Video Facilitator's Guides
At Work in the Differentiated Classroom
Building on our best-selling video series Differentiating Instruction, this three-program series takes you deeper into elementary, middle, and high school classrooms to see how a differentiated approach plays a key role in improving overall classroom practice.
- Program 1, Planning Curriculum and Instruction, gets teachers
started in thinking about the essential understandings of their
curriculum and their students' existing skills and readiness levels.
- Program 2, Managing the Classroom, helps teachers visualize
how a differentiated classroom actually works and understand
how to handle multiple tasks and activities.
- Program 3, Teaching for Learner Success, explains how teachers
can become adept at multiple teaching roles.
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Balanced Assessment: Improving Student Achievement and Standardized Test Results
Guide your school or district in developing a more balanced approach to assessment that gives you continuous clues about student learning all year long. This facilitator's guide consists of workshop outlines and activities that provide everything you need to
- Explain the needs and benefits of a balanced and
comprehensive approach to assessing students.
- Help teachers develop and use assessment tasks that
provide a more complete picture of what students know.
- Show how students can participate in their own assessments.
- Demonstrate to all staff members ways to use student
achievement data to improve student performance.
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The Brain and Mathematics
Explore a more brain-compatible way of teaching mathematics and learn how to use new knowledge about the brain in the classroom to help students develop their natural number sense and their overall understanding of and ability to use math. Help teachers engage students in math lessons and improve their understanding and recall of math concepts. Scenes from actual classrooms show numerous tips and strategies that teachers can use right away.
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Building Academic Background Knowledge
This series introduces your school to research-based strategies for overcoming the deficiencies that hamper the achievement of so many students. Research expert Robert J. Marzano explains the importance of building background knowledge for all learners, especially low-achieving students who tend to not have been exposed to the kinds of experiences necessary for academic success. It also introduces teacher teams and other school groups to the key principals of research-based practice, such as
- Why direct teaching of certain vocabulary terms leads to higher academic achievement.
- Why sustained silent reading helps improve student understanding of content.
- Why indirect learning experiences—such as field trips and mentoring—give students better contexts for learning new content.
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Classroom Management That Works
Implement a systemwide solution for classroom management based on the proven strategies from ASCD's best-selling book Classroom Management That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Every Teacher. This series makes it much easier and more cost-effective to conduct in-depth teacher workshops on the research-based classroom management strategies that are more apt to lead to higher student achievement.
- Program 1, Sharing Rules and Procedures, helps teachers get off to a
good start with new classes by showing them how to establish rules
and procedures and set clear expectations for student behavior.
- Use Program 2, Developing Relationships, to explain how the relationship between teachers and students can keep positive learning environments going.
- Program 3, Fostering Student Self-Management, explores strategies for empowering students with self-discipline and the ability to control their own time, behavior, personal responsibility, and attention.
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The Common Sense of Differentiation: Meeting Specific Learner Needs in the Regular Classroom
In just about every classroom, teachers find students with a wide range of exceptionalities—students with one or more learning problems, students with various degrees of English language proficiency, students with different interests, students who are very advanced, and students without a "label" but whose learning needs are just as unique. How can teachers face this challenge and meet such a variety of student learning needs? This DVD shows how a differentiated approach helps teachers
- Identify the diverse learning needs of their students.
- Understand learner needs that impact students' achievement of learning. goals
- Adapt instructional plans to maximize success for each learner.
- Create classroom routines that support differentiation.
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Introduce your school and community to differentiated instruction with this DVD. Explain why the diversity of today's students demands a differentiated approach to education. Offer teachers practical tips for how they can meet the needs of all their students while maintaining high expectations for learning. And show how differentiating instruction challenges students at various readiness levels with lessons that are interesting, active, and rigorous. Classroom scenes show how to differentiate content, activities, and products. Plus, there are numerous strategies teachers can explore to modify learning experiences, group students, and provide multiple learning paths.
