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Explicit and Specially Designed Instruction

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Improving Student Writing

The statistics are staggering.  Approximately 70 percent of students in grades four, eight and twelve did not meet even basic proficiency goals in writing as set forth by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in 2002 (Persky, Daane, & Jin, 2003). In 2005, American College Testing reported that almost a third of high school students intending to attend college needed to enroll in a remedial English composition class before being judged competent to take a college-level course. American businesses also spent almost $31 billion dollars in 2005 on basic, on-the-job writing remediation for its workforce (National Commission on Writing, 2004). These figures are even worse for certain ethnic groups.
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Effective Graphic Organizers: Mind Maps & Thinking Maps

Graphic organizers have been broadly researched, and their effectiveness in improving learning outcomes for both students with disabilities and general education students has been widely demonstrated (see, for instance, Marzano, Pickering, & Pollock, 2001). Because much of my work centers on improving literacy outcomes, I was particularly interested to learn that there is solid research evidence that graphic organizers promote both comprehension and vocabulary development.
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Well-Crafted Lessons Consider What Students Already Know

During our workshops on Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI) we use a text entitled Explicit Direct Instruction: The Power of the Well-Crafted, Well-Taught Lesson. Written by John Hollingsworth and Silvia Ybarra, the text lays out the components of EDI and provides real life examples from the classroom to help practitioners understand the concept and procedures. Here’s one incredibly powerful concept: Well-crafted lessons consider what students already know. This is called “activating prior knowledge.”

Mini Training Presentation

See below for self-guided and interactive mini-courses on topics related to Explicit and Specially Designed Instruction.  Learn about a strategy, research finding, best practice or regulation in just two to five minutes!

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Explicit and Specially Designed Instruction Mini Training Presentation

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Minis will be self-guided and interactive mini-courses on topics related to EI and SDI.  Learn about a strategy, research finding, best practice or regulation in just two to five minutes!

This page is maintained by Ann Quinones-Narcisse, Lower Hudson RSE-TASC Regional Special Education Training Specialist, and John Boniello, Lower Hudson RSE-TASC Bilingual Special Education Specialist. Click here to send them a question or comment.

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