the DSC Way blog

3 days 11 hours 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...
1 week 2 days 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-... (2)
1 week 4 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...
2 weeks 3 days 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...
3 weeks 1 day ago
Student voice, does it matter? Close your eyes and think about a time you’ve observed a lesson, or perhaps one you were facilitating. Was student voice present in the lesson? You immediately think: YES! The teacher was leading the lesson, the students were gathered near the teacher and they were engaged in the work. The students were raising... (1)
3 weeks 3 days ago
SIPPS teachers frequently submit “How do I . . . ?” questions. DSC’s Learning Technologies Team is gathering those questions to determine updates and revisions to the SIPPS technology resources. Following are a few questions and answers that we hope are helpful to you. “How do I print?” and “How do I share or...
4 weeks 1 day ago
At this time of the year, we are striving to establish routines and support students’ transition to Individualized Daily Reading (IDR). Book selection is key to this transition! More specifically, helping students find books that are appropriate for practice. In her Common Core Tip 6 blog, my colleague Sue Wilder shares that “...
5 weeks 1 day ago
By this time in the school year, the classrooms I visit are humming as teachers have settled in and are getting to know their students as people, and as writers. So many teachers I know are trying out new practices this year, which can be both exciting and sometimes a little daunting. If Being a Writer or Writer’s Workshop is a focus for you...
5 weeks 1 day ago
Can we ever get enough great books? Reading is such a transformational skill. When a child learns to read it’s almost magical how suddenly they can make sense of the words on a page. We all know that reading comes easier to some kids than others. We also know that when something appeals to a child they want to know more about it. The more...
5 weeks 2 days ago
The SIPPS instructional routines are an essential part of SIPPS instruction. They also can be the hardest part of teaching the program! In her blog post “An Instructional Shift from Teacher Practice to Student Learning,” Ann Leon describes a shift in practice as SIPPS is implemented during a second or third year. During the first year...