Learning Academy Blog

Using TodaysMeet with Elementary Read-Aloud
TodaysMeet is an online tool that teachers can use to encourage student engagement. It allows for active participation from all students, even ones that may not normally engage in conversation otherwise.
We Take Charge at Heritage Elementary
Lori Wheeler at Heritage Elementary developed a passion for personalized learning two years ago in her 6th-grade classroom.  She found power in providing students with voice and choice in their work, helping them understand their personal strengths and areas for growth…
6th Grade Authentic and Sustainable Learning at Larkspur Elementary
How can teachers offer authentic learning experiences in science? At Larkspur Elementary, JoAnna Dietz and the 6th grade team are always thinking of ways to make learning sustainable and relevant to their students’ lives.
Flexible Classroom Makeover: 1st & 2nd Grade at Flagstone Elementary
One of the classrooms in DCSD to undergo a flexible spaces classroom makeover was Brittany Zellmer’s 1st/2nd grade classroom at Flagstone Elementary. When we first stepped into Brittany’s classroom, we immediately saw the tidiness and simplicity of the space she had…
Literacy Night at Iron Horse Elementary
At Iron Horse Elementary, literacy has taken a front stage. Staff and students are focused on using a variety of strategies to engage in text, think critically about text, and use text is a way that furthers learning in all content areas. The literacy night idea came…
Supporting Students through AVID at Legend High School and Sagewood Middle School
Traditionally, middle schools and high schools have had practices in place to support struggling learners and gifted learners. But what about the kids in the academic middle? Kids who might not be working up to their potential? Kids who need organizational support and…
Secondary Literacy - Skill Acquisition Or Reading For Meaning?
There has been longstanding debate around secondary literacy. Is it more important to continue teaching reading skills to struggling older readers or is it more important to teach comprehension strategies and have students read for meaning?
Meeting the Needs of 6th Graders: Classroom Makeover at South Ridge Elementary
Challeen, a wonderful 6th grade teacher at Southridge was one of our most enthusiastic classroom makeover winners! She had already implemented flexible seating halfway through last school year, so she was well aware of the voice and choice it provided her sixth-grade…
Math at Cherokee Trail Elementary
Over the past five years, it has become more and more apparent that our students are not retaining what we teach in math. We have all gone through the experience where we teach the math lessons, give the end of the chapter test, and then ask the students three weeks…
Personalized Learning Menus in 1st Grade By Kristen Wright and Erin Cordova
Content. Content. Content. In our experience working with other teachers in and out of the district, one question that we get consistently is about content. “If you are doing all of this to personalize learning, how are you reaching all of your science and social…