Spring Testing Resources

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Spring testing season is upon us! We know you are gearing up for your end of year assessments this month. We hope the resources below will make your preparations easier and inspire you to try something new.

Get Teachers and Students Ready

Positive Test Prep Activity for Parents

Two weeks before testing, ask parents to send a note encouraging their child to do their best on the end of the year assessment.  Provide parents and/or family members with the materials to write the letters. Think about sending home fancy paper, envelopes, and make some suggestions of things to say. Give the parents the option to text or record their message, create posters, email their messages or mail in their letters to allow flexibility and creativity. Before you administer the test, give students the message to read or view before they begin.

Advice for Remote Testing

Nervous about testing students remotely this year? Don’t worry, with proper preparation and guidance, remote testing can go as smoothly as an in-person testing session.

Looking for Social Emotional Learning Curriculum?

Attitude is Altitude is a CASEL-aligned social emotional learning curriculum designed for grades K-12. Nick Vujicic, a world-renowned motivational speaker, launched the initiative to help guide and inspire students with Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) after experiencing a childhood of hardship due to bullying.

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Autism Awareness Month Resources for All Classrooms

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In honor of National Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd, this month’s post highlights resources to support the success and acceptance of unique learners in your classroom. We hope you will use these resources throughout the year!

Person First Language

A disability does not define an individual! Identify the individual first rather than the disability. Explore the resources below to learn more about person first language and be sure to adopt this practice in your classroom and your everyday life.

Social Stories

Social stories are a great way to explain simple concepts or experiences with visuals. This is a great tool to use BEFORE a student experiences something. If a teacher knows a fire drill is taking place soon, she can review a fire drill social story to prepare the students.

Visual Tools & Symbols

Visual tools are a great way to promote functional communication.  The resources below offer options to use for visual schedules, social stories, behavior charts, etc. Both resources offer functional graphics that are simple to interpret.

Puzzle Piece Project Tool Kit

It is important for all students to understand and accept people with autism! Autism Speaks created the Puzzle Piece Project to increase the understanding and acceptance of students with autism in all grade levels.

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Classroom Walkthroughs Made Easy

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We know you are busy this month with teacher evaluations, observations, and classroom walkthroughs. This post aims to provide you with some quick and easy to implement resources for your classroom walkthroughs! Also, don’t miss the excellent curriculum and culture webinars coming up this month. Learn more and register via the links below!

Do you have a need for high-quality curriculum at your school?

Join a webinar on March 9th at 4:00 p.m. to find out more. Click here to register.

Are you looking for a school survey instrument that produces an “under the hood” analysis of behaviors and beliefs that influence student success?

Join a webinar on March 16th at 9:00 a.m. to learn more. Click here to register.

Learn more about the importance of curriculum and culture at your school here.

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Free Printable March Madness Reading Challenge

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In honor of Read Across America Day, this month we’re featuring a March Madness Reading Challenge! And, because every month should include stories of diverse American heroes, the theme of the reading challenge is: Unsung Heroes of Black History. Challenge your students to get to know these 16 influential little-known heroes. Which inspiring story will become your favorite unsung hero?

Looking to inspire your middle and high school students?

Sometimes middle school or high school students struggle to connect authentically with history lessons. One way to inspire them to pick up a biography about a historical figure is to show a documentary tied to that figure’s life and structure class discussion around the documentary. Consider viewing Mighty Times: The Children’s March, a 2004 American short documentary film about the Birmingham, Alabama civil rights marches in the 1960s, highlighting the bravery of young activists involved in the Children’s Crusade and using discussion questions provided by Learning For Justice. You just might inspire your students to pick up a book about movement leaders Rev. Andrew Young and Rev. James Bevel, or Carolyn McKinstry, one of the marchers profiled in the documentary.

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Curriculum & Culture: What matters most for the long-term success of your students?

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We know right now administrators are hard at work making the big decisions about next year’s curriculum and resources. Recent research suggests that there is a significantly positive correlation between a knowledge-rich curriculum, effective instructional support in delivering it, and a robust school culture. The Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy has designed numerous resources (and undertaken associated research evaluations) to support a much-needed shift towards this powerfully integrated approach to education. This month, we’d like to share this research and these resources with you as you make the big decisions regarding curriculum and change at your school.

How strong is your school culture?

School culture serves as the foundation for several important domains of school performance. A strong, coherent school culture is linked to…

  • Favorable civic outcomes such as increased political engagement and higher levels of tolerance.
  • Favorable academic outcomes such as college enrollment or workforce participation.
  • The successful implementation of school improvement

Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy has designed a set of tools that address these critical issues from different angles, providing both an evaluation of where schools currently are and a baseline against which to measure continuous improvement.

