As a part of their ongoing improvement efforts schools strive to select and implement programs and practices that are based on research. The Grants and Research Office has gathered a number of resources to support member school districts to support this practice.

  • Literacy
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Bridging Research and Practice Symposium
  • Intensified Algebra: Interventions for Helping Students Over the Basic Algebra Threshold
  • Claiming Your Place in the Digital World

The Common Core Standards: Starting Now

What is the research evidence on writing?

English Language Arts Videos for Teaching
Teaching Channel is a video showcase — on the Internet and TV — of innovative and effective teaching practices in America’s schools.

WHAT WORKS FOR FEMALE CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS:
Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions

WHAT WORKS FOR MALE CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS:
Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions

National Reading Panel

International Reading Association

North Central Regional Educational Laboratory

Florida Center for Reading Research

Effective Literacy and English Language Instruction for English Learners in the Elementary Grades

Improving Adolescent Literacy:  Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices

The Literacy Project

Literacy Coaching Clearinghouse

Assisting Students Struggling with Reading: Response to Intervention (RtI) and Multi-Tier Intervention in the Primary Grades

IRA Position Paper on Adolescent Reading

Writing Next:  Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High Schools

Free Teaching and Learning Resources from Federal Agencies

Choice Literacy

Flexible Grouping: When, How, and Why

Flexible Grouping

30 Ideas for Teaching Writing

Reading/Literacy Resources for Present and Future Teachers

After School Curriculum Choice:  Literacy Resources

Assisting Students Struggling with Reading: Response to Intervention (RtI) and Multi-Tier Intervention in the Primary Grades

Effective Programs for Struggling Readers: A Best-Evidence Synthesis

Opinion: Is Algebra Necessary?

A Double Dose of Algebra

Traditional teaching methods still dominant in math classrooms

Motivation, Not IQ, Matters Most for Learning New Math Skills

Math Science Videos for Teaching
Teaching Channel is a video showcase — on the Internet and TV — of innovative and effective teaching practices in America’s schools.

WHAT WORKS FOR FEMALE CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS:
Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions

WHAT WORKS FOR MALE CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS:
Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions

North Central Regional Educational Laboratory

Free Teaching and Learning Resources from Federal Agencies

Activities Integrating Mathematics and Science

Math Archives

Mathematics Benchmarks, K-12

Developing Effective Fractions Instruction for Kindergarten Through 8th Grade
http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/pdf/practiceguides/fractions_pg_093010.pdf

Effective Programs in Middle and High School Mathematics: A Best-Evidence Synthesis
www.bestevidence.org/word/mhs_math_Oct_21_2008.pdf

Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools
ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/pdf/practiceguides/rti_math_pg_042109.pdf

The Math Forum
http://mathforum.org/mathed/

Mathematics Education Resources on the Internet
www.istl.org/03-summer/internet.html

After School Curriculum Choice:   Mathematics Resources
www.sedl.org/afterschool/guide/math/

Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics:
Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools
http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/pdf/practiceguides/rti_math_pg_042109.pdf

Math Science Videos for Teaching
https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos?categories=topics_common-core
Teaching Channel is a video showcase — on the Internet and TV — of innovative and effective teaching practices in America’s schools.

WHAT WORKS FOR FEMALE CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS:
Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions
http://www.childtrends.org/files/Child_Trends-2012_08_20_WW_FemaleChildrenAdolescents.pdf
?utm_source=Gender+Differences+in+What+Works+for+Boys+and+Girls&utm_campaign=
WW+Gender+Differences&utm_medium=archive

WHAT WORKS FOR MALE CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS:
Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions
http://www.childtrends.org/files/Child_Trends-2012_08_20_WW_MaleChildrenAdolescents.pdf
?utm_source=Gender+Differences+in+What+Works+for+Boys+and+Girls&utm_campaign=
WW+Gender+Differences&utm_medium=archive

National Science Education Standards
books.nap.edu/readingroom/books/nses/

North Central Regional Educational Laboratory
www.ncrel.org

Free Teaching and Learning Resources from Federal Agencies
free.ed.gov

Activities Integrating Mathematics and Science
www.aimsedu.org

Science Education Resources
www.eskimo.com/~billb/edu.html

BrainU
www.brainu.org

Jefferson Lab Science Resources for Teachers
www.education-world.com/science/

After School Curriculum Choice:  Science Resources
www.sedl.org/afterschool/guide/science/

History/Social Sciences Videos Teaching
https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos?categories=topics_common-core
Teaching Channel is a video showcase — on the Internet and TV — of innovative and effective teaching practices in America’s schools.

