Teaching and Learning
Teaching and learning are the cornerstones of the K-12 education system. A broad range of instructional methods, curriculum materials, and tools can be used to support learning at school, home, and in the community. Use the navigation on the left to take a deeper dive into this topic.
The National Center and the Accelerated Learning Work Group created A Guide to Accelerated Learning. This introductory guide offers descriptions, resources, and examples of state education agencies implementing Accelerated Learning into their programs. It also answers questions, such as:
- How should Accelerated Learning be implemented?
- How are educators best supported during implementation?
- Is there a different approach to implementing Accelerated Learning for students with diverse needs?
- How should families and other stakeholders be engaged during the acceleration process?
Bright Ideas Across the Network
Did You Ask the Students?
R17CC teamed up with the Montana Office of Public Instruction to build adult workgroups geared toward students’ needs and went directly to the source to learn whether their efforts were making an impact. They developed a system to support the conversation and encourage youth voice with a three-part learning series which included the Youth Voice Continuum. Download the Youth Voice Continuum and discover more ways R17CC is engaging youth voice.
Supporting Integrated English Learner Student Instruction
This guide from R15CC and REL West is comprised of two tools, the Teacher Self-Reflection Tool and the Classroom Observation Tool, and outlines a 10-step process to identify the most beneficial professional-learning decisions for districts so teachers can gain the skills they need to instruct their multilingual learners.
High-Quality Instructional Materials: What are They, and How can We Support Implementation?
In this blog post, R7CC stresses the value and importance of using high-quality instructional material (HQIM). In fact, teachers identified HQIM as part of their top-five funding priorities. Using a top-ranked instructional program has been shown to raise percentile points, increase standard deviation, and boost success levels similar to smaller class sizes.
Getting Oriented to Teaching and Learning
Below you will find research evidence and other helpful resources to orient you to this topic. Use the navigation on the left to take a deeper dive.
Research Evidence and Policy
The U.S. Department of Education has issued non-regulatory guidance on using evidence-based strategies to support students under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and the What Works Clearinghouse offers a searchable database of evidence on curricula and programs. Additional teaching and learning resources are included here.
The Supporting Students in Poverty with High-Impact Instructional Strategies Toolkit provides teachers, principals, district staff, and state agencies with evidence-based, high-impact strategies and supportive actions that have the potential to decrease the negative impacts of poverty on student achievement. The toolkit identifies five high-impact instructional strategies that teachers can implement with the support of their principals.
The purpose of the Assessment Workshop is to help educators improve assessment practices. We cover some assessment basics but aim to go deeper on key concepts, including many that are often misunderstood and overlooked.
This website provides information on American Rescue Plan funding and evidence-based practices for community-based afterschool and summer programs to accelerate student learning.
Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic - A Review of the Literature on Social and Emotional Learning for Students Ages 3-8: Characteristics of Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs
This is the first in a series of four related reports about what is known about SEL programs for students ages 3-8.
Institute of Education Sciences - Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Intervention in the Elementary Grades
This practice guide, developed by the What Works Clearinghouse™ and an expert panel, distills the latest mathematics intervention research into practical recommendations for teachers.
Literacy and Early Learning
High-quality early learning is one of the most powerful and effective strategies for promoting success in school and in life. Early learning standards and guidelines help parents and educators identify the developmental and learning goals and outcomes that children should achieve during early years.
Whether in the classroom, at home, or in other remote learning situations, literacy remains a key component of education.
Share early learning standards widely for teachers, families, school systems, communities, businesses, and other stakeholders to understand child learning and development and to inform their work with young children.
Equip parents as reading partners:
- Provide information on selecting appropriate reading material
- Outline strategies to check for comprehension
- Describe fun ways to practice reading at home
Considerations and Models in Presenting Early Learning Standards: Prepared for the Indiana Department of Education
Assessment, Instruction, and Intervention to Accelerate Learning for Students with or At Risk for Disabilities that Impact Literacy Skills
A presentation for the National Comprehensive Center’s Accelerated Learning Work Group. Presented on February 28, 2022 by Dr. Nancy J. Nelson, NCIL Deputy Director and Professional Development & Technical Assistance Lead and Assistant Professor, Boston University
This presentation provides information on key issues for learning recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic. It describes what accelerated learning is, what it is not and how schools and state agencies are addressing learning loss within each of the 3 tiers of intervention (RTI tiers).
Using the Head Start Framework, the toolkit serves as a roadmap to early educators looking for national and state resources that are based on research and evidence-based practices.
Online/distance learning is a useful instructional delivery method and may have a greater impact than in-person models for some students.
- Include breaks between classwork that allows students to move and re-focus
- Use activities that can be completed away from the screen to reduce fatigue and boost engagement
Student Engagement in Online Classes: Tips for Teachers Based on Trauma-Informed Approaches and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Strategies
District Metrics for Quality Remote/Hybrid Learning: Student Engagement and Teacher Working Conditions and Well-Being
High-dosage tutoring is an effective strategy for accelerating learning and improving outcomes for students of all ages. Effective programs provide high quality instruction to very small groups of students (3-4 maximum) at least three times per week.
- Use a consistent set of teachers, paraprofessionals, and volunteers
- Provide tutors with training and support to strengthen the student-tutor relationship and help tutors grow more attended to student needs
This blog from Region 7 focuses on learning acceleration, highlighting Mission Acceleration, a high-dosage tutoring program in Mississippi that is generating results for its participants. The Region 7 team breaks down what exactly "high-dosage" tutoring means and provides evidence to support its effectiveness.
EdResearch for Recovery: Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University - Accelerating Student Learning with High-Dosage Tutoring
The report provides the evidence base for high dosage tutoring, design principles for effective tutoring, and examples of effective tutoring models.
District of Columbia: Office of the State Superintendent of Education - High-Dosage Tutoring: A Proven Strategy to Accelerate Student Learning: Guide for Local Education Agencies
The guide provides detail on the unique features of high-dosage tutoring and practical considerations for establishing and managing a program.
This study measured the impact of providing Chicago Public Schools students with daily 45-50 minute, two-on-one math instruction in 9th and 10th grades.
STEM and Computer Science
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and Computer Science (CS) education are an important part of designing for equity and preparing students for college and careers. STEM/CS disciplines helps students:
- Solve problems
- Make sense of information
- Gather and evaluate evidence
- Provide STEM/CS teachers with tailored professional learning experiences
- Connect with the STEM Teacher Leadership Network, which:
- Is funded by the National Science Foundation
- Is a professional learning community
- Works to improve schools
- Networks to effect policy
- Re-envisions the future of STEM teaching and learning
InformCS, a National Comprehensive Center project, provides guidance and resources that can be used by district-level instructional coordinators and teacher leaders to deepen computer science educators’ content and pedagogical knowledge through focusing on formative assessment literacy. InformCS offers a five-step approach to support teachers in using formative assessment tasks to identify student challenges on specific computer science concepts and to adjust instruction accordingly.
Practice Guide: Applying a Principled Approach to Develop and Use K–12 Computer Science Formative Assessments
U.S. Department of Education - Science, Technology, Engineering. And Math, including Computer Science
This webpage provides a comprehensive list of education priorities and resources for stem and computer science as well as grant opportunities to support related programs.
Work-based learning, career and technical education, and accelerated college credit offer students a variety of pathways to satisfy graduation requirements and pursue educational and career goals.
- Begin career awareness programming in elementary school
- Pair knowledge of career options with opportunities for students to increase their awareness of their own interests and talents
- Host learning opportunities in college and career settings