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Early home environment impacts elementary success

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A new study confirms what educators have long been able to detect when students first enter preschool or kindergarten — children who have had more access to books, learning materials and rich conversations during their early years at home have cognitive skills that can contribute to academic success throughout elementary school.

For the study, the researchers conducted home visits with more than 2,200 families enrolled in the Early Head Start Research Evaluation Project when the children were 14 months, 2 years, 3 years, in pre-K and then in fifth grade. Children were assessed on vocabulary, letter and word identification, and math problem-solving in pre-K, and on vocabulary, reading, math, and general cognitive abilities in fifth grade. 

For the study, the researchers conducted home visits with more than 2,200 families enrolled in the Early Head Start Research Evaluation Project when the children were 14 months, 2 years, 3 years, in pre-K and then in fifth grade. Children were assessed on vocabulary, letter and word identification, and math problem-solving in pre-K, and on vocabulary, reading, math, and general cognitive abilities in fifth grade. 

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Featured EdTech Resources by Teacher First

 

Check out some great teacher resources on the following topics:

  • Learning about the World Around Us: With an emphasis on science and social studies, this week's featured sites, tools, and lesson plans include resources for teaching about Humanitarian Day, global warming, our national parks, and more!
  • Humanitarians through History: August 19th is Humanitarian Day. Learn about World War I heroes, explore the life of Nelson Mandela, and discover how timelines can help highlight humanitarians throughout history.
  • Tools for Teaching about Climate Change: This trio of resources includes a museum tour, website, and lesson plans to help students learn more about climate change. 

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Effective Reading Interventions for Kids With Learning Disabilities

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A worried mother says, "There's so much publicity about the best programs for teaching kids to read. But my daughter has a learning disability and really struggles with reading. Will those programs help her? I can't bear to watch her to fall further behind."

Fortunately, in recent years, several excellent, well-publicized research studies (including the Report of the National Reading Panel) have helped parents and educators understand the most effective guidelines for teaching all children to read. But, to date, the general public has heard little about research on effective reading interventions for children who have learning disabilities (LD). Until now, that is!

This article will describe the findings of a research study that will help you become a wise consumer of reading programs for kids with reading disabilities.

Learn about: 

  • The best approach to teaching kids with LD to read
  • A strong instruction core
  • Improving word recognition skills: What Works?
  • Increasing word recognition kills in students with LD
  • Improving reading comprehension in students with LD

 

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JP Can help you make the best use of Teacher Evaluations

Recent research identifies a challenge for both principals and teachers when it comes to the evaluation process.  For a variety of reasons a percentage of principals don't give teachers the truth about their performance.  Over the last quarter of century JP's team of School Improvement Specialists have worked with administrators and teachers developing and implementing strategies that result in "supportive supervision." The process is about knowledge sharing and personalized feedback to teachers with specific information addressing their needs.  It works!

Here is what the research is telling us: 

  • Even with the push in recent years to improve teacher evaluation, principals say that being honest with educators about their performance is too time-consuming, writes Jay Mathews for The Washington Post.

  • study by Matthew Kraft of Brown University and Allison Gilmour of Temple University shows that some principals are reluctant to tell teachers that they need improvement based on observations and that observing, documenting and helping unsatisfactory teachers grow can become “overwhelming.”

  • A separate study by Jason Grissom of Vanderbilt University and Susanna Loeb of Stanford University finds that teachers who are rated ineffective on a low-stakes evaluation are often given more positive ratings on a high-stakes evaluation.

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The Leadership Imperative

 

 

During my tenure as the Washington Principal Ambassador Fellow, I have found myself frequently reminded of a hard truth: teachers do not quit students or schools, they quit leaders. Teacher shortages are a national concern within the educational landscape. According to the Learning Policy Institute report, 40 states, as well as the District of Columbia, reported teacher shortages in mathematics, science and special education.  Another study suggests ”school leadership… [is] independently associated with corresponding reductions in teacher turnover.”

To solve this problem, we must be willing to ask hard questions that directly address leadership capacity and its impact on teacher turnover. What experience do leaders have in induction programs, building effective teams, and instructional supervision? Are principals being prepared to be managers or leaders? Do school leaders know how to build authentic collaboration with their staff members? These questions are important because the implications of ineffective school leadership mean more than a loss of teacher talent; it causes ripple effects that impact school climate, student achievement, and learning communities across the nation.

During the 2016-2017 school year, I met a first-year teacher who transformed from an energetic and ambitious burgeoning educational star to a “one-and-done” disengaged skeptic of the educational process. The cause: a school leader who overlooked innovation and ignored what was best for students and teachers. The effect: a first-year teacher who resigned and committed to not returning to PK-12 education. This is just one example of how quickly bad leadership can snuff out what could otherwise be a candle in the dark for many students and fellow educators.

Good leaders manage people and general operations.
Great leaders inspire and energize constituents.

Good leaders stand on the shoulders of competent personnel.
Great leaders build up others for leadership and support their success.

Good leaders accept things for what they are in the present.
Great leaders are visionaries who seek to inform the future with innovation, creativity and strategic planning.

Good leaders know that their actions will spark a reaction.
Great leaders know how to cause an effect that will inspire and motivate the hearts of staff, students and the community.

 

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