A monthly eblast highlighting school-based successful practices, tools, and resources that support teaching and learning.
March 2017
We know you are always looking for ways to improve your school’s functioning. To help you get there, we have developed Getting Better Together Training Modules.  Included in each of the 7 modules are presentations, videos, documents, and activities to support your work. You’ll find great ideas if you’re just starting out or if you already have an effectively functioning school and just want to improve. Either way, this is a great place to start!
Are you a small, rural school? Does it seem that there are just not enough bodies and external supports to effectively and efficiently get all the work done? CIL/ADI received a request from a state and responded with a “Research Brief on Effective Teaming Practices for Rural Schools.” It's research, and it is brief! Read it here to find out how to address these challenges through distributed leadership, collaboration, and vertical teaming practices.
Do you have other questions about school organization and effective practices? Search our CIL Database for answers to your questions.
Do your students watch PBS KIDS television series? With this free app, PBS Kids Video, and wifi, they can access more than 1,000 videos from many PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO! series.  And there are parental resources to help gauge age, interest levels, and learning goals. Click on the picture above and watch a short YouTube video to see how easy it is for even young children to control the app.
This month we feature Motivational Competency in our continuing focus on Personal Competencies.  Next month we complete this series by highlighting Social/Emotional Competency.
Apart from the student’s cognitive and metacognitive competency in grappling with and mastering the task, the student must simply want to engage and persist. Motivation is the wanting to" (Redding, 2014, p.15).
To learn more about Motivational Competency, read pp. 13-18 in Sam Redding's, Personal Competencies: A Framework for Building Students' Capacity To Learn (Center on Innovations in Learning, 2014). To see a list of Motivational Competency indicators as well as research briefs, visit
For further reading (and inspiration) about Personal Competencies, read Maureen Mirabito’s excellent blog on IndistarConnect -  How This One Thing, Everyday, For One Month Is Building Strong, Successful Kids For Life
The School Community Network publishes Spotlights, which highlights great resources for parents and schools and links to research.  Click here to open the March/April edition of Spotlights! The first link – Nightly Reading Homework: Best Practices For Parentstakes you to a fantastic video worth sharing with parents of beginning readers. Open it now and make a difference today!
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