Lower Hudson Regional Partnership Center Reporter Articles


The Elephant and the Rider: Engaging in Challenging Change

By Martha Trujillo-Torp, EdD, Special Education School Improvement Specialist
November 2014
Whether it’s change in our personal or professional lives, true lasting change is difficult. Why is it so difficult? According to Chip and Dan Heath (2010) in Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard, the main hindrance is that our brains have two independent systems that are al...

Effective Vocabulary Instruction: The Backbone to Reading Comprehension

By Denise Jaffe, MS, CCC and Alison Telsey, PhD, Special Education School Improvement Specialists
October 2014
How important is vocabulary in enhancing reading comprehension? To answer this complex question read the following paragraph to yourself.

The man leaned against the current as he waded, waist-deep, upstream. His hands steadied either end of the furnwunch balanced across h...

Jugyokenkyu: Lesson Study Leads to Student Success

By Jennifer Gensior, Regional Special Education Trainer
September 2014
Japan’s academic results are worthy of admiration. Its students are ranked third in the world in both reading and science, and eighth in the world in math according to the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) scores (Weisenthal, 2013). And this is no anomaly - since...

Formative Assessment

By Martha Trujillo-Torp, EdD, Special Education School Improvement Specialist
February 2013
As I coach teachers in classrooms on instructional practices that improve outcomes for struggling students, I have become convinced that formative assessment is one of the most powerful tools we have for ensuring student success.  Formative assessment is a tool that provides teachers with...
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