Caring School Community
Center for Collaborative Classroom
Caring School Community builds classroom and school-wide community while developing students’ social and emotional learning (SEL) skills and competencies. It is designed to help students become caring, responsible members of their school communities and, ultimately, to grow into humane, principled, and skilled citizens of a democratic society. From the first day of Kindergarten through the last day of grade 8, the lessons in the program help teachers create warm, safe, and disciplined classroom environments where students can develop the skills and dispositions they need to interact constructively with others.
At Boles Education Solutions we particularly love Caring School Community because it can be utilized during classroom meetings or homeroom - time frames you already have established - AND because many states are offering grants for the type of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Caring School Community provides.
Okapi Educational Publishing
WorldWise is a high-interest literacy program for Grades 3-5 that encourages inquiry and questioning while extending knowledge in science, social studies and a range of STEM topics. WorldWise creates a powerful and effective learning culture.
FLYING START TO LITERACY & DESPEGANDO HACIA LA LECTURA™
Okapi Educational Publishing
Flying Start to Literacy is an award-winning early literacy program that reflects best practices in literacy instruction. Flying Start to Literacy’s paired fiction and informational texts, which are connected by their shared high-frequency words, key vocabulary, and big idea, build the kinds of foundations necessary to launch students successfully on their path to college and career readiness.
Despegando hacia la lectura™ is a comprehensive, Spanish-language, early literacy resource that can be fully implemented as a stand-alone early literacy program. Combine it with its English-language counterpart—the award-winning Flying Start to Literacy—for rigorous dual-literacy instruction.
Okapi's flagship programs, Flying Start and Despegando, are the perfect pairing to build out your ELL and ESL curriculum using translanguaging principles (see more on this innovative and proven method below).
Flying Start and Despegando are extremely well written paired fiction and non fiction materials that introduce high frequency words and limited vocabulary in different contexts. Learning happens both in and out of the classroom as each set of materials include a take home book so that students can have success outside the classroom (bonus: parent involvement!).
More advanced levels continue to work on comprehension while also developing Tier 3 vocabulary within a social studies or science conversation. Because Okapi's materials are paired fiction/nonfiction, students can understand the material contextually across both genres.
WHY TRANSLANGUAGING? WHAT IS TRANSLANGUAGING?
Translanguaging shifts the focus from teaching something brand new to validating a student's home language and the concepts they already understand. Curriculum fueled by translanguaging philosophy gives ELL/ESL students a quick introduction to a fiction or non-fiction text, framing the complexities of the upcoming lesson (i.e. a comprehension strategy, vocabulary, idiomatic expressions and construction background about a concept) in the reader’s primary language.
Once the initial exposure to the topic has occurred, the lesson is then taught with RIGOR in the target language. Readers transfer knowledge using a paired text rich with the same vocabulary, high-frequency words and main idea as with the initial previewed text. Finally, the new information is reviewed for clarity and synthesized in the learner's dominant language.
Using controlled texts and similar vernacular, routines and lesson plans, students feel at ease and gain confidence in new subjects faster than with other methodologies.
We are so excited to be bringing this concept, methodology and supporting materials to our midwest schools!
COLLEGE, CAREER & CIVIC LIFE
Capstone Classroom Publishing
We are so thrilled about bringing this brand new national framework to our midwest schools. The C3 Framework emphasizes the acquisition and application of knowledge to prepare students for college, career, and civic life.
It intentionally envisions social studies instruction as an inquiry arc of interlocking and mutually reinforcing elements that speak to the intersection of ideas and learners.
The Four Dimensions (Civics, Economics, Geography, and History) center on the use of questions to spark curiosity, guide instruction, deepen investigations, acquire rigorous content, and apply knowledge and ideas in real-world settings to become active and engaged citizens in the 21st century.
Capstone's C3 Collections support the framework by growing students' capacity to know, analyze, explain, and argue about interdisciplinary challenges in our social world.
AKJ Book Catalogues
ENGLISH & SPANISH
With over 180,000 titles from over 500 publishing partners, AKJ Education's goal it to make educators' jobs easier so they can focus on student learning. They are a one-stop shop with thousands of turnkey collections available for immediate purchase, based on reading level, subject area, state and national alignments and more. Collections can also be customized for your precise needs and budget.
And, when it comes to AKJ’s Spanish collections, we at BES love how each collection contains titles to develop literacy and broaden cultural understanding for Spanish classrooms and English Language Learners. Each title promises either authentic language—written in Spanish, never translated—AND/OR an authentic point of view and cultural immersion—written by Spanish speaking authors from different Spanish speaking countries.