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Introduction To Research In Biology (Cell & Molecular Bio 150), Jessica L. Swaringen Jan 2020

Introduction To Research In Biology (Cell & Molecular Bio 150), Jessica L. Swaringen

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This plan describes the lesson EKS Librarians teach BIO 150 students. The lesson includes classifying articles as research or review, developing search terms and search strings, recommended databases to search, and citing sources in CSE style.


Coaching The Resistant Teacher, Mallory Bricker, Gwendolyn Johnson, Lashaunda Plain-Mamon Jan 2020

Coaching The Resistant Teacher, Mallory Bricker, Gwendolyn Johnson, Lashaunda Plain-Mamon

Instructional Modules for Professional learning Responding to Opportunities and Valuing Educators (IMPROVE)

This module was created to assist instructional coaches, curriculum facilitators, peer coaches, assistant principals, or anyone in a leadership position to help teachers grow professionally. You, the instructional coach or leader, have expertise in content, andragogy, pedagogy, and communication. However, as instructional leaders, we have all come up against the teacher unwilling to participate in the coaching process. According to Lancaster (2016), the challenges that instructional coaches encounter are "teacher resistance to coaching support, scheduling conflicts, ill-defined roles and responsibilities, lack of administrative support, and teacher reluctance to change" (p. 23). No matter the reason, through this module you will ...


Restorative Practices: An Introduction To A Positive, Research-Based Alternative To A Punitive Discipline System, Mindy Duckworth, Bianca Jeffries, Kelli Passmore Jan 2020

Restorative Practices: An Introduction To A Positive, Research-Based Alternative To A Punitive Discipline System, Mindy Duckworth, Bianca Jeffries, Kelli Passmore

Instructional Modules for Professional learning Responding to Opportunities and Valuing Educators (IMPROVE)

The purpose of this professional learning module (PLM) is to introduce educators to a positive, research-based alternative to traditional punitive discipline systems and encourage research-based practices to improve behavior. This module is intended to be completed individually.

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Collegial Feedback: Navigating The Obstacles, Anna Coats, Shaunee Howard, Kevin Ward Jan 2020

Collegial Feedback: Navigating The Obstacles, Anna Coats, Shaunee Howard, Kevin Ward

Instructional Modules for Professional learning Responding to Opportunities and Valuing Educators (IMPROVE)

The purpose of this PLM is to provide a conceptual framework for effective collegial feedback and to enhance the educational process. It was devised to empower individuals through building capacity in identifying possible obstacles to effective collegial feedback and to acquaint individuals with resources and strategies to overcome obstacles in collegial feedback. This PLM was designed for educators who have to provide feedback, including mentors, instructional coaches, and peer observers. Because it aligns with the adult learners’ ways of knowing, it is geared toward those who give feedback to adults rather than K-12 students.

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From Student Engagement To Student Empowerment, Gail D. Gallman, Kelsey J. Gibson Jan 2020

From Student Engagement To Student Empowerment, Gail D. Gallman, Kelsey J. Gibson

Instructional Modules for Professional learning Responding to Opportunities and Valuing Educators (IMPROVE)

This Professional Learning Module is designed to provide educators with the resources and skills to move their classroom interactions from engaging students to empowering students. The module focuses on six levels of student empowerment that focus on the whole child: intellectual, emotional, behavioral, physical, social, and cultural engagement. Throughout the module, educators will be provided with a series of activities that provide the educator with the opportunity to reflect on and engage with the strategies as they are represented in their own classrooms.

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Inclusion: A Sense Of Belonging, Judith Mills, Pamela Moore, Alisha Privette Jan 2020

Inclusion: A Sense Of Belonging, Judith Mills, Pamela Moore, Alisha Privette

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The purpose of this professional development module is to improve knowledge and skills in order to facilitate individual, school-wide, and district-wide improvements for the purpose of increasing academic and social achievement of students with disabilities in the inclusive setting.

