Posted on Mar 11, 2019
As teachers, we know that when we can give kids real-world context as to why they’re learning something, the engagement rate skyrockets.
After all, how many times do you hear, ‘ why do I have to learn this ?’
When students make the connection between school and their future , they are more engaged, empowered, and feel as though they can adequately, positively, and successfully be part of the community – as well as feel excited about what their future holds .
When we offer our students engaging, well-rounded curriculum , where they can learn the interconnectedness of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), we improve national advancement and provide our students with career opportunities that will help them compete in a global marketplace.
Engineering is one of those subject areas that can actually be super...
Posted on Mar 1, 2019
In an educational system that requires ongoing student assessments, teachers and administrators are often overwhelmed by the amount of data they must work with. As a teacher, how do I adjust my instruction to meet each student’s individual needs? How will I know what kind of progress they’re making? As a school administrator, how can I ensure that the students are progressing toward key milestones required by ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), and the state?
This is where the integration of NWEA MAP Growth TM assessment data into Odysseyware ® to create individualized learning paths (ILPs) helps!
Odysseyware ILPs Deliver Results
As educators, you want to know that you are meeting the needs of all students and that they are learning. How do you support and improve student achievement?
Jeremy Simington, Principal at Graettinger-Terril...
Posted on Feb 4, 2019
A growing number of schools and districts throughout the country are grappling with an ongoing challenge: how to prepare students to succeed in an increasingly complex and ever-changing world of work.
The challenge stems, in part, from the growing divide between our nation’s historic approach to career readiness and the demands of a labor market having to confront globalization, automation, and technological advancements. For too long, career readiness was viewed as an alternative path -- an option for students who lacked the academic credentials to succeed in college, and it placed students in career and technical education (CTE) programs that were often viewed as secondary to the district’s main goal of preparing students for college.
Thankfully, this view has started to change. Today’s district leaders know that the fastest-growing jobs today didn’t even exist 10...
Posted on Jan 4, 2019
Adolescent mental health has been recognized as a national crisis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 1 in 5 American children ages 3 through 17 (about 15 million) have a diagnosable mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder in a given year. Yet only 20 percent of these children are ever diagnosed and receive treatment; 80 percent (about 12 million) aren't receiving any kind of treatment or support.
In an era where students broadcast themselves and their thoughts through social media, it is easy to overlook the anxiety they may face in sharing concerns or asking for help. This is not lost among K-12 educators. Even the most empathetic educators often find that they have trouble connecting with students and getting them to open up about their feelings.
It is a challenge, observed by savvy educators, that is in some ways exacerbated as...
Posted on Oct 29, 2018
We can all think back to a moment in time during our K-12 schooling when we felt safe or unsafe, and respected and encouraged (or not) by an adult. We can think of the friends and peers we had that might have grown up in difficult houses, and how they were affected academically, socially, and emotionally. We can think of that one kid in our class that without fail, was constantly picked-on or the kid that seemed to have it all together: academically and socially. We can also remember what it felt like going to school every day.
These images and experiences – whether good or bad – stick with us for life. These same experiences often shape our development, perceptions, education, reasoning, critical problem-solving skills, future goals, and more, as we go through school and life.
As teachers, administrators, counselors, and really any adult working in a school...
Posted on Sep 18, 2018
Last month I was invited to be the Keynote Speaker for the Wisconsin eSchool Network teachers at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. I started out consulting with their amazing Director of Professional Learning and Support, Sami Forster, discussing the keynote topic. After more discussion, telling Sami about my current project on our instructional design, she asked me not-just-to keynote, but to lead in the full professional learning day.
It was an honor to collaborate with such amazing educators who use multiple models of instruction: face-to-face, blended, and virtual. Our focus for the day was empowering the teacher-as-decision-maker in the instructional process, ensuring that we address unique student needs to support the whole learner . Our title was "Why We Do What We Do!" This "we" in our title doesn't just mean educators; it includes Odysseyware, our...
Posted on Aug 29, 2018
As teachers, we want our students invested in their learning just as much as we are invested in their success.
Odysseyware® is excited to add another layer of whole learner support through the inclusion of the Learner Dashboard – designed to invite student agency and accountability for learning! In addition to the Educator Dashboard, the Learner Dashboard is another example of how Odysseyware embraces the philosophy of the whole learner, through its suite of solutions that include Odysseyware online learning courses, ClassPace™ Blended Learning , BASE Education for Social Emotional Learning , targeted Individualized learning Plans aligned to NWEA™ MAP® Growth® assessment results and other tools and resources offered as part of our Well-Rounded Curriculum .
So many of the characteristics that we often correlate with student success (not just grades on high stakes tests...