We know good teachers, effective teachers, matter much more than particular curriculum materials, pedagogical approaches, or “proven programs.' We also know:
Investing in the development of effective teaching through professional learning, is the most “research-based” strategy available (Allington, 2010).
Research on raising student achievement consistently points to an effective teacher as the most crucial element in a student's success (Routman, 2012).
For any professional development experience to be worth the very little time and money available in education today, teachers must be in the center of their own learning.
Through learning together with literacy experts, professional texts, and teacher action research, SOEL teachers are powerful teachers of literacy!
'Probably the most compelling data is the difference in the percentage of kids who made their reading growth goals in NWEA comparing SOEL-trained teachers to others. Non-SOEL teachers averaged 58.1% of their kids who met their reading growth goals. SOEL teachers averaged 69.7% of their kids, 11.5% more. That's a big deal!'- District Curriculum Director