Closing the Achievement Gap

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Closing the Achievement Gap
Many districts with high performing students are struggling with how to close achievement gaps which have persisted in the district for a long time.  The cases and solutions are complex and unique to each district.  We can help you design a plan that will suit your needs.

• Explicit Vocabulary Instruction
Research has shown time and again that literacy is crucial to student achievement and vocabulary is essential to literacy. And science literacy is no different. In fact, the surest way to positively influence student achievement in science is to increase literacy through the intentional teaching of vocabulary. We offer training to help science teachers incorporate direct vocabulary instruction into their lessons and test prep. Additionally, we offer assistance to schools to help them collect data and track the impact of vocabulary instruction for their school improvement plan.

• Formative Assessment
We provide staff development to help classrooms incorporate more formative assessment in their teaching to support dynamic and ongoing learning. Teachers learn formative assessment techniques to help students articulate their thoughts more visibly, reflect on their own thinking against feedback, and refine their understanding. All the meanwhile, teachers are able to collect data over time on student learning and develop a more comprehensive picture of what students know and are able to do.

• Digital Solutions for Educator Evaluations
Evaluations are supposed to measure performance and support professional growth; however, they are also time-intensive and sometimes the evaluation process itself can get in the way of reaching its intended outcomes. By adopting digital solutions, which reduce bureaucracy and decrease uncertainty, both educators and evaluators will be able to work smarter, not harder at evaluation.

• Review of Existing Educator Evaluation Process and Workflow
We offer a Process Audit of existing evaluation systems, which can help determine how effectively a school or district’s educator evaluation process is achieving its intended goals. This audit will:

  1. identify areas of strength and weakness in current evaluation process
  2. review the way performance is documented, feedback is provided, and communication takes place between evaluator and educator
  3. recommend practices to enhance the evaluation experience for both evaluator and educator

• Elicit Stakeholder Input on Evaluation Processes and Workflows
We can conduct surveys or focus groups to acquire perception data about existing and potential evaluation solutions. Feedback is then used to inform the development of evaluation solutions and guide implementation.

• Create Digital Workflows to Improve Educator Evaluation
We specialize in creating digital workflows, using low-cost or free digital tools, for educator evaluation to help districts by reducing paperwork, removing redundancies, and improving communication between evaluator and educator. Throughout the development of digital workflows, we coordinate with stakeholders, and counsel as needed, to ensure that the solutions meet the letter of the law and serve the needs of end users. This give districts an evaluation process that better measures performance and supports professional growth—allowing everyone to focus on what matters.

• Provide Training on Digital Solutions for Evaluations
We specialize in training opportunities and professional development for administrators and educators to help them understand and use the digital solutions we help them to create for educator evaluation.