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Diversity Informed Practices For Effective Family And School Communication, Shanda Jones, Joyce Patton, Tiffani Richardson Jan 2020

Diversity Informed Practices For Effective Family And School Communication, Shanda Jones, Joyce Patton, Tiffani Richardson

Instructional Modules for Professional learning Responding to Opportunities and Valuing Educators (IMPROVE)

This module is designed to encourage teachers to examine their own perceptions of poverty and how these perceptions can influence and impact the degree and quality of parent communication. The module is self-paced and presents teachers with a variety of perspectives and resources to appeal to multiple learning modalities. As teachers increase their knowledge base about perceptions of poverty and family communication they will begin to bridge the home/school communication gap and improve student outcomes.

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How Leaders Create The Conditions For Equity, Charli Kinard, Tieshia Pickett, Anastasiya Shchetynska Jan 2019

How Leaders Create The Conditions For Equity, Charli Kinard, Tieshia Pickett, Anastasiya Shchetynska

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Equity is a complex topic that encompasses many facets of leadership, education reform, and socio-economic issues. This module offers district and school leaders an introduction to equity and the conditions that create equitable school environments. The module provides educational leaders with strategies based on equity frameworks and research-based high-leverage equitable practices to implement in order to begin equity work at their sites and help teachers meet the needs of all of their diverse students. See the additional resources section at the end of this module for links to tools for assessing equity, creating action plans, and seeking support for improving ...


Improving Outreach & Collaboration, Latoya Bridgers, Molly Dibble, Karen Garmon, Carrie Sharp Jan 2018

Improving Outreach & Collaboration, Latoya Bridgers, Molly Dibble, Karen Garmon, Carrie Sharp

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The module is designed to assist teachers and educational leaders in navigating resources that will aid in parent outreach. Henderson, Mapp, Johnson and Davies (2007) give four core beliefs to build strong partnerships between the home and school: 1. All families have dreams for their children and want what is best for them, 2. All families have the capacity to support their children’s learning, 3. Parents and school staff should be equal partners, 4. Responsibility for building and sustaining partnerships between school and home rests primarily with school staff, especially school leaders. The module, based on those four core ...


Building A Foundation For Cultural Responsiveness, Denise Cyrus, Jill Douds, Sara Newell Jan 2018

Building A Foundation For Cultural Responsiveness, Denise Cyrus, Jill Douds, Sara Newell

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This site provides an overview of culturally responsive teaching philosophies and practices in order to make educators aware of the importance of having a culturally responsive mindset. This module also provides research, classroom practice resources, and thought-provoking videos meant to assist educators in using a culturally responsive mindset to improve their practices and positively impact all students.

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Mentoring Novice Teachers, Jessica Floyd, Kendra Lynn, Lisa Mccullough, Chandra Morrow Jan 2018

Mentoring Novice Teachers, Jessica Floyd, Kendra Lynn, Lisa Mccullough, Chandra Morrow

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The purpose of this module is to explore key foundation skills necessary for successful mentoring of novice teachers. Participants who utilize this module will learn the four essential components of successful mentoring--building trust, communication and collaboration, meeting the needs of diverse learners through cultural responsiveness, and building ownership, through student data. This module was developed for mentors working with novice teachers, but the essential components addressed can also be applied to veteran teachers as well.

The learning module is intended for use by all educators.

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Taking The Lead: Enhancing Student Learning And Professional Collaboration Through Action Research, Meredith Lynch, Lindsey Weycker Jan 2018

Taking The Lead: Enhancing Student Learning And Professional Collaboration Through Action Research, Meredith Lynch, Lindsey Weycker

Instructional Modules for Professional learning Responding to Opportunities and Valuing Educators (IMPROVE)

The purpose of this module is:

To empower teachers in leadership development and leadership roles

To foster mutual respect and communication between adults working together

To encourage action research as a daily classroom practice

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Providing Access To Content Using Technology To Engage All Learners, Karrissa Ebert, Cynthia Hutchings, Pamela Edwards, Mabel Eliana Lamprea Jan 2018

Providing Access To Content Using Technology To Engage All Learners, Karrissa Ebert, Cynthia Hutchings, Pamela Edwards, Mabel Eliana Lamprea

Instructional Modules for Professional learning Responding to Opportunities and Valuing Educators (IMPROVE)

The purpose of this module is to provide access to research and tools which can be used to differentiate lessons in a classroom for all types of learners. First, the module helps educators understand TPACK as well as why using technology with students is effective. Next, the module delineates the research and tools into 4 categories of learning, which allows educators to learn/ teach using tools specific for different learners. The module concludes by encouraging educators to practice using the tools with a group of learners and a content specific standard.

