17 hours 37 sec 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...
1 day 11 hours 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)
1 week 17 hours 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...
1 week 2 days 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...
2 weeks 21 hours 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...
2 weeks 2 days 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)
2 weeks 3 days ago
Positive classroom relationships are the foundation of an identity safe classroom. You cannot create a sense of identity safety without a continuous focus on how the students are feeling and treating one another. Positive classroom relationships are based on trusting, positive interactions with the teacher and among the students. Think about all...
2 weeks 4 days ago
I have been trying and trying to write this week. And I have struggled to come up with an appropriate topic to write about—I tossed around ideas like comprehension, foundational skills, etc., and nothing grabbed me. Then, it struck me—on Mothers’ Day—what I really wanted to write about is my mother. My kids call her Mimi....
2 weeks 6 days ago
To use, or not to use graphic organizers—that is the question. The carefully orchestrated series of boxes, arrows, circles, and lines provides tidy ways for students to organize information and make connections between facts, ideas, and concepts. Graphic organizers can help students: Create a visual image to understand information Think... (3)
3 weeks 17 hours ago
What do I do now that my students have completed a given SIPPS level? This is one of the most common questions we get at this time of the school year. As you are wrapping up instruction in a SIPPS level, consider what next steps will best support the students’ continued progress toward fluent, independent reading and text comprehension....