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Core Component 2: High Expectations

The selected Web resources support the learning of all students, including English Learners (EL), students with disabilities, and underperforming students, through a variety of instructional approaches and programs.

Core Component 2: High Expectations
The following Web sites provide educators with approaches for maximizing all students' engagement and achievement through increasing teachers’ awareness and attention to struggling students’ possible barriers and strengths.

  1. Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides in-school academic support program for grades sixth through twelth grade; prepares students for college readiness and success in a global society by leveling the playing field for minority, rural, low-income, and other students without a college-going tradition in their families (professional development fee).
  2. Culturally Responsive Response to Intervention by the National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems (NCCRESt) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Includes Facilitator Manuals, PowerPoints, and handouts for three academies, or topics, the second one specifically focused on RtI (professional development fee). Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education's (ED).
  3. The Essential Components of RTI: Considerations for English Language Learners External link opens in new window or tab.
    Includes considerations for screening, progress monitoring, multi-level prevention system, and data-based decision making for English Language Learners. Webinar (25 min.) PowerPoint, transcripts. National Center on Response to Intervention.
  4. Guided Language Acquisition Design (GLAD) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Promotes English language acquisition, academic achievement, and cross-cultural skills through positive, research-based techniques and  interactions among students and between teachers and students (professional development fee).
  5. Hip Hop Genius Remixing High School Education External link opens in new window or tab.
    Cultivates strengths and creativity of young people through the medium of hip hop. Video (4:12) min. by Mike McCarthy, Graham Wheeler, and DJ Tek, free; book by Sam Seidel, Published by Rowman and Littlefield Education (2010) fee.
  6. Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Enables classroom teachers to accommodate diverse learners through peer-assisted reading and math strategies. Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development. (fee)
  7. Using Instructional Routines to Differentiate Instruction: A Guide for Teachers External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides 72 formatted activities called Instructional Routines, which provide structure for teaching specific reading skills (2012). Center on Instruction, OSEP, ED.

The following Web sites have multiple pages of interest on this Core Component:

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