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Data-Driven Plcs, Camey Whitt, Desirae Ball, Jodi Witherspoon Jan 2018

Data-Driven Plcs, Camey Whitt, Desirae Ball, Jodi Witherspoon

Instructional Modules for Professional learning Responding to Opportunities and Valuing Educators (IMPROVE)

The purpose of this professional learning module is to explore how PLCs can be strengthened by using data to support student learning. The goals of this professional learning module is that educators will understand and embrace the three big ideas that drive the work of an effective PLC: A Collaborative Culture, A Results Orientation, and A Focus on Learning.

Educators will develop the shared roles, responsibilities, and relationships within a PLC. Educators will be able to establish and measure the success of SMART goals that align with school and district goals. Educators will be able to answer the following four ...


Engaging Families And The Community In Schools, Alison H. Whitaker, Kathryn Pritchard, Erin Keene, Kim Coleman Jan 2017

Engaging Families And The Community In Schools, Alison H. Whitaker, Kathryn Pritchard, Erin Keene, Kim Coleman

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This module is designed to lead a collaborative group of educators through the process of designing and implementing an event or activity to increase the levels of family and community engagement in schools. The module presents current research supporting family and community involvement in schools. Learners are prepared to recognize potential barriers to increasing family and community involvement and methods to overcome those barriers.

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Questioning For Critical Thinking, Karen Conner, Ashton Coppley, Betsy Furr Jan 2017

Questioning For Critical Thinking, Karen Conner, Ashton Coppley, Betsy Furr

Instructional Modules for Professional learning Responding to Opportunities and Valuing Educators (IMPROVE)

Effective questioning is essential for learning. This module will explore questioning for learning and critical thinking. This module was designed for use by teachers of all grade levels. It is intended for the benefit of teachers in designing their instruction and for the benefit of the students they teach. Participants in this PLM will consider the importance of which questions are asked, who gets to ask them, and what role they play in student achievement.

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Don't Forget Your Parachute: Using The Ubd Framework To Guide Unit Planning, Angela Hines, Nicole Ludwa Jan 2016

Don't Forget Your Parachute: Using The Ubd Framework To Guide Unit Planning, Angela Hines, Nicole Ludwa

Instructional Modules for Professional learning Responding to Opportunities and Valuing Educators (IMPROVE)

The audience for this module includes educators at all levels of all subject matters. This module is designed for educators interested in increasing student understanding and in creating more effective curricula and assessment through unit planning, beginning with the end in mind. Thinking about what to teach and how to teach it is a matter of habit, thinking about the learning outcomes leads to appropriate teaching and is how backwards planning works. Lessons should be created by the results sought, not the activities with which a teacher is most comfortable. Many times teachers are focused on the inputs rather than ...


Academic Vocabulary Strategies, Ginger Black, Lashay Conley, Shamona Fernanders, Katrissa Fisher Jan 2016

Academic Vocabulary Strategies, Ginger Black, Lashay Conley, Shamona Fernanders, Katrissa Fisher

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This module will provide K-12 educators, in various content areas, with research-based academic vocabulary strategies that can be used to inform their instructional practices. The module explains the term academic vocabulary in depth and addresses the importance of students being able to read, interpret, and analyze vocabulary in context. After viewing several research-based strategies, the module will provide educators with tools to plan for and assess the implementation of the vocabulary strategies.

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Teachers As Leaders: ​Action Research In The Classroom, Teresa Lester, Stephanie Mccabe Jan 2016

Teachers As Leaders: ​Action Research In The Classroom, Teresa Lester, Stephanie Mccabe

Instructional Modules for Professional learning Responding to Opportunities and Valuing Educators (IMPROVE)

The purpose of this module is to explore means in which teacher leaders can utilize the process of action research to improve outcomes for students. Participants who utilize this module will learn the "habits of mind" --assessing performance, analyzing problems they encounter in the classroom, prescribing an intervention, monitoring performance, learning from experience (Sagor, 2000) --to continue the work of professional educators. Additionally, the use of action research as professional development assures teacher leaders and school administrations that their teachers will use new knowledge for the pursuit of effective strategies for student learning.

