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Supporting Struggling Students with Rigorous Instruction


Course Description

In this course, you will gain the knowledge and skills to support struggling students without sacrificing rigor. Presenter Dr. Robyn R. Jackson begins by helping educators understand why students struggle. From there, you will learn specific strategies for supporting students. These include acceleration strategies designed to prevent students from struggling in the first place, progressive intervention strategies that directly address sources of student struggle and quickly get struggling students back on track, and remediation strategies that target specific areas of difficulty and prepare students for summative assessments. Dr. Jackson introduces participants to the four stages of rigorous learning—acquisition, application, assimilation, and adaptation—and will show you how to support students through each stage. You will learn specific instructional and support strategies for increasing students' capacity to engage in rigorous learning experiences, ways to increase the rigor of their own courses, and assessment strategies that extend students' rigorous learning throughout the unit. Finally, you will develop a proactive intervention plan that supports students’ rigorous learning before the lesson, during learning, and through the summative assessment.


Course Presenter

Robyn R. Jackson

Robyn R. Jackson earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland. In her work with teachers, administrators, schools, and non-profit organizations, Dr. Jackson focuses on key principles of education rather than isolated strategies. Dr. Jackson founded Mindsteps Inc. in 2006 to help teachers learn how to help every students meet or exceed rigorous learning standards. Her work with administrators helps them effectively train and support teachers and create highly rigorous school programs that ensure equitable access to college readiness for all students. She also works with school systems and non-profits to remove institutional barriers to equity, access, and rigor for all students, particularly students of color who are traditionally underrepresented in advanced courses.

Partner Profile

Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG) is a leading public sector solutions implementation and operations improvement firm that partners with health, education, and human services agencies to improve lives. Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, PCG has nearly 2,000 professionals in more than 50 offices around the US, in Canada and in Europe. PCG’s Education practice offers consulting services and technology solutions that help schools, school districts, and state education agencies/ministries of education to promote student success, improve programs and processes, and optimize financial resources.

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