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The Learning-Centered School Model (LCS), formerly known as the Kovalik ITI and HET models, translates brain research into practical, everyday classroom and school-wide strategies. Developed over the past 35 years, it is continually revised to stay current with forthcoming brain research and to respond to the needs of classroom teachers. The result is a powerful, comprehensive view of teaching and learning for the 21st century coupled with doable, step-by-step implementation strategies for curriculum development and learning strategies.
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Exceeding Expectations II: The Learning-Centered School Model—Using Neuroscience to Improve Student Outcomes is the culmination of more than 35 years of experience applying brain research into how the brain learns. The roots of the Learning-Centered School Model began with the Kovalik ITI (Integrated Thematic Instruction Model) in the mid 1980s and then morphed into the HET (Highly Effective Teaching Model) in the early 2000s. Renamed once again, and updated and revitalized, the Learning-Centered School Model described in this book makes another giant stride forward in applying brain research in practical ways that improve student outcomes as well as reflecting the experiences of more than 50,000 teachers who have used the models.
The book takes its readers seamlessly from research to practical, do-able strategies for both curriculum and instruction. Some of its conclusions will validate your beliefs, some will challenge. But you’ll leave its pages with a fresh look at the challenges that face education in America and pathways to move forward.
Whether your goals include helping students catch up after COVID-19, preparing students for the future world of work, or retaining teachers by making their job more rewarding and satisfying, Exceeding Expectations II is a must-read for today’s educational leaders at all levels.
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by Sue Pearson
Here’s the book you’ve been waiting to have at your fingertips! A practical and powerful resource for creating a sense of community that significantly enhances academic learning. With a chapter for each of the Lifelong Guidelines and LIFESKILLS, the book provides a description of each, why practice it, how to practice it, what it looks like in the real world, what it looks like in school, inquiries to develop it, signs of its success, and links to related literature to use with students grades K-12. Can be used as a stand-alone character education program or as a key HET resource. (300+ pages).
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The two most important books for implementing the LCS Model. Get off to a strong start.
HET/ITI/LCS in Action — DVD
A wonderful resource for professional development trainings or for personal teacher use. This 2-hour DVD is a compilation of seven ITI/ HET DVDs.
HET/ITI Stages of Implementation: Stage 1 - First Things First
In this video, you’ll see the first steps in setting up an HET classroom. It will answer your practical questions about the physical layout of the room, beginning curriculum and instructional strategies, how to invite parents into the program, and what you can expect students to accomplish. (28 mins.)
HET/ITI Stages of Implementation: Stage 2 - Intelligence As a Function of Experience
Intelligence is a function of experience! Learning is the result of actual physiological growth in the brain, stimulated by massive sensory input. Such experiences enable students with little or no prior experience to catch up with advantaged peers and helps all students increase their understanding and use of concepts and skills. Watch how it can be done. (14 mins.)
HET/ITI Stages of Implementation: Stage 3 - Creating Conceptual Curriculum
See why a conceptual curriculum is powerful, meaningful, and allows students to predict and generalize. In this video, 5th- and 6th-grade students learn from interaction with guest speakers, being there experiences, and skill integration. Watch as they internalize the meaning of responsibility for one’s own learning. This is HET in action! (25 mins.)
LIFESKILLS: Creating a Class Family
Research conclusively shows that building a sense of community in the classroom accelerates learning as well as social/personal growth. Join this two-teacher team and their 60 students, grades 4-6, for a look at what a multi-age HET class family looks like and how to create one in your own classroom. (17 mins.)
One-Day Makeover for Your HET/ITI Classroom
Join veteran HET teacher/administrator, Dottie Brown, as she transforms a stark classroom into a body brain-compatible learning space. Listen and watch as she analyzes the function for each space and decides how to arrange furniture to meet that need. See the simple strategies she uses so that the classroom promotes cooperation, looks beautiful, is calming and focused, and reflects the topic under study. She did it in one day and so can you! (14 mins.)
