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SOCSD Asst. Superintendent Observes That Students Who Teach Each Other, Learn Better

Brian Culot, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction of South Orangetown Central School District in South Orangetown, NY has shared some observations on student retention in his latest blog post. A client of IDE Corp. for several years, Culot describes how the district and IDE have been working “to create highly-engaging problem and project based learning units of study” which provide students “with opportunities to demonstrate learning by teaching rather than testing knowledge”.

Culot shares a quote from Dr. Nancy Sulla’s book Students Taking Charge, “If children are to become lifetime learners, they must be able to assess themselves, set goals, develop and implement a plan of action, utilize resources, and assess progress.”

Read the blog post here.

Learn more about the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom.

Founded by Dr. Nancy Sulla, IDE Corp. offers 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.

LATI Classroom Initiative in Toms River, NJ Supported Through Steelcase Active Learning Grant

IDE Corp. is proud to announce that IDE client Toms River High School North in Toms River, NJ has been selected as one of 15 recipients of the Steelcase Active Learning Center Grant. The grant received over 950 applications. Toms River High School will “receive one of four classroom types designed by Steelcase and valued at $65,000”.

The article in Facility Executive magazine quotes Craig Wilson, Steelcase Education Director of Market Development. “Research shows that space impacts behavior, and the classrooms we design utilize this idea to help new groups of teachers and students explore the learning possibilities interactive spaces can bring,” says Wilson. “The room also aligns with professional training in Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classrooms™, or LATIC, initiated by Norma DeNoia, the Director of Secondary Curriculum at Toms River North,” states the article.

Read the full article here.

Learn more about the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom.

Founded by Dr. Nancy Sulla, IDE Corp. offers 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.

Join Dr. Nancy Sulla for a September 26th Webinar on Problem-Based Learning

Problem-based learning is at the core of creator Dr. Nancy Sulla’s student-centered Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom™. Shifting instruction from being teacher-directed to student-centered begins with a solid curricular foundation. A problem-based curriculum provides the inspiration and foundation for designing student-centered and student-driven classrooms.   

Please join us on Tuesday, September 26th at 2pm EST for a webinar discussion with Dr. Nancy Sulla titled “Problem-Based Learning as the Base for Curriculum”. We will reserve the last section of the webinar for Q&A.  We look forward to your participation in the conversation.  

While you anticipate the webinar, we suggest you watch Dr. Sulla’s video on how Problem-Based Learning can solve many challenges in the classroom.

Please register at: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3262563645453846787

Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Briarcliff Manor Schools Head Back to School this Summer with IDE Corp.

Briarcliff Manor teachers have been spending the summer training with IDE Corp. to learn to teach with a learner-active approach that better supports their new technology-infused classrooms.  High school teacher Robert Saar says, “You can’t have classes that just feed them (students) facts because what value does that have in terms of expanding their minds?”

Briarcliff Superintendent Jim Kaishian explains, “We’re moving toward the ability to sort of take this information that is readily available and utilizing it so that they can be information-literate, collaborative, and productive”. Kaishian describes how teachers are “developing strategies to give students more ownership over mastering the content, and creating a curriculum with problems and topics they may encounter in their lives”. IDE Corp. consultant Dave Raffo says, “Today’s students will be more likely to retain the information if they care about what they’re learning”.

Read the full article here.

Learn more about the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom.

Founded by Dr. Nancy Sulla, IDE Corp. offers 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.

 

Dr. Nancy Sulla Presents Webinar on STEM

Please join us on Thursday, June 8th, at 2pm EST for a discussion with Dr. Nancy Sulla on creating a culture of STEM. If the purpose of STEM is to inspire students toward careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, schools need to start cultivating in their students the mindsets of the scientist, technologist, engineer, and mathematician. It’s not just about students engaging in projects and activities, it’s about how they see the world. Dr. Nancy Sulla, creator of the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom will share insights on how schools can create a STEM culture in her latest webinar “STEM: Creating a Culture, Not a Course”. We will reserve the last section of the webinar for Q&A. We look forward to your participation in the conversation. 

Dr. Nancy Sulla Selected to 30 Most Inspirational Leaders in Business

IDE Corp. is pleased to announce that Dr. Nancy Sulla has been selected to “30 Most Inspirational Leaders in Business” in the April 2017 issue of Insights Success magazine.

Nancy believes that the most important characteristic that every leader should possess is empathy: the ability to put yourself into another’s situation and understand how they are affected by a situation. She says, “It’s about serving others and helping them be all that they can be.”

The article recounts how Nancy, to help her struggling middle school math students, had to rethink what a learning environment should look like. She designed the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom and realized that if she were going to make an impact on the world, she would need to share this model widely through her own company.

