One of the biggest changes to education today is RtI, but what is it really. Do we all have a common understanding of what this process entails. Hear from many great educational minds from all levels of education and many different states throughout the country as we work together to figure out what Response to Intervention is and what it isn't.
RtI is not a verb - you don’t “RtI a kid”, it is not TST…with a new name! It is not a way to delay Special Education services or something that only Special Educators do. It is Universal Screening and Ongoing Progress Monitoring and FORMATIVE assessments. It is Tier I/Core Instruction, Data‐Based Decision Making and Tiered Interventions.
RtI is both a school wide process and an individual student level process. It is looking at you school wide data and looking at student level data. It is about making the correct decisions for your school and your students based on the data. Find out who needs to be involved in this process. (Here's a hint, it is all of us :))
Join us Sunday night at 8 to talk all about RtI and what we all need to be doing to best support our students success. This will be the last #edchatri for this calendar year, as we will be taking a break during the Holiday vacation to be with family and friends. We will reconvene in the new year on Sunday, January 5th.
We hear it all the time that the world is changing incredibly fast and that technology is driving this change faster and faster every year. As educators we tire of hearing that our schools aren't keeping up with the times, but we know how hard this can be.
What should K-12 education look like now and how should it be evolving to meet the needs of a job market that is leaning more and more toward STEAM and 21st Century skills like design, programming, entrepreneurship, robotics, networking, video production, and social media?
We know that there are only so many hours in a day and so, as educators, we must make difficult choices when choosing how we spend those hours, what skills we teach, what content we choose, and what resources we present to our students. Who is making these difficult choices and are they informed enough about the world in which our students are entering? Are we stuck in paradigms like college readiness and the three R's?
There are more questions here than answers because this topic is new to our classrooms and districts and there is no crystal ball to predict what a kindergartener today's world will look like when she graduates in 2026. There are some incredible organizations that are trying to push more of these skills into school.
The week of December 9th - 15th, Code.org is running a Computer Science Education week titled, The Hour of Code. We are using this week to take one hour to experiment with what it's like to teach coding as an actual skill from age 6 and up. If you're interested you can sign up to participate or just view a few of the learning modules here.
Everyone uses computers in the workplace, in school, and in their homes. It's important that we understand how the things we use are built and how they operate. Not everyone will grow up to be a computer programmer, but understanding how this integral tool within our society operates is an competency that everyone needs to have.
As we clean up the table from Thanksgiving, put away all the fall decorations and transition into the Christmas season, putting up the Christmas tree, new ornaments and stockings, let us also think about all of the changes going on in education and how we can set our educational tables for success.
On Sunday night we will take a closer look at all of the changes in education and discuss what we can or are doing to better position ourselves for success in this educational season of change. It is time to start putting up the new decorations and take down the old ones, because time doesn't stop and the calendar continues to move forward toward a new era of education, including Common Core and PARCC.
Join us Sunday night at 8 PM for #edchatri as we Set our Table for Success.
Don Miller -