Accelerating Growth

Close academic gaps and provide differentiated support for all students

About Accelerating Growth

Topics:

  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Remediation Reimagined
  • Focusing on Grade Level Content
  • Closing Academic Gaps

Overview:

Over the past year, school has been disrupted and many students have not received the same quality, depth, and volume of learning as they did in the past. For some, learning was interrupted or unfinished, all of which could have lasting effects on students for years to come. Schools and districts are now faced with the challenge of supporting students at varying levels of achievement in an effort to close academic gaps and accelerate learning. This requires thinking about time and space flexibly, while building diverse and robust tools and strategies to help students learn and grow.

What We Believe

We believe that teachers need to be equipped with the skills in designing varying learning experiences, using the Universal Design for Learning guidelines, that focus on how all students will access and participate in meaningful and rigorous learning experiences that meet their needs.

We believe that remediation must be reimagined by supporting teachers to think about how to differentiate instruction for the needs of all students through targeted supports, and by using technology to make the differentiation replicable, sustainable, and personalized.

We believe that addressing learning loss and accelerating student growth requires an instructional approach that prioritizes making grade level content accessible to all students by using differentiated, targeted supports that are embedded into the instruction, and one in which teachers are equipped to design meaningful, personalized learning experiences. 

We believe that teachers must analyze student data, engage with stakeholders, and develop flexible systems all in an effort to personalize instruction and close academic gaps.

Featured Strategies

Fill in the gaps supports students to review assessment data and set goals for improvement over two days in which they work to fill the gaps
Fill in the gaps supports students to review assessment data and set goals for improvement over two days in which they work to fill the gaps
Level the playing field by introducing content prior to the lesson
Level the playing field by introducing content prior to the lesson
This conceptual strategy will support you to develop an understanding of the Universal Design for Learning.
This conceptual strategy will support you to develop an understanding of the Universal Design for Learning.

Outcomes

BetterLesson's coaching and workshops are focused on specific topics.
I can use Universal Design for Learning principles to accelerate student growth by providing learners access to meaningful and challenging learning experiences that meet their needs.
I can develop remediation systems and structures to accelerate student growth by using differentiated and targeted supports.
I can prioritize grade level content through chunking and implementing supports in order to accelerate student growth.
I can close academic gaps by developing systems for consistency, data, equity, flexibility, and involving stakeholders.

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