As educators, we all know that one of the most important ways that we can help children achieve academic and social success is to form strong and collaborative partnerships with their families. Taking the teacher/parent relationship beyond back to school nights and report card conferences can help build strong home-school connections for kids. Having a strong home-school connection leads children to see learning in a more positive light, which prompts them to work harder and actually enjoy school more.
Reversing the Trend: The Truth About Teacher Professional Development
As an internal evaluator at an education non-profit, as well as the wife of a middle school teacher, I am inherently curious about how teachers respond to the professional development (PD) provided by their school district.
How Starting Small Can Lead to Something Big
A few weeks ago, AIR Institute Fellow and chief scientist for literacy, Terry Salinger, wrote a guest blog for CLI explaining how the preliminary results for CLI’s i3 funded Model Classroom Project stand out in the field of early reading interventions.
Our Favorite Books to Give and Get This Holiday
The holidays are fast approaching, and parents and teachers alike are already preparing kids for winter break. It’s important to make sure young readers keep practicing their skills, even when they’re not in school. One of the best ways parents can get children excited about reading is with new books!
5 Strategies For Better Teacher Professional Development
It’s difficult, if not impossible, for learning to take place when conflicting goals are set, unrealistic expectations prevail, and support is lacking. School districts often focus on alleviating these problems in the classroom — for students, that is.
Transforming Instruction: Success in the Field
CLI continuously works to ensure our professional developers (PDs) receive the necessary support to coach and conduct trainings in the field. To track program fidelity, PDs complete field reports three times a year – in November, February, and June. These reports are used to help improve our services while allowing PDs to reflect on the successes and challenges they encounter in the classroom.
How Districts Can Use Literacy Coaching to Improve Classroom Instruction
Sometimes even teachers need a little coaching. That’s where literacy coaching comes in.
Literacy coaches are meant to help teachers implement important instructional concepts in their classrooms.
The Stakes Grow for Reading by Third Grade
Education is a critical catalyst for closing gaps in opportunity and achievement in an economic environment in which socioeconomic mobility is increasingly inelastic.
The Practical Impact of CLI on Teachers
Ever walk away from a training feeling totally excited about what you’ve learned only to get back to the real world and say to yourself “Now what”? I’ve been there – I’ve attended PD sessions where the presenter has been really engaging, covered a lot of in depth material and even made links to how this could benefit me in my role but one crucial component was missing – the “how”.
AIR Finds CLI Results to be an Exception to the Norm
This is article has been written by guest author Terry Salinger of American Institutes for Research. Terry is an AIR Institute Fellow and chief scientist for literacy research.