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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.

IDE Corp. to Offer Five Sessions at NJSBA Workshop 2016 in Atlantic City, NJ

njsba2016logoIDE Corp. is proud to offer five sessions with our valued clients Tuesday October 25th and Wednesday October 26th at the NJSBA Workshop 2016 conference at the Atlantic City Convention Center.  Come attend our sessions and visit us at booth 719.  Visit the workshop schedule to learn more:

  1. Building Internal Capacity Through Instructional Innovation presented with North Brunswick Township Public Schools
  2. Shifting a School Culture to be Student Driven with Watchung Borough School District
  3. Transformational vs. Transactional Learning: Getting the Job Done with Randolph Public Schools
  4. Community Partnerships Through Problem-Based Learning with Duke Farms
  5. Building on AVID to Design Learner Active, Technology Infused Classrooms with Woodbury City Public Schools

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.

Clarkstown, NY Superintendent of Schools Shares His LATI Classroom Workshop Experience

Mr. Martin D. Cox, superintendent of Clarkstown Central School District attended the first day of an IDE Corp. Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom workshop for teachers.  Mr. Cox shared his experience in his blog on the district website.

TR Rathjen, Instructional Strategies Specialist, launched the day in the Felix Festa Middle School library, the first of six sessions, with a quote from Albert Einstein, “I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” Mr. Cox described this as “a powerful way to begin a training workshop”.

In his blog post, Mr. Cox also shared a quote from Dr. Michael St. John, Secondary Curriculum Coordinator, who said “at today’s session, TR provided a powerful experience, modeling the LATI Classroom and engaging our teacher participants as if they were students within the model”.  Dr. St. John continued, claiming that “it was an exciting and enriching day for our teachers”.

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.

 

 

Randolph Reporter Describes EdTech as “Impressive” in Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classrooms

Randolph ArticleIn a recent Randolph Reporter article, editor Mike Montalto, visits the Canfield Avenue School in Mine Hill, NJ and observes that when educational technology is implemented through the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom, it “can give students a new perspective on problem solving”.

Having graduated from high school in 2011, Mr. Montalto reflects on his own experience with the evolving educational technology and describes his teachers then as “not fully aware on how to fully take advantage of these technologies to benefit their students”. He describes how “the technology was never utilized to its full potential” and there was not “serious thought into how these new classroom tools could be best used to enhance and transform the learning experience for children”.

Mr. Montalto, states Canfield Avenue School now “not only appears to own the latest technologies for the classroom environment, but also has a plan to incorporate it into teachers plans and is effectively changing the way that courses can be taught”. He claims this will produce a “generation of students who will enter the world after completing their traditional schooling with a firm grasp on a variety of technologies, a better understanding of the developing world around them and a new approach to problem solving and critical thinking with technology as an invaluable tool and resource”.

Learn more about technology infusion in 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.

South Orangetown, NY Students Go Back to School and to the LATI Classroom

SOCSD_RocklandTimesArticle8-18-2016In its August 18th, 2016 edition, the Rockland County Times states that the “South Orangetown School Administration has been working this summer on a valuable series of initiatives to enhance student achievement for the 2016-2017 academic year.” The newspaper quotes Dr. Robert Pritchard, Superintendent of the South Orangetown Central School District as saying, “We want students to exercise the part of their brains that allow them to solve problems that have yet to be solved. Integrating the arts, sciences and humanities fosters creativity and innovation for young learners.”

Dr. Pritchard goes on to describe the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom as a place where “students are ‘empowered’ to take responsibility for setting goals, scheduling time, using resources and making decisions. They are more focused and get involved with problem-solving on open-ended situations by working independently or with their classmates.”

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 2016 Annual AMLE Conference

IDE Corp. is pleased to announce that they will be partnering with two client school districts and presenting at the 2016 Conference of the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE).  IDE and the Hastings-on-Hudson Union Free School District in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY will present two sessions on “Redefining Class Participation Into Building Executive Function Skills” and “Designing Classrooms For Problem-Finders, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs”.  The South Orangetown Central School District in Blauvelt, NY will partner with IDE to present “Using Systems Mapping to Support Comprehensive Instructional Change”.  Both school districts are designing and implementing K-12 Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classrooms™. The annual AMLE conference will take place in Austin, Texas from October 9-12, 2016.

Learn more about Executive Function in Dr. Nancy Sulla’s video “Executive Function: The Missing Link to Student Achievement“.

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.

Watchung, NJ Learner Active Technology Infused Classroom (LATIC) Initiative in the News

IDECorp LATIClassrooms Watchung NJ Echo Sentinel Article 5-3-2016IDE Corp. is pleased to announce that its ongoing Learner Active Technology Infused Classroom™ (LATIC) initiative in the Watchung Borough School District in Watchung, New Jersey is the focus of a May 3rd article in the Echoes-Sentinel newspaper.

Contributing writer Jordan Homer writes “The program encourages students’ communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. Through LATIC, teachers focus on a felt need and combine that with a real-world problem.” Homer continues, “Students manage tasks on their own, reaching out to each other if they need help, and may delve deeper into areas of the unit that interest them most.”

“As a teacher you have to let them make mistakes,” said Chris Mehl, seventh grade social studies teacher. “They have to fail and get back up and do it again.”

Founded by Dr. Nancy Sulla, IDE Corp. is among the very few professional development providers that offer a comprehensive instructional model that is the synthesis of the best research available on student achievement. Team IDE works with school districts around the country to help them shift paradigms and design new approaches to instruction and has been providing instructional and organizational consulting services to schools since 1987.

Dr. Nancy Sulla responds to Larry Ferlazzo: Assessments for Today’s Students

Dr. Nancy Sulla, author of Students Taking Charge and founder of IDE Corp., responded to a question presented by Larry Ferlazzo, award-winning Education Week blogger, in his recent blog post Assessments for Today’s Students.  The question asks, “Schools are expecting students to do more problem solving, in response to Common Core assessments. Businesses complain graduates are not creative. In response, schools have students engage in innovative design projects. Most parents, though, grew up on letter grades and lessons out of textbooks. They don’t see the value in rubrics and performance assessments. How do we assess these projects so students and parents appreciate and understand what and how well students have done?”

The power of the rubric lies in its ability to describe advanced levels of understanding of content, making it defensible to parents and students.Dr. Sulla responds, “Problem-based learning provides the perfect venue for assessing the high levels of understanding and application characteristic of novelity. To prepare students more fully for the 21st century careers that lie ahead, teachers must focus on teaching students to solve open-ended problems for which there are no one right answer.” She continues, “Parents and students need to consider that students today will work in a world in which they will be rewarded for solving problems: from big problems with global implications to small, customer-service problems. Both require different ways of thinking and working, and those require different forms of assessment.” Dr. Sulla offers a more powerful approach to using rubrics for assessment — the analytic rubric.

Learn more about analytic rubrics in Using Rubrics to Drive Instruction on the IDEportal, the Essential On-line Resource for the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom™.

Founded by Dr. Nancy Sulla, IDE Corp. is among the very few professional development providers that offer 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.