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Closing the Poverty Gap – 3 Tips

Reprinted from ASCD When it works well, America’s public school system is designed to help students achieve at least one year of academic growth per school year. The problem? For students living in poverty, that’s not enough. In US public schools, 51% of students in public schools come from low-income families. Decades of research show that children from low-income homes start kindergarten trailin...

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It all starts with Building School Culture

Great story on an Elementary school in North Carolina that we got started: Members of N.C. State Board of Education visit three elementary schools – Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools The tour group included state board members Bill Cobey (who is chairman), Olivia Oxendine, Kevin Howell, Tricia Willoughby, as well as North Carolina Principal of the Year Steve Lassiter (who serves as an adv...

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brain-based-environment

Strategies for Achieving a Brain-Based Environment

None of us work in a vacuum, and the more we address the whole, the more easily the parts will fall into place. Once you’ve created a brain-based environment, it’s time to seek support from the larger community: the school. A classroom that is the only learning oasis on campus will soon find that it is in jeopardy of being sabotaged. Support on the macro level forms the foundation for long-term su...

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Kids in poverty

How are kids from poverty different and what do the differences suggest we can do about it?

How to Raise Achievement Among the Poor Poverty is a chronic condition exacerbated by the negative, synergistic effects of multiple, adverse, economic risk factors that affect mind, body and soul. Kids from poverty are different because their brains adapt to suboptimal conditions. But brains can and do change everyday. You can facilitate that change. But for them to change, you must change. Nobody...

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classroom strategies

Integrating Brain-Based Learning in the Classroom

A good way to work with these guidelines is to write each concept on an index card and then list some of the specific, practical strategies you can do to make it happen. Consider introducing one new concept a week; then be rigorous in your implementation. Remember, you’ll still be integrating the concepts from the previous weeks, too; but after a while, your new approach will be automatic.

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Lesson Plan- Brain Bases

Brain-Based Lesson Planning Strategies

Brain-based lesson planning does not follow a template—mainly because the basic premise of brain-based learning is that every brain is unique, so a one-size-fits-all approach does not work. Learning different things requires different approaches for different people, depending on variables such as prior learning, experience, preferred modalities, and the type of skill being taught. Thus, a toolbox...

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Brain based learning Norwalk schools

Brain Based Teaching Helping Norwalk Schools

You don’t have to write schools off or kids off just because you have a high poverty rate,” Ditrio told the Board of Education last week in an enthusiastic presentation of new teaching techniques that Norwalk Superintendent Manny Rivera said are part of the “major plan to fundamentally rebuild our public school system.”

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