the DSC Way blog

7 hours 25 min ago
  It’s time to reflect on all that we are thankful for: colleagues and careers, family and friends, successes and lessons learned. We are very grateful for our community of supporters who work tirelessly in their classrooms, schools, and districts to honor teacher practice and support the whole child—heart and mind.   Hearing...
2 days 22 hours ago
I am drawn to children’s literature because my mother read to me as a child. Many times I would look at the books by myself. Spanish was my first language. Therefore, deciphering the pictures and extracting the story was a magical process for me. Children’s books are the cornerstone of many of DSC’s programs; in a way, the...
1 week 1 day ago
from Marni Kay
Students at Astatula Elementary School donated socks for a month in honor of Socktober. Socktober is a national effort inspired by Kid President to help the homeless in our area. After viewing Kid President’s Socktober videos, which challenged students to bring in new socks to help men, women, and children in need, students and teachers...
2 weeks 1 day ago
If students don’t see the work they’re being asked to do mirrored in the world outside of school, they’re not as willing to play the school game. Talk about a way to decrease motivation. Stevi Quate and John McDermott, Clock Watchers When students encounter literacy tasks in school that consist of workbook pages or of reading...
2 weeks 5 days ago
from Kelli Cedo
The administrator’s job is to help teachers be their best. How is this accomplished? What steps should be taken? Administrators need to ensure they are developing a culture that includes attributes related to the desired behavior or outcome. For example, we ask teachers to have growth mindsets. Do we allow them to exert the actions of...
3 weeks 1 day ago
In the SIPPS program, our goal is to provide a gradual release of responsibility as students move through the developmental stages. In the Guided Spelling routine, we scaffold for spelling by sounds in Beginning Level, and we scaffold for “think ahead” spelling in the Extension Level. Extension Level Instruction SIPPS Extension Level...
4 weeks 1 day ago
FDR famously said that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” I say, where is Franklin when we really need him? America today is awash in fear. We worry about ISIS, Ebola, and children crossing our border. It seems America has become a nation of worrywarts. It is hard to know exactly when we lost our notion of being the...
5 weeks 11 hours ago
When my school decided to adopt DSC’s Making Meaning, Making Meaning Vocabulary, Being a Writer, and SIPPS programs (as well as a new math curriculum) all in the same school year, the elementary faculty was more than just a little overwhelmed. However, we were also very excited with what we saw in the DSC curricula. The discussions, open-... (3)
5 weeks 2 days ago
We believe in the impact of facilitation on teacher learning and development. We believe in providing high-quality experiences for teachers to transform their practice by engaging in facilitated learning activities that are focused on the best practices in teaching and learning. Our colleague, Dr. Kelley Novak, shared her reflections on a learning...
6 weeks 1 day ago
from Kelli Cedo
After nearly five years at the central office I knew it was time to return to school-level administration because I started to miss close connections with students, teachers, and families. At the central-office level, I was able to suggest and provide support for many school-level ideas and strategies, but I was not able to fully implement these...