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Planning for Professional Development

  • June 1, 2018

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP As the school year comes to a close, it is important to think about how to prepare for next year so that students will be able to access appropriate instruction as soon as the new…

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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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The Importance of Read Alouds

  • December 21, 2016

By: Alexis Kiburis, Psy.D., NCSP Reading aloud to children is one of the most fundamental activities that parents and teachers can do to promote foundational literacy skills. Read alouds can be a fun, engaging way to make text come alive…

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Peer Tutoring as Part of an MTSS

  • December 8, 2016

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP One of the challenges to providing individualized instruction and feedback to all students is the reality that in every classroom there is usually only one teacher and many students. Although instructional practices such as rotating…

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Allocating Time for Instruction

  • December 2, 2016

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Most teachers will agree that the most valuable resource in schools is time for instruction. As public schools have evolved from one-room schoolhouses to large districts with thousands of children, the tasks expected of teachers each…

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Anticipating and Counteracting the Summer Slide

  • August 12, 2016

By: Jessie Kember Summer slide, or the summer achievement gap, is the loss of learning over the summer break while students are out of school. For example, students who do not read over the summer months can lose the skills…

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