Making The Most Of Instructional Coach Support

The word 'coach' conjures up images of an athletic type, maybe wearing track pants with a whistle around their neck and a playbook in their hand! If you're a school leader or classroom teacher, you can rest assured that instructional coaches won't be entering your...

Supporting Our Youngest Newcomers

If you're like most folks, when you hear the word 'newcomer' you likely envision an adult person bravely setting out to build a new life in a new place. Most of us realize the that inevitable challenges will come with acclimating to a foreign country, to surprising...

Tech for Teachers

If you know just one classroom teacher, then you know someone with who is dedicated and on-the-go, with a full 'to-do' list! In today's fast-paced, digital world, classroom teachers are more high-energy, connected and tech-savvy than ever before. What does this mean...

Empower Children to Overcome Language Barriers

Empower Children to Overcome Language Barriers

Kids can’t learn what they can’t understand. Oral language proficiency is the foundation for academic success, providing a bridge to reading and writing for English Learning (EL) and English Language Proficiency (ELP) students. Give children a confident voice, turning...

Repeated Exposure and Practice

Have you ever found yourself thinking "If I had a nickel for every time I repeated myself today, I could retire early!"? How about "I feel like a broken record ... saying the same thing over and over again!"? If you work with children (or teens or even adults!)...

Language Arts

If you’ve been involved in education for any length of time, you’ve surely seen trends come and you’ve surely seen those same trends go. You’ve likely heard about that ‘swinging pendulum’ and may even have started a running list of the latest educational buzzwords...

Controlled Vocabulary

When it comes to young children acquiring a new language, we know that vocabulary will likely play a key role. But how much is “too much”? Does there come a point where we are bombarding children with new terminology simply for the sake of being able to...

The Functional-Notional Approach

As an administrator, teacher, or paraprofessional, you’re faced with the incredible task of teaching engaging, age-appropriate, school/district/state aligned content with clear, impactful, carefully crafted objectives on a daily, if not hourly and even...

Vertical Phonics

Phonological awareness, or being able to hear the sounds that make up spoken words, is essential and one of the first steps for any young learner to become a successful reader and writer. As children learn to associate those spoken sounds with written...

Study on the Effectiveness of GrapeSEED: Kindergarten – 1st Grade

Study on the Effectiveness of GrapeSEED: Kindergarten – 1st Grade

This study was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of GrapeSEED when used with English-speaking kindergarten and first grade students from an economically deprived area. Click to learn more about the results of this three-year study conducted by Oakland University.