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3 Essential Questions to Ask About Students’ Midyear Growth

Thursday, January 26, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

Special Education, Curriculum-Based Measures, and Learning Recovery: A Framework for Confident Decision Making

Presented by Sarah Brown, Ph.D., Senior Director, MTSS Solutions, Renaissance; and Gene Kerns, Ed.D., Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Renaissance

Sponsored by Renaissance

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When winter break ends, many classroom routines pick up right where they left off, but are you being guided by all of the information you have at this point in the year? How can you best identify the practices that are producing the greatest results and those that may be falling short?

In this edWebinar, Dr. Sarah Brown and Dr. Gene Kerns explore three key questions to ask at midyear to guide decisions around instruction and intervention in order to maximize student growth. You’ll understand:

  • The importance of winter screening and how to use your data to evaluate district-, school-, and grade-level performance
  • The value of both screening and progress monitoring data in determining whether Tier 2 and 3 interventions should be modified, intensified, or retired
  • Strategies for improving program effectiveness and for promoting greater growth this spring and beyond

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to K-12 teachers, school and district leaders, and assessment, MTSS, and RTI coordinators.

Sarah BrownAbout the Presenters

Sarah Brown, Ph.D. is the senior director of MTSS services at Renaissance. Her work focuses on implementing MTSS at multiple levels of the education system and improving systems to support high achievement for every student. Before joining the Renaissance team, Dr. Brown served as the executive director of professional learning at Illuminate Education. Prior to that, Dr. Brown led special education and MTSS implementation for the state of Iowa as a bureau chief at the Iowa Department of Education.

Gene KernsGene Kerns, Ed.D. is Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Renaissance and a nationally acclaimed speaker on assessment, learning progressions, and educational standards. He is co-author of the book Literacy Reframed: How a Focus on Decoding, Vocabulary, and Background Knowledge Improves Reading Comprehension (2020).

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Thursday, January 26, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
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