Music Education Keeps the Beat

Music Is Personal, Education Should Be Too

by Jason Gross

If you’re a teacher, you know that education can be as personal as music; that by creating a ‘playlist’ of activities and lessons tailored to each student’s individual needs, you enhance their learning experience, and leave them better equipped for success. As educators (and administrators) get more comfortable with edtech tools like ONEder, the process of creating a personalized learning experience for students is becoming both easier and faster. However, we all still have much to learn in this area. ONEder spoke with educators at some of the nation’s top music programs to get their advice on how we can make our classrooms as dynamic as their music programs.

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Daveed Diggs: “Wonder” Teacher

Daveed Diggs on Life, Education, and Empathy

Turn on your television, or follow social media, and you’ll see the name Daveed Diggs. Whether he’s rapping alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda and winning a Tony Award for the Broadway smash Hamilton, or turning up in supporting roles in Blackish and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Diggs is everywhere, and now he’s adding the big screen to his ever-expanding resume. Last month, Diggs made his feature debut as Mr. Browne, a supportive school teacher, in the box office hit, Wonder. The movie follows a fifth-grader with facial differences as he enters the mainstream public school system and makes friends for the very first time.   (more…)

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The Little Things

Francis McClure Elementary’s Danielle Chorick on ONEder and Celebrating Small Successes

By Anna Wolfe

Even the most creative and hardworking special educators find that assessing students with autism can be a challenge. However, this challenge is being met—one day at a time—by Danielle Chorick, an Autistic Support Teacher at Francis McClure Elementary in White Oak, PA. Danielle’s classroom is like a lot of special education classrooms across the country in that her students don’t fit into a tidy mold. She has to find a way to support (and keep track of) students ranging from non-verbal, with very little language and communication, to those who are “more on the social-needs end of the spectrum.” To do this, Danielle has been utilizing ONEder to create goal-oriented lessons that help her assess how her students are tracking against their IEP (Individualized Education Program) goals. (more…)

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The ARC Tank

ONEder’s partner, The Arc of Northern Virginia, is a finalist in The Arc Tank! Thanks to a donation from Steven P. Rosenthal, the Northeast Arc and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation are running the inaugural Arc Tank competition. Ideas that are deemed to be the most innovative and impactful for people with disabilities and their families will be awarded up to $200,000. We are proud to say that The Arc of Northern Virginia’s TravelMate curriculum, which is run on the ONEder platform, has been picked as a finalist in Arc Tank! (more…)

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Social and Emotional Learning

By Jason Gross

When it comes to education, most people think that curriculum generally covers reading, writing and arithmetic; failing to recognize that it can cover more than just the fundamentals of academic learning. Consider the holistic program known as social and emotional learning (SEL), which teaches students valuable interpersonal skills and helps them to gain a better understanding of their feelings. (more…)

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Cooking with ONEder: Keep your Kids Healthy!

We’ve all been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and according to Sam Kass, Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition to Barack Obama, that’s no joke; “research shows that when kids have a consistent, nutritious breakfast, their chances of graduating increase by 20%…. when we give our kids the nourishment they need, we give them the chance to thrive, both in the classroom and beyond.” (more…)

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