The Little Things: Transforming Education with the Data Driven Classroom

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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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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