Direct instruction – a century of proof, no respect

We are coming off a whole series of reforms that haven’t worked.  How do we know?  The big picture data sets (such as National Assessment of Educational Progress) are unchanged over the last 2 decades, that’s how!  So, it’s time to move to the next set of great innovations, right?  Maybe, but we also need to revisit what has worked at the classroom level even if it is a long-standing approach, not a recent innovation. 

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Robert Sommers
Think Both-And, not Either-Or

So many education discussions end in “either-or” decisions.  Do we use digital technology or rely on teacher created instruction.  Do we do project-based instruction or direct instruction?  Do we have site-based management or central control? 

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Robert Sommers
The cathedral in each school district

I’ve recently had the opportunity to read several school district strategic plans and found them incredibly informative about the educational work each district is undertaking.  But the one missing component in all of them was a clear “artists rendition” of their future “cathedral”.

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Robert Sommers
Our Mission - "The Big Three"

CF Educational Solutions was formed to address major education problems.  We chose 3 big ones to drive our decisions.  Each impacts the other.  Our three big issues are Literacy, Numeracy, and School district quality.

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Robert Sommers
MindPlay Briefing

MindPlay teaches people to read. MindPlay has a 30-year track record of teaching people to read. It is so successful, it guarantees success with 95% of all those using the program with fidelity.

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Robert Sommers
Aligning to Business Needs

Any gathering of business leaders will eventually turn to the challenges of finding qualified workers and leaders.  The usual complaint is educators aren’t preparing youth for the business world.  When progress on academic assessments are noted by educators, business people explain academics aren’t the point.

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Robert Sommers