Through 15 years of identifying, awarding, and studying schools that achieve excellent and equitable learning results, the National Center for Urban School Transformation has found that Black, Latinx, low-income, and other diverse groups of students are much more likely to achieve outstanding learning results when teachers design instruction in ways that lead all students to feel valued and capable. In this session, learn practical strategies for ensuring that all your students are likely to thrive in online learning environments.
Making Students Feel Valued and Capable through Online Learning
Joseph F. Johnson, Jr., Ph.D. Rupi Boyd, Ed.D., & Jose Iniguez, Ed.D.
Focusing on Understanding and Mastery through Online Learning
A focus on understanding and mastery is quite different from a focus on coverage that may be observed more typically. In many schools, teachers feel driven to cover the lesson associated with a pacing guide or a scope and sequence chart. Teachers in high-performing schools were passionate about ensuring that students acquired deep levels of understanding and mastery. of the concepts and skills taught. Teachers meticulously planned lessons to lead each and every student to mastery of the lesson objectives. Teachers worked relentlessly, not simply to present lessons, but to ensure that all students mastered the essential concepts and skills associated with the lessons. Throughout lessons, teachers carefully monitored what students understood related to the lesson objective and sometimes adjusted lesson designs midstream in order to increase the likelihood that every student achieved mastery.
Joseph F. Johnson, Jr., Ph.D. and Cara Riggs
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