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Amplifying Student Inquiry

Our Very Own Meredith Thomas, M.S.E., Empowers Inquiry-Based Learning through her Contributions to a New Book, ‘Amplify Student Inquiry’ By Christie Schutz Vincelli, Ed.D. In

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Little Preparation, High Student Engagement

Team meetings, parent phone calls, emails, hall duty, department meetings —these are just a few of the responsibilities a teacher faces during “prep” time. So, how does a teacher create a lesson involving high levels of student participation with little preparation?

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Self-Care for Educators

‘Tis the season to start to feel a bit of burnout! How do we keep up with the holly-jolly in the midst of chaos and stress? Educators are constantly pouring our hearts and souls into serving others without a second thought on how we’re taking care of ourselves as individuals. But how can we pour from an empty cup? How can students receive the best version of ourselves if we don’t give ourselves the care we deserve? 

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Defining Assessments

Let’s define the most common education assessments: benchmark assessments and universal screening tools. Each has their purpose within a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS), but we tend to be more familiar with benchmark assessments, because these are the most common ways we measure grade-level performance.

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ABA and Social Skills

Incorporating social skills in special education settings is essential for creating an equitable and well-rounded environment. It teaches students how to communicate, socialize, and advocate

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Disproportionality Under the IDEA

Many districts throughout the country are currently being cited for significant disproportionality. Here are some basic tenets of calculating significant disproportionality and how we can address disproportionality within our own districts.

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What is Disproportionality?

In recent years, school districts have been looking at disproportionality more closely — especially as to how it pertains to general enrollment, special programs, and disciplinary actions. But not all educators understand what disproportionality is — or why it matters.

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Defining Equity

An equitable organization values people as individuals, and provides the support and structure each person needs to reach their full potential. So how does that apply to our academic institutions? Read on to learn more about creating just learning environments for our students!

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The Importance of Tier 1

We know the base or foundation of that pyramid, Tier 1, is the largest component. We are also all familiar with the following terms and their meanings: from the ground up, solid foundation, strong base, sure footing. Why is it then, as educators, we don’t consistently apply these terms when it comes to the implementation of MTSS?

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2021 in review — 17 needs analyses conducted, 10 webinars hosted

2021 in Review

While in-school instruction remained in a state of flux, that didn’t stop our accomplished team of consultants from supporting a number of school districts, business partners, and leaders!

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Workshops led: 29 District partners: 11

2020 in Review

While 2020 went in a different direction than we expected, it allowed us to pivot and think creatively. We’ve put together a summary of our year in review.

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Medicaid in Education – Curse or Cure?

Over my years as a special education director and work in the ed tech sector, I have often heard from districts that the burden of documentation and other rules are too great for them to actively claim Medicaid reimbursement.

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Social Skills, Behavior, or Both?

As students transition back to school from a lengthy stay at home period, districts need to ensure there is a proper system of support in place. As part of that, we need to be able to address both social skills and behavior. Here’s why.

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A Checklist

When we go into education, specifically education administration, we aren’t always taught strategies used in the business world. Our perspective is typically one of an educator, not a manager.

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The Pros of Being Proactive

As an administrator, I was frustrated. Here we are, identifying clear issues and areas of need, and we’re being told too bad, she doesn’t qualify? As parents, we continued to provide the best services we could after school.

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Why Behavioral RTI?

At that point, I began to ask my typical round of questions: what have you seen going on with the student in the classroom? What types of behavioral challenges is the student exhibiting? What types of interventions and/or consequences have you provided to support the student and try to correct the behavior?

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Beginning at Baseline

As I continue to have conversations with colleagues and fellow educators, the largest area of concern is not academics or how much students have struggled during virtual learning. It is how do we address social/emotional well-being as we reenter school?

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