2 weeks 5 hours ago
In our last after-school tip, we discussed the importance of mixing it up a little and having kids of different ages work together. This tip addresses the power of letting the kids do the talking. In this tip I’d like to share ideas for facilitating more and talking less—in short, working on being a “guide on the side” so...
3 weeks 5 hours ago
In our last after-school tip, we discussed the potential of your village and how to use all the people around you to help make your program more meaningful and engaging. This tip describes another way to make your program more meaningful by adding others to the mix. Mix It Up! Encourage children to work with other kids of different ages. Get out... (1)
3 weeks 5 days ago
As we say farewell to the 2014–2015 school year, we offer a few end-of-year considerations. The SIPPS K–3 and 4–12 Placement Tests These are not designed to be pre- and post-tests. The placement tests are designed to quickly and efficiently assess what your students know, and to place them accurately in the SIPPS program (level...
4 weeks 5 hours ago
In our last after-school tip, we discussed the importance of timing for the leader and how much a few minutes of planning can help to foster great facilitation. This tip talks about the importance of the village. “It takes a village” may be an overused quote, but enlisting your community really can make a big difference. Here are some...
4 weeks 5 days ago
The final domain of identity safety is caring classroom environments, where social skills are taught and practiced to help students care for one another in the context of an emotionally and physically safe classroom. This post about caring classroom environments is the final entry in our series, because the classroom and school environment is...
4 weeks 5 days ago
Every SIPPS level has clear, consistent, and concise routines embedded within each lesson. These instructional routines are intended to produce a choral response among the group of students, so that they are the ones doing the work and training their brains. The SIPPS routines, built on research, are an essential part of the program. For each... (1)
5 weeks 5 days ago
[SIPPS is] a systematic decoding program that helps developing and struggling readers achieve reading independence and fluency so that they can make meaning of increasingly complex text. The foundational skills taught in SIPPS are one piece of the literacy framework. Teaching these skills coupled with comprehension strategies supports students in...
6 weeks 5 hours ago
Over the last few weeks there have been a number of stories in the news that remind me of how central education is to the life of our country. In fact, you can put me in the camp that believes we wouldn’t have the country we have without a strong public school system. It has been the driver of our democracy. But democracies are fragile...
6 weeks 5 days ago
Children’s books are the cornerstone of many of CCC’s programs; in a way, the authors are our behind-the-scenes collaborators. We want teachers, administrators, students, and parents to be able to learn more about these wonderful authors and illustrators. We are happy to present the next interview in our new series, with award-winning...
7 weeks 5 hours ago
We asked several educators the question, “What do you appreciate about the CCC curriculum materials?” Kelly Ferrie, first-grade teacher at Spring Creek Charter School in Florida, shared her thinking with us below. All of it! But to name a few things… Making Meaning The program offers alternative book suggestions, which you... (3)