Understanding Focus Skills: The Game-Changer for Instructional Planning
Run time: 57:00
With so many skills to teach and so little time, where should you focus your efforts to maximize student growth? Research shows that certain skills lay the foundation for future learning, making them essential and non-negotiable. These are focus skills.
Watch this research-based webinar for new insights on focus skills—along with practical strategies for using focus skills to boost the power of instruction in your classroom and across your district. You’ll also explore:
- How focus skills relate to state and national standards
- How the number of focus skills differs by grade level and subject area
- Why focus skills are critical for closing achievement gaps and improving student outcomes
- How Renaissance identifies focus skills in reading and math—and where to find focus skills in your Renaissance programs
Dr. Gene Kerns is the chief academic officer at Renaissance. He is a third-generation educator and has served as a public-school teacher, adjunct faculty member, professional development trainer, district supervisor of academic services, and academic advisor at one of the nation’s top edtech companies. He has trained and consulted internationally and is the co-author of three books on educational topics.
Julianne Robar is Content Program Manager at Renaissance. She leads the development of the state-specific learning progressions and the Renaissance Universal Skills Pool.
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