Listed below are descriptions of the main topics we address in our blogs. New topics will be added as we add new content.
Educator professional development and support
Teacher training and PD involve education opportunities for teachers to improve or enhance their teaching methods or classroom environment.
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Partnerships and family engagement
This group of topics includes partnerships between schools and families, schools and communities, and schools and researchers. Select the topic of your choice below.
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Family engagement refers to the active involvement of parents, caregivers, and families in the home and community environments to support their children’s learning and well-being.
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Researcher-practitioner partnerships involve collaborations between researchers and practitioners (e.g., educators, state or local education agency staff) that promote the use of research in investigating and finding solutions for problems of practice.
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School-community partnerships refer to partnerships between schools and other community resources by integrating academics and community involvement to foster the learning and well-being of youth and their families.
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Research design is the overall strategy or plan for integrating the various components of a research study in a coherent and logical way. It consists of the framework and data collection methods used to answer and address the research questions and issues.
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School-based supports and systems
This group of topics addresses the systems and supports that schools employ to meet student needs.
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Classroom interventions are programs or curricula that are delivered in the classroom setting and can be integrated with and/or added to typical instruction.
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Multi-tiered systems of support
Encompassing initiatives such as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Response to Intervention (RtI) Multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) is a framework for providing high-quality academic instruction and behavioral interventions matched to student needs at multiple levels, monitoring progress frequently to assess whether instruction or goals should be adapted, and using data to solve problems and make important educational decisions.
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School climate refers to the quality and character of school life, including aspects of engagement (e.g., strong and caring relationships among students, staff, and families; academic interest; social involvement), safety (e.g., emotional and physical security), and environment (e.g., well-managed facilities and learning environments).
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School-wide prevention, commonly referred to as Tier 1 supports in a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) framework, refers to academic and behavioral support provided universally to all students. It is intended to prevent challenges from occurring by having staff teach and acknowledge foundational skills and behaviors that all students are expected to learn.
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Secondary interventions, commonly referred to as Tier 2 supports in a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) framework, involve targeted academic and behavioral support provided to students who have been screened and identified as needing more than universal Tier 1 supports. These interventions are typically provided in small group settings, which may involve increased time dedicated to instruction or more intensive methods of instruction.
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Social–emotional and behavioral challenges
This group of topics addresses the different types of social-emotional and behavior challenges found in schools. Select the topic of your choice from the group below.
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Academic outcomes are the range of cognitive, academic, and school-related effects produced by a program or intervention.
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Externalizing behavior problems primarily refer to issues that involve external actions, such as acting out, aggression, and disruptive behaviors.
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Internalizing behavior problems primarily refer to issues that involve internal processes, such as anxiety, depression, and somatic complaints.
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Mental health encompasses the many aspects of emotional and behavioral health that educators encounter in schools.
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Supporting students across grade/developmental levels
This set of topics is helpful to find information that is specifically useful for your age and grade levels. Select the topic of your choice below.
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Early childhood includes the developmental level of childhood from birth through age 5 or up to the prekindergarten/preschool years.
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Elementary school refers to education across kindergarten through grade 5.
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High school refers to education across grades 9 through 12.
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Middle school/Junior high school
Middle/junior high school refers to education across grades 6 through 8.
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