Tuesday, October 28, 2014

National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month: 10 Strategies to Stop Bullying

School Improvement Network Releases Infographic Showing Prevalence and Impact of Bullying, 10 Strategies to Prevent It

Check out our new infographic on bullying prevention in honor of Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month showing the prevalence and effects of bullying in schools, and 10 strategies to stop bullying in any school or classroom. The infographic, accompanying resources, and additional tools are available to all educators on the company’s main site.

“Bullying, in all its manifestations, is a very real and serious problem for thousands of students nationwide, preventing them from learning effectively and thriving at school,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “These resources, compiled from our decades of researching and documenting best educational practices, can help educators everywhere combat bullying, so every student can learn, grow, and master the skills they need to graduate ready for college, a career and life.”

The infographic provides educators an overview of bullying forms, effects, prevalence, and prevention strategies. Highlights include:

  • One in every four students is bullied
  • One in every 10 students drops out of school due to bullying
  • Children who are bullied are more likely to have migraines, depression, anxiety, and consider or attempt suicide

Despite these grim statistics, research shows there are 10 strategies educators can use to stop bullying, including:

  • Change the school environment
  • Organize an anti-bullying committee
  • Train staff in prevention
  • Devote class time to prevention
  • Increase adult supervision in “hot spots”

In addition to a full explanation of the strategies, the infographic points educators to a free trial of Edivation, where they can access more anti-bullying resources.

Click here to see the infographic on the effects of bullying and 10 strategies to prevent it.

Monday, October 27, 2014

New Classroom Management Strategy Increases Student Engagement

School Improvement Network Video Segment Shows How to Use Nonverbal Praise Routines to Increase Student Engagement

new video segment showing a classroom management strategy to increase student engagement using nonverbal praise routines. The video segment is available to all educators as part of the weekly publication, “Strategy of the Week.”

“As part of our cause of helping 100 percent of educators become effective so that 100 percent of students can become college and career ready, we’ve dedicated the last two decades to creating the resources educators need to become as effective as possible in everything from classroom management to standard-specific instruction,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “When fully implemented and integrated, these resources can boost teacher effectiveness, increase student engagement, and even raise student achievement.”

In the new classroom management video segment, educators will learn how to use nonverbal praise routines to increase student engagement and involvement, and contribute to a greater sense of classroom community.

Click here to see the new classroom management video segment and how to increase student engagement with nonverbal praise routines.

Click here to see other teaching strategies in “Strategy of the Week.”

Click here to gain access to more classroom management video segments with a free trial of Edivation.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Lesson for Common Core Math Standard 6

New School Improvement Network Video Shows a Master Teacher’s Lesson for Common Core Math Standard 6

View the Strategy of the Week segment showing a master teacher’s lesson for the Common Core Math Standards. The video segment is available to all educators as part of the weekly publication “Strategy of the Week.”
“After decades of research documenting the best practices in education in classrooms around the world, we’ve captured master teachers in action demonstrating everything from how to teach the skills in the Common Core Math Standards or any state-specific standards to effective classroom management,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “With these resources, educators have access to what they need to be continually improving their practice to be as effective as possible.”
In this video, educators will see a master teacher’s lesson for Common Core Math Standard 6 to help students know how to calculate accurately and efficiently and communicate precisely to others. The video aligns to Common Core Standard MP.6.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Eighth Grade Common Core Math Lesson

Eighth Grade Common Core Math Lesson to Analyze and Solve Linear Equations

 view our new blog post featuring an eighth grade Common Core math lesson to analyze and solve linear equations available to all educators on the Common Core Blog. The Common Core Blog is written by present and former educators to provide resources for implementing the Common Core math and ELA standards.
“The Common Core State Standards are designed to progressively lead students to master the 21st century skills they need to succeed in college and a career when they graduate from high school,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Through resources like Edivation and the Common Core Blog, we strive to provide all educators with the tools and resources they need to implement the Common Core with fidelity, including Common Core math and ELA lessons, real video examples of master teachers teaching to the Common Core Standards, and the Learning Progressions tool to help educators see the skills students need to master for each grade and subject.”
In this Common Core Blog post, educators will see a master teacher’s Common Core math lesson for teaching how to analyze and solve linear equations, including how to help students set up the equations, work in groups, and explain their work.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Report Finds That Teacher Evaluations Need Further Support

School Improvement Network Releases Report of Professional Development Policy for Teacher Evaluation Support in all 50 States

Results Show Dearth of Policy or Guidance in Majority of States, Hindering Impact of Teacher Evaluations

