Instructional Environment

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The instructional environment refers to the instructional, behavioral, and personal aspects of the classroom experience.

An extensive amount of research has linked positive academic environments to higher student test scores and graduation rates.

 

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Examines how children across the United States were faring before the COVID-19 pandemic began. Identifies multi-year trends comparing statistics from 2010 to 2018 and utilizes this information to help shape policymakers, researchers, and advocates' work to build stronger futures for children, families, and communities.

Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Presents a video, created by the Elk Grove Unified School District, on the experience and successes of schools under Project GROW, an Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Grant program. The program uses a multi-tiered approach to address behavioral issues and provide developmentally appropriate interventions to students so that they can develop the skills to succeed in the instructional environment.

Elk Grove Unified School District in Elk Grove, CA
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Shares effective practices to work in remote learning spaces. Provides students and families alternatives in navigating the new normal of COVID-19.

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Examines the possible inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion in our nation’s schools. Additionally, focuses on providing technical assistance to support schools in understanding how Section 504, Title II, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) informs the development and implementation of policies governing the use of restraint and seclusion.

U.S. Department of Education
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Provides a framework for teachers, administrators, and policy makers in designing or selecting curricula, allocating instructional resources, and assessing student achievement and progress. Importantly, the standards provide students, families and communities with concrete expectations for health education.

CDC
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Summarizes evidence-based, positive, proactive, and responsive classroom behavior intervention and support strategies for teachers. These tools can help teachers capitalize on instructional time and decrease disruptions, which is crucial as schools are held to greater academic and social accountability measures for all students. 

Brandi Simonsen, Jennifer Freeman, Steve Goodman, Barbara Mitchell, Jessica Swain-Bradway, Brigid Flannery, George Sugai, Heather George, and Bob Putman
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Presents a recently updated federal website featuring resources, tools, policy guidance and information for parents, educators, administrators, service providers, and advocates for infants, toddlers, and youth with disabilities.

US Department of Education

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