How can we ensure that teachers are comfortable using evidence-based strategies?

Question: How can we ensure that teachers are comfortable using evidence-based strategies? 

Answer: There is significant importance in making sure that our teachers that are entering the field of special education or even general education are equipped with evidence-based strategies to ensure that students whether they be in Tier 1, Tier 2, or Tier 3, receive interventions or instruction that is based on evidence, that is research backed and that can help them improve their student outcomes. We need to make sure that our teachers also have a wide range of evidence-based strategies that will allow them to pull from those different strategies and even use them simultaneously to make sure that they can improve students’ outcomes.

One of the most important reasons that we need to be using evidence-based [strategies] in our classroom is that there is a backing, a scientific backing for those methods, those instructional strategies that has been shown to improve student outcomes. And often times, teachers, when they enter the classroom and go into the K-12 setting, they feel that what they have learned in their programs don’t necessarily match up with what they can do in their classrooms. But if we provide them with those resources and show them ways that they can actually implement those strategies in their classroom to make it more meaningful and allow them to practice them in more authentic situations then we can really see how we are being able to bridge that research to practice gap. And there tends to be a disconnect between the two, but they really are powerful when we use them, when we use evidence-based strategies. And we need to make sure that we are aligning what we are doing in the classroom with something that we know can actually work and can actually improve those student outcomes, whether they are in math or reading, if they are literacy based, or when are looking at behaviors in our classrooms. 

Developed By: 
National Center on Intensive Intervention