Our students will have unique and urgent needs in the 2020–21 school year. Since the spring, many have experienced fragmented learning, while others have endured varying levels of stress or trauma. When school begins, whether in-person or virtually, educators must be ready to address those needs and meet students where they are socially, emotionally, and academically. 

Acceleration of Learning: What Do Our Students Need Now?

We know that instruction and proficiency in foundational skills make it possible for students to develop as confident, fluent readers. Research has also shown that a safe, supportive learning community is crucial for academic growth. 

Although a robust classroom community and a strong understanding of foundational skills may seem unrelated, acceleration in both of these areas is necessary if we hope to attain academic success for our students. Learn more by reading our new blog post, Acceleration of Learning: What Do Our Students Need Now?.

Upcoming Webinars

Going Deeper with Acceleration: Strategic, Assessment-Driven, and Differentiated Instruction to Accelerate All Readers

July 29, 2020 • Register to receive the recording

As we prepare for the fall, educators must think about acceleration in a new and different way. In this webinar, we’ll do a deep dive into the work of accelerating all readers, considering the roles of foundational skills mastery, a safe and supportive learning environment, data collection and assessment, and the settled science of reading instruction.

How to Rebuild and Reconnect with Your Learning Community with Caring School Community

August 5, 2020 • Register now to receive the recording

This webinar will explore how schools can use the CASEL SELect Caring School Community program to reconnect with students, build community, and support students’ social and emotional needs. We will provide an overview of the program and hear how principals and teachers plan to use Caring School Community during this unprecedented time.  

For schools reopening with remote learning, we will close the webinar by sharing guidance for using Caring School Community virtually and discussing insights and key takeaways learned by our partner schools and districts this past spring. 

Introducing the Reconnecting and Rebuilding Toolkit: A Complimentary Resource for Educators

August 6, 2020 • Register now to receive the recording

Whether your school plans to reopen with in-person, blended, or fully remote learning, we can expect that many students will carry a heavy emotional load when they return. Educators must be prepared to support students, many of whom will have experienced trauma, and build a learning community. Concrete tools and resources will be required to help students reconnect and establish the safe, supportive learning context in which they can grow and develop. 

Collaborative Classroom’s new Reconnecting and Rebuilding Toolkit is designed to be a resource that teachers can use as they begin this vital work. This webinar will explore how teachers can use this newly-published complimentary resource to support students and build their learning community as the school year begins.

Learn about SIPPS

SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words) for grades K–12 is an intervention and foundational skills program that may be facilitated virtually or in-person. Meaningful assessments allow teachers to meet students at their individual points of instructional need and accelerate them towards mastery of foundational skills. To download a sample of SIPPS, click here.

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As always, we welcome your questions and feedback.


Peter Brunn

Vice President of Organizational Learning

Collaborative Classroom


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