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Essential Element

Inclusive and Responsive Practices

Build an equitable learning community where all students can be supported, celebrated, and successful.

Inclusive and Responsive Practices Focus Areas

Inclusive and responsive practices are a student-centered approach to learning that encourage a sense of belonging and put students first. Choose a personalized pathway to deepen your understanding of equitable learning.

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Social-Emotional Learning

Prepare students with the self-awareness, relational, and decision-making skills needed to succeed both in school and in life.

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Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning

Develop learning communities that honor diverse student backgrounds and experiences.

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Trauma-Informed Practices

Understand the physiological, social, emotional, and academic impacts of trauma and adversity on students.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Create inclusive educational ecosystems by examining structures, systems, and beliefs informed by race and identity.

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English Learners

Support English Learners so they can meet, unlock, and harness their full potential.

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Students with Disabilities

Use Universal Design for Learning to help students with disabilities learn, grow, and thrive.

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Key Shifts for Inclusive and Responsive Practices

Through learning BL Connect, Workshops1:1 Coaching, and Learning Walks, we support your growth and help you take ownership of your professional development to confidently drive these practices.

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Equity

Center equity in education to ensure that all students can be successful, celebrated, and treated fairly.

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Cultural Competence

Understand and interact effectively with people from other cultures and identities and with different abilities.

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Mindset

Acknowledge and adjust mindsets to begin the work of dismantling systems and restructuring them equitably.

Professional Support, Every Step of the Way

We work with you to identify the priorities and goals most urgent for your district or school and the leaders best positioned to drive change. We then create personalized professional development journeys built from BL ConnectWorkshops1:1 Coaching, and Learning Walks to support educators in building student-centered classrooms. We’ll assess progress through observation and self-assessment practices to identify practices that will support ongoing change.

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BL Connect

An on-demand library of professional learning courses filled with research-backed strategies, tools, and resources to achieve targeted outcomes and build awareness in selected topics.

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Workshops

Action-oriented introduction to a curriculum or initiative, aligned to school and educator needs. Small-group, full day, on-site or virtual, centered on one Focus Area.

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1:1 Virtual Coaching

Personalized, growth-oriented support from expert coaches to build and sustain skills through the Try-Measure-Learn method.

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Learning Walks

Evidence-based classroom observations to analyze trends in teacher practice and create a plan to support them.

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Our Mission to Help All Students Succeed

Every educator deserves the support they need to create the next generation of resourceful, compassionate, and resilient learners. The focus areas within the Inclusive and Responsive Practices element are designed to give teachers and leaders the tools they need to build classrooms where all students feel a sense of belonging and connection.

A Focus on Student-Centered Teaching and Learning

We’ve identified four elements that are key for academic success and building student-centered classrooms. BetterLesson guides teachers, instructional coaches, and leaders through focus areas within each element to lead their professional development journey.

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Instructional Leadership Focus Areas

Improve instruction and learning for teachers and students by building your skills as an instructional leader.

Leading Through Change: Lead the improvement of teaching, learning, and overall school climate to enhance student achievement and success. Learn More
Instructional Coaching: Provide teachers with personalized coaching cycles that support them growing and developing their teaching practice. Learn More
Collaborative Professional Learning: Develop a collaborative professional culture to support student-centered teaching and learning. Learn More
Feedback and Observation: Create an authentic, replicable observation and feedback cycle that promotes alignment of student-centered goals and non-evaluative conversation. Learn More
Principalship: Equip new leaders to meet the specific demands that come with the first three years of serving as a building principal. Learn More
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Inclusive and Responsive Practices Focus Areas

Build an equitable learning community where all students can be supported, celebrated, and successful.

Social-Emotional Learning: Prepare students with the self-awareness, relational, and decision-making skills they need to succeed in school and in life. Learn More
Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning: Develop learning communities that honor diverse student backgrounds and experiences. Learn More
Trauma-Informed Practices: Approach learning with an understanding of the impacts of trauma and adversity on students. Learn More
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Create inclusive educational ecosystems by examining structures, systems, and beliefs informed by race and identity. Learn More
English Learners: Support all English Learners to grow and thrive in their learning environments. Learn More
Students with Disabilities: Support students with disabilities to learn and grow in their learning environments. Learn More
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Flexible Instructional Models Focus Areas

Find unique ways for all students to learn, communicate, and solve meaningful problems.

