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Spotlight Leader of Pee-Dee Math, Science and Technology Academy Credits Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom

Keith Bailey, PDMSTA

Keith Bailey, Executive Director of the Pee-Dee Math, Science, and Technology Academy in Bishopville, SC was recently the subject of a February 2017 Leader Spotlight by the South Carolina Public Charter School District. In the spotlight Bailey shares some highlights of their initiatives and describes the problem-based learning aspect of the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom™.

Bailey says “PDMSTA ascribes to a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) model and Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classrooms (LATIC). Problem-based learning is a subset of project-based learning.  There are differences in the project based and problem-based learning model. Problem-based learning starts with a problem and focuses largely on the process of finding a solution. Students learn through grappling with a problem through open-ended problem-solving”.

Read the full Leader Spotlight article here: http://www.sccharter.org/2017/02/15/leader/

Learn more about the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom.

Founded by Dr. Nancy Sulla, IDE Corp. offers a comprehensive instructional model that is the synthesis of the best research available on student achievement. IDE consultants work with school districts around the country to help them shift paradigms and design new approaches to instruction.  IDE Corp. has been providing instructional and organizational consulting to schools since 1987.

 

Echoes~Sentinel News Article Shares LATI Classroom Success in Wachtung Schools

An April 5, 2017 article in the Echoes~Sentinel newspaper describes how with the “Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom program in Watchung Schools, more and more teachers are preparing their instruction in modern and more personalized ways”.

Watchung, New Jersey Valley View School Principal Mary Nunn said “this comprehensive instructional model applies systems theory to classroom instruction to address the new standards, assessments, and teacher evaluation rubrics. The classroom melds best practices into one cohesive, problem-based, learning environment.”

The article continues with Nunn explaining how “teachers have found an increased level of student engagement, more peer-to-peer teaching, a stronger sense of individual needs and skills, and less dependence on teachers”.

Read the full article here: http://www.newjerseyhills.com/echoes-sentinel/news/students-take-charge-in-watchung-schools/article_99e1019c-4df7-5e72-b3c5-17d76235b2e0.html

Learn more about the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom.

Founded by Dr. Nancy Sulla, IDE Corp. offers a comprehensive instructional model that is the synthesis of the best research available on student achievement. IDE consultants work with school districts around the country to help them shift paradigms and design new approaches to instruction.  IDE Corp. has been providing instructional and organizational consulting to schools since 1987.

 

IDE Corp. to Present at NJASA 2017 Spring Leadership Conference in Atlantic City

IDE Corp is pleased to announce that it will be presenting at the NJASA 2017 Spring Leadership Conference taking place on May 17 – 19, 2017 at Caesars in Atlantic City, NJ.

“Creating the Conditions for a School-wide Student-Driven Culture” will be presented by Dr. Lee Nittel, Superintendent of Canfield Avenue School in Mine Hill Township and Dan Gross, Director of Client Relations of IDE Corp. on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 1:15pm.

“Engagement, Empowerment, and Efficacy: Student-Driven Instruction in Action” will be presented by Ms. Jennifer Fano, Superintendent of Randolph Township Schools and Dr. Nancy Sulla, President of IDE Corp. on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 1:15pm.

Please stop by booth 6 to say hello and learn more about the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom™.

Dr. Nancy Sulla is the Founder and President of IDE Corp. — Innovative Designs for Education — an educational consulting firm focusing on instructional innovation. She is the creator of the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom, taking a systems approach to creating student-centered, problem-based classrooms. Dr. Sulla is also the author of two books: It’s Not What You Teach But How: Making the CCSS Work for You and Students Taking Charge: Inside the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom.

IDE Corp. offers a comprehensive instructional model that is the synthesis of the best research available on student achievement. IDE consultants work with school districts around the country to help them shift paradigms and design new approaches to instruction.  IDE Corp. has been providing instructional and organizational consulting to schools since 1987.

Dr. Nancy Sulla Discusses Innovation with Larry Ferlazzo in Education Week

On March 28, 2017 Larry Ferlazzo asked “How can we close the gap between new ideas & implementation?” Dr. Nancy Sulla responded and spoke to the “disconnect between those who conceive of ideas and those who are expected to implement them”.

See the full article on the Education Week website.

