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Common Core — For Success Keep Everyone in the Loop

The move to the Common Core State Standards requires much more than adopting a new curriculum and some new standards.  Common Core requires not only a major change in what teachers teach, but also a major shift in the way they teach. Many states have done a good job letting their educators know “what” has … Continue reading

Web 2.0 Tool: Interactive Digital Posters

If you’re looking for a collaborative project with a visual end product, here’s another new Web 2.0 resource to try. NOTA lets users create an interactive digital poster that includes a variety of resources, including text, photos, clipart, maps, links, and more. There’s even a message board function, though it seems to be in beta … Continue reading

Jerry Seinfeld and the Interactive Classroom

(RALEIGH) – What good is technology if it sits on a shelf? That’s been a persistent question for administrators juggling budgets and deciding whether interactive tools are worth the price. Amid budget cuts and belt tightening, no one wants to spend precious dollars on tools that aren’t effective. But instructional leaders are desperately looking for … Continue reading

Coaching that Connects

One-on-one teacher coaching plays an ever larger role in our efforts at The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning. The reflective approach our expert coaches use has a two-fold benefit: it trains teachers to examine and improve their own classroom practices, and does so without putting them on the defensive.

Engaging History Project Makes the News

Finding ways to get elementary students interested in social studies and history can be a challenge, but it’s one that lends itself to creativity. A Franklin County teacher’s awesome “Famous North Carolinians” project is a case in point. A “Tar Heel Traveler” news crew from Raleigh’s WRAL visited Louisburg to watch as fourth graders dressed … Continue reading

District Honored for Raising Achievement

One of QTL’s first district partners has been Recognized for Raising Achievement of Economically Disadvantaged Students.  Lee County Schools is being honored by the Virginia Board of Education and deemed “Distinguished Title I School Division” for the school year ending 2009.  Lee County is one of seven districts receiving the honor for exceeding NCLB objectives … Continue reading

School Improvement Effort Pays Off for Students

This spring a state report said coaching and collaboration are making a difference at Creswell High School.  Now test scores vividly illustrate the impact teachers are having. Test scores are up sharply at Creswell High School, a grade 7-12 school in rural northeastern North Carolina.  And a recent formal review of Creswell High School by … Continue reading

Five Surefire Ways to Engage Students, Part 3: Cooperative Learning

This month, we will look deeper into Cooperative Learning, the third way to improve student performance in our series, Five Surefire Ways to Engage Students.  (Read Part One:Brain-Based Learning or Part Two: Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles or Part Four: Graphic Organizers.) Cooperative Learning models have been used at all educational levels, but are also … Continue reading

What Makes a Great PLC?

By Robin Fred The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning Professional Learning Communities are all the rage in education.  But what makes a great Professional Learning  Community, and why is it important to foster one?  Almost 20 QTL instructors gathered in Raleigh for an annual  meeting are discussing that question, and their collective reflections on … Continue reading

Collaboration Gains Student a National Award

Dave Boliek QTL CEO The great leveler in education is innovation in a context of collaborative, high quality teaching that focuses on meeting identified student needs. When educators work toward that goal… things change and change bigtime. More often than not teachers work in their own silo… their own content area… their own classroom. It’s … Continue reading

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