Educational Directions Blog

Ed Directions coaches and leadership team encounter lots of educational challenges in the schools we partner with.  Read more about how to overcome some of the more common challenges that we have helped schools overcome.

Covid-19, NTI, and School Data Needs Part 5 – Writing

When it comes to writing, there are a number of variables that determine whether or not a student will develop as a “proficient” writer. This is a critical list for teachers, not only in language arts, but in all disciplines because all disciplines tested include some questions (usually the highest

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Covid-19, NTI, and School Data Needs Part 4 – Reading

As we’ve discussed in past blog entries, there are smart student characteristics that are common to all disciplines and all grade levels, and there are some characteristics that indicate strength in a given discipline. In reading, for example, there are a number of variables that determine whether or not a

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Covid-19, NTI, and School Data Needs Part 3: Mathematics

While there are smart student characteristics that are common to all disciplines and all grade levels, there are some characteristics that indicate strength in a given discipline. In math, for example, there are a number of variables that determine whether or not a student will develop as a “proficient” mathematics

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Covid-19, Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) and School Data Needs

  In a recent discussion of how schools can address data needs with the uncertainties of off-site instruction, flexible schedules, etc. One of the groups noted that schools really needed three different data sets: one that identified student progress in NTI one that identified the impact of NTI on student

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Assessing the At Risk Population in Your School

At this early point in a normal school year, teachers and administrators are assessing the student population to identify those who are most “at risk.” Today, with the threat of Covid-19, the uncertainty of the school year, and the multiple educational venues like virtual, hybrid classrooms, learning centers, etc., I

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Unpacking a Standard in the Formative Period

Ed Directions coaches and trainers are currently presenting “Rhythm of the Learner Year – Formative Period” workshops in our partnership schools. The focus of these workshops is to prepare academic leaders and teachers to plan for a Formative Period that builds each student’s competence as a learner and potential for

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Virtual School – The Challenge of Keeping Students Engaged

 It comes as no surprise that one of the most challenging issues that our coaches have helped teachers with has to do with keeping students engaged while in a virtual classroom setting. We have found that many teachers feel that both the level of overall engagement as well as the

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Thoughts on Virtual School – The Problem of Attendance

Through discussions with teachers who were finishing their first “virtual school” experience last spring, we found that regular attendance was an issue. For Ed Directions coaches, student attendance is a critical variable that schools must control in order to reach the goal of “success for all.” Research indicates that if

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2020 – Establishing Academic Rituals

Assessing the Impact – Who Needs Rituals and Routines All students benefit from rituals and routines. They support optimum cultures and climates in classrooms, build comfort zones for students to support optimum behaviors, and they provide proactive interventions that do not have to involve punishments or recriminations. Students who are

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Establishing Academic Rituals – Opening School in a Virtual Environment

Assessing the Impact – Who Needs Rituals and Routines All students benefit from rituals and routines. They support optimum cultures and climates in classrooms, build comfort zones for students to support optimum behaviors, and they provide proactive interventions that do not have to involve punishments or recriminations. Students who are

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Strategies for Meaningful Work in a Virtual School Setting

The coronavirus put schools and teachers into an untenable position because they were forced to shut down classrooms and offer nearly a full semester of virtual school experience without adequate preparation, training, or resources. Now that we’ve had our first experience with an extended virtual school program, let’s take a

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