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Using iPods To Increase Reading Comprehension

Posted on April 04, 2011

Middle school Reading Specialist Marilyn Williams found that many of her middle school students weren't finishing their reading or remembering what they read. So she decided to tackle the problem with the help of iPod touch devices. Williams said she came up with the idea to use iPods from a kindergarten teacher in her district who used them for letter of the week exercises and saw an improvement in her students' DIBELS scores. She would gather all the materials for the week into bags for e

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RtI in Action in Utah: Middle School

Posted on April 04, 2011

Assessment/Instruction Links for Middle School Reading Remediation Much of the early literature on Response to Intervention (RtI) concerns setting up systematic multi-tiered levels of support for students in elementary schools. It has become reasonably clear what this looks like in practice: Evidence-based general curricula that addresses all important academic components delivered through explicit, systematic, well paced instruction—complete with measures of fidelity. Screening m

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RTI in Primary Grade Reading

Posted on March 03, 2011

What Works Clearinghouse, U.S. Department of Education (2011) Learn more about the four recommended practices in Response to Intervention (RTI): universal screening; progress monitoring and differentiation; systematic skill instruction; and systemwide implementation. Inside this article: Screen for potential reading problems Differentiate instruction Plan intervention in foundational reading skills Establish a systemwide framework for RTI Access this research HERE Autho

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Don’t Spin Your Wheels: Progress Monitor

Posted on November 11, 2010

In the book "Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard" (Heath & Heath, 2010), the authors share an analogy for change by referring to a rider on an elephant. The rider represents the logical side of a person. The elephant represents an individual's motivation. In seeking to bring about change you should address both the rider and elephant in ourselves and others. People have to be motivated to move and know where to go and how to get there. As change agents we can also make progr

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Seeing is Believing—Visible Learning and Teaching

Posted on November 11, 2010

Visible Learning and Teaching We are all familiar with the statements: “a picture is worth a thousand words,” and  “seeing is believing.” So when it comes to finding the Bright Spots in Utah schools, we at the Utah Personnel Development Center (UPDC) are noticing some visible evidence of improved outcomes for students and teachers throughout the state. It's exciting to learn from teachers who are making a difference. But merely learning from the bright spots isn’t enough, we need t

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Celebrating What Works: An Aha Moment Set In Motion

Posted on May 05, 2010

School improvement ideas come from many sources. During a presentation this fall on reading fluency at a Multi-Tier System of Supports (UMTSS, also known as ABC-UBI) meeting introduced by Donna Gilbertson PhD, from USU; an aha moment was born. Donna Gilbertson presented her research on the improvements that were made by doing timed reading fluency practices. The teacher would read through the material first as students followed. Students were assigned a partner and each would read the passage fo

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