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Getting Results with Curriculum Mapping
This DVD helps you and your school or district successfully implement comprehensive curriculum mapping. Use the DVD with the workshop outlines in the Facilitator’s Guide to show how quality maps are developed and used to improve the quality of education for every student. Video scenes take you to mapping efforts that are under way in an entire district and a single school. Hear curriculum mapping expert Heidi Hayes Jacobs explain the best reasons for systemwide mapping and the importance of clarity and flexibility in curriculum planning. And see how dedicated teams of educators—from district leaders to classroom teachers—create and use maps to standardize curriculum, align teaching to learning objectives, familiarize new staff members with curriculum, and ultimately raise achievement.
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Improving Instruction Through Observation and Feedback
Everyone knows that the key to helping schools and students achieve success is to help teachers grow professionally and improve the quality of their instruction. Here’s a video series that explains and demonstrates exactly how you do that through teacher observation and feedback. Find out how schools use proven teacher observation and feedback techniques to help improve teaching and learning. See administrators, supervisors, and teachers working in a variety of ways to foster the development of their colleagues. And visit classroom observations, conferences, and team meetings to see how to implement the observation and feedback techniques successfully.
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Moving Forward with Understanding by Design
Now that thousands of educators use ASCD's Understanding by Design (UbD) framework to create results-oriented curricula, here's your opportunity to see examples of best practice in implementing this breakthrough approach. Use the DVD in workshops, team meetings, and professional development events to take audiences to the front lines of schools that are implementing UbD systemwide.
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Reading in the Content Areas
Discover how teachers in the content areas can help students improve subject-area learning and reading comprehension skills simultaneously. See how "reading to learn" strategies engage students' interest in content, maintain their focus, and improve their understanding and application of what they've read. Throughout the video, teachers demonstrate how they foster their student's ability to use reading strategies, and interviews with experienced practitioners and reading experts, such as Donna Ogle, explain how reading strategies can enhance student learning in the content areas.
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The Results Series
Take the mystery out of school reform with this powerful DVD based on the ASCD best-selling book Results: The Key to Continuous School Improvement, 2nd Edition. Author and consultant Mike Schmoker takes you on an up close and personal tour of a large high school district where reform efforts have boosted standardized test scores 10 points above state and national averages and improved performance on demanding new state assessments. Video scenes and interviews take you to the planning sessions and training workshops of this school district to learn proven reform strategies.
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Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities in the Regular Classroom
Use this two-program series to give classroom teachers the knowledge and techniques they need to help students with learning disabilities achieve at high levels. Scenes from elementary and secondary classrooms and teacher interviews capture the wisdom and practice of experienced educators who succeed at helping students overcome barriers to learning. Program 1 explores how to use a variety of accommodations for cognitive processing and affective problems that impact learning. Program 2 explains how to help all students master the use of learning strategies that are key to success in school and lifelong learning.
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A Visit to a Differentiated Classroom
Experience significant segments of a day in this teacher's 3rd/4th grade multiage classroom to understand how a differentiated classroom works. See how to
- Use a flexible approach to teaching and learning based
on students' varied needs.
- Frame a standards-based curriculum around important
concepts and ideas.
- Foster a strong sense of community with an emphasis
on every student's value and growth as a learner.
- Work with students who are active, involved learners and
who make decisions and share responsibility for learning.
- Engage in ongoing assessment of learning and encourage
students to assess their own work each day.
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What Works in Schools
Applying the concepts from ASCD's book What Works in Schools: Translating Research into Action, three programs and a comprehensive facilitator’s guide explain and illustrate each of the three categories of factors that research proves affect student achievement. Classroom scenes and interviews with educators provide concrete examples of the factors that will spark schoolwide discussions about how to improve student achievement. Plus, author and researcher Robert J. Marzano explains how to use the research-based model to identify your school's strengths and weaknesses, prioritize your options, and implement a clear plan for improvement.
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Materials in the "Handouts and Overheads" and "Resources and Readings" sections of these manuals are intended for use in face-to-face workshops designed as part of these video staff development programs. Materials in these sections of the guides may be reproduced for this purpose only. Any other use of these materials is prohibited, unless written permission is granted by ASCD.