The Administrator’s Guide to Federal Programs for English Learners

edCount president Dr. Ellen Forte and a team of edCount associates co-authored this comprehensive manual about serving English learners, released…

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edCount Selected to Write K-2 ELA Curriculum for the Rapid Prototype Phase of the K-12 OER Collaborative

In a press release dated April 16, 2015, The Learning Accelerator, an education non-profit focusing on implementing blended learning, announced edCount as one of ten curriculum developers selected to create rapid prototype units for the K-12 OER Collaborative. The K-12 OER Collaborative is an initiative led by 12 states and numerous nonprofit organizations aimed at creating free, high-quality open educational resources for K-12 English language arts and mathematics. The Collaborative selected edCount to develop a prototype unit for the ELA K-2 curriculum.

To complete this work, edCount has partnered with educational technology firms Educational Systemics and Clarity Innovations. This team will work closely to develop a rigorous, Common Core State Standards-aligned, blended learning curriculum, which will include a bank of differentiated and interactive activities aimed at meeting the diverse needs of all learners. The resources created under the K-12 OER Collaborative will be available for anyone to freely and legally use, adapt, and redistribute.

edCount is thrilled to take part in this important work, which will provide teachers with dynamic and easily-modifiable resources to help customize instruction to meet the needs of all students. edCount brings expertise in curriculum development, standards implementation, assessment alignment, and differentiated instruction to this project.

To read The Learning Accelerator press release click here. For more information about the K-12 OER Collaborative, click here.

K-12 OER Collaborative

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edCount and REL Mid-Atlantic Present the 2015 Educator Effectiveness Series

On May 7, 2015, edCount and REL Mid-Atlantic will collaborate with Jonathan Cohen, President of the National School Climate Center, to present Assessing School Climate. This webinar will be the first of eight webinars in the 2015 Educator Effectiveness Webinar Series, which was designed to give participants the opportunity to acquire knowledge about different aspects of educator effectiveness in a way that will allow them to apply this knowledge to support instruction, leadership, and improved student outcomes.

In Assessing School Climate, Jonathan Cohen will discuss the different elements of a positive school climate, share methods for assessing school climate, and give examples of how to respond to school climate data. Dr. Cohen will also provide recommendations for education leaders and policy makers seeking to support school improvement efforts.

For more information about the 2015 Educator Effectiveness Webinar Series, click here. To register for the May 7 webinar presented by Jonathan Cohen, click here.

Assessing School Climate

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edCount and REL Mid-Atlantic Present Teacher Effectiveness and Ask an Expert Series

On November 13, 2014, edCount and REL Mid-Atlantic collaborated with Jim Popham to present the webinar Using Instructionally Sensitive Assessments to Measure Teacher Effectiveness. This webinar was the 8th and final webinar of the Teacher Effectiveness Webinar Series, which was organized and supported by edCount and REL Mid-Atlantic throughout 2014. This series was designed to increase participants’ understanding of issues surrounding teacher effectiveness in a way that will enable them to share, apply, or implement their increased knowledge in their classroom, school, or district. Other presenters featured in the series included Margaret Heritage, Eric Hanushek, and Jim Knight. For more information about the series and to download recordings of the 2014 webinars, click here.

Throughout 2014, edCount and REL Mid-Atlantic also spearheaded the Ask an Expert online chat series, which provided stakeholders in the Mid-Atlantic region opportunities to converse with experts and colleagues on topics within the field of teacher effectiveness. For more information about the Ask an Expert series and to download recordings of past chats, click here.