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Practical Instructional Strategies Based on Research - Professional Development


Participants Observe Research-Based Instructional Strategies in Literacy and Mathematics




PK-5 Teachers


Students typically are learning to read in the primary grades. When they enter third grade, they begin to read to learn. This is the time when we recognize that every teacher is a teacher of literacy. And while talented teachers have a profound effect on student achievement irrespective of approach, research indicates that high impact strategies in reading can make significant differences even among subject-area teachers.

The PA Core ELA Standards are:

  • Foundational Skills
  • Reading and Informational text
  • Reading Literature
  • Writing
  • Speaking and Listening

OHS consultants demonstrate research-based instructional strategies for applying these Standards through modeling and co-teaching and how highly effective literacy strategies can be used by all teachers across all content areas. Through an analysis of student achievement data, OHS will guide teachers in developing and applying proven strategies to address areas of weakness. Consultants are also available to model literacy strategies and help teachers implement them in their own classrooms.

The PA Core Standards in Mathematics are:

  • Numbers and Operations
  • Algebraic Concepts
  • Geometry
  • Measurement, Data, and Probability

The PA Mathematical Practice Standards are:

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
  • Model with mathematics
  • Use appropriate tools strategically
  • Attend to precision
  • Look for and make use of structure
  • Look for and make sense of regularity in repeated reasoning

OnHand Schools demonstrates research-based instructional strategies for applying these Standards through modeling and co-teaching. Teachers learn alternative practices that enable students to develop a deep understanding of mathematical concepts, be fluent in mathematical procedures, and be able to problem solve and reason mathematically.