BloomBoard Blog

August 30, 2018   |   By Sarah Scott Frank, PhD

The Challenge of the Third Grade Reading Challenge


This is a guest post written by Sarah Scott Frank, PhD, Founder of OpenLiteracy, a BloomBoard partner.

 

We want all kids to read well by the end of third grade, the year when reading abilities can predict the likeliness of high school graduation. The idea is so important that 18 states and the District of Columbia have mandatory third grade retention policies requiring students to demonstrate proficiency in reading or be “held back”. Additionally, over half of states have remediation and academic support policies in place for students who are not reading at grade level by the end of third grade.

The challenge of supporting all students to read at grade level by third grade is that our policies are often not aligned with meeting this goal. To do so would require ensuring that every child has a teacher who is well versed in the specialized knowledge and skill required early elementary reading.

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June 5, 2018   |   By Allison Powell, Ed.D.

Managing the Change Towards Competency-based Professional Development

Over the past two and a half years, BloomBoard has been working with hundreds of organizations (including districts, regional education service providers, and state departments of education) to help them transition to a competency-based model of professional development. While we work with each of these organizations to provide solutions to a wide variety of problems for educators across their organizations, using competency-based professional development in many creative ways, we have discovered four themes throughout all of these very different implementations, which we call the BloomBoard VIPS - Vision, Incentives, Phases, and Supports. When these principles are executed throughout the implementation, we have found that organizations are more likely to find that educators buy-into the idea of competency-based professional learning and follow through with building a portfolio of evidence to show their individual learning. The VIPS require focus, careful planning and organization, as well as clear and frequent communication across all levels of the organization, and will provide a roadmap which leads to a successful transition towards competency-based professional development.

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May 2, 2018   |   By Dr. Ann Newman

Getting Ready to Engage, Embark, and Embrace the Journey with Competency-based Professional development.


This is a guest post written by Dr. Ann Newman, Director of Instruction at the School District of South Milwaukee. 


Take a moment to reflect on your cultural readiness.

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April 18, 2018   |   By Lucia Giacomantonio

Success Story: A Phased Approach to Implementing Micro-credentials


"If we are asking educators to provide differentiated and personalized learning experiences for students, it only makes sense that we help districts provide teachers with that same level of personalization in their professional learning.”

- Machel Mills,  Director of Professional Learning Systems,
Tennessee Department of Education

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March 6, 2018   |   By Lucia Giacomantonio

Is College Still Worth It? A TEDx Talk by Jason Lange, Co-founder of BloomBoard

Last month, BloomBoard Co-founder and President, Jason Lange, had the opportunity to speak at the TEDX Wilmington conference. The conference theme was Education Possible and brought together educators, students, parents, and other community members to explore the positive impact that education has on young minds as well as some areas in need of vast improvements.

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