MIND Research, Boeing partner on math PD
Through a grant from Boeing, the nonprofit MIND Research Institute aims to help teachers excel using ST Math, a blended learning program designed to boost K-12 math comprehension and proficiency through visual learning. The grant provides specialized professional development to hundreds of Southern California math teachers, and is funding the creation of a new training program.
Boeing’s gift to MIND provides an extensive teacher development course called “Make the Standards of Mathematical Practice Come Alive with ST Math,” to 160 teachers at nine schools in Huntington Beach City School District, who are currently participating in the training. Boeing support is intended to help MIND design and build the professional development program with the goal of demonstrating impact to raise more support for its further scale up.
“Boeing understands that for students to excel, it’s essential to support teachers,” said Daryl Pelc, vice president, Engineering & Product Support, Global Services & Support at Boeing. “MIND’s ST Math program has proven extremely effective at supporting students’ deeper conceptual understanding of math concepts, so MIND is perfectly positioned to help educators translate this conceptual understanding into their teaching practice, as well.”
This training program, specifically for educators using ST Math in a blended learning environment, provides 11.5 hours of professional development in the form of workshops, webinars, in-class lesson studies and coaching sessions over several weeks. But because the training requires teachers to practice the pedagogical techniques in their own classrooms and report back to their peers on how those lessons went, the actual learning time is even greater.
“MIND prides itself on experiences that allow students to 'learn by doing' through ST Math, and with this multi-faceted professional development program, we are bringing that mantra alive for the teachers as well,” said Erich Zeller, manager of instructional consulting at MIND Research. “With practice and support, we’re seeing teachers gain new confidence in teaching techniques that were once uncomfortable or even intimidating for them.”
CASE endorses Fast ForWord
The Fast ForWord program from Scientific Learning Corp. has received an official endorsement from the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE), an international professional organization affiliated with the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
CEC’s members are dedicated to the enhancement of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of each individual in society. CASE provides leadership and support to members by shaping policies and practices which impact the quality of education.
Fast ForWord earned the endorsement after meeting or exceeding all of the CASE criteria. CASE bases its endorsements on a rigorous evaluation of a wide range of criteria including the product’s research base, application with students who have learning differences, application in diverse settings, performance in field tests, customer satisfaction, and enhancement of professional practices advocated by CASE.
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“The CASE Executive Committee believes the Fast ForWord program provides a truly effective way to help students make rapid improvements in their cognitive, language and reading skills,” said Dr. Luann L. Purcell, executive director of CASE. “What stood out during our evaluation was the Fast ForWord program’s extensive research base and its proven results with students with learning differences, including students with disabilities, Tier 3 intervention students, and English learners. We saw ample evidence of its impact on student learning and achievement with a wide variety of student populations and ages.”
While the Fast ForWord program is used by a variety of student populations, within special education it has been proven effective for students diagnosed with a specific learning disability, autism, auditory processing disorders, specific language impairment, and dyslexia.
“Students with learning disabilities don’t need traditional reading intervention, they need foundational cognitive, language, and reading skills to process the curriculum, and then a way to intensely and repeatedly practice these skills with timely feedback and support,” said Robert C. Bowen, CEO of Scientific Learning.
Publisher DK launches free education research site
Publishers DK have launched a new online resource called DKfindout!--a global education website for children, parents and teachers.
The site is primarily aimed at children aged 7-11, and brings together the very best of DK's bank of images and content across a breadth of subjects.
The site is free to use and aims to give children, teachers and parents a learning and reference tool to use both in the classroom and at home.
DKfindout! will provide children and their parents with a wealth of information across core educational topics, from science and mathematics to geography and history.
The visual resource supports learning both in the home and at school; it also provides teachers with an engaging, educational tool to use when teaching, and a reliable source of information to help with lesson planning.
DKfindout! is a safe, age-appropriate online environment for children that brings DK’s visual approach to the internet.
Key features of DKfindout! include:
-Key subject areas in US curriculum are covered
-Content is easily accessible on all devices, including desktop, tablet and mobile
-The website caters for every type of learner, from those who prefer to read information to visual learners
-Accurate and up-to-date facts authenticated by experts
-Content will be constantly updated throughout 2015 and beyond, in line with changes to teaching practice
-Includes animations, sounds, videos and thousands of photographs
-Hundreds of quiz questions supporting every topic
-Teacher area in development throughout 2015 - includes a bespoke tool for teachers to create lesson plans
-Parent information and support
-Powerful search engine allows users to find exactly what they are looking for quickly, easily and visually
DKfindout! launched in January 2015 at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference.
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