HET/ITI in the Urban Middle School
What makes students want to come to school? HET, with its conceptually-based curriculum, provides the means for engaging a wide range of students in powerful learning where they can be successful. Join Nicole McNeil-Miller and her Kansas City, MO students as she demonstrates the power of providing a safe, predictable, caring, and respectful learning environment. (15 min.)
See a Social/Political Action project unfold.
Classroom Leadership Series — DVD
This series of five DVDs provides an invaluable look at the nitty-gritty how to’s for setting up a classroom, kicking off the first day, and leading (rather than “managing”) a classroom using the ITI/HET/LCSI model. ( 97 mins.)
Daily Agenda - DVD
Enriched Environment - DVD
It’s a fine line between an enriched environment and a cluttered one. One stimulates learning, the other distracts from it. This DVD explores room design, color suggestions, how to walk the line between enrichment and clutter, and how to organize multiple resources.
Being There - DVD
“Being There” experiences are the best, and easiest, way to jolt the brain into creating new connections for learning and wiring it into long-term memory. See how you can incorporate Being There experience (off- and on-campus) into your classroom.
LIFESKILLS: Creating a Class Family - DVD
Research conclusively shows that building a sense of community in the classroom accelerates learning as well as social/personal growth. Join this two-teacher team and their 60 students, grades 4-6, for a look at what a multi-age ITI/HET/LCS class family looks like and how to create one in your own classroom.
Writing Procedures - DVD
Written procedures are the flip side of the daily agenda. The daily agenda is unique to each day; written procedures describe the social and personal behaviors needed for re-occurring events such as morning and end of day procedures, group work procedures, what to do when you finish your assignment early, lunch room procedures, quiet time, etc.
Classroom of the 21st Century — DVD
by Robert Ellingsen
Observe an HET/ITI fourth-grade classroom where all curriculum content and skills are orchestrated around a yearlong theme. Hear students speak for the power of the model. (50 mins. DVD)
LIFESKILLS: How to Build a Class Family — DVD
"LIFESKILLS: Building a Class Family in a ITI/HET/LCS Classroom" takes the viewer through activities in a multiage classroom of 60 fifth- and sixth-graders with teachers Joy Raboli and Karin Janik. It demonstrates some of the foundational pieces of creating a class family, such as the Lifelong Guidelines, LIFESKILLS, class meetings, and Learning Clubs (15 min. DVD)
Divide and Conquer: Division in a Day — DVD
with Martha Kaufeldt
When the learning environment is brain-compatible, something as "hard" as long division—concept and computation—can be mastered in a single day. Follow a fourth-grade teacher as she takes 50 students, grades 4-6, through an unforgettable day of conquering long division and wiring it into long-term memory. (55 mins.)
Few disagree: Learning by doing is the most powerful way to learn. Behind the vocabulary, doing creates meaning, comprehensive and in-depth. Behind the rhetoric, doing builds the capacity to use what is understood in real-world ways—as students and as adults and citizens.
The IT/HET/LCS micro-community, as depicted in this video of Jacobson Elementary, provides a realistic and comprehensive experience in self-governance, civics, economics, entrepreneurialism, and community service. Not an add-on, the ITI/HET/LCS micro-community is a deliberate and strategic means of using real life to integrate curriculum and make it come alive for students, regardless of language or socioeconomic status. If you're looking for a way to significantly boost student engagement and achievement scores— especially in math—learning and living in a micro-community is your fastest and most direct pathway.
Mission Addition: Mastery Through Integration— DVD
Neuroscience has much to tell us about how to teach to long-term memory. Watch as four classrooms of second-grade students, 85% of whom
are second language learners, master addition in two days—concepts and
application through combinations up to 20. In two days? What a time saver!
Followers are better able to follow their leader if the journey is clear to all. The Daily Agenda helps both teacher and students organize, manage time, and create an environment with consistency and continuity so that everyone can anticipate what’s next.
LCS (Learning-Centered School) Package Special
Included in this package are:
by Sue Pearson
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LIFESKILLS & Lifelong Guidelines Wall Posters — Cartoon Set
LIFESKILLS & Lifelong Guidelines Wall Posters — Animal Set