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-Emotional Learning and Personalization: An Interview with Anna-Lisa Mackie

By Jason Gross

When it comes to education, most people think that curriculum generally covers reading, writing, and arithmetic; they fail 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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View Jon Izak’s complete seminar at Teachers College, Columbia University!

ONEder’s CODiE award nominated platform empowers educators with the tools they need to support students with Individualized Education Plans.  In the session, Jon focuses on the challenges faced by districts in supporting students with IEPs, and closing the opportunity gap. He then discusses how ONEder is helping districts meet those challenges. To view the complete seminar, click here.

To find out more about our approach to data driven education, visit us at: www.oneder.com.

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Year-Round Education

Andreas Demidont on Year-Round Education.

Why has Year-Round Education (YRE) expanded by 37% in public schools, and 149% in charter schools, with a 33% increase in students enrolled in YRE schools? Currently it exists in 46 states with over 2 million students. The answer lies in the many case studies which point to a reduction in the summer loss of learning by, at minimum, one whole month and the willingness of communities  to acknowledge the dire need for holistic reform. (more…)

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Disabilities in Fashion

By Emma Eisenberg

“What you wear has a profound impact on your psyche,” Chaitenya Razdan, founder of clothing company Care and Wear told The New York Times. “It can make you feel like yourself again.”

But the power of clothes to give the wearer authenticity and confidence is a feeling often denied to the 53 million Americans living with disabilities. Mainstream clothes are designed for people who spend their days standing upright, have one specific kind of proportions, and whose hands can unfasten buttons as tiny as a quarter-inch, to name some of the ways the fashion industry dictates what kinds of clothes are widely available. The few clothing options out there for people who use wheelchairs or amputees are often designed for geriatrics, using dated designs and polyester fabrics. The perception is that physically disabled people don’t care about fashion or don’t need fashionable items that fit their bodies. (more…)

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