Ensuring All Students Succeed: The Imperative for a Learning Supports Framework

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Aired on: November 14th, 2017

3:30–4:30 p.m. (ET)

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Our Guest(s) This Week

Rhonda Neal Waltman

Rhonda Neal Waltman, EdD, is the senior director of Consultancy Services—Learning Supports for Scholastic, Inc. She has more than 30 years of experience in education reform using a learning supports model and has served as a teacher, counselor, principal, and assistant superintendent. Dr. Waltman first joined Scholastic as a consultant for Learning Supports and led the action research partnership. Her previous work included transformative efforts with state departments of education, school districts, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. She was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education following Hurricane Katrina for her innovative case management development for homeless children and families.

Dr. Waltman is a leader in education professional development in data-driven instructional leadership, student learning supports, connecting school districts and communities in co-owned strategic planning, public school policy development, school climate and culture analysis, emergency planning, strategic planning, program evaluation, budgeting, organizational development and analysis, and human resources.

She has served as an Adjunct Professor in Educational Leadership at the University of South Alabama, teaching Data Driven Instructional Leadership and Mentoring Leadership and on the Alabama Governor’s Commission on Quality Teaching providing expertise and facilitation in the areas of communication, working conditions for teachers, and policy development.

This Week's Topic

As the Carnegie Council Task Force on Education of Young Adolescents (1989) stressed, “While school systems are not responsible for meeting every need of their students, when the need directly affects learning, the school must meet the challenge.”

For all students to have the opportunity to succeed, what has to be done in schools to reduce student barriers to learning and to reengage them in the learning process? The Learning Supports Framework demonstrates how the provision of a wide range of learning supports, coupled with effective instruction, is the recipe for ensuring all students succeed.

Informed by the research of Drs. Howard Adelman and Linda Taylor from the UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools, this webcast will feature Scholastic Education’s Learning Supports staff who will share the school improvement model that has significant results in schools and districts across the nation.

This Solutions to the Dropout Crisis webcast will look at

  • Why a system of learning supports is an imperative for advancing school improvement and reengaging students.
  • What are learning supports and how are they typically deployed in school?
  • How can learning supports be delivered in an organized comprehensive manner?
  • The importance of building a school improvement plan that includes learning supports, along with instruction and management.
  • Key results that indicate a systems approach can directly impact positive outcomes for students.


Ensuring All Students Succeed: The Imperative for a Learning Supports Framework Presentation

Rebuilding For Learning: Addressing Barriers to Learning and Teaching, and Re-engaging Students

Learning Supports The Imperative

Learning Supports Pathway Overview

Learning Supports Study Gainesville Case Study

The Alabama State Department of Education’s Learning Supports Initiative: A Compendium of Practice & Findings 

Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama Business Education Alliance 

Addressing Barriers to Learning: In the Classroom and Schoolwide

Leading by Way of Alignment: Building a Comprehensive and Unified System of Supports

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