Monday, February 8, 2016

Free Webinar

Implementing an effective intervention model is complicated. Whether it’s due to lack of resources, unclear objectives, inconsistent professional development, or having to navigate changes in funding regulations, ongoing challenges make it difficult to implement an intervention framework with fidelity and realize it’s true purpose: to improve student outcomes.

A popular model for delivering intervention and support for students with diverse learning needs is Response to Intervention, or RTI. But what makes an intervention model, like RTI, successful? 

Join us to hear Dale Webster, Ph.D., Chief Academic Officer at the Consortium on Reaching Excellence in Education (CORE), discuss strategies for creating an effective intervention program for grades K-8, including:

Essential components of a RTI framework as applied in grades K–8
Important considerations for implementing a multi-tiered system of support
Evidence-based instructional strategies for effective interventions in math and literacy
How to effectively use data from progress monitoring to inform instruction

Date: Thursday, February 18
Time: 1:00 PM CST
Duration: 60 minutes

Dale Webster, Ph.D.
Chief Academic Officer at the Consortium on
 Reaching Excellence in Education (CORE)

For 24 years, Dale has had extensive experience at all levels
 of education: school site, district, county office, state 
board/state dept. of education, and university. 

Dale is currently the Chief Academic Officer for CORE, 
a professional development/technical assistance firm supporting

 the implementation of scientifically-based reading and math instruction, K-12.


Friday, February 5, 2016

The SERC Library is Closed today - Friday, February 5th!  

Monday, February 1, 2016

Content provided by:
From Probation to Graduation: Online Learning Increases Student Success
In 2009, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) put Marshall Metropolitan High School on academic probation. In 2011, the Marshall staff implemented Pathway to Accelerated Student Success (PASS), which consists of three credit recovery programs: Daytime, Extended Day, and the PASS Institute.

Now, 90 percent of PASS Institute students finish high school in a year or less, and Marshall Metropolitan High School is off academic probation.

From 2011 to 2015, PASS provided thousands of CPS students the opportunity to recover credits, meet graduation requirements, and continue to postsecondary education. In this webinar, we will review Marshall's proven practices of relationship building, peer-to-peer mentoring, and FuelEd online courses and wraparound services. Together these elements have evolved into a powerful, integrated system that gives students opportunities they never thought they would have.

CPS cited Marshall "A turnaround school that has revitalized its curriculum, culture, and climate, and is showing clear gains as a result. Students receive the supports necessary to be academically successful."

Carol Brown-Robinson, administrator, John Marshall Metropolitan High School, Chicago, Ill.
John Watson, founder, Evergreen Education Group
This webinar will be moderated by Nicole Bono, director of marketing, Fuel Ed
Register HERE - Thursday, February 4th 2 pm to 3 pm ET

Content provided by:
From the Mirage to Reality: The Future of Professional Learning
Over the past decade, numerous research reports have concluded that current teacher professional development and certification processes are outdated and ineffective. The latest report, The Mirage, from TNTP, suggests that despite spending nearly $18,000 per teacher per year (or $67 billion nationwide) on teacher development efforts, teacher improvement is relatively infrequent and not tied to district interventions.

In this webinar, Daniel Weisberg, CEO, The New Teacher Project, will be interviewed by Joanne Weiss, former chief of staff to former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, about the key insights of The Mirage report, where the field of educator professional learning is headed, and what it means for districts to ask fundamentally different questions about what great teaching means and how to achieve it.

Upon registering, attendees may submit questions to be addressed in the conversation, and live Q&A will be held at the end.

Daniel Weisberg, chief executive officer, The New Teacher Project
This webinar will be moderated by Joanne Weiss, former chief of staff to former U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan
Register HERE - Thursday, February 11th 2 pm to 3 pm ET

Friday, January 29, 2016

February is a busy Month!

Black History Month (February) is almost here. Make sure you have the materials to help you teach this important topic, from historical figures and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, to slavery and the Civil War, to racism, discrimination, and the Black Lives Matter movement in America today. 

Celebrate George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and all the rest of our presidents this Presidents'Day (February 15).

Are you wishing for spring or more winter this February 2?
Groundhog Day Videos & Activities(K-8)
Hand Shadows & Groundhog Day (1-5)
Historyof Groundhog Day (3-5)
InvestigateActivity: Observing Shadows Caused by Sunlight (3)
More Groundhog Day Resources

Celebrate the year of the Monkey starting February 8!
Chinese New Year Videos & Activities(K-12)
Chinese New Year Dragon Puppet (K-2)
Chinese New Year Printable Book (K-5)
SunNin, the Chinese New Year (3-8)
More Chinese New Year Activities

"Fat Tuesday" is February 9!
MardiGras or Carnival (3-5)
MaskTemplate (Pre-K–5)
MiniatureMardi Gras Float (Pre-K–6)
ATour of New Orleans (K-12)
Papier-MâchéHex/Voodoo Head (Pre-K–6)

Encourage students to show their affection for others this February 14.
Top15 Valentine's Day Printables(K-8)
Valentine's Day Word Games (3-5)
Valentine's Day Printable Book (K-2)
Valentine'sDay Printable Book (3-5)
Valentine's Day Activities (1-5)
Valentine's Day Math Word Problems (3-5)
More Valentine's Day Resources

Grades K-2
Learn about African-American history.
Top 10 Black History Month Worksheets
Black History Month Classroom Kit
Black History Printable Book
How the President Gets Elected
Top 10 Presidents' Day Worksheets
My Book About George Washington
More K-2 Resources

Grades 3-5
Discover interesting facts about our past presidents.
Top 15 Black History Month Resources
Black History Month Activities
I Have Heard of a Land Teacher's Guide
Presidential Factfile
Presidents' Day Printable Book
My Book About Abraham Lincoln
More 3-5 Resources

Grades 6-8
Teach students about the contributions of Lincoln, Washington, and others.
Black History Month Quiz
Black History Month Activities & Biographies
Top 10 Black History Month Worksheets
Top 10 Presidents' Day Worksheets
George Washington: Videos & Activities
Celebrating Presidents' Day
More 6-8 Resources

Grades 9-12
Delve deeper into the topic of racism in American culture with your older students.
Top Trip Ideas for Black History Month
Civil Rights Timeline
Black History Printable Book
Abraham Lincoln: Videos & Activities
Forge Discussion Guide
Lincoln's Last Days Teacher's Guide
More 9-12 Resources

Teaching Tools
Teaching Tools
Graphic Organizers
Display tricky topics in a new way!
Main Idea and Supporting Details Web (K-5)
Homework Checklist (1-8)
Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How (K-12)
The Herringbone: Main Idea and Supporting Details (2-8)
Top 10 Science Graphic Organizers (K-12)
Top 20 Literature Graphic Organizers Gallery (K-12)
Story Map Graphic Organizer (1-12)
Triple Venn Diagram (1-8)
More Graphic Organizers