Confirmed. School is Not Well. Now What?

The newly released 2022 NAEP data confirms everyone’s worst suspicions about student achievement: Students in ALL geographic and demographic categories lost ground during the pandemic Students fell behind in both math and ELA, though moreso in math The achievement gap worsened, as lower performing and lower incomes students had bigger declines SpED departments are near

A Needed Refresh to the Traditional Parent-Teacher Conference

Our advice: Start with Listening, End with Shared Strategies! For most schools across the country, in-person parent-teacher conferences will resume this month for the first time in 3 years. Teachers and caregivers are likely feeling more anxiety than usual. The  widely reported achievement declines, teacher burnout, curriculum debates, and student mental health challenges are undoubtedly

Motivating Students Like Athletes

It’s a year where many teachers say their biggest challenge is student behavior, even more than learning gaps. Use these coaching strategies to improve academic behaviors by leveraging students’ mindset for sports, music, or other passion. Fortunately, a successful mindset absolutely can be a transferable skill. However, students might need help to see the connection

Summer Plans for Unfinished Learning

The summer slide (i.e. lost learning during the summer months) is a challenge in any year but untenable in a year of already unfinished learning. Some advance planning will enable teachers to avoid distributing the often ineffective but somewhat obligatory “one size fits all” summer packet. Instead, identify the cause of the unfinished learning and provide students with the differentiated

You Can’t Tier 2 Your Way Out of Tier 1

High Dosage Tutoring Addresses Tier 2, but What about Tier 1 Yes, high dosage tutoring can be a very effective way to bring students up to grade level. But based on the data, grade level is not what it was before the pandemic, even in the top performing schools. And it’s not just academics. Most educators are as worried

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: A Guide to Improving SEL

The mental toll of the pandemic, and corresponding ESSER-recommended funding, put SEL (social and emotional learning) top of mind in schools. The benefits of SEL aren’t new. What is new is the broader awareness and heightened sense of urgency to address SEL. And yet there’s little agreement on how. Maybe until now. Maslow’s Hierarchy and SEL After reflecting

High Dosage Tutoring: The Right Strategy for the Moment (if done right)

Defining High Dosage Tutoring Districts across the country are addressing learning loss by offering in-school “high dosage small group tutoring.” If you’re wondering what it is, or better yet, how it’s different from RtI or small group instruction the short answer is this: it’s the same. It’s the practice of teaching students based on mastery level, not grade level. It is