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Optimizing Intelligences [electronic resource]: Thinking, Emotion, and Creativity

This program brings together three psychologists who have transformed thinking about the role of creativity and emotion in maximizing human potential. In a conversation hosted by Yale University's Peter Salovey, Howard Gardner discusses his philosophy of multiple intelligences, Daniel Goleman expounds on emotional intelligence, and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi talks about flow. Interwoven throughout is commentary by educators and social service professionals, including Renilde Montessori and Maurice Elias, about putting these concepts into practice to help create better schools, better mental health facilities, and better work environments.
2011; 1998

RTI and di [electronic resource]: The Dynamic Duo

Response to intervention and differentiated instruction are teaching methods aimed at helping all reach their full potential, especially when a classroom contains students of various backgrounds, cultures, and learning styles. This program presents educators with an overview of how to use RTI and DI together to practice high-quality instruction that is complemented by targeted interventions and ongoing student assessments. The video explains that RTI and DI both emphasize student engagement, collaboration, and assessment, and then focuses on the RTI team, classroom implementation, and addressing special populations such as learners with disabilities, gifted learners, or English-language learners.
2011; 2010

Winning Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms [electronic resource]

Mainstreaming has become a widely used method for including special needs students in the educational process, but it sometimes leaves instructors feeling overwhelmed, under-qualified, and even resentful. Utilizing a sports metaphor including pre- and post-game analyses, this program takes viewers into elementary school classrooms to review strategies that empower teachers to more effectively manage their time, use their expertise, collaborate on content, and understand their roles and responsibilities. The video provides inclusive teams with specific examples of behaviors that can be used in the classroom so that all children benefit from quality instruction.
2011; 2009

The Power of RTI [electronic resource]: Classroom Management Strategies, K-6

Response to intervention, an effective method for helping struggling learners achieve academic success, can be a powerful management approach to challenging behaviors. In this program educational consultant Jim Wright explains how RTI can be used in the classroom to address defiant, non-compliant, hyperactive, impulsive, and inattentive behaviors. He also explains how tier 1 techniques can be implemented for positive behavioral expectations, for data collection to measure and monitor behavior, and to manage rules, routines, and schedules. In addition, Wright demonstrates targeted use of rewards and feedback.
2011; 2009

Assistive Technology [electronic resource]: Powerful Solutions for Success

Utilizing the principles of Universal Design for Learning, this program takes viewers into classrooms where low- to mid-tech AT solutions are helping students with disabilities to become confident, independent learners. The video covers auditory process supports (interactive white boards, Inspiration software, and FM Classroom Amplification systems); fine-motor and writing supports (AlphaSmart, MathPad Plus, UltraKey, Franklin Spellers, Ginger Software, and Livescribe's Pulse Smartpen); and reading supports (WYNN software, TestTalker, Kurzweil 3000, Bookshare, the WizCom Reading Pen, and materials from Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic).
2011; 2009

Supervision of Paraeducators [electronic resource]

Paraeducators fill many support roles essential to classroom functioning, but very often instructors have never received adequate training in working with their paraeducators. In this program Dr. Nancy French, author of Managing Paraeducators in Your School, presents a comprehensive framework to help school professionals orient, coach, and effectively supervise paraeducators in a variety of settings. Topics covered include orientation, planning, scheduling, delegating, on-the-job training, monitoring job performance, and managing the workplace.

Training of Paraeducators [electronic resource]

Although paraeducators play an important part in the successful operation of a school, many are not provided with suitable guidance or clarification of their job functions. In this program Dr. Nancy French, author of Managing Paraeducators in Your School, presents a comprehensive training program to help paraeducators understand their roles and responsibilities. Topics covered include understanding supervision, roles and responsibilities, scheduling and training, working in general education, one-on-one paraeductors, addressing challenging behaviors, working with different types of classroom instruction, and carrying out adaptation plans.

