March 17, 2016

The difference practice makes

By Lynn Esser, Former Educator & Administrator   A few years ago, one of my colleagues suggested we take advantage of the gym in the basement of our office building and bring in a trainer. While I’d always been active, […]
September 29, 2016

The 4 R’s of deliberate practice

By Gene Kerns, EdD, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer For a number of years, I have been fascinated by research on the science of expertise. Many of us were first introduced to this topic in Malcolm Gladwell’s bestseller, Outliers: […]
January 12, 2017

The law of the vital few

By Gene Kerns, EdD, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Teachers regularly report that they have more skills to teach students than the time necessary to teach them. Therefore, teaching often requires making tough choices about which skills to focus […]
March 30, 2017

4 strategies to help students carry out successful mathematical discourse

Creating meaningful discourse The research is clear—complex knowledge and skills are best developed through social interaction. Discourse allows students to develop and hone their thinking in an open, supportive environment. When students share ideas, construct arguments, and listen to understand […]