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  • JP works with schools providing training on how to ameliorate teacher weaknesses brought to light through the process of teacher evaluation.

  • JP brings together several critical factors in the development of an effective school.

  • Common Core State Standards, Factors Influencing Student Achievement, Responsive Coaching, Teacher Evaluation, Autism

  • JP Associates offers our sites grant writing assistance. Take advantage of our experience writing successful grant requests.
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Thanksgiving is the perfect time to share what you're thankful for.

We at JP are thankful for many things, and YOU top our list!

Thank you for all you do to provide the best education possible to children everywhere.

Tell Us What is Important to You

JP just returned from the 45th Annual SAANYS Conference at the beautiful Sagamore Resort in Lake George, New York.   It was a great experience and we really enjoyed talking, sharing and learning from all the people that came by to say hello at our table.

When visitors did come by, they were invited to respond to this request: Tell us what is important to you.  The question was a type of formative assessment to identify what people in the field are thinking and feeling. This kind of information gathering is at the heart of JP’s approach to customizing and developing services.

See below for the responses:

 

Tell Us What is Important to You

We would love to hear your response to what is important to you. You can email your responses to .  Looking forward to hearing from people and thanks. 

New $5M project will study impact of Common Core

Researchers will examine how responses to the Common Core standards are impacting classroom educators

 

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A new $4.9 million project will examine how stakeholders from the government and other sectors are responding to the Common Core State Standards, and how those responses are impacting classroom instruction and social disparities in academic achievement in school districts across the nation.

Funding for the first phase of the five-year Common Core analysis was awarded researchers from the University of Michigan, Brown University and Stanford University from the Spencer Foundation and the William T. Grant Foundation.

Among the data that will be used in the study is a collection of video records of classroom teaching from roughly 240 teachers in six urban school districts that participated in the Measures of Effective Teaching project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The study also will draw on a database archived at Stanford University that allows researchers to track student achievement trends in all 50 states longitudinally.

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U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance on Supporting Early Learning through the Every Student Succeeds Act

U.S. Department of Education sent this bulletin at 10/20/2016 11:03 AM EDT

U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance on Supporting Early Learning through the Every Student Succeeds Act

The U.S. Department of Education released today non-regulatory guidance to help ensure young children from birth through third-grade get the strong start they need to achieve success in school and in life. This is the Department’s first comprehensive look at how the nation’s new education law supports our youngest learners. 

President Obama signed the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law in December to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and replace key requirements of the outdated No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. For the first time, the ESSA includes provisions to promote coordination in early learning among local communities; align preschool with early elementary school; and build the capacity of teachers, leaders and others serving young children to provide the highest-quality early learning opportunities.Early learning is woven throughout the ESSA, as a means of addressing educational equity, supporting students’ school success, and bringing greater alignment along the entire education continuum. The ESSA, also for the first time, authorizes Preschool Development Grants, building upon the existing Preschool Development Grant program which has support 18 states, to ensure more students across the country have access to high-quality preschool. 

This guidance is intended to remind state and local decision-makers about the importance of investing in early learning, highlight the opportunities available under the new law to strengthen early education, and provide examples of how states and local communities can support young children’s success in school. The guidance is available here.

“Expanding High-quality early learning opportunities helps close achievement gaps because it gives all children—no matter their zip code—a strong start,” said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. “A high-quality early education can support social-emotional development and unlock a child’s potential, so that all children have the foundation they need to thrive in school and beyond.”

Positive Impact of High-Quality Early Learning 

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Check out JP's Most Recent Newsletter on Differentiated Instruction

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By now you are well-invested in your school year, and you have a good feel for what your students need. You likely have students all over the board and at many different levels - what teacher doesn't encounter this? Hello Differentiated Instruction, your new best friend. As described by our Founder and President, Janie Feinberg, "Differentiation is the recognition of and commitment to plan for student differences. Differentiation is essential because it allows students' learning to be personalized to their specific academic learning needs. A differentiated classroom provides different avenues to acquire content, to process or make sense of information and ideas, and to develop products." Janie goes on to say it can be thought of asgrouped individualization. "Teachers need to identify similar skill levels and group for instruction as closely as possible." Specifically, Differentiation is:
  • Providing multiple assignments within each unit, tailored for students of different levels of readiness, interest, and/or learning style
  • Proleptic teaching...this is having high expectations for all students - teaching as if you are assuming everyone is going to reach their goal. Aim high and differentiate down as necessary.
This issue has some amazing information. When it comes to Differentiated Instruction, our School Improvement Specialist provide evidence based and field proven strategies. They are the best in the business! If you are interested in a personalized approach to Differentiated Instruction, contact us today, and we will happily assess your needs and come up with a winning plan for success. 
 

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