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Effective Reading Instruction

  • January 18, 2019

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP A recent radio news story on National Public Radio addressed the question “why aren’t kids being taught to read?” This story reviewed available research about effective reading instruction and then pointed out that such research…

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FAQ: How to Implement Successful Universal Instruction

  • November 29, 2018

Dr. Sarah Brown is the Senior Director of Learning & Development at FastBridge and the co-author of Effective Universal Instruction: An Action-Oriented Approach to Improving Tier 1 . In anticipation of her book release, Dr. Brown compiled a list of frequently…

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Reviewing Annual School and District Data

  • June 8, 2018

By: Jessie Kember, Ph.D. End of the year school-wide data can provide educators with insights regarding trends, allowing for reflection while also informing future decisions that benefit the outcomes of all students. Within a problem-solving framework, the final step, plan…

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Comparing Screening and PM Data

  • May 25, 2018

By: Jessie Kember, Ph.D. Collecting screening data on three to four occasions throughout the school year, in addition to more frequent progress monitoring, allows educators to evaluate growth that those students involved in intervention have made throughout the school year…

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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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