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Differentiated Instruction, Kelly Campbell, Tina Whitten, Karen Hester Jan 2016

Differentiated Instruction, Kelly Campbell, Tina Whitten, Karen Hester

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The purpose of this professional development module is to strengthen the understanding of differentiated instruction and strategies for implementation. After completing this professional development, teachers will be empowered to use research based differentiated instructional strategies to differentiate for all students in the classroom.

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What If I Can't Plc?, Lindsay Lee, Audrey Moore, Angela Szakasits, Cynthia Wortham Jan 2016

What If I Can't Plc?, Lindsay Lee, Audrey Moore, Angela Szakasits, Cynthia Wortham

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The purpose of this learning module is to provide information for teachers and administrators to learn ways to overcome barriers to participate in PLCs. The goal of this learning module is to provide teachers and administrators with resources to employ facilitation skills, create trust among colleagues, develop collective wisdom, build ownership, and take action to support student learning.

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Active Learning Online, Natalie Bishop, Emily Robertson Jan 2016

Active Learning Online, Natalie Bishop, Emily Robertson

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This module is designed to support instructors in engaging students by incorporating active learning strategies in the online learning environment.

Instructors will be presented with a series of online activities ranging from beginner to advanced in their implementation. Aligned with course content, each learning activity provides students an opportunity to apply higher order thinking and 21st century skills.

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Mentoring Relationships, Tori Hill, Lori Nanney, Kimberly Perry, Amanda Edwards Whatley Jan 2016

Mentoring Relationships, Tori Hill, Lori Nanney, Kimberly Perry, Amanda Edwards Whatley

Instructional Modules for Professional learning Responding to Opportunities and Valuing Educators (IMPROVE)

The purpose of this module is to establish a framework for successful mentoring practices in order to enhance the teaching and learning process. The module addresses the importance of the Four Pillars as a framework for building successful mentor/mentee relationships. The framework pillars are identified as pedagogical competencies,relationship building, reflection, and administrative support. Each pillar is defined with research provided to support the importance of each as a foundational element of successful mentor/mentee relationships. Additionally the module provides reflection activities and additional resources for consideration and site-level implementation.

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Our Collaborative Team, Roberta Callaway, Laverne Chestnut, Jeffery Waters Jan 2015

Our Collaborative Team, Roberta Callaway, Laverne Chestnut, Jeffery Waters

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This module is designed to help you recharge your knowledge about PLCs and refine your understanding of how a PLC team can function more effectively. As teachers collaborate in PLC meetings, a culture of commitment, willingness to change, and accountability emerges as instructional leaders develop common assessments, study data, and create opportunities for higher levels of student achievement. An effectively functioning team can lay the groundwork for tackling challenges and embracing the rewards of student learning success.

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Increasing Student Outcomes Through Effective Feedback, Julie Conn, Michelle Bennett, Cari Maneen, Terree Andrew Jan 2015

Increasing Student Outcomes Through Effective Feedback, Julie Conn, Michelle Bennett, Cari Maneen, Terree Andrew

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This module explores descriptive purposeful feedback and its use as a strategy for differentiation and as a formative assessment tool. This module explores in detail research integral to understanding what effective and purposeful feedback is and the importance of providing specific and descriptive feedback. This module provides an evaluator the understanding and tools for how to use purposeful feedback to determine if a student is meeting the established performance criteria or if more intensive intervention is needed.

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Facilitating Equitable Classrooms, Sara Arndt, April Guenzler Jan 2015

Facilitating Equitable Classrooms, Sara Arndt, April Guenzler

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Public education serves all students and works to close the achievement gap currently present in our society. This module aims to help assist educational stakeholders best support all students through differentiation and best practices. Most of the suggestions and strategies can work in any classroom environment. At the core of this module, however, one must understand that respect is essential between all stakeholders ­ especially teachers and students ­ to have an effective classroom community.

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