Posts Tagged "RtI"

The Importance of Developing Teachers: Part One Using Instructional Materials to Support Teacher Growth

The new report Leadership Perspectives on Public Education: The Gallup 2017 Survey of K-12 School District Superintendents identifies the key challenges that school leaders believe are facing public education today.  Not surprisingly, superintendents say that quality teachers who can engage students and build excitement about learning are the most critical element in improving student outcomes. However, surveyed superintendents underscored the difficulty of finding talented teachers. The report’s conclusion explains:

Superintendents believe having teachers who create excitement about the future is, more than any other proposed strategy or initiative, extremely important for preparing students for success later in life. But finding enough quality teachers is a difficult task, and superintendents are much less likely to see their district as effective in recruiting new teachers as effective in selecting, developing or retaining them. A majority also see the quantity of new teacher candidates decreasing, and more view the quality of those candidates as decreasing rather than increasing (p. 31). [Read more…]

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Meeting Students’ Learning Needs: Alignment Information Supports Selection of Materials for Differentiation

Using Materials Effectively to Differentiate InstructionHave you ever been frustrated when attempting to plan differentiated lessons? Though “differentiation” is a rather simple concept, it is complex to implement successfully.

Most teachers understand that any resource used to differentiate instruction must have the requisite adaptions for the students being taught. For example, materials being used to teach ELLs should have multi-lingual glossaries, linguistic accommodations, and culturally relevant examples and activities to engage ELL students. Materials being used to engage Gifted and Talented students would have extension/ enrichment activities, higher-level questions, and options for inquiry-based learning.  And, for RtI, the materials should have options for each tier of intervention. [Read more…]

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New Product Review: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt California GO Math!™

HMH's California GO Math!Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s California GO Math!is a comprehensive, mathematics product for students in grades K-8. Content is available in print and digital formats.  Learning List recently reviewed resources for grades K-5. California GO Math! focuses on building students’ understanding of math in conjunction with their developing reading and writing skills. At each grade level, the program provides extensive resources for Response to Intervention (RtI) students and English language learners (ELLs). [Read more…]

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New Product Review: Imagine Language & Literacy

Imagine Learning Language & Literacy

Imagine Learning’s Imagine Language & Literacy is a program of digital tutorials that supports the development of language and literacy skills for students in grades PreK-6. The supplemental program uses assessment and performance data to customize instruction for individual students. Its highly visual lessons are designed to engage struggling readers, English learners, and early elementary students. Learning List recently reviewed resources for grades K-5. [Read more…]

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New Product Review: The Math Learning Center’s Bridges Intervention

The Math Learning Center's Bridges InterventionLearning List has reviewed The Math Learning Center’s Bridges Intervention. This supplemental product supports Tier 2 Response to Intervention (RtI) programs in mathematics for grades K-5. Content is available in print format. Instruction is designed to complement core math instruction and focuses on providing targeted small group and one-to-one instruction in fundamental numeracy and computation concepts and skills. [Read more…]

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