A holistic process to improve literacy practices
for teachers of any subject
Learn the critical practices for literacy improvement through multiple means
Use Actively Learn to integrate best practices into instruction and feedback
Reveal improvements with quantitative data and qualitative insights
Earn micro-credentials to show off new strengths
Learn the 12 practices to activate, support, and reveal thinking
Just like students, teachers need access to various methods of learning. We provide four methods for teachers to grow their pedagogy knowledge:
- Online Course: A highly-rated, self-paced, online course explains the supporting research to understand why the 12 practices underlying activating, supporting, and revealing thinking are so effective.
- Direct Instruction: During in-person and webinar PD sessions we embed key practices into learning how to use Actively Learn.
- Models: Actively Learn pre-built assignments have many essential features of great instruction.
- Explanatory Articles: We provide explanatory articles on each practice (example) on the platform so professional learning groups can digest and reflect on them together or teachers can read them independently.
Implement practices using Actively Learn
Actively Learn is designed to support these key practices and integrate them into literacy instruction. Teachers have access to a self-serve help center with step-by-step instructions and videos. Student data helps them understand how their instruction is changing how students approach texts.
Measure key practices to guide additional PD and coaching
Professional learning puts teachers on the path to deeper pedagogical expertise, but improving pedagogy requires ongoing practice and feedback. With Actively Learn, administrators and coaches get access to rich qualitative and quantitative data to better assess how key practices are being implemented.
- Questioning: What is the level of depth of questions?
- Annotation: How much annotating are students doing?
- Modeling and scaffolding: How are annotations supporting students with knowledge and skill gaps?
- Writing extensively: How much are students writing while reading?
- Feedback: How targeted and frequent is feedback?
- Metacognition: How are students categorizing annotations as they read? How often are they recognizing they don’t understand a portion of the text?
Demonstrate proficiency by earning micro-credentials
Actively Learn has partnered with Digital Promise to offer micro-credentials (example) in the 12 key practices to support activating, supporting, and revealing thinking. Several states and districts are providing formal PD credit for earning micro-credentials on the Digital Promise platform.
Each micro-credential is vetted by Digital Promise to ensure it:
- Focuses on a single competency
- Has a key method that is backed by research
- Requires the submission of evidence
- Includes a rubric or scoring guide
Each micro-credential requires evidence such as:
- A project or lesson plan, including evaluation guides or scoring rubrics
- Student work samples
- Text, audio, or video of a classroom interaction
A certified expert will review the evidence using the rubric and scoring guide in the micro-credential and provide feedback. If the educator has successfully demonstrated their competence, they will be awarded the micro-credential in the form of a digital badge.
Ready to improve your literacy practices?
Our online course is a great place to start your learning.