Connected learners develop networks and shared learning. They use collaborative online spaces and social media and engage in conversations across the world, and they bring that learning back to the classroom. Educators should have the same opportunity.
Winnie O’Leary has spent over 25 years in education, as a classroom teacher, school board member, a family advocate, special education teacher, curriculum writer and currently the Educator Initiatives Manager. Her experiences have allowed her to work with districts all over the country where she learns something new and exciting every day.
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Most teachers of little ones understand that teaching elementary children often involves walking a narrow line between exploration and total chaos. Walking that line often means navigating and eliminating as many obstacles to learning as possible, taking care to identify gaps quickly so that no one gets left behind. This is best supported by a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) curriculum with embedded provisions, including technology.
The goal of ESSA and its predecessors has been about equity of resources. This is no different when it comes to early literacy; however, opportunities to develop prereading skills in preparation for school are often challenging. Let’s also examine some approaches to addressing and supporting reading proficiency by the 3rd grade.
ESSA, Accountability, and Personalized Learning: Implementing Response to Intervention at the High School Level
Response to intervention (RTI) is a skills-based, growth- and mastery-focused approach that has been used in elementary schools for a long time. With implementation of ESSA, it’s also an approach that high schools will likely be expected to adopt much more frequently.
Our new Exact Path program combines adaptive diagnostic assessments with tailored learning paths to power truly personalized learning experiences. Here, we're taking a close look at how we designed our learning paths to provide just-in-time, data-driven instruction.