One of the most important decisions Nancy has to make, according to the article, is how far to push people out of their comfort zones to realize new realities; this applies to clients, prospective clients, and employees. Nancy keeps a quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in mind – “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”

Read the entire article here: http://www.insightssuccess.com/dr-nancy-sulla-accessible-personality-with-an-innovative-mind/

Learn more about the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom.

Founded by Dr. Nancy Sulla, IDE Corp. offers 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.

 

Physical Education Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classrooms in Chester Taylor Elementary School

A Tampa Bay Times article on May 3rd describes how the physical education classes at Chester Taylor Elementary school in Pasco County, FL are using the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom to make physical education classes “more academic”. The article noted that “more than just play a game, the children studied its history, calculated their statistics, designed uniforms, set team budgets and conducted trading based on salary caps, among other activities.”

“We’ve shown them there are other opportunities within that sport you can be involved with and still learn the game,” P.E. teacher Michael Johnson explained. “When you get into each sport, your standards are around learning that sport. We want to take it a step further.”

“Chester Taylor Elementary adopted the “Learner Active, Technology-Infused Classroom” system three years ago, when it faced the threat of a state-mandated turnaround plan for consistently low student performance on state tests”, describes the article. “The school quickly saw improvements in student test scores with its initial foray — its fourth-graders soon outperformed the state average — and has been expanding it since”.

Read the full Tampa Bay News article here: http://www.tbo.com/news/education/k12/pasco-elementary-school-brings-academics-to-physical-education-class/2322280

Learn more about the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom.

Founded by Dr. Nancy Sulla, IDE Corp. offers 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.

Spotlight Leader of Pee-Dee Math, Science and Technology Academy Credits Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom

Keith Bailey, PDMSTA

Keith Bailey, Executive Director of the Pee-Dee Math, Science, and Technology Academy in Bishopville, SC was recently the subject of a February 2017 Leader Spotlight by the South Carolina Public Charter School District. In the spotlight Bailey shares some highlights of their initiatives and describes the problem-based learning aspect of the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom™.

Bailey says “PDMSTA ascribes to a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) model and Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classrooms (LATIC). Problem-based learning is a subset of project-based learning.  There are differences in the project based and problem-based learning model. Problem-based learning starts with a problem and focuses largely on the process of finding a solution. Students learn through grappling with a problem through open-ended problem-solving”.

Read the full Leader Spotlight article here: http://www.sccharter.org/2017/02/15/leader/

Learn more about the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom.

Founded by Dr. Nancy Sulla, IDE Corp. offers 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.

 

Echoes~Sentinel News Article Shares LATI Classroom Success in Wachtung Schools

An April 5, 2017 article in the Echoes~Sentinel newspaper describes how with the “Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom program in Watchung Schools, more and more teachers are preparing their instruction in modern and more personalized ways”.

Watchung, New Jersey Valley View School Principal Mary Nunn said “this comprehensive instructional model applies systems theory to classroom instruction to address the new standards, assessments, and teacher evaluation rubrics. The classroom melds best practices into one cohesive, problem-based, learning environment.”

The article continues with Nunn explaining how “teachers have found an increased level of student engagement, more peer-to-peer teaching, a stronger sense of individual needs and skills, and less dependence on teachers”.

Read the full article here: http://www.newjerseyhills.com/echoes-sentinel/news/students-take-charge-in-watchung-schools/article_99e1019c-4df7-5e72-b3c5-17d76235b2e0.html

Learn more about the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom.

Founded by Dr. Nancy Sulla, IDE Corp. offers 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 Present at NJASA 2017 Spring Leadership Conference in Atlantic City

IDE Corp is pleased to announce that it will be presenting at the NJASA 2017 Spring Leadership Conference taking place on May 17 – 19, 2017 at Caesars in Atlantic City, NJ.

“Creating the Conditions for a School-wide Student-Driven Culture” will be presented by Dr. Lee Nittel, Superintendent of Canfield Avenue School in Mine Hill Township and Dan Gross, Director of Client Relations of IDE Corp. on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 1:15pm.

“Engagement, Empowerment, and Efficacy: Student-Driven Instruction in Action” will be presented by Ms. Jennifer Fano, Superintendent of Randolph Township Schools, Ms. Danielle Soldivieri, Director of Elementary Education of Randolph Township Schools, and Dr. Nancy Sulla, President of IDE Corp. on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 1:15pm.

Please stop by booth 6 to say hello and learn more about the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom™.

Dr. Nancy Sulla is the Founder and President of IDE Corp. — Innovative Designs for Education — an educational consulting firm focusing on instructional innovation. She is the creator of the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom, taking a systems approach to creating student-centered, problem-based classrooms. Dr. Sulla is also the author of two books: It’s Not What You Teach But How: Making the CCSS Work for You and Students Taking Charge: Inside the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom.

IDE Corp. offers 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.