Let the Data Speak for Itself

Let the Data Speak for Itself

Dr. Melissa Douglas of Allegheny-Clarion Valley School District shares her experience in working with the teaching teams to make change happen in the classroom. Melissa describes the importance of administrators walking in the teachers’ shoes so that they know how to best support the team and how letting the data speak for itself became the authentic way to get folks comfortable with change. Please access the related slide deck from a recent presentation delivered at a professional conference for more detailed information on this great work.

Raising the Floor, Raises the Ceiling!

Raising the Floor, Raises the Ceiling!

Dr. Courtney Lepore and Mrs. Michele Possinger of Bangor Area School District talk about how developing teachers created an environment of confidence and collaboration as they focused their efforts on growing all students in reading. The team enthusiastically reminds us that we need to remember that as we raise the floor, we are lifting the ceiling! Please access the related slide deck from a recent presentation delivered at a professional conference for more detailed information on this great work.

It’s OK to Fail Forward

It’s OK to Fail Forward

Mrs. Nicole Daniels and Mrs. Theresa Graves of Northern Potter School District shares how they embraced professional development in the pursuit of finding ways to close a reading gap in First Grade. Nicole and Theresa are excited to share their message of faith in the process of change and how giving yourself permission to “fail forward” is an important component in finding the right balance. As Nicole and Theresa share their lessons learned within their district, they are also offering the associated slide deck from a recent presentation she delivered at a professional conference.

Intervention for ALL Students

Intervention for ALL Students

Ms. Lori Sims of Sto-Rox School District shares how the Primary Center approached finding ways to provide intervention for all students – even those who were already in the “blue zone”. Lori also provides information about how setting a plan, measuring progress and “getting uncomfortable” made change happen in the following slide deck from a recent presentation she delivered at a professional conference.

These are OUR Students – Ownership Drives Change

These are OUR Students – Ownership Drives Change

Ms. Benita Draper of Bethlehem Area School District shares how Lincoln Elementary School took the opportunity to improve seriously and in the process, found the collective ownership of all students a key to their academic success. Benita also shares information about running effective data meetings in the following slide deck from a recent presentation she delivered at a professional conference.

The Science of Learning…The Art of Teaching

The Science of Learning…The Art of Teaching

Pam Reagle of Step By Step Learning talks to us about the reading gap and why understanding the science of learning should have a direct impact on the strategies and routines in the classroom. Pam also talks about how ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) emphasizes closing the reading gap with more information in the following slide deck from a recent presentation she delivered at a professional conference.

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