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Reviewing Core Instruction for Behavior Skills

  • May 18, 2018

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Most teachers understand their role in teaching academic content as the central mission of their jobs. Traditionally, schools were expected to teach the three “Rs” of reading, (w)riting, and ‘rithmatic. In recent years, many schools have…

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What if a Student Does Not Respond to Intervention?

  • May 11, 2018

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Many, if not most, efforts to improve student learning outcomes will result in measurable improvements in student performance. Nonetheless, in some cases, a student will not make the growth desired or expected. When this happens, the…

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Using Spring Screening Data to Plan Fall Instruction

  • April 30, 2018

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Universal screening has become a common practice in many schools. This screening involves having all of the students in each grade complete the same assessment. Traditional approaches to universal screening have typically included conducting the assessments…

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Tier 1 Core Writing Instruction

  • April 19, 2018

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Of the three major basic academic subject areas (e.g., reading, math, and writing), writing is often neglected in discussions of core instruction. This is partly due to some overlap between reading and writing instruction when it…

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District and School-Level Group Growth Reports

  • April 9, 2018

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP As a follow up to the last blog about using aggregate data to understand school or district progress toward implementing an MTSS, this one will take a look at the FastBridge Learning® district- and school-level Group…

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Examining Group Data to Evaluate an MTSS

  • April 2, 2018

By:Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Recently Dr. Jose Castillo presented a webinar about the importance of reviewing school and district multi-tier system of supports (MTSS) practices using group data. Such data can provide indicators of whether student improvement goals have been…

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Planning for Spring Screening

  • March 22, 2018

By: Jessie Kember, Ph.D., NCSP Screening is the administration of a reading, math, or behavioral assessment for the purpose of identifying students who may benefit from additional instructional support or intervention. Screening information can also help educators determine appropriate resource allocation…

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Reviewing Core Instruction: Math

  • March 15, 2018

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Last week’s blog discussed the importance of core reading instruction. This one will do the same for math. Effective reading instruction has received a great deal of attention from educators in recent decades. More recently, effective…

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Reviewing Core Instruction: Reading

  • March 8, 2018

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Public schools are responsible for providing effective education for all students. In order to do this, teachers must consider individual students’ learning needs while also providing daily whole class instruction. In order to balance the needs…

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Plan Evaluation

  • March 1, 2018

By: Jessie Kember, Ph,D., NCSP This blog is a continuation of previous blogs exploring the problem-solving process. The purpose of this blog is to dive deeper into the fifth and final step of the problem-solving process: plan evaluation. In addition,…

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