Adhd & Ld [electronic resource]: Powerful Teaching Strategies and Accommodations

General education teachers are finding an increasing number of students with ADHD and learning disabilities in their classrooms. This video gives elementary and middle school teachers the tools they need to help students succeed in the general education setting within a Response To Intervention framework. Presented by leading education expert Sandra Reif, this content-rich video offers viewers a range of effective strategies to meet both the behavioral and academic needs of students. Targeted strategies and examples for small group instruction are also offered as Tier 2 RTI strategies. Topics include: communicating with parents and clinicians; differentiating instruction; collaborating with co-teachers and other staff; engaging student attention; behavior interventions; teaching stud [...]
2014; 2008

Beyond the ADD Myth [electronic resource]

Thomas Armstrong, a psychologist, consultant, and former teacher, believes that labels such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often create more problems than they solve. Dr. Armstrong feels that the behaviors associated with ADD and ADHD result from a wide range of social, psychological, and educational causes, and are not solely due to neurological dysfunction. Join Dr. Armstrong, Kaye Mentley, and other professionals who focus on educating students by providing them with nurturing, stimulating, and encouraging interventions. View programs in action that focus on a "wellness" model of children and learning. Produced for staff development and training for classroom teachers, this video provides an array of teaching strategies to w [...]
2014; 1996

Beyond the Standards Movement [electronic resource]

Everyone is talking about tougher standards, increased accountability, and the need for higher test scores. On one level, it all sounds very appealing - and, indeed, state after state has pushed to "raise the bar" and impose testing programs with high stakes attached. But one prominent and respected voice is crying out to us to stop and reflect on this stampede. Alfie Kohn, nationally renowned lecturer and author of The Schools Our Children Deserve, offers a powerful argument against the obsession with standardized tests and the tendency to place so much emphasis on student performance that the process of learning becomes endangered. He presents a compelling case that a preoccupation with raising standards may have exactly the opposite effect. This video is essential viewing for all [...]
2014; 2000

7 Effective Strategies for Secondary Inclusion [electronic resource]

With the enactment of No Child Left Behind and the 2004 reauthorization of the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), including students with special needs in the general classroom is no longer an option. This exciting and practical video gives educators a look inside middle school and high school classrooms that successfully includt students with special needs.Dr. Lisa Dieker provides expert insight and helpful commentary, identifying unique characteristics that contribute to successful school inclusion at the secondary level. Viewers will learn about: co-teaching (instruction, curriculum design, and student assessment) in inclusive classrooms; using universal design to make instruction accessible to all students while also meeting state and local education standards; ho [...]
2014; 2007

Character Education [electronic resource]: Restoring Respect and Responsibility

Dr. Thomas Lickona, one of the earliest and most respected voices in the character education movement, makes an insightful and compelling argument for the role of schools in promoting the development of positive character traits, such as respect, responsibility, and morality, in students. Dr. Lickona presents a comprehensive, school-wide model for implementing character education, as well as specific strategies for inclusive classrooms. The production takes viewers inside several classrooms where they will see effective character education initiatives in action and observe characteristic features of successful programs, such as effective leadership, community-based identification of core virtues, long-range planning, and integration of activities related to character development into [...]
2014; 1996

Capturing the Essentials [electronic resource]

This a classic professional development video introduces viewers to the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES)'s powerful model of whole-school reform. This model for creating optimal learning environments is based on nine common principles. In the video, the late Dr. Sizer explains the CES model in his own words, and discusses the concept of localism. The video profiles three exemplary CES high schools that bring to life the common principles of the Coalition in their daily practice by creating learning environments that are simple, flexible and humane. Viewers hear directly from students and parents about the ways in which their learning environments are profoundly different from the traditional models that have governed secondary schools through most of the twentieth century.
2014; 1998

Crafting of America's Schools [electronic resource]

The call for national standards and tests created a major debate in our country over who should be setting the educational agenda and what should be taught in our nation's schools. Join Ted Sizer and members of the Coalition of Essential Schools as they outline a process to help communities take local responsibility for their schools. Viewers will go inside Noble High School, Berwick, ME; O'Farrell Community School, San Diego, CA; and Fenway Middle College High School, Boston, MA. Learn about the concept of localism from Ted Sizer, the founder of the Coalition of Essential schools. Understand the need for each school to reflect its own community in their quest for excellence. Hear compelling arguments about increasing quality through local design which puts the decisions for educatio [...]
2014; 1997

