CTL’s Vision of Schooling Includes Project Based Learning

CTL’s Vision of Schooling Includes Project Based Learning

One of our goals at CTL is to advance a vision of schooling that engages all students in interesting and rigorous work, develops their talents and abilities, and prepares them for college and career.  That sounds like a tall order, but we know from our 20 years of...
Conceptual Understanding, the Instructional Shifts

Conceptual Understanding, the Instructional Shifts

Instructional Shifts As teachers implement shifts in instruction, what students do in the classroom looks different, how students practice looks different, student homework looks different. It is important to note that change takes time, and teachers must be supported...
Conceptual Understanding, the Framework

Conceptual Understanding, the Framework

Conceptual Framework Developing conceptual understanding of mathematics has long been a goal of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (Smith, Bill, & Raith, 2018), the National Research Council (National Mathematics Advisory Panel, 2008), and the...
Reading in the New Year!

Reading in the New Year!

We are excited about the coming year and all of our friends who have helped Artful Reading be so successful this year. We want to give you the opportunity to bring this same excitement to your students and your classroom so we are offering a NEW YEAR discount if you...
A Recipe for Student Persistence

A Recipe for Student Persistence

There are experts on formative assessment in every school district in the country but they are not often recognized as such. Who are they? They are the athletic coaches in the building. How does a quarterback learn to improve his effectiveness in passing? How does a...
Making the Shift to Inquiry and Authentic Learning

Making the Shift to Inquiry and Authentic Learning

How does one change a deeply established pattern or schema? If you have ever tried to change a habit in your life, you know that it takes time, awareness, commitment, and a steady patience as you fall back and forth between the new and the old you are trying to leave...
Reading in the New Year!

Blueberries for Sal

CTL has introduced Artful Reading over the last couple of years and is excited to share our first publicly available Kindergarten module- Blueberries for Sal. To fully appreciate Artful Reading, teachers implement up to four modules a year to enhance student literacy...
Rigor for Postsecondary Success

Rigor for Postsecondary Success

As part of our work, CTL provides technical assistance to schools regarding a variety of issues including increasing rigor to promote student postsecondary success. Rigor is a term that means so much too so many people, and is important to define. There are a lot of...
Are Parents College and Career Parenthood-Ready?

Are Parents College and Career Parenthood-Ready?

My husband and I share an observation made in recent years:  Some people will research a refrigerator purchase more than they will research their kids’ college choices. Anyone who has gone through the experience of parenting seniors in high school will recall it is a...