the DSC Way blog

1 year 46 weeks ago
Transitional kindergarten continues to be a hot topic among educators, legislators, and parents alike. We're reposting this blog to support discussion on this important consideration. For more recent information on California's policies, please read this article on prekindergarten from The Washington Post. For a different perspective... (19)
2 weeks 1 day ago
The National Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have met AfterSchool KidzScience and I am glad to report they are getting along famously. We all need to work together to support children’s learning and AfterSchool KidzScience is an interactive and fun way to bring science to your afterschool programs. Knowing that AfterSchool KidzScience...
3 weeks 2 days ago
Kathleen is an intervention teacher in Pinellas County, Florida. She and her colleagues have been strategically providing interventions to third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders. Data analysis revealed some students required explicit instruction and practice with phonics and word study instruction. They grappled with ways to provide this support.... (1)
4 weeks 2 days ago
Did you know that AfterSchool KidzScience has videos to support your professional development and implementation of the KidzScience program? Click here to check out the AfterSchool KidzScience Video Clips on the DSC website. I recently reviewed these videos for my own guidance and wanted to share some key take-home messages that resonated with me...
4 weeks 3 days ago
Did you know that the AfterSchool KidzScience program has videos to support your professional development and implementation? Click here to check out the AfterSchool KidzScience video resources to see all of the videos. I recently reviewed these videos for my own guidance and wanted to share some key take home messages that resonated with me. Here...
5 weeks 1 day ago
School’s out! Congratulations! Are you looking for more intellectual stimulation this summer? Are you planning to implement the Being a Writer program in the fall or interested in digging deeper into best writing practices over the summer? Would you like support in thinking about how to create a stronger community of writers in your...
6 weeks 2 days ago
All year, your students have developed as writers and have produced lots of writing along the way. They may not have thought much about those early drafts. Bringing them back to where they started and guiding them in reflecting on their progress can help make concrete those skills they have learned. Try this lesson, adapted from the Being a Writer...
7 weeks 5 hours ago
Whew…the end of the 2013–2014 school year is in sight! Time for us all to catch our breath and celebrate all that our students have accomplished this year. This is also a time for reflection on our teaching and a time for thinking ahead towards the new school year. Because, we all know, teaching is a full-year commitment that goes...
7 weeks 2 days ago
Once again I am surprised at the minds of children! Recently, I was surprised with the use of the vocabulary words we had been learning by one kindergartner. We were reviewing vocabulary words after reading the book, Planes. I read about Tara the Tiger, Vets, and Planes to my five- and six-year-olds. We had moved on from the vocabulary words... (2)
9 weeks 9 hours ago
Supporting teacher learning from year one to year two of implementation has sparked many invigorating conversations. We notice that the first year of an implementation primarily focuses on the teacher learning of the program, materials, and shifts in pedagogy. As teachers become familiar with using the SIPPS program, the focus can then shift from... (1)