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This handout presents 10 instructional approaches and the student experiences that address each approach.

The best technique for reducing classroom behavior problems is to establish effective routines and procedures. This is most effective when a teaching team agrees upon a few common routines/procedures, so students have a consistent experience from class to class. This tool suggests several possible routines and procedures for teachers to implement in the classroom.

May 2011

This table helps school administrators assess the extent to which the factors associated with effective professional learning communities (critical elements, human resources, structural conditions) are present at their schools.

For districts that want to create their own ISIS data reports using Excel, but need help creating condition formatting to color code student status in each of the indicator areas.

In order to run successful middle grades schools, we must understand the developmental characteristics (traits associated with human growth) of early adolescence. This activity helps participants to understand these characteristics and the key categories we use to discuss them (social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and moral/ethical).

This booklet attempts to briefly summarize the research on strategies or experiments to increase attendance. It presents some research-based ideas as a starting place for those who want to develop better policies and practices for attendance and to understand the factors that contribute to increased attendance, engagement, and a lower dropout rate.

This case study is a dissertation submitted to the Department of Educational Leadership, School Counseling, and Sports Management in partial fulfillment for the degree of Doctor of Educational Leadership University of North Florida College of Education.

The theory of Multiple Intelligences explains that there are different ways to demonstrate intellectual ability. Because different students possess different intelligences, students process information in a variety of ways. It is the responsibility of a teacher to make sure that activities are designed with these different learners in mind.

When a student breaks a rule and we implement a consequence, whether we realize it or not, we may be attacking his/her dignity. We must keep the mindset that our students do well if they can, and when they can’t it is because of a lagging skill coupled with an unresolved problem that needs to be solved so he/she can thrive.

This guide helps organizations assess the extent to which the factors associated with effective professional learning communities (critical elements, human resources, structural conditions) are present at their organizations to determine if they are true professional learning communities, anxious organizations, or somewhere in the middle.

An article describing how one school’s use of data, small learning communities, and a focus on advisory helped ensure that, Omarina Cabrera, a Bronx middle grade student whose family struggles threatened to distract her from school, did not fall off the track to success.

This paper summarizes five developmental characteristics of young adolescents and their implications for practice in schooling: physical, intellectual, emotional/psychological, moral/ethical, and social developmental characteristics. Practitioners, parents, and others who work with young adolescents need to be aware of any changes—subtle or obvious—in these developmental characteristics.

This report by details the efforts undertaken by the task force to combat chronic absenteeism in New York City between 2010 and 2013. It examines the extent and nature of chronic absenteeism in New York City in schools with above average rates of chronic absenteeism. It investigates the impact of entering and exiting chronic absenteeism on academic outcomes.

A tool/handout to provide sentence starters and stems to help students practice accountable talk in the classroom.

This checklist on "Accountable Talk" observes teachers and students' interactions through talking and listening.