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Accelerate Learning As We Build Back Better

As students enter our classrooms at many different levels of proficiency and learning readiness, we regularly ask ourselves important guiding questions: Where is each student at academically and emotionally? Are students ready to move on with grade-level content, or do they need some skill-building support before they are ready? How can I differentiate in a way that supports individual students, while also keeping the class as a whole moving ahead? How can I make this manageable for me and effective for my students?

These are important questions during any school year, but they are even more pressing as schools begin returning to face-to-face learning after a year of multiple learning models and considerable disruption to learning. Because we can’t “redo” last year, we must leverage strategies that allow us to continue moving ahead while accounting for differences in prior learning progress.

In this collection of articles, we’ll explore ways to accelerate student learning while supporting those who need scaffolds and extra help to be ready for new grade-level content.

Accelerate Learning Through Differentiation

Explore four areas of differentiation that can lead to accelerated learning.

25 min Grades K-12 Resource by:

Accelerate Learning by Building on Student Assets

Explore 12 ways to design learning that empower students by building on their assets.

15 min Grades K-12 Resource by:

Accelerate Learning by Maintaining Academic Rigor and Cognitive Complexity

Explore 11 ways to design rigorous and cognitively complex learning experiences for your students.

10 min Grades K-12 Resource by:

Accelerate Learning by Climbing Mountains

Explore ways to bring every student to the academic mountaintop.

15 min Grades K-12 Resource by:

Accelerate Learning With Meaningful, Targeted Assessment

Explore ways to accelerate learning by assessing prior learning, backwards designing summative assessments, and conducting frequent formative checks.

15 min Grades K-12 Resource by:

Accelerate Learning by Prioritizing Outcomes and Providing Just-in-Time Support

Explore a three-step process that includes identifying priority grade-level standards, determining gaps in prerequisite learning, and providing just-in-time support for unlearned prerequisite skills.

15 min Grades K-12 Resource by:

Accelerate Learning by Designing for Personalization

Explore ways to design a learning environment that allows you to accelerate learning by meeting the unique needs of each learner.

Tips 15 min Grades K-12 Resource by:

Accelerate Learning by Empowering Students

Explore ways to accelerate learning by empowering students with key study skills and then by exposing them to rich, rigorous learning experiences where they can achieve success by applying these important skills.

15 min Grades K-12 Resource by:

Accelerate Learning by Making Connections: Build Trust Through Relationships, Community, and Connection

Explore four ways to accelerate learning through classroom connections: connecting teacher to student, student to student, teacher to family, and student to learning.

Tips 22 min Grades K-12 Resource by:

Accelerate Learning by Focusing on Assets and Opportunities, Not Deficits

Explore an introduction to accelerated learning, including the dangers of a deficit mindset, the need to accelerate rather than remediate, and the importance of being an equity champion.

Tips 12 min Grades K-12 Resource by:

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