DataWORKS After-School Program engages all students, especially English Learners, in required literacy and educational enrichment program goals. Simultaneously, DataWORKS’ training and use of READY TO TEACH EDI Lessons supports student learning and year-round professional development for teachers.
Our After-School Program simultaneously supports student learning AND year-round professional development for teachers. DataWORKS’ customized, turnkey after-school program is designed to maximize student learning and support educators all year long through Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI) training, periodic interactive coaching, and READY TO TEACHSM EDI Lessons.
Research has found that teacher-centered direct instruction is more effective and efficient, especially for struggling students and English Learners. DataWORKS built upon this approach, developing and refining our own specific version of direct instruction called Explicit Direct Instruction. Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI) is a strategic collection of instructional practices that have been developed to support teachers with tools to achieve the goal of 90% of students mastering 90% or better on grade-level content.
One of the key After-School Program components includes in-situation coaching and lesson demonstrations by DataWORKS’ consultants with teachers practicing the same lesson immediately after the consultant. In-situation coaching is supported by Bruce Joyce and Beverly Showers research (1987) into the extent of implementation after various modes of training and follow-up support. The conclusions of their research included:
- 5% transfer after theory only,
- 10% transfer after theory and demonstration,
- 20% transfer after demonstration and practice during training,
- 25% transfer after the above plus corrective feedback during training and,
- 90% transfer after the above plus in-situation coaching.
With DataWORKS’ After-School Program:
- Students are constantly engaged while learning well-crafted, standards-based lessons.
- Training throughout the year supports teachers in classrooms during the day as well as after school.
How the Program Works
Teachers (and site instructional leaders) participate in DataWORKS’ EDI Workshop. Participants learn strategic instructional practices for design and delivery of well-crafted lessons that explicitly teach grade-level content to all students. All participants benefit from training, even if they are not teaching after-school.
After the EDI Workshop (above), a DataWORKS’ Consultant gives lesson demonstration(s) of DataWORKS’ READY TO TEACH EDI Lessons to teachers in “live” classrooms with students. Teachers then take turns practicing and delivering the same lesson (s) in other classes during the day. Teachers can deliver parts of lesson(s) or teach a whole lesson. During lesson delivery, teachers receive gentle, interactive coaching from the Consultant. Research by Joyce and Showers shows interactive coaching is the most efficient method to implement EDI.
During lesson demonstration days, the Consultant explains how to facilitate the After-School Program and discusses how to establish classroom engagement norms, fluency development, vocabulary development skills, lesson presentation suggestions, and interactive, post-lesson coaching techniques.
A DataWORKS’ Consultant provides in-situation coaching periodically throughout the year to teachers using READY TO TEACH EDI Lessons during the regular school day and to those teaching after school. As part of the after-school program package, schools/districts purchase a site license for READY TO TEACH EDI Lessons. A teacher manual and pacing calendar is provided by DataWORKS based on the after-school program schedule. Student materials provided include a whiteboard, dry-erase marker, eraser cloth, pencil, and student lesson booklet.
OPTIONAL: DataWORKS hosts a parental involvement meeting at the school to emphasize the important role parents have in their students’ education. If approved by school administration, students who complete the after-school program with perfect attendance are entered in to a raffle to win a computer.
Contact DataWORKS at 800-495-1550 or at info@Dataworks-ed.com for more information.