When Rosa (one of my middle school students) tells me she wants to be a mobile applications graphic developer, I want to make sure I support her along with all of my students in being successful on that career path. STEM is buzzing in the world of education as teachers, administrators, and district leaders are actively seeking to make learning experiences integrated with domains that are flourishing in job markets: science, technology, engineering, and math.
What many do not realize is these exciting integrations have already been used for decades through Be GLAD® strategies. A Certified Be GLAD Teacher is on the path to transform their lessons into high level STEM lessons by implementing metacognition, collaboration, problem solving, and creativity as the main emphasis of learning.Read More
Congratulations to Cambrian School District in San Jose for being part of a National Spotlight for the best Be GLAD® schools in the nation!Read More
We had the pleasure of doing a walk-through at Short Elementary School in San Rafael, CA with a team of dedicated educators from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The community, culture, and learning environment that the teachers have worked so hard to develop was absolutely a mind-blowing experience.Read More
We've found considerable success supporting all students with our trademarked Hip-Pocket Tools. These are 7 key practices that can be used with any instruction with little to no prep and with almost no materials needed. They are very teacher friendly. Almost all of our award winning strategies employ some if not all of the tools.
These basic tools will increase engagement and interaction with any activity (GLAD or otherwise). If used often enough, you'll create a classroom full of productive energy with a very low affective filter.Read More
One of our AMAZING Certified Be GLAD trainers, Jean Wiersema, shared this qualitative data with us. It gives us feedback about our practice and impact on classrooms. More importantly we gain insight into the important work we do and how it helps students succeed. Thanks for the inspiration Jean!Read More
The forever swinging pendulum in education continues, but regardless of the swings it is very refreshing for Be GLAD trained teachers to be validated for using GLAD strategies to meet the new mandates for integrated and designated ELD instruction. In California and in many other states, there has been a launch of new ELD standards. The new ELD standards are designed to provide guidelines and structures for providing ELL students with multiple opportunities to experience and build their language. There is a heavy emphasis on experiencing language through text, along with a push to amplify academic language versus using a separate isolated curriculum to teach ELD. For California in essence, the CA ELD standards amplify the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA (English Language Arts). The 5 ELD levels were condensed to three English language proficiency levels: emerging, expanding, and bridging. Three levels are utilized for ease of instruction and assessment.Read More
With considerable apprehension around new testing measures, this should come as relieving news. We have been finding that classrooms using our strategies have students who are successful on new assessment measures.Read More
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