Strategies Students Can Use for Better Communication

(FREE DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE BELOW) By Ron Nash, author of The Power of We and And What About You? When I ask how many participants in one of my workshops have taken a speech class at some point, most of the hands go up. I follow that with, “How many have taken a

The Number One Factor in Student Success? Relationships With Teachers

By Jennifer Cleary, co-author of Classroom Techniques for Creating Conditions for Rigorous Instruction “Relationships teachers build with their students have the power to foster success or failure.” – Cleary, Morgan, Marzano Just Ask Students. In 1996, Mouton et al. conducted a study on students they referred to as “low-attached”—students who lacked a sense

Student Teaming: 3 Strategies for Turning Students into Teachers

By: Sara Croll, author of Student Teaming: You Got This! A Teacher’s Survival Guide If we want students to be successful working in truly rigorous, autonomous academic teams, we need to give them tools to help them work through the challenges that might occur. Students don’t usually come equipped with strategies

Reflecting on a Year of Growth at Des Moines Public Schools

By Kara Bentley Staff members at an Iowa elementary school reflect on the take-aways, challenges, and rewards of becoming a School for Rigor. Read the first part of this series here. In August 2017, I had the privilege of working with the instructional staff of Monroe Elementary School in Des Moines

Turning Around School Performance Requires Bold Steps: How Bear Creek Elementary Went From a “D” to “A”

By Willette Houston (Originally published in SEEN Magazine) Be bold. That’s where a school leader must start if you want to lead meaningful school change. There’s nothing wrong with incremental improvement or plotting out a step-by-step process, but we have to take a step back and look at the big picture

Student Reflections on Finding Joy in the Journey at Greensboro Elementary School

By Kara Bentley Some images courtesy of Greensboro Elementary School Assistant Principal Todd Nichols. Follow him on Twitter here. Earlier this year, I shared with you teacher reflections about the journey that began at Greensboro Elementary School in August, 2017 as Caroline County MD Schools embraced a new instructional initiative, Essentials