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Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing: What Teachers Need to Know About Phonemic Awareness
Posted on Mar 4, 2020
  • Carol Tolman
Tags
  • Literacy
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Professional Development
Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing: What Teachers Need to Know About Phonemic Awareness

Phonemic awareness is an essential foundational skill for unlocking the alphabetic principle to read words. It follows that weak phonemic awareness negatively impacts a student’s ability to readily blend words, leading to weak comprehension; we cannot understand what we cannot read.

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Summer Learning: For Students Only? Part Two
Posted on May 29, 2019
  • Cortnie Gurren
Tags
  • Professional Development
  • summer
Summer Learning: For Students Only? Part Two

You can’t keep your brain from counting the days until you have to return to work. You are wondering what you will be asked to do upon your return. This leads us to the next steps in our summer essential learning.

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A New Year, a New Start: Keeping Your Heroes Happy (Dealing with Teacher Turnover, Shortages, and Motivation)
Posted on Jan 17, 2019
  • Voyager Sopris Learning
Tags
  • Professional Development
A New Year, a New Start: Keeping Your Heroes Happy (Dealing with Teacher Turnover, Shortages, and Motivation)

Everyone wants to feel fulfilled and happy with their work, to believe they make a difference. This is more than a good feeling or earning a high salary. This is efficacy and it is critical for teachers’ success. When an entire school faculty has efficacy, it is called Collective Teacher Efficacy (CTE), which is “the collective belief of teachers in their ability to positively affect students” (Hattie, J. Visible Learning Plus).

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In Case You Missed It: What We Learned at the Voyager Sopris Learning Literacy Symposium
Posted on Sep 13, 2018
  • Carol Tolman
Tags
  • Common Core
  • Dyslexia
  • ELL
  • Literacy
  • Literacy Symposium
  • Professional Development
In Case You Missed It: What We Learned at the Voyager Sopris Learning Literacy Symposium

It's not too late to bring the expertise of this year's Literacy Symposium into your school or classroom! This year's speakers covered a wide range of relevant topics, including dyslexia laws, common core state standards, English language learners (ELL), teaching writing, LETRS literacy professional development, and so much more. Sign up now to have access to this content for the rest of the school year.

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Improving Math Instruction: Making the Complex Understandable for Teachers and Students
Posted on May 3, 2018
  • John Woodward
Tags
  • Math
  • Professional Development
Improving Math Instruction: Making the Complex Understandable for Teachers and Students

The need has never been greater for well-designed mathematics instruction that promotes confidence in teachers and guides students to success.

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One Size Does Not Fit All: Strong Professional Development Turns the Tide in Rapides Parish Schools
Posted on Mar 22, 2018
  • Alana Cohen
Tags
  • Literacy
  • Professional Development
One Size Does Not Fit All: Strong Professional Development Turns the Tide in Rapides Parish Schools

Last week, I was happy to be part of an Education Week webinar with Dr. Louisa Moats. With my assistant superintendent, Kim Bennett, we shared the story of how we achieved significant K–3 literacy results in the Rapides Parish School District.

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