What teachers do in the classroom has six to ten times as much of an impact on student achievement as all other factors combined (Marzano, Pickering & Pollock, 2001).
Robert Marzano is one of many educational researchers who have discovered the profound impact that teachers’ instructional decisions have on student achievement. Based on this research, the Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction Department is focused on providing teachers with the most current research-based strategies to support student learning.
Twenty-first century learners are different from learners of the past. They require different learning environments and instructional methods. The Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction Department provides professional learning opportunities that build teacher capacity to adapt traditional instructional practices or to create innovative ways to meet the needs of students with new and varied learning styles. Students learn best when they are actively engaged in the learning process. The most effective classrooms are collaborative laboratories where both students and teachers use multiple resources to build knowledge and skills. Instruction must prepare students to be successful in today’s workplace which demands digital literacy, inventive thinking, collaboration, effective communication and high productivity.
The Differentiated Classroom – Carol Ann Tomlinson