3 Asset-Based Approaches to Accelerating the Growth of Our Students

2020-2021 has left a lot of unfinished learning for our students, but there is danger in approaching this year only from the lens of catching students up. It could lead educators to teach below grade-level content, lower expectations, separate students from each other for the purpose of remediation, and dramatically alter their self-confidence.

By prioritizing and vertically aligning grade-level content, leveraging COVID19 technology gains to implement universal design for learning, and re-design how we're helping students close targeted gaps, we can support the acceleration of the growth of all students in an asset-based way.

In this live learning session, we outlined a plan of action for accelerating growth by focusing on 3 simple but powerful instructional outcomes.

Key Takeaways:

  • Defining unfinished instruction vs learning loss
  • Why accelerating growth matters so much right now
  • What do we really mean by accelerating all students' growth
  • 3 outcomes to focus on to accelerate student growth
  • How to create a sustainable classroom routine
  • Creating personalized pathways of growth

Meet the Presenter

Romain BertrandRomain Bertrand is known for his work as an innovative personalized learning leader, blogger, consultant, coach and practitioner. During his 20 years in education he led numerous education innovations including innovative coaching models as well as blended and personalized learning programs.  

He pioneered Charlotte-Mecklenburg's math blended learning curriculum and was integral to the development of their Multi-Classroom Leader model of PLC leadership. Romain has supported hundreds of teachers and in-school coaches across the US to use personalized learning as a tool for equity.  He’s presented at numerous conferences including the National Conference of School Superintendents, ISTE and iNACOL. 

Romain is a well known blogger and presenter and has written numerous articles for EdSurge, Education Next and BetterLesson. He currently serves as the Director of Solution Design for BetterLesson where he supports districts and school leaders in designing innovative and personalized approaches to Professional Development.

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