The Benefits of Downtime: Why Learners’ Brains Need a Break

Dec 17, 2013 by Hallie Smith, MA CCC-SLP
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With so much to do and so little learning time in a school year—fitting in downtime is easier said than done. That’s unfortunate, because research shows that time off-task is important for proper brain function and health.

Monitoring Progress in RTI: The Importance of Targeted Intervention

Dec 10, 2013 by Chris Weber, Ed.D
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RtI and the practices associated with it are among the most research-proven strategies a school can engage. But just implementing RtI-based practices is not enough. We must ensure that RtI is resulting in improved student outcomes.

Child Development Versus Standards-Driven Learning: Who Wins?

Dec 3, 2013 by Martha Burns, Ph.D
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There’s a tug of war going on in American schools, a tension between learners’ developmental needs and the academic rigor required to meet challenging educational standards. In the classroom, where standardized assessments are the driving force of the day, the developmental realities of learners are often overlooked and shortchanged—and it’s something we ought to be talking about.