I think it is important for educators to understand how to read and interpret research, and not enough of us do it. So this is blog number one on reading and interpreting research. I plan to make this a semi-regular feature on my blog. So tell me -- what usually happens when you decide to sit down and read the latest Journal of Learning Disabilities or Exceptional Children or [insert name here], and find an article about a possible intervention or practice that is promising.
In my role as a Non-District Specialist for the RSE-TASC I have the responsibility and opportunity to be a member of many different kinds of teams. As professionals, I bet all of us can attest to the importance of being an effective team member; however, do we spend time thinking about how to measure or assess team effectiveness?
Recently, I’ve been thinking about how we structure our trainings and workshops. We always try to pack in a full day of content on the subject area. We try to provide the best resources and most effective tools. We work to provide time for you to practice, time for you to reflect, time for you to discuss, and time for you to connect with and hear from your colleagues.
Golden Circle Tools: The Why, How and What of the Quality Improvement Process: The concept of the Golden Circle, developed by Simon Sinek and articulated in this TED Talk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sioZd3AxmnE) is used by QIP Teams to ensure that their work is driven by a meaningful Why, or student outcome, and identifies Hows and Whats for the school to implement that are directly aligned to that student outcome. These tools help teams use that concept to focus in on the purpose of their improvement plan and ensure that the activities they have planned are likely to achieve that purpose.
RSE-TASC Explicit Instruction Walk-Through Tool: The RSE-TASC Explicit Instruction Walk-Through Tool is both a teaching tool and a data collection tool. It identifies research-based practices that have been proven to be effective for all students, but particularly effective for students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and student of poverty.
Simplified Explicit Instruction Walk-Through Tool: This is a simplified version of the tool above, divided into What Staff are Doing and What Students are Doing. It also includes links to video clips that illustrates what some of the Look Fors on the tool might look like.
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