Dr. Nancy Sulla is the Founder and President of IDE Corp. — Innovative Designs for Education — an educational consulting firm focusing on instructional innovation. She is the creator of the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom, taking a systems approach to creating student-centered, problem-based classrooms. Dr. Sulla is also the author of two books: It’s Not What You Teach But How: Making the CCSS Work for You and Students Taking Charge: Inside the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom.

IDE Corp. offers a comprehensive instructional model that is the synthesis of the best research available on student achievement. IDE consultants work with school districts around the country to help them shift paradigms and design new approaches to instruction.  IDE Corp. has been providing instructional and organizational consulting to schools since 1987.

Dr. Nancy Sulla Presents Webinar on Executive Function

Is it possible that executive function is the missing link to student achievement? Dr. Nancy Sulla thinks so and shares her view in a YouTube video and in her upcoming book, Building Executive Function: The Missing Link to Student Achievement. Dr. Sulla addresses executive function in terms of the skills needed for conscious control, engagement, empowerment, collaboration, efficacy, and leadership. She believes that schools can use activities, structures, and teacher facilitation to build executive function skills, resulting in achievement gains. Join her for a webinar on Tuesday May 2, 2017 at 2:00 PM EDT to hear more on the subject. We will reserve the last section of the webinar for Q&A and we look forward to your participation in the conversation. 

Register Now: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/322737830614496513

IDE Corp. to Present at Future of Education Technology Conference in Orlando, FL

IDE Corp. is pleased to announce that it has been selected for two presentations with Pasco County Schools at the 37th Annual Future of Education Technology Conference. FETC, which is described as “the largest, national, independent education technology conference, annually attracts thousands of education and technology leaders from around the world” will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL from January 24th to 27th, 2017. Please visit us and send your colleagues to see us in booth 2440!

1) Dr. Nancy Sulla is presenting with Vanessa Hilton, Assistant Superintendent of Student Achievement, Pasco County Schools in session W081: Using Systems Theory to Accelerate Your Technology Initiative on Thursday, January 26, from 2:00 – 4:30 at the Hyatt Regency in Bayhill 29.

2) Tanya Bosco is presenting with Pasco County Schools’ Sanders Memorial STEAM Magnet Elementary School Principal Jason Petry and Assistant Principal Kelly Edwards in session PS155: Designing a Learner-Active STEAM Magnet Elementary School: Stories from the Change Process on Thursday, January 26, from 2:30 – 3:30 in booth #2500 in the Convention Center.

3) And, see Sanders’ Memorial STEAM Magnet Elementary School Third Grade Teachers Tanya Kindberg and Megan Bender present from the teacher perspective of teaching in a STEAM-LATIC school in Session PS032: Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classrooms: Recipe for Success on Thursday, January 26 from 2:30 – 3:30 in booth #965 in the Convention Center.

Founded by Dr. Nancy Sulla, IDE Corp. offers a comprehensive instructional model that is the synthesis of the best research available on student achievement. IDE consultants work with school districts around the country to help them shift paradigms and design new approaches to instruction.  IDE Corp. has been providing instructional and organizational consulting to schools since 1987.

IDE Corp. to Present at NJASA TECHSPO’17 Conference in Atlantic City, NJ

IDE Corp. is pleased to announce that it has been selected for three group sessions with client districts at the NJASA TECHSPO’17 in Atlantic City, NJ.  Techspo is described as “New Jersey’s Premiere Educational Technology Training and Exhibition Conference for School Leaders”. Please also stop by and visit IDE Corp. at booth 104.

Group sessions include:

1) “The Technology Infused Primary Classroom” presenting with the Randolph Township Schools, Randolph, NJ – Thursday, January 26, 2017*Group Sessions – 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

  1. Jennifer Fano, Superintendent, Randolph Township Schools
  2. Katherine Thorne, Elementary Supervisor Grades K-5, Randolph Township Schools
  3. Dan Gross, Director of Client Relations, IDE Corp.

2) “Transforming Innovation Time into a School-Wide Culture of Innovation” presenting with the Mine Hill Township School District, Mine Hill, NJ – Thursday, January 26, 2017 – *Group Sessions 10:30 am – 11:30 am

  1. Lee Nittel, Superintendent, Mine Hill Township School District
  2. Adam Zygmunt, Principal, Canfield Avenue School
  3. Dan Gross, Director of Client Relations, IDE Corp.

