A Rigorous Summer School Program
Whether you are looking to remediate struggling students or looking to give students a boost in the coming year, the DataWORKS StepUP Academy is designed to immerse your students — and teachers — in a powerful training program that will help them step up to the next level of achievement.
You choose the length of your academy and the content you want to teach. Then, our curriculum team creates customized pacing calendars and workbooks for students and teachers. And, our StepUP Academy has gone high-tech! Digital pacing calendars, teacher’s manuals, and online assessments are now available!
Expected results include:
1 Measurable gains by students in learning and confidence! Students in our StepUP Academies improve an average of 12.89% from pre- to post-test!
2 Demonstrable improvement by teachers in effective lesson delivery. Teachers remark that they have never felt so confident in their lesson delivery as they did upon completion of the StepUP Academy!
And StepUP Academy isn’t just for summer school!
We have conducted academies during Spring Break, Winter Recess, as an After-School Program, or even as an intersession in the middle of the school year!
Participating teachers are trained in the foundational Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI) lesson delivery strategies.
Following the training, teachers participate in Lesson Demonstrations with gentle, interactive coaching from a DataWORKS consultant in real classrooms with students. Teachers identify and practice the components and strategies that go into the design and delivery of an effective EDI lesson.
A training day is held shortly before the Academy begins (usually 1-5 days prior to the start) where teachers are given all of their materials and taught how to facilitate the Academy.
Students and teachers receive kits with custom-paced materials including READY TO TEACH EDI® lessons, workbooks, flashcards, posters, and other materials. Students receive a lesson workbook, whiteboard, dry-erase marker, eraser cloth, and pencil.
During the Academy, DataWORKS consultants visit classrooms and provide gentle, interactive feedback to teachers.
At the end of each coaching day, the Academy teachers, site coaches, and DataWORKS consultants debrief. They discuss challenges and successes and plan for the next instructional day. Administrators are encouraged to attend as much of the summer school training as possible in order to support long-term implementation and build “local capacity.”
I would love to see more teachers doing this. This is a must!
Even with all my training and experience, I still learned something new daily.