Interview on the Forefront of Education in the Lasell Leaves Alumni Magazine

I wanted to share this article that they did on what we are working on in my current position as Chair of the Education Department at Lasell College.  The two main initiatives are integrating the TeachLive simulators into our courses and the recruitment of minorities students into the field of education.

We currently have first-year students interact in the TeachLive classroom by having them introduce a lesson while managing typical classroom behaviors.  For second year students, we will be engaging the delivery of a reading lesson or reading assessment.  For third year students, we will get the opportunity to practice a parent-teacher conference Finally, seniors will move the parent-teacher conference to a referral to special education.  The video shows a short demonstration.

The other aspect of the interview focused on developing a pipeline fro high school to college by encouraging minority students in neighboring districts to become teachers.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-p9rPtCAzKM&hd1

Dynamic Assessment for the Evaluation of English Language Learners with Potential Disabilities

SAVE THE DATE MAY 30-31st, Boston, MA–

SAVE THE DATE MAY 30-31st, Boston, MA– Proud to announce that Professor David Tzuriel, PhD -an international expert on Dr. Ruven Feuerstein’s Dynamic Assessment of Learning Potential – will conduct a 2-day workshop on the Assessment of ELLs with Disabilities Using Dynamic Assessment. Dynamic Assessment is the most culturally and linguistically responsive method of cognitive evaluation.  The method uses specific methods embedded in teaching and learning processes. More information to come.

Dynamic Assessment is the most culturally and linguistically responsive method of evaluation.  The method uses specific methods embedded in teaching and learning processes.

More information to come.

Study on Dual Language Programs in Portland Demonstrate Benefit for ALL

A study conducted by the RAND Corporation, Portland Public Schools, and the American Council for International Education supported by an Institute of Education Science grants evaluated the benefits of dual language two-way programs in reading, math, and science outcomes.  Although they are not done with the study analysis, they published initial findings November 2015:
” the study examines the effects of dual-language immersion (DLI) on student achievement. The study’s goals are to
1)estimate the causal impact of immersion education on student
achievement in mathematics, English language arts, and science,
2) examine how this effect differs for native English speakers versus native speakers of other languages,
3) illuminate the variation in instructional practices among immersion programs and between immersion and non-immersion classes in DLI schools, and
4) document the costs of immersion instruction in the district

Main finding– students in dual language two-way program were 7 to 9 months ahead of student in non-dual language programs in reading outcomes according to state data.  Great finding supporting the need for more dual language programs around the country

To read the executive summary findings click here http://res.cloudinary.com/bdy4ger4/image/upload/v1446848442/DLI_Year_4_Summary_Nov2015v3_1_jwny3e.pdf