Accelerated Learning 

Accelerated learning refers to a collection of instructional approaches specifically designed to support students who are performing below desired expectations. This “umbrella” term, with several specific approaches related to it, is relatively new t […]

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Bilingual Education

Bilingual education refers to the teaching of academic content in two languages — in a native and second language.

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Blended Learning

Blended learning provides a digital framework that puts students in control of a particular element of their learning, whether it’s place, path, or pace.

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Collaborative Learning

Collaborative learning creates an environment in which students work together to solve a problem, complete, a task, or produce a project.

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Continuous Learning

Continuous learning is the belief that every student deserves to have learning continue, even if in-person schooling is interrupted.

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Differentiation refers to learning experiences in which the approach or method of learning is adjusted to meet the needs of individual students, focusing on the ‘how’ of personalized learning.

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Dual Language Instruction

In dual language instruction, students develop academic skills in their native language, while building skills in a different language.

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Formative Assessment

Formative assessments help paint a portrait of what students know and understand, as well as topics that they are having difficulty grasping.

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Growth measures a student’s progress between two or more points of time to demonstrate their progression toward goals or benchmarks, even if the student has not yet achieved proficiency.

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Growth Mindset

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point.

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One of the three main elements of personalized learning, individualization is when the pace of learning is adjusted to meet the needs of each student. The emphasis becomes mastery of the content. With individualization, each student shares the same o […]

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Interim Assessment

An interim assessment is a test administered at different intervals during the school year to check students’ grasp on content and guide future instruction.

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Lexile® Measure

The Lexile® Framework for Reading is a scientific approach to measuring reading ability and the text complexity of reading materials.

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Mastery is the point at which students have not only met specific benchmarks but also gained a complete understanding of the content and can consistently demonstrate the skill.

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Mathematical Discourse

Mathematical discourse is more than simply talking about math. It is a set of tools and practices that make both learners’ and teachers’ thinking visible.

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Productive Struggle

Productive struggle is developing strong habits of mind, such as perseverance and thinking flexibly, instead of simply seeking the correct solution.

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Proficiency is the documented evidence that a student has met the required level of skill and knowledge set by benchmarks.

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Progress Monitoring

Progress monitoring is a formal protocol necessary to collect valid and reliable data to chart students’ performance against expected outcomes.

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“Self-teaching" is based on work by David Share that was first published in 1995. Share coined the term to reflect those aspects of comprehensive literacy that students acquire on their own if they do enough reading.

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Student agency

Student agency refers to learning through activities that are meaningful and relevant to learners, driven by their interests, and often self-initiated with appropriate guidance from teachers.

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Summative assessment

Summative assessments serve as a way to evaluate students’ proficiency at the end of an instructional unit by comparing it to state or national standards and benchmarks.

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Test anxiety

Test anxiety is when someone feels anxious, nervous, or worried about an upcoming assessment or project. Test anxiety is fairly common. However, when we put too much pressure on ourselves, it can be detrimental.

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The Science of Reading

The Science of Reading is science—conclusive, research-proven ideas about how to teach reading drawn from developmental and educational psychology, cognitive science, and cognitive neuroscience on reading.

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