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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.

IDE Corp. to advance to next phase in XQ: The Super School Project competition

IDE Corp. is pleased to announce that it has been selected to advance to the next and final phase in the XQ: The Super School Project competition. Co-led by Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, the project seeks to reimagine high school and “give bright-minded students the future they deserve”. The IDE Team is excited to apply their extensive experience, creativity, and innovation to developing a high school concept that will truly engage and inspire students.

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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.

IDE Corp. to exhibit at ASCD 2016 in Atlanta

ASCD_2016_logo_conferenceIDE Corp. is proud to be exhibiting at the ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show this year in Atlanta, Georgia from April 2-4.

We are also happy to announce that Dr. Nancy Sulla, the founder and president of IDE Corp, and the author of Students Taking Charge and It’s Not What You Teach But How, will be be signing copies of her two books on Sunday April, 3rd from 11:00 – 11:30 AM at Routledge Publishing in booth 1322.

IDEBoothVisit our page in the ASCD 2016 Planner and please stop by booth 500 just to the left of the front entrance and chat with Dr. Nancy Sulla and the rest of the team.  Be sure to pick up one of our distinctive lime green bags, while they are still available!

 

IDE Corp launches new Executive Function themed Virtual Learning Community

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Screenshot of the VLC Activity List

IDE Corp. is pleased to announce the launch of it’s newest online Virtual Learning Community, “Creating Lesson Plans That Build Executive Function”. IDE’s Virtual Learning Community (VLC) format combines online technology, an experienced IDE facilitating consultant, a challenging activity list, and a flexible 6-week schedule to create a vibrant and engaging community of learners. Participants complete the session with new ideas and new materials for immediate implementation in their classroom.

Contact IDE Corp. now to enroll in the May session of our newest VLC, “Creating Lesson Plans That Build Executive Function“.

Participants in “Creating Lesson Plans That Build Executive Function” will use Dr. Nancy Sulla’s book, It’s Not What You Teach But How as a resource. Access to the IDEportal is included for all participants while enrolled in the VLC.

Watch Dr. Nancy Sulla’s YouTube video “Executive Function: The Missing Link to Student Achievement“.

Dr. Nancy Sulla publishes article in Student Centered Learning – Thailand

NSullaThailandBlogArticleIDE Corp. is pleased to announce that Dr. Nancy Sulla, the founder and president of IDE Corp, and the author of Students Taking Charge and It’s Not What You Teach But How  has been published in Student Centered Learning – Thailand, whose mission is “to provide a center of discussion, information and planning for 21st Century education reform in Thailand”.

In her article, Designing Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classrooms for the Creative Economy, Dr. Sulla describes the new creative economy and the shift in mindset required to succeed. “The strength of a growing global economy stems from a progression through phases of dependency upon agriculture to industry to information to knowledge, with the most recent focus being on the creative economy. Increasing numbers of individuals and national economies now depend upon creativity as an economic engine. The implications for schools are astounding,” states Dr. Sulla.

Read more on Student Centered Learning – Thailand at http://sclthailand.org/2015/11/designing-learner-active-technology-infused-classrooms-for-the-creative-economy/.

The Educator’s Room reviews Dr. Nancy Sulla’s book Students Taking Charge

STC_Educators_Room_ReviewCari Harris, writer for The Educator’s Room, a group dedicated “to improving education by recognizing that the real experts, classroom teachers, are needed at the table of educational reform”, has reviewed Dr. Nancy Sulla’s book Students Taking Charge.

Ms. Harris declares “this is not just pie-in-the-sky thinking” and “the practical nature of this book makes for easy reading for busy teachers, but also offers actual rubrics, useful scaffolding plans, and ideas for assessments and common core connections that are essential to planning”.  She continues, saying the book “offers dynamic ideas and ways to make big or small changes” and “is versatile no matter where or how you teach”.

Read more on The Educator’s Room at http://theeducatorsroom.com/2013/03/its-time-for-high-school-students-to-take-charge-of-their-learning-but-how-book-review/.

IDE Corp. is selected by CIO Review as one of 20 Most Promising Education Solution and Consulting Providers for 2013

CIO Review article - IDE Corp- Maximizing Learning Potential By Redesigning ClassroomsIDE Corp. is proud to be selected by CIO Review as one of 20 Most Promising Education Solution and Consulting Providers for 2013.

CIO Review describes the leadership at IDE as striving to “ensure high quality service, instructional innovation, effective communication, and operational efficiency by cultivating an organizational culture that values collaboration and collective knowledge acquisition”.

Read more on CIO Review at http://education.cioreview.com/vendor/2013/ide_corp.

Dr. Nancy Sulla presents on the LATI Classroom at Hastings-on-Hudson, NY Board of Education meeting

Dr. Nancy Sulla, the founder and president of IDE Corp, and the author of Students Taking Charge and It’s Not What You Teach But How presented and was video recorded at this months Board of Education meeting in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. Gail Kipper, principal of Farragut Middle School introduced Dr. Sulla.  Kipper describes the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom as “offering us an exciting model of how to redesign our classrooms for the 21st century learner”.