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Explicit and Specially Designed Instruction

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Effective Vocabulary Instruction: The Backbone to Reading Comprehension

Vocabulary directly affects reading and oral comprehension. Effective vocabulary instruction requires careful planning and an understanding that struggling learners often lack the skills to derive meaning from context. Effective vocabulary instruction actively involves students and focuses on developing a deep understanding of Tier 2 words through direct explicit vocabulary instruction and frequent opportunities to practice using new vocabulary words. With these tools, we can ensure all students are successful readers.
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One to Grow On — Caring Teachers

Many of us have classroom stories attesting to the impact of relationships with students.  Recent research suggests that we can intentionally engineer such relationships.  But reflecting on past classes, the very process of getting to know students better never stopped at just finding interests to ask them about or at identifying commonalities.
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Learning to Practice “Productive Disagreement”

This weekend an interesting blog post popped up on Scientific American: Using Pop Culture to Practice Productive Disagreement.  In a nutshell, the blog states that when children share opinions about movies, their favorite characters, shows, books, etc., we are gifted some real teachable moments. The blogger makes the case that how we respond to children's opinions shapes their future questioning and openness to assert and support their views and counterpoints in productive ways.

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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