Thursday, October 16, 2014

Evidence Based Programs, Practices and Strategies

Can you remember the last time you were fighting a horrible cold? You may have gone to the doctor and was told a list of things you can do at home to help your body fight off the virus. Well, what if your doctor came into the room and told you a list of things that he “thinks” might work with no research or evidence to suggest that it actually will. Would you be convinced enough to do it?

As teachers and education specialists, we are constantly using “remedies” or strategies to help students have the best learning outcomes every day. However, these should not just be practices and strategies that we “think” might work. Instead, we research to find ones that have evidence to prove they DO work. Within many DEB groups and classrooms we are utilizing programs, practices and strategies that are proven to be effective with the particular students who are participating. Within our groups and classrooms, students’ are monitored to ensure they are making progress. And if a particular student is not, then we try another evidence based program, strategy and/or program until we find the perfect match. This ensures that every student has the opportunity to experience the best learning outcomes throughout the year.
Superkids: Evidence Based Reading Program used in Grades K-2
Fountas and Pinnell: One of the evidence based reading intervention programs used in DEB groups

Second Step: Evidence Based Social and Academic Program used in Grades K-6

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