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Taking Control of the
Future in the
ERA OF
COVID-19
10 Winning
Implementation
Strategies
Students as
Leaders
of Their
Own Learning
Neutralizing
Trauma

in the Learning
Equation
Dr. Bill Daggett
shares his insights
on the future of
schools
Volume 1 Issue 1
Achieve Magazine logo
Taking Control of the
Future in the
ERA OF
COVID-19
10 Winning
Implementation
Strategies
Students as
Leaders
of Their
Own Learning
Neutralizing
Trauma

in the Learning
Equation
Dr. Bill Daggett
shares his insights
on the future of
schools
Volume 1 Issue 1
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professional learning event!
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November 5, 2020 / 8:30 AM-6:00 PM ET / Virtual
A special message from Bill Daggett
Join education’s top thought leaders, including Dr. Pedro Noguera, Dr. Doug Fisher, and Dr. Bill Daggett, for the professional learning event of the year—the 2nd Annual National Literacy Summit.
Welcome to Your
First
Issue
Welcome to Your
First
Issue
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s with everything we do at Achieve3000, creating this magazine for you, our loyal family of Achieve3000 users, has been a labor of love.

By Stuart Udell
It is no accident that we are launching Achieve Magazine during the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic. For many of you, this is a difficult time to be an educator. For some of you, this may be one of the most challenging times in your lives, both personally and professionally. So, Achieve Magazine is here to help. We have provided uplifting commentary from some of our nation’s most accomplished visionaries in education, including my dear friend and colleague, Dr. Bill Daggett, who has provided a road map for the future, an uplifting vision that we can all follow. In Dr. Daggett’s message, we can make sense of this senseless pandemic and find the silver lining, an opportunity to use the COVID-19 tragedy to make changes and move forward to a better, more equitable future for every learner in America and beyond.
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Inside This Issue
Welcome to Your First Issue
By Stuart Udell
For some of you, this may be one of the most challenging times in your lives, both personally and professionally. Achieve Magazine is here to help. We have provided uplifting commentary from some of our nation’s most accomplished visionaries in education.
Creating Critical Connections
By Kevin Baird
As educators, each day we create a new narrative in our classrooms. Successful teaching and learning occur when we connect with our students emotionally and intellectually, combining positive feelings with the experience of new ideas and skills, providing students with engaging ideas and concepts always combined with the feeling of success.
Student-Directed Learing on Display in Rowan-Salisbury Schools
By Dr. Julie Morrow
Every child deserves to be afforded the opportunity to not only take an active role in their learning, but to be in charge and take OWNERSHIP of their learning.
Neutralizing Trauma from the Learning Equation
By Dr. Sandy Addis
Education experts estimate that more than 50 percent of K-12 students have been impacted by some form of trauma. This is not a new problem. What is new is the way some educators and schools are addressing it. You can’t undo the trauma, but you can help students to get past it.
In Marlboro Township Public Schools, Student Success is Driven by the District's Focus on Instructional Data
Marlboro Township Public Schools (MTPS) teachers were looking for technology tools that supported legitimate models for independent work, blended learning and targeted instruction. MTPS administrators needed to access usage and performance data to help schools maximize gains and to demonstrate how programs were being used and what the effects were.
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Building Resiliency in Schools for Sustainable Impact
By Dr. Bill Daggett
Unprecedented upheaval to daily routines that COVID-19 has had on our schools has caused both profound short-term disruptions and long-term consequences. These challenges are deep, and the solutions are complex. However, rather than accept that we will exist in a reactionary position for the foreseeable future, we can choose to look at these changing times as an opportunity to reimagine how we can safely and equitably prepare ALL students for workplace and society.
Follow 10 Implementation Strategies to Find Success
By Rachel Schlechter
When I became the Director of Literacy in Valley View School District, I wanted students to grow at an accelerated level to increase the amount of students reading on grade level; I wanted to have universal resources in the classroom to provide equity and consistency across the district, and I wanted a way to confidentially measure the progress of our students towards mastery of reading skills.
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Creating
Critical
Connections
By Kevin Baird
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he human brain is wired to understand stories. As educators, each day we create a new narrative in our classrooms. Successful teaching and learning occur when we connect with our students emotionally and intellectually, combining positive feelings with the experience of new ideas and skills.

