Hope for MI in America’s Schools? What goes around, comes around…

ESSA_PICIt is a cliche that schools are influenced by a cycling and recycling of ideas often called the latest fad in education.

I was encouraged this week to learn that ESSA – the new American education law – that replaced NCLB includes language that opens the door beyond academic testing to include “multiple measures of student learning and progress, along with other indicators of student success…” Education Week notes that sprinkled throughout the law are references to an instructional strategy that has enormous potential for reaching learners with diverse needs. In particular, the strategy called Universal Design for Learning (UDL) “…encourages students to use a variety of techniques, such as group projects, multimedia presentations, drawings, or music” for literacy and other academic subjects.

Read more about ESSA –     http://www.ed.gov/essa

edWk_EssaEducation Week, Feb. 24, 2016

ESSA Spotlights Strategy to Reach Diverse Learners

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/02/24/essa-spotlights-strategy-to-reach-diverse-learners.html