  • School Culture 360™ – a school survey instrument that produces an “under the hood” analysis of behaviors and beliefs that influence student success. Cost for schools: $675.
  • Teacher Surveys on Curriculum Use – survey that creates a full picture of teachers’ use of curriculum materials and their satisfaction level with those materials. Cost for schools: $700.
  • For information about either of these surveys contact Dr. Carol Macedonia cmacedo3@jhu.edu.

Looking for rigorous and knowledge-rich curriculum?

The implementation of a knowledge-rich curriculum in grades K-12 is critical to positive academic achievement. Here are a few high quality curriculum programs for your consideration.

  • Wilson FUNdations: From Wilson Language Training, this foundational and early reading intervention curriculum is designed for students in K-3 grade.
  • Great Minds
    • Wit & Wisdom: K-12 ELA Curriculum focused on building knowledge of the world and important topics. Click here to learn more!
    • Eureka Math: K-12 Math Curriculum helping students gain a deeper understanding of the why behind the numbers, while making math more enjoyable to learn!

Why does knowledge rich curriculum and strong school culture matter?

We will be discussing the School Culture 360™ and Curriculum options in more detail at our Statewide School Leadership webinar on February 23rd. Click here to register!

 

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Project Based Learning Made Simple

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10 free Project Based Learning resources from Tech & Learning.

Here are two of our favorite options:

  1. Houghton Mifflin Project Based Learning Space
    • Houghton Mifflin offers resources for teachers with in-depth discussion of project-based learning. This site includes an overview of the issues surrounding PBL, the student’s role in the process, and several projects to get you started (including the popular “egg drop” experiment and “Mission to Mars”).
  1. Better Lesson Problem Based Units
    • A huge collection of PBL lessons, activities, and resources for grades K-8th including NASA Rocks! and Introduction of Spider Bio-Diversity.
Check out these age & grade level specific Project Based Learning projects for Remote Learning from the Buck Institute for Education. You can use this collection of project resources while facilitating online or in person learning with your students!
Looking for a Good Read?

Check out Natalie Wexler’s book “The Knowledge Gap.” Through the stories of educators, students, and parents, “The Knowledge Gap” dives into the real issues at the heart of what we call the achievement gap. The book zeros in on the importance of building knowledge of the world rather than focusing solely on skills. It’s a deep dive into the heart of reading, literacy, and the disparities in our education system that you won’t want to miss! Click here to learn more!

 

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Budgeting for Technology & Free Professional Development Opportunity

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Now more than ever, technology has become a necessity in education! With so many schools using a hybrid approach of in person and online learning, school leaders are under increasing pressure to purchase new technology or upgrade the existing materials. As you begin to work on your school’s budget and look forward to the future technology needs of your school, we hope the resources below can help guide your thinking and planning.

Consider this:

Not sure where to begin with budgeting?

Looking for more details and examples?

Free Building Inclusive Schools Professional Development options through Step Up for Students:

All trainings are FREE thanks to support from Step Up For Students and our generous donors.

  • Foundations of an Inclusive Community (Vanessa Douyon – Promise 54)
  • Is Your School Anti-Racist? (Vanessa Douyon – Promise 54)
  • LGBTQ Culturally Competent Best Practices (De Palazzo – Equality Florida)

Click here  to learn more about the content of these trainings. Click here to register.

 

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Resources for Accommodations in the Classroom and FREE One-Day Teacher Summit through ASU!

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Happy New Year Teachers! As we begin 2021, we wanted to tackle the often overlooked topic of accommodations. This month’s resources will help you access, select, and implement accommodations for students with unique abilities in your classroom.

Here are ten resources to assist with accessing, selecting, and implementing accommodations for the students in your classroom:

  1. This document published by the Florida DOE in 2010 aims to assist school district personnel and parents when making decisions about the use of accommodations by students with disabilities in instructional situations. View the slightly shorter updated version of the manual here.
  2. Check out the Center for Parent Information and Resources webpage, dedicated to, “Supports, Modifications and Accommodations” for students with disabilities.
  3. Explore this webpage from Understood.org providing some common accommodations and modifications that schools and families can discuss as possible options.
  4. Click here to look through the SmartKids with Learning Disabilities website providing examples of Accommodations and Modifications available to students with disabilities.
  5. Watch this video from the Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center illustrating how to implement accommodations and modifications for students with disabilities.
  6. Explore the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) webpage dedicated to accommodations for students with disabilities in High School.
  7. Click here to find the Texas A & T Faculty Resource Guide promoting access for students with disabilities.
  8. Us this helpful document published by the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities through the U.S. Department of Education on Adaptations and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities.
  9. Check out these test taking tips for students with learning disabilities developed by Super Duper®
  10. To explore diagnostic, instruction, and technology support services check out the Florida Diganostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) website.

