Education Leader Network Professional Development eBulletin
January 8th, 2014
for Leaders in Education 

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In This Issue
Anita Archer Presents: Scaffolding Reading Comprehension of Narrative, Argumentative, and Informative Text
How to Close The Achievement Gap Among Young Kids
A Little Humor Goes a Long Way...
RTI and New Standards Annual Conference

Ten Things that
Matter from
Assessment to Grading
by Tom Schimmer

Ten Things that Matter from Assessment to Grading outlines the big ideas of assessment so teachers can prioritize where to refine their practice. Structured in standalone, quick-read chapters, its flexible approach lets readers choose the material that matters most to them. Chapters tackle concepts such as descriptive feedback, differentiated instruction, student ownership and grading accuracy.


Create Powerful and Effective Professional Learning Communities Within Your District!
Deep Implementation: Change Practice, Get Results

21st Century Professional
Development By Design

No two districts are the same, that's why JK Thomas can customize your professional development and overall district improvement plan to your district's specific needs, budget, and circumstances. We provide you with all of the options, platforms, experts, resources, and guidance you need to implement and support your PLCs - and you choose what you want to use.

Instructional Leader on the Go...

Each PD eBulletin gives the busy district or school-level leader brief, practical, free, high quality learning opportunities in a variety of media formats.


Anita Archer Presents:
Scaffolding Reading Comprehension of Narrative, Argumentative, and Informative Text

Strategies for Teachers and Students
February 5, February 19,
& March 5, 2014


Three Part Webinar Series from the
Alaska Staff Development Network


Dr. Archer will present research-validated procedures for scaffolding reading comprehension of narrative, argumentative, and informative text that can be used BEFORE reading a passage (e.g., teaching the meaning of unknown vocabulary, teaching or activating critical background knowledge, and previewing passages), DURING passage reading (e.g., asking text-dependent questions, scaffolding higher order questions, having students generate questions, teaching comprehension strategies) and AFTER reading a passage (e.g., leading students in a discussion of the passage, summarizing information using graphic organizers, introducing strategies for responding to written questions, having students write a summary or comparison of the passage.) Dr. Archer will model each of the practices and illustrate the application of these procedures to example passages.

Click here to learn more!  


How to Close The Achievement Gap Among Young Kids

The study, conducted by two university professors, analyzed previous data from a now-defunct program that offered free preschool to students from different social backgrounds.

Using this data, the researchers found that after providing low-income children with quality preschool early in life, the kids had the same IQs as their wealthier peers by age 3. This stands in contrast to the IQ gap that typically exists between affluent and low-income students at that age.


A Little Humor Goes a Long Way...

Kids React to Viral Videos:
Jean-Claude Van Damme's Epic Split




RTI and New Standards Annual Conference

January 25-26, 2014
Dena'ina Convention Center
Anchorage, AK

New standards have been adopted in Alaska, and similar standards have been adopted nationwide with the Common Core State Standards.  What are the implications within a RTI system? How do you align the new standards with evidence-based interventions?

Join us for the third annual Alaska RTI conference for a discussion of how to move forward with RTI and the new standards in your classroom, school or district.