Differentiation and Technology Podcast

In the Differentiation and Technology Podcast, Mark Hofer Professor at the College of William and Mary, describes the role of technology in supporting differentiated instruction.  He shares strategies and provides examples of how to most appropriately integrate technology into instruction to support specific student needs.

Increasing Opportunities to Respond: Tools for Teachers and Administrators

Think back to your days as a student and visualize your favorite class or teacher.  What did the teacher do in that class?  What did the students do?  In all likelihood, you did not sit quietly for the entire class period while the teacher talked.  You probably focused more of your effort on creating new products or sharing ideas with your peers than on sitting still.  Unfortunately, for many students, including those with disabilities, the effort needed to sit quietly for long periods of time overrides any effort to learn.  Yet, active engagement is the strongest predictor of academic achievement (Dotterer & Lowe, 2011). [Read more…]

Engagement in Instruction and Increasing Opportunities to Respond Resource Guide

We are pleased to announce a new product to help newsletter readers find valuable educational resources related to topics such as student engagement, classroom management, co-teaching, reading, and mathematics.  We have compiled current online resources, arranged them by media type, highlighted the five we found most helpful, and identified those that are family-friendly.  Our first Resource Guide, Increasing Student Engagement and Opportunities to Respond, compiled by Donni Davis-Perry is currently available.  We will share additional guides in upcoming editions of Link Lines.

Techniques for Active Learners

This Considerations Packets provides 18 techniques that teachers can easily implement to increase time on task for all learners. Techniques are grouped into the following categories: Motivation and Focus, During Instruction, Cooperative Group Work, and Evaluation. Specific techniques include Whip Around and Pass; I Have, Who Has?; Pinwheel; Paired Reading; and Outcome Sentences.

From Seatwork to Feetwork – Engaging Students in Their Own Learning

In this podcast Ron Nash, Keynote Speaker at the College of William and Mary Symposium on Professional Collaboration and Inclusive Education (2011), shares how teachers can employ active learning strategies in the classroom to enhance student learning. He provides suggestions for how to develop relationships with students; build learning communities in the classroom; and get students up and moving, talking to each other, and interacting with the critical content.

Mother And Son Share the Impact of the I’m Determined Project

In this podcast Jonathan Brooks, a youth leader for the I’m Determined Project, and his mother, Tiffany Burton, highlight how the life skills learned through this project have helped them to make positive changes in their lives –  both academically and personally.   Jonathan shares how his involvement with I’m Determined has improved his self-esteem. Tiffany provides her perspective as a parent involved with the project, and reveals how it has impacted her younger son as well.

Specially Designed Instruction: Realizing the Potential of Co-Teaching

The principle of least restrictive environment (LRE) requires schools to provide instruction in the general education classroom for students with disabilities unless the “nature and severity” of the student’s disability prevents it (Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act [IDEA], 2004). Additionally, the IDEA mandates access to the general education curriculum with instruction from qualified teachers. To meet the LRE and access requirements, many schools choose co-teaching as a service delivery model. Access to a co-taught classroom alone, however, does not satisfy the legal requirements. Access must also result in improved academic outcomes for students with disabilities.

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A Mother and Daughter Co-Teaching Team’s Story: A Unique Partnership at Lee Jackson Elementary School in Mathews County, VA

In this podcast, you will meet a mother and daughter co-teaching team from Lee Jackson Elementary school in Mathews County, VA. Kris Long, her school’s Teacher of the Year, and Chandler Rogers discuss their unique co-teaching relationship and provides co-teaching tips for new teams as well as insights for veteran partners. Listen to the podcast. [Read more…]

Strategies for Creating Inclusive Schools

This Considerations Packet provides educators with information, recommendations, and tools to expand inclusive practices within their schools. The recommendations outlined in this packet, and described in the IRIS online learning module referenced therein, equip school leaders to create concrete plans for leading the implementation and sustaining an inclusive school.

The Power of Leadership Teams: Collaborating to Improve Student Outcomes

Serving on leadership teams can be both a rewarding and challenging endeavor. Meeting structures that support productivity and collaboration can improve the teaming process.  The Power of Leadership Teams: Collaborating to Improve Student Outcomes is an interactive webinar that provides specific strategies to make team meetings more effective and efficient.  Participants will learn and practice techniques for establishing group norms, effective communication skills, and problem-solving protocols.