Move beyond student engagement to empowerment and, ultimately, efficacy — where students can identify a problem, develop a plan for solving it, and meet with success!

IDE Corp. is nationally known for creating the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom™ model of instruction. These student-driven classrooms are characterized by increased student engagement, high academic rigor, and increased student responsibility for learning, including an emphasis on executive function, resulting in higher academic achievement.

Team IDE works with educators, in workshops and coaching, in-person and online, to shift paradigms and design new approaches to instruction. Our training is differentiated and technology-infused, modeling what we are presenting to teachers and administrators.

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SDL at IDEAchieving student-driven learning begins with providing students greater choice and voice across six component areas. This graphic offers you a look at the path to increasingly student-driven learning. The outer ring focuses on those areas at a school or district level that can have a positive impact on the success of implementing student-driven learning.

Student “choice” begins with teachers providing options; student “voice” begins with students suggesting paths.

Dr. Nancy Sulla Blog Post: Student-Driven Learning: “I Want, I Can, I Do!”

Resources available at MyQPortal:

Virtual Learning Communities: IDE Corp., through our sister company EdQuiddity Inc, offers courses on:

SEL VLC CourseFind more information on the course at edquiddity.com/VLC. Each course takes place over 5 weeks and involves approximately 25-30 hours of participant engagement. Participants are paired with a consultant who helps them design materials to use immediately in the classroom. A 10-pack of seats is available at $4,950; individual registrations can be purchased for $595 per teacher.

Want Can DoExecutive function skills are those skills that make us uniquely human -- from controlling our actions to engaging in higher-order reasoning. Dr. Sulla asserts that these are the most important skills we can build in students because these are the skills that will allow them to learn from teachers, books, experiences, and the wealth of information available on the Internet.

Dr. Nancy Sulla Blogpost: “If, Then” Plans: Building Executive Function

Video: Executive Function: The Big Picture - the “life skill levels” that executive function supports

Virtual Learning Communities: IDE Corp., through our sister company EdQuiddity Inc, offers two different courses on executive function.

EF VLC CourseFind more information on the course at edquiddity.com/VLC. Each course takes place over 5 weeks and involves approximately 25-30 hours of participant engagement. Participants are paired with a consultant who helps them design materials to use immediately in the classroom. A 10-pack of seats is available at $4,950; individual registrations can be purchased for $595 per teacher.

CASELSocial and Emotional Learning is an important component of any learning environment; and it is inherent in a Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom (LATIC). Take a look at the five competencies of SEL:

In LATIC:

  • - Students self-assess not only academics, but executive function skills, to build greater self-awareness.
  • - They use a Great Student Rubric to self-assess and set goals for non-academic skills and behaviors.
  • - They schedule their own time, decide with whom they will work, and decide where they will work.
  • - They work as part of a "home group" of 3-4 students across the course of an Authentic Learning Unit (typically 3-5 weeks) and assess how well they work together using a Table Journal.
  • - All of the five components are evident in many of the structures of LATIC

Dr. Nancy Sulla Blogposts:

Virtual Learning Communities: IDE Corp., through our sister company EdQuiddity Inc, offers a course on:

SEL VLC CourseFind more information on the course at edquiddity.com/VLC. Each course takes place over 5 weeks and involves approximately 25-30 hours of participant engagement. Participants are paired with a consultant who helps them design materials to use immediately in the classroom. A 10-pack of seats is available at $4,950; individual registrations can be purchased for $595 per teacher.

CASELWe believe an equitable learning environment that allows all students to achieve at high levels is characterized by four components:

  • - An emphasis on executive function to position students to learn
  • - Differentiated learning and practice activities to match learning styles, cognitive levels, and cultural needs
  • - A focus on problem-based learning (rather than beginning with lower-order skills) to motivate students to learn
  • - Engaging students in solving problems related to equity issues in their own communities and at state and national levels

Equity-Focused Problem-Based Learning:

In one client elementary school, students were brainstorming with the principal issues that should be addressed in the school. One of the issues raised was the amount of food students throw out at lunch time. Two students suggested the problem was that the food does not reflect the kinds of foods they eat at home. They embarked on a school-wide study of the demographics of the school, including surveying students. In the end, the met with the Food Services Director to pitch a more culturally-reflective menu. That menu was then adopted by the cafeteria ... students made a difference!

The above problem-based task statement is an example of an equity-focused problem that students living in urban areas can solve.

More examples on MyQPortal:

Virtual Learning Communities:

IDE Corp., through our sister company EdQuiddity Inc, offers a course on:

Equity CourseFind more information on the course at edquiddity.com/VLC. Each course takes place over 5 weeks and involves approximately 25-30 hours of participant engagement. Participants are paired with a consultant who helps them design materials to use immediately in the classroom. A 10-pack of seats is available at $4,950; individual registrations can be purchased for $595 per teacher.

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