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Course Description

This course is an in-depth study of instructional practices to improve learning outcomes in the school/classroom using evidence based practices. Participants will leave with practical strategies that can be implemented immediately.

Course Outline

  • The Features of Effective Instruction
  • Explicit Instruction and Active Engagement
  • Gradual Release Concept
  • Bell to Bell Best Practices
  • Using Brain Research to Inform Daily Instructional Practices
  • Differentiation  in the Classroom – How to Make it Work
  • Evaluating Student Growth
  • What to Do When Students Aren’t Learning Enough
  • Teaching Academic Vocabulary Using a Systematic Plan
  • Improving Reading Outcomes on CCSS

Learner Outcomes

Participants of this course will:

  1. Learn 9 general features of effective instruction.
  2. Know when and how to use explicit instruction to make learning more efficient and effective
  3. Have the ability to dramatically increase student responses/engagement in the learning process
  4. Learn to maximize instructional time, provide student friendly learning objectives, and how to check for student understanding
  5. Understand the brain rules for learning, How to use brain research to inform homework practices, Learn high pay off practices in the classroom
  6. Learn how to set up and schedule a differentiated classroom
  7. Learn how to evaluate student growth and set realistic/measurable goals
  8. Know what to do when students aren’t learning enough (the 5 “Mores”)
  9. Establish a 5 day instruction plan for systematic vocabulary instruction
  10. Learn how to improve reading outcomes, increase student reading stamina, and the best ways to improve reading comprehension
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