Evidence-Based Strategies Series: Guiding the Targeted Improvement Plan Process
The Nebraska Multi-tiered System of Support (NeMTSS) team has developed a four-part webinar series to enhance the use of evidence-based strategies in classrooms across the state. Evidence-Based Strategies Series: Guiding the Targeted Improvement Plan Process includes 10 pre-recorded webinar videos that will be released incrementally through March 2023. The third part of the series, Classroom Implementation, is now available.
Visit this page to review other parts of the series.
Part 3: Classroom Implementation
Classroom Implementation includes four webinars with guidance on how to measure classroom fidelity from both a comprehensive view and by specific elements for each strategy. These webinars will also give examples of various fidelity measurement tools. The videos (linked below) are accompanied by a PDF version of the presentations, complete with links and resources for further investigation.
Part 3: Classroom Implementation webinars include:
- Explicit Instruction
- Flexible Grouping
- Positive and Constructive Feedback
- Active Student Engagement
Classroom Implementation: Explicit Instruction
According to Anita Archer and Charles Hughes, “explicit instruction is systematic, direct, engaging and success oriented — and has been shown to promote achievement for all students.” It can include variations of direct explanation, modeling, guided and independent practice, frequent feedback, opportunities for discussion and close teacher monitoring.
Classroom Implementation: Flexible Grouping
The Council for Exceptional Children describes flexible grouping as a fluid and data-driven strategy that can be used to meet both the needs of individual students as well as a whole class.
Classroom Implementation: Positive and Constructive Feedback
According to the Council for Exceptional Children, feedback is information that is provided with the goal of improving performance academically, socially, emotionally and/or behaviorally. When feedback is provided effectively, it can reduce the gap between students’ current knowledge and understanding, and what they need (or have yet) to know and understand.
Classroom Implementation: Active Student Engagement
According to the Council for Exceptional Children, higher levels of student engagement are often associated with improvements in academic achievement and higher levels of student satisfaction with school. However, maintaining a high level of engagement can be challenging for teachers. An effective educator is responsible for designing and delivering engaging instruction for students’ progress toward academic and behavioral objectives.
Tips for watching the videos
- To get the most out of these webinars, it is best to watch them in groups. Leadership teams and other district- and school-level teams should plan to spend about 45 minutes watching, discussing and reflecting on the content of the video.
- It is recommended that teams watch the Evidence-Based Strategies webinars in order (Parts 1-4). While there are several webinars contained within the Part 1: Crash Course and Part 3: Classroom Implementation, districts/schools do not need to watch all of them to benefit from the series.
Why should districts/schools watch?
By creating this series and sharing it with Nebraska educators, the NeMTSS team aims to support schools in strengthening their Tier 1 Core practices to positively impact learning for all students by improving educational opportunities for all students.
The last webinar in the series, Data-Based Decision-Making (Part 4), will be available on our website at the end of March.
For more information, please reach out to the NeMTSS Regional Support Lead assigned to your region. Contact information can be found on the NeMTSS team page.