WHAT WORKS FOR FEMALE CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS:
Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions
http://www.childtrends.org/files/Child_Trends-2012_08_20_WW_FemaleChildrenAdolescents.pdf
?utm_source=Gender+Differences+in+What+Works+for+Boys+and+Girls&utm_campaign=
WW+Gender+Differences&utm_medium=archive

WHAT WORKS FOR MALE CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS:
Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions
http://www.childtrends.org/files/Child_Trends-2012_08_20_WW_MaleChildrenAdolescents.pdf
?utm_source=Gender+Differences+in+What+Works+for+Boys+and+Girls&utm_campaign=
WW+Gender+Differences&utm_medium=archive

National Council for Social Studies Standards
www.education-world.com/standards/national/soc_sci/index.shtml

National Council for the Social Studies
www.ncss.org

Free Teaching and Learning Resources from Federal Agencies
free.ed.gov

Social Studies Awesome Library
www.awesomelibrary.org/Classroom/Social_Studies/Social_Studies.html

Social Studies Lesson Plans and Resources
www.csun.edu/~hcedu013

Expectations of Excellence: Curriculum Standards for Social Studies
www.socialstudies.org/standards/

Picturing America
http://picturingamerica.neh.gov/

The Grants and Research Office (GRO)
of Intermediate Districts 287 and Northeast Metro 916 sponsored the
BRIDGING RESEARCH AND PRACTICE SYMPOSIUM

The goal of the symposium as part of the Scientifically Based Education Research (SciBER) Project was to examine what we know about learning, instruction, and assessment, the nature of that knowledge, and how it can be used to transform educational practice. Consideration was given to what makes the information trustworthy in comparison to other sources and claims about educational practice. The content of the symposium was derived from a series of recent reports and research syntheses.

The first session provided an overview of what we know and understand about learning and its implications for the design of powerful learning environments for children and adults.

The second session provided in-depth exploration of research-based examples covering literacy.

The sessions were facilitated by Dr. James W. Pellegrino.  Dr. Pellegrino is a Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he serves as co-director of their Center for the Study of Learning, Instruction, and Teacher Development.

Included for your use are the following materials from the Bridging Research and Practice Symposium.

Bridging Research and Practice Symposium:
Overview

Bridging Research and Practice Symposium:
Literacy, Part I

Bridging Research and Practice Symposium:
Literacy, Part II

Bridging Research and Practice Symposium:
Literacy, Part III

Bridging Research and Practice Symposium:
Adaptable Instructional Materials (AIM)

(these links are to Adobe Acrobat PDF files. Several of them are large files and may take a while to download)

The Grants and Research Office (GRO) of Intermediate Districts 287 and 916 Sponsored
Intensified Algebra: Interventions for Helping Students Over the Basic Algebra Threshold

The focus of this workshop was on challenges students face with topics like rational number, proportionality, and with other areas of the math curriculum that serve as the foundations of algebraic thinking and reasoning. The workshop considered interventions that can be used to improve student outcomes. These included specific materials, assessment tools and technologies that support students and teachers in mastering important content and getting over the threshold of basic algebra.

The session was facilitated by Dr. James W. Pellegrino. Dr. Pellegrino is Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Co-Director of UIC’s Learning Sciences Research Institute (LSRI).

Included for your use are the following materials from the Intensified Algebra: Interventions for Helping Students over the Basic Algebra Threshold workshop:
How We Learn

Pellegrino PowerPoint

Diagnostic Algebra

Pellegrino Workshop PowerPoint

Diagnostic Algebra Assessment Webpage

Diagnostic Algebra Assessment Program Description

Intensified Algebra

Pellegrino Workshop PowerPoint

Intensified Algebra Project Summary

Intensified Algebra Lesson Example

Agile Mind Home Page

Open Access Resources via Agile Mind

SimCalc

Pellegrino Workshop PowerPoint

SimCalc Home Page at SRI

EdWeek Article on SimCalc

SimCalc 7th Grade Student Unit

SimCalc 7th Grade Teacher Unit

SimCalc 8th Grade Student Unit

SimCalc 8th Grade Teacher Unit

Assistments

Pellegrino Workshop PowerPoint

Assistments Fact Sheet

Detailed Assistment Description

Assistments: 6th Grade Materials

Assistments: 7th Grade Materials

Assistments: 8th Grade Materials

Assistments: 10th Grade Materials

Assistments: CMP Materials

Seminar content is available here.