SALT LAKE CITY—July 10, 2014—School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness systems, today announced a report on teacher professional development policy in all 50 states showing a dearth of guiding support for districts in the majority of states. Taken as a whole, the report findings indicate that schools, districts, and states lack the professional development and support needed to make soon mandated teacher evaluations a meaningful part of professional growth towards educator effectiveness.
“Teachers are, and always have been, our number one priority,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “For evaluations and observations to have a meaningful impact on educators and the students they teach, educators must have the personalized resources and support they need to improve practice and spur professional growth. Without this connection, evaluations are merely compliance.”
The report includes the following key findings:
  • Only four states—Connecticut, Kentucky, New Jersey and South Dakota—have made strides in creating systems to support teachers around new evaluations
  • Most states could only speculate about the efforts by local education agencies to build teacher capacity around evaluation, especially in connection with personalized professional learning plans
  • Eight states were confident local education agencies were developing and implementing such a support system
  • Nine states are still in flux over their evaluation system, preventing work towards corresponding professional growth plans
  • Four states’ teacher evaluation systems do not include a professional learning provision for teachers
  • Fifteen states offer no funding or give funding on a limited basis for professional support and resources
The report also includes detailed case studies on the work and progress in the four states that have made progress in creating a system to support teachers in evaluations, and more explanations and findings about the status of projects tying professional development to teacher evaluations in other states.

Classroom Management Webinar - RIck Smith Author of Conscious Classroom Management

New Webinar Gives Back-to-School Classroom Management Strategies from Education Experts

Education Expert Rick Smith Gives Classroom Management Strategies from New LumiBook

Coming up on July 17, 2014 we have a free webinar with back-to-school classroom management tips from education expert Rick Smith from his new LumiBook, “Conscious Classroom Management: Unlocking the Secrets of Great Teaching, Second Edition.”
“In our work with over 1.2 million educators nationwide, classroom management is always a focus of educators to increase student engagement and learning,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “The insights from Rick Smith’s webinar and new LumiBook give educators ready-to-implement ideas and strategies that can make meaningful improvements in their classroom.”
In this webinar, educators will learn dozens of practical strategies to implement from the first day of school until the end of the year, including:
  • Three keys to increasing consistency
  • Five nonverbal procedures to save time and motivate your students
  • Three teacher assumptions that invite student cooperation
  • How to discipline students from across the room
  • How to succeed with difficult students
  • How to grow in inner authority
  • How and when to use consequences
  • How to “hold your ground” in ways that invite student cooperation
  • Practical approaches for motivating your reluctant learners
  • A variety of "nuts and bolts" that are vital for classroom survival
  • Strategies that result in reduced anxiety and a fresher, more positive approach to teaching
The webinar will be held Thursday, July 17, at 4 p.m. EST.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

School Improvement Network Releases Edivation, a New Personalized and Adaptive Learning Solution for Educators

Edivation Replaces PD 360 and Brings a New On-Demand Professional Learning Platform, Personalized Content Recommendations, and Advanced User Interface

PD 360 is now Edviation. This represents a significant new direction for School Improvement Network, and the new platform will be the single vehicle for innovative personalized learning products for educators in the future.

“The evolution from PD 360 to Edivation is yet another landmark in School Improvement Network’s long history of innovating education,” said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “In 1991, we were the first company to document classroom best practices on video. In 2007, we were the first to deliver these resources online and on demand. Now, in 2014, with the transformation of PD 360 to Edivation, we are the first education company to create a resource that intelligently serves personalized content from a rich supply of resources research-proven to increase student achievement and educator effectiveness.”

The name Edivation derives from “edification,” “innovation,” “elevation,” and “motivation,” meant to represent the breadth and depth of the resources available to support educators in every aspect of their work beyond professional development content. The green “i” in the logo represents “implementation” and “individualized” or personalized” learning.

Through Edivation, educators will have access to the resources formerly available in PD 360, Common Core 360 and Observation 360 (the Educator Effectiveness System), such as thousands of videos showing best practices in education with master teachers, lesson plans and classroom aids, meaningful and personalized observation templates, and access to a professional learning community of more than a million educators. But with Edivation, these resources will be automatically served to educators based on their profile and administrator-assigned PD. In coming months, this Edivation feature will be expanded to deliver educators personalized content based on their interests and previous searches. Administrators can also seamlessly make and implement professional development plans for an entire district or system or a single educator.

Independent, peer-reviewed research in the Journal of Instructional Psychology found that when educators used the tools within Edivation for at least 10 minutes a week, student proficiency on standardized tests increased by an average of 18 percent in a single year compared to district averages. The same study showed dropout rates decreased by 20 percent, discipline issues decreased by 33 percent, and 10 percent more students expressed intention of attending college compared to district averages.

For more information about Edivation, visit http://www.edivation.com/