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How to Find the Right Intervention
Response to Intervention
How to Find the Right Intervention
June 23, 2016 0
  Everyone agrees that we should be using scientific, research based interventions. But how do you do sift through so many interventions to find the right one? You can go directly to a website or brochure for more information, but what company will advertise itself as being unscientific, or not based on research? They are […]
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Getting the Literary Debate up and Running
Debate Protocol
Getting the Literary Debate up and Running
May 20, 2016 0
The debate protocol that I have adapted from Teachers College Reading and Writing Project has three parts main parts: 1) Gather, 2) Caucus, and 3) Debate. All of the parts can be stretched or shortened with more or fewer steps in between, depending on how much your students can handle at once, and how much time […]
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Making the Case for Debates
Debate Protocol
Making the Case for Debates
May 13, 2016 0
You know the groan well. It starts at the pit of the stomach, reverberates throughout the classroom and rattles your brain. “Today we’re starting our argument writing essay unit!” you chirp in your most stage-worthy voice. Or maybe it’s an informative essay based on research? A literary analysis essay perhaps? Regardless of the type, the […]
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Thank-you, Mr. O’Neill
Inside Scoop
Thank-you, Mr. O’Neill
May 1, 2016 0
Tomorrow is the first day of Teacher Appreciation Week and I thought it would be a great opportunity to reflect on one of the greatest teachers I have ever had, Mr. O’Neill my tenth grade Latin teacher at Midwood High School.  Admittedly, as a high school student I was a lazy kid who cared more […]
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RTI in Action:  Using Data for Student Placement
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RTI in Action: Using Data for Student Placement
April 22, 2016 1
This is the hypothetical Harris Middle School’s first year of implementing RTI. They want to make sure they do it right, so the leadership team has decided to do a soft launch with just 6th grade Literacy. They’ve collected their beginning of the year data, and now they are ready to begin placing their students. […]
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RTI in Action: Collecting Meaningful Data
Data, Response to Intervention
RTI in Action: Collecting Meaningful Data
April 16, 2016 0
  Whether you are starting from scratch or restructuring your current RTI program, a lot of the planning tends to happen in the beginning of the school year. It can be messy, with a lot of moving pieces. But it can be done, and it can lead to great outcomes for students like Janiah. Let […]
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An Overview of the RTI Tiers
Response to Intervention
An Overview of the RTI Tiers
April 3, 2016 1
RTI stands for Response to Intervention. It achieves two major purposes:    RTI ensures that students who would qualify for special education are identified in a timely way.    RTI provides struggling students – without special needs – with increasingly targeted interventions as soon as possible so that they are able to successfully access grade level content. […]
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Making Sense of RTI
Response to Intervention
Making Sense of RTI
March 29, 2016 11
When I first began teaching, RTI meant nothing beyond some variation of this pyramid of tiers: My good friend and veteran teacher said that after all these years, RTI just means one inevitable RTI session in the beginning of the year, and a binder full of dense teacher forms that collects dust on the shelf […]
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Growing Readers DC featured on Slate!
Open eBooks
Growing Readers DC featured on Slate!
March 28, 2016 0
It’s been a very exciting week for the team at Growing Readers DC. It was truly a shock and an honor to have our work highlighted on Slate and on the White House’s blog. Matt and I have continued to use Open eBooks with our students and they’re still loving it! I’ll let the kiddos speak for […]
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Get Kids Hooked on a Great Series at Open eBooks
Open eBooks
Get Kids Hooked on a Great Series at Open eBooks
March 13, 2016 0
The very best way to get students reading a lot is to find a series they enjoy. However, finding that series is oftentimes tricky and requires trial and error. Open eBooks has made this process much cheaper by offering the first book in a number of best-selling series. Now you can see if your students […]
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