3) “The Power of Technology to Promote a District-Wide STEAM Culture Beyond STEAM Day” presenting with the Springfield Public School District, Springfield Township, NJ – Friday, January 27, 2017 – *Group Sessions 10:30 am – 11:30 am

  1. Mike Davino, Superintendent, Springfield Public School District
  2. Ron Slate, HS Assistant Principal and Art/Business/Consumer Science Supervisor, Springfield Public School District
  3. Gregory Salmon, Science Supervisor, Springfield Public School District
  4. Dan Gross, Director of Client Relations, IDE Corp.

Founded by Dr. Nancy Sulla, IDE Corp. offers a comprehensive instructional model that is the synthesis of the best research available on student achievement. IDE consultants work with school districts around the country to help them shift paradigms and design new approaches to instruction.  IDE Corp. has been providing instructional and organizational consulting to schools since 1987.

South Orangetown, New York School District Releases Video Highlighting Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom

socsd-lati-videoIn a new video released by the South Orangetown Central School District in New York, Superintendent Dr. Robert Pritchard describes how the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom™ “engages students in real-world, problem-based learning that builds skills and knowledge.” Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, Dr. Brian Culot, describes how the district has been working with IDE Corp. developing their LATI Classsrooms for eight years and continues “making sure that kids have opportunities to work together in groups and partnerships, that they have the opportunity to communicate and collaborate, and to work on critical thinking skills and creativity”.

The video, available on the district website and the district YouTube channel, highlights the experiences of teachers and students in “teacher-guided, but learner-driven” K-12 Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classrooms across the district.

Learn more about the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom.

Founded by Dr. Nancy Sulla, IDE Corp. offers a comprehensive instructional model that is the synthesis of the best research available on student achievement. IDE consultants work with school districts around the country to help them shift paradigms and design new approaches to instruction.  IDE Corp. has been providing instructional and organizational consulting to schools since 1987.

Problem-Based Learning at Chester W. Taylor Jr. Elementary in Zephyrhills, Florida

zephyrhills-article-on-cwtes-2nd-gradeThe Zephyrhills Free Press in it’s November 10th edition describes how second grade students at Chester W. Taylor Jr. Elementary School in Zephyrhills, Florida created dozens of “unique, handmade brochures” to help encourage tourism to their city.  The brochures are the end product of an authentic and relevant problem-based learning unit developed by teachers during training with the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom. Based on the book “Students Taking Charge” by Dr. Nancy Sulla of IDE Corp., Chester Taylor Elementary “adopted this method of teaching three years ago”.  Second grade teacher Marabeth Ward comments “that she has seen great improvements in the students already”.

Ward describes her students as “more invested in their work and determined to learn” and her teaching as “a lot more student-driven”. She says her students are learning “life goals that are going to translate as they get older”. “I really love it,” said Ward.

Learn more about the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom.

Founded by Dr. Nancy Sulla, IDE Corp. offers a comprehensive instructional model that is the synthesis of the best research available on student achievement. IDE consultants work with school districts around the country to help them shift paradigms and design new approaches to instruction.  IDE Corp. has been providing instructional and organizational consulting to schools since 1987.

Learner-Active, Technology-Infused School Named 2016 National Blue Ribbon Winner

IDE Corp. is very pleased to announce that a long-time valued client, Icahn Charter School 4 in the Bronx, NY, has been named one of ten NYC schools selected as 2016 National Blue Ribbon Winners.  The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes “outstanding public and non-public schools” and “celebrates some of the most skilled and effective educators in the country”.

 

Icahn Charter School 4 has been named an “Exemplary High Performing School” which the Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon program website describes as “schools that have their state’s highest high school graduation rates and the highest achieving students (the top 15%) in English and mathematics, measured by state assessments”.

Learn more about the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom.

Founded by Dr. Nancy Sulla, IDE Corp. offers a comprehensive instructional model that is the synthesis of the best research available on student achievement. IDE consultants work with school districts around the country to help them shift paradigms and design new approaches to instruction.  IDE Corp. has been providing instructional and organizational consulting to schools since 1987.