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Transforming Evidence-Based Practices into Usable Innovations: A Case Study with SRSD

By Ann Narcisse, Regional Special Education Trainer & Nicole Scariano, School Improvement Specialist

This summer when we presented our Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI) workshop, we wanted to ground the workshop in a highly effective, evidence-based practice (EBP). We decided on Self Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD), a set of student strategies for writing that teachers can explicitly teach to students, that is an all-star EBP with a very high effect size (1.14) for both behavior and writing. The only problem was that teaching SRSD could potentially take a week or more and our workshop was only three days! It was clear to us that, in order to provide effective training on SRSD, we needed to clearly define it and identify the critical core component in terms that could be taught, learned, practiced, and assessed efficiently and effectively. We would have to transform SRSD into a “useable innovation”....

Our Bright Spot this month comes from Narolin Reyes, teacher at School 13 in Yonkers Public Schools.

What were students able to achieve?

Ms. Reyes saw her students improve accuracy on reading comprehension tasks in class, and improve reading scores on the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment of reading.

What practices or systems made this possible?

Ms. Reyes used the simple strategy of providing students with step-by-step checklists for complex tasks.  For instance, when Ms. Reyes wanted her students to engage in close reading of a text, she not only taught them what this meant, but she also provided them with a checklist that they could use independently until they had memorized the required steps.  She collaborated with the Speech Teacher in developing and teaching students to use the checklists repetitively until they became independent.

What can we learn from this Bright Spot?

We know that adults can more easily and accurately perform complex tasks, from airplane pre-checks to neurosurgery procedures, when they have written guides that walk them through the key steps in the procedure.  Why not provide students with the same support when they are learning complex new skills?  If you are not convinced, check out The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, by neurosurgeon Atul Gawande.


Learn More about Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) – October 2018

Are you looking for strategies that you can teach your students that will help them become more effective and independent writers?  As you learned in the lead article, Self-Regulated Strategy Development, or SRSD, is a highly effective strategy that you…

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