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5 Practices for Connected Teaching

What is Connected Teaching?

Connected teaching is a methodology that engages students by creating rigorous learning experiences that are personalized for them. While program-centered teaching imposes multiple layers of content and practice on students who are already cognitively or socially challenged, connected teaching propels students to the success they are really hoping for and removes the barriers they already have.

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Connected Teaching Framework

Connected teaching is about designing, delivering and documenting standards-based instruction that results in positive outcomes for students who need more support. So, how do you do that? 

A connected teaching strategy can address a number of different cognitive challenges using a few carefully selected strategies that give everyone access to core.

But connected teaching is just one part of a larger movement in education. It's the foundation for the idea that it's not enough to just place a student in a tier or a setting. You have to continuously connect with them and empower them to reach rigorous, attainable goals.

That's how your efficacy grows -- by keeping planning, services, and documentation constantly focused on how to help your current and future students.

We call this our dot it propeller, and the essentials of connected teaching- from high expectations to visible evidence-accelerates you toward a better way to teach and learn.

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What is a connected teaching strategy?

When students are placed in the tier process or on your special education caseload, your team can aspire to standards based plans that keep them on track with their grade-level peers.

Then, your team can choose empathetic strategies and equitable opportunities that remove the barriers and give them access to the core content. 

Engagement in instruction with appropriate support and service increases self-efficacy leading to evidence of success.

As education shifts from NCLB to ESSA, connected teaching guides an approach to learning in a more understanding and helpful way.

Connected teaching is a better way to plan, a better way to teach, and a better way to learn with your students.

By creating a caseload management system designed to address the problems and needs of your students on the margins, you improve your knowledge and practice, and build trust and credibility as an educational leader.

5 Essentials of Connected Teaching

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Standards-based Expectations

Every goal in every MTSS plan or IEP is compliant and on grade-level.

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Reading Comprehension Reading Foundations
Written Expression
Social Emotional Learning

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Every plan directly addresses cognitive impacts that are barriers to learning.

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Impact Statements
Goal conditions

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Every student has ample opportunity to respond in the least restrictive environment.

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Levels of Tier Support
Continuum of Service
Removal Statements
Compliant Scheduler

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Every person is prepared for every lesson and every meeting every day.

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Lesson Guides
Meeting Guides

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Every student in every subgroup has authentic evidence of success.

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Goal Monitoring
Teacher Notes
Student Portfolios

An evidence based methodogy for
managing your caseload

During the past few years, the same change in education that inspired the Every Student Succeeds Act is spreading throughout the whole student learning experience. How you teach and learn and what is expected from your students has changed.

The good news? The connected teaching methodology, along with technology, helps teachers and schools adapt to changing strengths and needs — not just with interventions, but with the entire learning experience.

Supporting this methodology is Dot It IEP and Dot It MTSS software for planning, serving and documenting success for students who need more support.

These tools are powerful alone, but they’re even better when used together, helping you grow your students' success.

By combining the connected teaching methodology with Dot it software, you’ll grow in understanding, feel confident in your practice, and get students to engage more, stay with learning longer, express what they know, and love you more than ever.

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