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Highly Effective Instructional Strategies to Engage & Motivate All Students

Teachers in diverse classrooms use a wide variety of instructional strategies to support their students. With greater emphasis on a rigorous curriculum, the strategies for delivering instruction must be effective and engaging. This edition of our newsletter will focus on highly effective strategies that increase learning and retention of information both at school and at home. Parents will enjoy several new resources for supporting the learning process at home. Working together, teachers and parents create the conditions needed for student success!

 Principal Support Framework Resources and Tools
University of Washington's Center for Educational Leadership provides resources, tools and planning templates to support principals as instructional leaders.

 What it Takes to Be an Instructional Leader
This article from Principal magazine suggests principals free themselves of bureaucratic tasks and focus on improving teaching and learning.

 The Principal Perspective (Full Report)
Research shows principals impact student performance.

Blog Post- What We are Reading...Total Participation Techniques
A book review of Total Participation Techniques: Making Every Student an Active Learner.  

 Teach 21 Strategy Bank
This dynamic resource for educators contains a multitude of research-based strategies that teachers can use to make their classroom instruction more effective while addressing the needs of their diverse students.

40 Things You Can Do to Retain and Engage Students
This concise list shares ideas that you can do on the first day of school to the last such as encouraging students to apply subject matter to solve real-life problems! 

 "The Secret" of Engaging and Motivating Students
Tips on motivating students based on a high school teacher that just "gets it" when it comes to engaging students in his classroom.

 Principles of Instruction: Researched-Based Strategies That All Teachers Should Know
This article presents ten research-based principles of instruction.

Marzano's Nine Instructional Strategies for Effective Teaching and Learning
This article presents nine instructional strategies likely to improve student achievement across all content areas and grade levels.

Helping Your Child Series
This series by aims to provide parents with the tools and information necessary to help their children succeed in school and life.

Helping Your Child Become a Reader
Several activities to motivate reading in children from infancy to age six.

The Role of Parents
An article that outlines ways that parents can be effective learning models for their children.

Countdown to School Success
This month-by-month planning guide is filled with advice, tools and online resources to help your child have a school year packed with fun and learning.

Infographic: 7 Ways to Support Summer Learning
A visual guide for parents to support student learning during the summer and promote your student's academic success!


Greater Good Summer Institute for Educators
Friday, June 27 - Wednesday, July 2, 2014
University of California, Berkeley | Clark Kerr Campus
The GGSC’s six-day Summer Institute equips educators with social-emotional learning tools that benefit both students and teachers.

Instructional Strategies Motivate and Engage Students in Deeper Learning
Southern Regional Education Board
An article that emphasizes the importance of helping more students become college and career ready.

Using Positive Student Engagement to Increase Student Achievement
The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement


Museum Box
This site provides the tools for students to describe events, people, or historical periods by placing items in a virtual box.

Live Binders
Live Binders is your three-ring binder for the web that allows you to collect and organize resources!

Visuwords is an online graphical dictionary. Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts!


The Easy Essay
Encourage students to organize their thoughts and communicate more logically using the Easy Essay process.
Create mind maps and graphic organizers with this online brainstorming tool.

A free tool for creating flashcards from data stored in Google Spreadsheets.


40 Active Learning Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom, Grades K-5
by Linda S. (Schwartz) Green, Diane Casale-Giannola
Read Chapter 1

esign and Deliver: Planning and Teaching Using Universal Design for Learning
by Loui Lord Nelson, Ph.D.

The Fundamental 5: The Formula for Quality Instruction
by Sean Cain & Mike Laird

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