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Achieve3000 is built on that idea – the centrality of connection. Carefully curating content from across current events, along with compelling stories drawn from science, history, civics, social studies, and original fiction… our goal is to provide students with engaging ideas and concepts always combined with the feeling of success. When students can read and understand, and when they find joy in reading and understanding, they read more; they are more curious, and they seek to learn on their own. Achieve3000 is about helping teachers connect with students through success.
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Building
Resiliency
in Schools for
Sustainable
Impact:
A Tipping Point for Education in the Pandemic Era
By Dr. Bill Daggett
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he unprecedented upheaval to daily routines that COVID-19 has had on our schools, ourselves, our families and friends, and society in general has caused both profound short-term disruptions and long-term consequences.

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Student-Directed
Learning on Display
in Rowan-Salisbury Schools
By Dr. Julie Morrow
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earning is personal! Every child deserves to be afforded the opportunity to not only take an active role in their learning, but to be in charge, and take ownership of their learning. Six years ago, Rowan-Salisbury Schools embarked on a journey to engage children in their own learning. Our district wanted children to understand why they were learning, how they were learning, and what they needed to do to grow as a learner. With literacy being our number one goal, we selected Achieve3000 as a partner to support us in our journey.

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Neutralizing Trauma from the Learning Equation
By Dr. Sandy Addis
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ducation experts estimate that more than 50 percent of K-12 students have been impacted by some form of trauma, including poverty, food insecurity, homelessness, domestic violence, and substance abuse. These students are more likely to act out, struggle academically, and drop out than other students. This is not a new problem. What is new is the way some educators and schools are addressing it. In many if not most cases, what we’ve found is that the students who are not graduating are trauma-impacted individuals who have not been able to move beyond that trauma in order to do other things successfully. Fortunately, many students who have experienced trauma do succeed. You can’t undo the trauma, but you can help students to get past it.

Follow
Number 10
Implementation Strategies to Find Success
By Rachel Schlechter
Follow
Number 10
Implementation Strategies to Find Success
By Rachel Schlechter
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hen I became the Director of Literacy in Valley View School District, there were several goals I had to be successful.  I wanted students to grow at an accelerated level to increase the amount of students reading on grade level; I wanted to have universal resources in the classroom to provide equity and consistency across the district, and I wanted a way to confidentially measure the progress of our students towards mastery of reading skills

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In Marlboro Township Public Schools, Student Success is Driven by the District’s Focus on Instructional Data
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Marlboro Township Public Schools (MTPS) had to select online learning programs that would make its hardware investment worthwhile. MTPS teachers were looking for technology tools that supported legitimate models for independent work, blended learning, and targeted instruction. Finally, MTPS administrators needed to access usage and performance data to help schools maximize gains and to demonstrate how programs were being used and what the effects were—the board of education and families would be scrutinizing outcomes.
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for best practices
and strategies
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National Literacy
Virtual Summit
November 5, 2020 | 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM ET
https://literacysummit.com/
Join renowned thought leaders including Dr. Pedro Noguera, Dr. Doug Fisher, Dr. Bill Daggett, and Kweku Mandela for the 2nd Annual National Literacy Summit. An entire day of professional learning exploring the latest innovations and strategies to help you address the needs of your students and accelerate literacy growth. From teachers to district superintendents, there are learning opportunities for all educators.

The National Literacy Summit is hosted by Achieve 3000 and cohosted by the Successful Practices Network (SPN) a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing best practices with K-12 education leaders and practitioners. Educators can earn upto 15 CE certificates and all sessions are available on-demand for one year. Register Today!

New Research Briefing: The Five Key Elements of Effective Online Teaching and Learning
Webinar with
Kevin Baird
Jan. 19, 2021
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The largest study of effective online teaching and learning has been confidential—until now.

Previously conducted for private online charter schools, these critical findings can now be shared with public school teachers. Kevin E. Baird, Chief Academic Officer for Achieve3000 and Chairman of the non-profit Center for College & Career Readiness, leads educators through the five key elements of effective online teaching and learning, including:

  • The essential need for authentic learning
  • The critical elements of student engagement
  • Creating effective independent learning tasks

Participants will come away with real-world examples of the proven research-based practices used by the most effective online programs in the world. They will also receive research papers, case studies, best practice guidelines, and other resources to support successful implementation and use of online teaching and learning in their classrooms and remotely.

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