Positive Impact on Student & Teacher Performance
Educational Directions specializes in customized academic improvement programs and strategies geared toward enhancing student performance, boosting leadership capabilities of school faculty and staff, and positively impacting the culture and outcomes of K-12 schools.
We work with state, district, and school leaders to develop impact strategies that focus on three core change agents — teacher efficiency, student performance, and school culture. Each track can then be aligned to specific grade levels, state standards, subject matters, and school needs — and further broken into teacher and student learning programs.
A Philosophy of "Student-Centered" Teaching
Educational Directions’ approach reshapes the way a school thinks about “work.” Our focus on defining and acting on “the right work” produces improved performance in each student. Our professional development training focuses on what the learner needs to have achieved at specific times in the school year and strategies for preparing schools to provide those experiences to learners. In the schools, our coaches help apply those strategies to the school’s specific circumstances and needs. We address the root causes of peer performance by putting greater focus on student work than on test scores that lack context.
Improve Student Learning
Educational Directions uses a number of strategies to improve student learning and academic achievement. The core of our approach is our understanding of and attention to The Rhythm of the Learner Year and the types of experiences students need to have in each part of the year. We will also use a variety of data points other than test scores to identify and to track student performance. Teachers and Educational Directions staff utilize data, portfolios, and assessment samples in PLC discussions to inform decisions about student needs.
Increase Learning Opportunities
Another core element of the Educational Directions approach to students is focus on equal opportunity in experience as learner and performer. Academic and management rituals and routines are used to build an equal experience basis for all students and performers. As part of this, Educational Directions uses diagnostic tools to determine where students are as learner and performer as a starting point to develop a plan to move all students to the transition expectations established for that particular academic year.
Innovate Learning Methods
Educational Directions encourages innovation by training school leadership and teaching staff to do student-focused unit and lesson plans. We establish goals for the year, translated into course, unit, and lesson plans and used to establish specific competencies expected of all students. The diagnostics that identify where students start that learning process help determine the types and levels of work that students need to experience to move from where they are to where they need to be by the end of the academic year.
Monitor Student Achievement
The development of a true “plan backwards – deliver forwards” curriculum depends upon extensive monitoring of not only student scores; it also depends upon the learning and performing competencies, attitudes, and perceptions required for the student to demonstrate thier potential as a performer and to make successful transitions to the next level.