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How to Write Effective TDA Questions

Text dependent analysis (TDA) questions challenge students to not only express what they know but to also explain how they knew it.   Learn how to write effective Text Dependent Analysis questions to prepare students for the rigors of these questions.

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How To Find Content to Include in Your Own Assessments

One of the most daunting tasks in creating your own assessments is finding content that is appropriate for your tests. This white paper will help you uncover content that works.

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Teacher Based Teams - 5 Strategies for Optimizing the Improvement Process

Teacher Based Teams strive to continuously improve learning. The process delivers improvements, but challenges teachers to find the time, technology and analytics skills to succeed. Discover 5 strategies to help overcome the challenges and optimize the results.

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A Blueprint for Building Academic Rigor

Academic rigor has climbed the mountain of educational buzzwords over the last few years. To accomplish the goals surrounding rigor, education and educators will need to evolve how they plan, teach and assess students. Use this blueprint to map your path forward.

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The Big Question: SLOs

In David Kierski's White Paper, he answers the big questions about Student Learning Objectives, and gives you some great hints and tips to write your own SLOs.

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Essential Guide to K12 Data Analysis

The Essential Guide to K12 Data Analysis white paper will explain the various data analysis systems available and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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Choosing an Online Lesson Planner

Understand the rational for Online Lesson Planners and the key features to look for when comparing the various choices in lesson planners.

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Tools

Evaluate Student Learning Objectives

Capture student performance and automatically calculate results based on your district's custom criteria for SLOs using our free SLO evaluation tool.

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Guides

Response to Intervention (RTI) Evaluation Guide

Learn what you need to know to start the RTI process and determine if your current RTI is reaching its fullest potential.

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Explicit Instruction: A System Blueprint for Lesson Design Guide

Explicit Instruction is a process for teaching students in a systematic and sequential manner focused on producing specific learning outcomes. This guide provides the blueprint for implementing Explicit Instruction in your classrooms.

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Creating a Classroom Level Action Plan

The Classroom Level Action Plan will guide teachers and administrators through the process of analyzing their students data to determine strengths and weaknesses.

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Case Studies

Innovating for Student Success in Unlikely Places

Elizabeth Forward School District lies in an old industrial area approximately 20 miles south of Pittsburgh and has been called an “unlikely place” to find a hotbed of innovation. And yet, it is just that, a hotbed of innovation.

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Webinars

Common Core, Difficulty and Complexity Let's go Deeper into Webb's Depth of Knowledge

Although Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy has been the go-to standard for critical and creative thinking, it’s really Webb’s research on cognitive complexity that has re-oriented current thinking around teaching, learning and assessing.

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Common Questions Around PA Common Core Standards

Dr. Paula Calabrese covers the basic strategies for a successful transition to a PA Common Core Curriculum.

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