Free One-Day Teacher Summit with Professional Development Credit from Arizona State University:

REMOTE K12: The Connected Teacher Summit, hosted by ASU is a free, one-day virtual event to be held on January 9, 2021 to help K-12 educators deliver better online and blended learning experiences. Learn and network with educators from across the country who will share learning techniques and insights on assessment, collaboration, instructional design, innovation amid adversity, instructor presence, self-care and wellness, student engagement and more. Click here to learn more and sign up for Free!

Free Building Inclusive Schools Professional Development options through Step Up for Students:

All trainings are FREE thanks to support from Step Up For Students and our generous donors.

  • Foundations of an Inclusive Community (Vanessa Douyon – Promise 54)
  • Is Your School Anti-Racist? (Vanessa Douyon – Promise 54)
  • LGBTQ Culturally Competent Best Practices (De Palazzo – Equality Florida)

Click here  to learn more about the content of these trainings. Click here to register.

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Free Professional Development, Remote Learning Support, Giveaway, and More!

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Free Training through Step Up for Students (Giveaway Alert!):

Learn about how you can live out your commitment to creating psychologically safe and inclusive spaces. Explore the links below to learn about multiple FREE virtual training opportunities coming up for you and your staff.

All trainings are FREE thanks to support from Step Up For Students and our generous donors.

  • Foundations of an Inclusive Community (Vanessa Douyon – Promise 54)
  • Is Your School Anti-Racist? (Vanessa Douyon – Promise 54)
  • LGBTQ Culturally Competent Best Practices (De Palazzo – Equality Florida)

Click here  to learn more about the content of these trainings.

Giveaway Alert! – Register for any of these trainings before December 18, 2020 to be entered into a giveaway for a set of books for a diverse classroom library!
Click here to register.

Do your teachers need support facilitating online learning?

You can empower your teachers to engage students and families, improve achievement and create vibrant learning environments through a partnership with Educate LLC.

Educate will provide your teachers, families, and leaders with ongoing support navigating the intersection of technology and instruction. See opportunities for Virtual Coaching and Workshops  here. Contact Julie Emory-Johnson for more information: jjohnson@educatellc.com

Free Technology Conference for Educators:

Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC)-  January 26 -29, 2021

FETC 2021 will be a fully interactive FREE virtual multi-day conference experience using state-of-the-art technology. Hear from top experts and innovators in education technology, experience AI-based networking, and explore the cutting edge FETC Virtual Expo to see the latest apps, hardware, software, and tech tools to support your teaching in this new era. Click here to learn more!

Looking for a good book over the break?

Check out Natalie Wexler’s book “The Knowledge Gap.” Through the stories of educators, students, and parents, “The Knowledge Gap” dives into the real issues at the heart of what we call the achievement gap. The book zeros in on the importance of building knowledge of the world rather than focusing solely on skills. It’s a deep dive into the heart of reading, literacy, and the disparities in our education system that you won’t want to miss! Click here to learn more!

 

 

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Free Professional Development, Giveaway, Resources, and More!

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Free Training through Step Up for Students (Giveaway Alert!):

Learn about how you can live out your commitment to creating psychologically safe and inclusive spaces. Explore the links below to learn about multiple FREE virtual training opportunities coming up for you and your staff.

All trainings are FREE thanks to support from Step Up For Students and our generous donors.

  • Foundations of an Inclusive Community (Vanessa Douyon – Promise 54)
  • Is Your School Anti-Racist? (Vanessa Douyon – Promise 54)
  • LGBTQ Culturally Competent Best Practices (De Palazzo – Equality Florida)

Click here  to learn more about the content of these trainings.

Giveaway Alert! – Register for any of these trainings before December 18, 2020 to be entered into a giveaway for a set of books for a diverse classroom library!                    Click here to register.

Free Technology Conference for Educators:

Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC)-  January 26 -29, 2021

FETC 2021 will be a fully interactive FREE virtual multi-day conference experience using state-of-the-art technology. Hear from top experts and innovators in education technology, experience AI-based networking, and explore the cutting edge FETC Virtual Expo to see the latest apps, hardware, software, and tech tools to support your teaching in this new era. Click here to learn more!

Looking for a good book over the break?

Check out Natalie Wexler’s book “The Knowledge Gap.” Through the stories of educators, students, and parents, “The Knowledge Gap” dives into the real issues at the heart of what we call the achievement gap. The book zeros in on the importance of building knowledge of the world rather than focusing solely on skills. It’s a deep dive into the heart of reading, literacy, and the disparities in our education system that you won’t want to miss! Click here to learn more!

Planning Resources for the Break:

We know you’ll most likely be doing some planning over the break. Here are a few resources to help keep your plans organized!

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