Accelerating Growth: Accelerate student growth and provide differentiated support for all learners. Learn More
Formative Assessment and Differentiation: Provide students with multiple opportunities to demonstrate their understanding, track their progress, and guide their future learning. Learn More
Meaningful Tech Integration: Leverage technology in the classroom to maximize student learning and growth. Learn More
Hybrid and Virtual Learning: Deliver equitable, engaging, and student-centered instruction and create supportive learning communities in a remote or hybrid model. Learn More
Project-Based Learning: Engage students with real-world, inquiry-based tasks. Learn More
Competency-Based Learning: Create personalized learning paths that allow students to progress toward goals and demonstrate competency in flexible formats. Learn More
Teachership: Empower new teachers to become high-quality educators through professional learning, mentorship, and leadership support. Learn More
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Curriculum and Academic Content Focus Areas

Use learning tools and curriculum to create a student-centered classroom.

Student-Centered Math: Create transformative mathematics classrooms where students engage in problem-solving, discourse, application, and critical thinking. Learn More
Student-Centered Literacy: Develop students’ literacy skills by supporting student ownership of evidence-based reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Learn More
OUR K-5 / IM K-5 Math: Integrate the instructional routines and resources embedded in the OUR K-5 / IM K-5 Math curriculum. Learn More
OUR 6-8 / IM 6-12 Math: Strategically implement the OUR 6-8 / IM 6-12 Math curriculum. Learn More
EL Education: Strategically implement the EL Education K-8 Language Arts curriculum to support student-centered literacy instruction. Learn More
Newsela: Supercharge reading engagement and infuse literacy skills across content areas using Newsela. Learn More
OpenSciEd: Help students make sense of scientific phenomena by harnessing the full power of the OpenSciEd platform. Learn More

Instructional Leadership Focus Areas

Improve instruction and learning for teachers and students by building your skills as an instructional leader.

Leading Through Change: Lead the improvement of teaching, learning, and overall school climate to enhance student achievement and success. Learn More
Instructional Coaching: Provide teachers with personalized coaching cycles that support them growing and developing their teaching practice. Learn More
Collaborative Professional Learning: Develop a collaborative professional culture to support student-centered teaching and learning. Learn More
Feedback and Observation: Create an authentic, replicable observation and feedback cycle that promotes alignment of student-centered goals and non-evaluative conversation. Learn More
Principalship: Equip new leaders to meet the specific demands that come with the first three years of serving as a building principal. Learn More

Inclusive and Responsive Practices Focus Areas

Build an equitable learning community where all students can be supported, celebrated, and successful.

Social-Emotional Learning: Prepare students with the self-awareness, relational, and decision-making skills they need to succeed in school and in life. Learn More
Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning: Develop learning communities that honor diverse student backgrounds and experiences. Learn More
Trauma-Informed Practices: Approach learning with an understanding of the impacts of trauma and adversity on students. Learn More
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Create inclusive educational ecosystems by examining structures, systems, and beliefs informed by race and identity. Learn More
English Learners: Support all English Learners to grow and thrive in their learning environments. Learn More
Students with Disabilities: Support students with disabilities to learn and grow in their learning environments. Learn More

Flexible Instructional Models Focus Areas

Find unique ways for all students to learn, communicate, and solve meaningful problems.

Accelerating Growth: Accelerate student growth and provide differentiated support for all learners. Learn More
Formative Assessment and Differentiation: Provide students with multiple opportunities to demonstrate their understanding, track their progress, and guide their future learning. Learn More
Meaningful Tech Integration: Leverage technology in the classroom to maximize student learning and growth. Learn More
Hybrid and Virtual Learning: Deliver equitable, engaging, and student-centered instruction and create supportive learning communities in a remote or hybrid model. Learn More
Project-Based Learning: Engage students with real-world, inquiry-based tasks. Learn More
Competency-Based Learning: Create personalized learning paths that allow students to progress toward goals and demonstrate competency in flexible formats. Learn More
Teachership: Empower new teachers to become high-quality educators through professional learning, mentorship, and leadership support. Learn More

Curriculum and Academic Content Focus Areas

Use learning tools and curriculum to create a student-centered classroom.

Student-Centered Math: Create transformative mathematics classrooms where students engage in problem-solving, discourse, application, and critical thinking. Learn More
Student-Centered Literacy: Develop students’ literacy skills by supporting student ownership of evidence-based reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Learn More
OUR K-5 / IM K-5 Math: Integrate the instructional routines and resources embedded in the OUR K-5 / IM K-5 Math curriculum. Learn More
OUR 6-8 / IM 6-12 Math: Strategically implement the OUR 6-8 / IM 6-12 Math curriculum. Learn More
EL Education: Strategically implement the EL Education K-8 Language Arts curriculum to support student-centered literacy instruction. Learn More
Newsela: Supercharge reading engagement and infuse literacy skills across content areas using Newsela. Learn More
OpenSciEd: Help students make sense of scientific phenomena by harnessing the full power of the OpenSciEd platform. Learn More

All learners deserve to be seen, heard, and valued

BetterLesson is ready to help develop personalized solutions to reach your school or district’s goals. Reach out to our team to start building your professional development journey.

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