Brain-Compatible Practices for the Classroom [electronic resource]: Special Education

It is imperative for educators to identify instructional practices that best align with the findings of scientific studies. To help ensure that the role of brain-compatible instruction becomes a foundation to educational practices, Dr. Pat Wolfe, author and world-renowned expert on brain-compatible learning, presents a compelling and practical approach to help educators grapple with the high volume of brain research inundating the field of education today. Visit classrooms where students with disabilities are benefiting from brain-compatible instructional strategies as an integral part of their day. Hear from staff who are effectively using brain compatible strategies such as Response to Intervention (RTI), and learn how to become educated consumers by differentiating the realities o [...]
2014; 2008

Alternative Strategies to Social Promotion [electronic resource]

Throughout our country the move toward higher academic standards has caused schools to reexamine many of the commonly accepted practices. No past practice has come under greater attack than social promotion. From coast-to-coast, school reformers, political leaders and proponents of higher standards are calling for an end to what they believe has been one of the major contributors to poor achievement in our schools today. This video provides the viewer with several alternatives to social promotion and retention. It shares the thinking of internationally renowned lecturer and best-selling author Dr. William Glasser and features a visit with Dr. Waldemar Rojas, superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, and his staff.
2014; 1999

Brain-Compatible Practices for the Classroom [electronic resource]: Grades K-6

Given the overwhelming amount of research being conducted on the human brain, it is imperative for educators to identify instructional practices that best align with the findings of scientific studies. Too often it is fashionable for instructional programs to claim that they are based on brain research, when they truly are not. Dr. Pat Wolfe, author and world renowned expert on brain-compatible learning, presents a compelling and practical approach to help educators grapple with the high volume of brain research inundating the field of education today. Visit classrooms that are successfully implementing brain-compatible instruction as an integral part of their daily practice. Learn how to become an "educated consumer" by sorting out the "realities" of brain research from its many mod [...]
2014; 2008

ABC's of Bullying Prevention [electronic resource]: A Comprehensive Schoolwide Approach K-8-Administrators & Pupil Services Version

From physical violence to harassment and now cyberbullying, bullying has never been a bigger problem in our schools than it is today. This four-part video series provides school administrators with all of the necessary tools for implementing a comprehensive, school-wide bullying prevention program. It will also help them know how to respond when bullying does occur. The video is presented by Dr. Kenneth Shore, a school psychologist, family counselor, and noted author/expert on child behavior and bullying.
2014; 2011

The Genius in Every Child [electronic resource]: Elementary

This classic video is an outstanding resource for elementary educators that shows them how to nourish and develop the genius in very young children. Based upon his best-selling book, "Awakening Genius in the Classroom" (published by ASCD), this video features Dr. Thomas Armstrong as he explores the history associated with genius, and debunks the narrow but widely held belief that genius is solely a function of performing well above average in tasks that require academic skills. Armstrong argues that there is genius in every child, which parents and teachers need to discover and awaken. He identifies negative environmental influences that often prevent the genius from revealing itself in children, and discusses factors that awaken and nurture genius, and enhance its growth and develop [...]
2014; 2002

Differentiated Instruction and the English Language Learner [electronic resource]

Nationally renowned expert on English Language Learners (ELL), Jo Gusman, presents a powerful and compelling model for differentiating instruction in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms. Gusman outlines her Foundation-Framework-Tools model for creating effective language acquisition programs that meet the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements. This video features effective teachers, classrooms, and schools that use research-based theoretical frameworks such as multiple intelligences, affective filter, and comprehensive input to design successful language acquisition programs.; This complete staff development program touches on all aspects of the English Language Learner's school life-from the first day of school, to daily classroom instruction, and after school progra [...]
2014; 2004