Making a Difference in student learning!

The mission of this institute is to make a difference in teaching and learning experiences in ways that positively impact academic achievement outcomes.
Understand Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning Experiences

A goal of this institute is to help teachers and teacher leaders understand how educational research findings in motivation and engagement, cognition and learning, language development, effective literacy instruction, and the causes and effects of underachievement combine to identify conditions essential for learners to engage, manage, and succeed in complex learning. These essential conditions for learning inform all aspects of teaching and provide means to evaluate the efficacy of teaching and learning efforts and to create and implement responsive and effective solutions to improve literacy practices, academic achievement, and behavioral outcomes.

Develop Academic Literacy Practices

A goal of this institute is to equip upper elementary, secondary, and college-level teachers and teacher leaders with knowledge, skills, and tools to guide others in learning how to read informational texts for understanding, identify, interpret, and store essential text-based information for recall and academic uses, and how to synthesize, organize, develop and express complex learning in academic forms such as papers and presentations.

Skilled literacy practices are essential to success in school and influence access to academic and employment opportunities. While teachers commonly require students to read text-based course content and to write about and present what they learn, many teachers leave it to students figure out how to manage those task, and many students, especially those from historically marginalized populations, struggle with assigned literacy tasks and are floundering in school.

Effect Positive Behavioral Choices

A goal of this institute is to equip teachers and teacher leaders with the knowledge essential to understanding the complexities involved in the development of behavioral responses and provide tools to create conditions that effect positive behavioral choices and build inclusive and supportive learner communities.

Undesirable behaviors exhibited by students in school are sometimes met with ineffective responses that may demean, overwhelm, foster perceptions of non-inclusion and isolation, and inspire undesirable outcomes.