Making the Most of Your Time: Teacher Tips for Reducing Minor Infractions and Maximizing Instruction

By LaShauna Britt, M.Ed., Daria Lorio-Barsten, M.Ed., and Kara McCulloch, M.S.

Educators are focused on meeting the individual needs of each student. With classrooms filled to capacity and the pace of instruction continuing to quicken, every minute counts. The emphasis on maximizing instruction leaves no time for even minor infractions that may take away from student learning. [Read more…]

Backward Design: An Alternative to Grade-Level Retention for Students With Disabilities and Other Struggling Learners

Adam is six years old. Six months into his kindergarten year, Adam’s teachers and administrators are concerned. He is not demonstrating growth toward meeting the state and national benchmarks for kindergarten, and he struggles with even the most basic reading, math, expressive language, and social skills. He also appears not to have the basic prerequisite skills for kindergarten, such as attending, following simple directions, and getting along with peers. He cries frequently and states, “I hate school! I am STUPID!” [Read more…]

Co-Teacher Leaders – Page Middle School

By Shelley Littleton, M.Ed. and Donni Davis-Perry, M.Ed.

T/TAC William & Mary is highlighting a team of co-teacher leaders from Page Middle School in Gloucester County, Virginia.  Dana Cooper and Brian Teuke are part of the Excellence in Co-Teaching Initiative, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). [Read more…]

Data Collection and Analysis Podcast with Janelle Spitz

In this podcast Janelle Spitz ,the principal at Mary Passage Middle School in Newport News, VA, discusses her school’s journey to improve learning outcomes for students through data collection and analysis.   She describes how she alleviates teachers’ fears related to student data reporting in inclusive classrooms, explains how she encourages teachers to hold high expectations for all students, and shares tips for new administrators hoping to increase student achievement.

A Conversation: Family Engagement and Student Success

In this podcast Michael Andrews, father, educator, and Director for Leadership Development at Flamboyan Foundation in Washington, DC, addresses the following crucial guideposts for building family engagement within schools.

  • Why family engagement is essential to student success in school
  • What effective family engagement looks like when practiced
  • How administrators, parents and educators can work together to build effective relationships.

Listen and learn about what action each stakeholder (parent, educator, administrator) can take to build authentic relationships that positively affect students’ academic success.

To support you on your journey toward cultivating a family-inclusive learning environment please check out the following resources provided by the Virginia Department of Education:

Tips and Strategies for Increasing Parent and Family Involvement in Virginia Schools

Collaborative Family-School Relationships for Children’s Learning

National PTA Standards for Family-School Partnerships: Potential Resources for Standard 6 – Collaborating with Community

AIM-VA’s New Requirements for Eligibility

AIM-VA provides accessible instructional materials to eligible Virginia K-12 students who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and are unable to access traditional print.   Learn more about eligibility requirements.