Our jargon expert today is Charles Duerr, a former Bellevue elementary teacher who now coaches first-year teachers. He holds the prestigious national board certification, and, like our previous jargon-definers, is a contributor to the Stories from Schools blog, sponsored by the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession.
Duerr tackled a few more of the tempestuous terms you listed earlier on this blog. See his definitions below.
For any other potential definers out there, here are a few other words we’d still like described in plain-spoken language. They are: Alignment, benchmarking, value-added, rubric. Send a one- or two-sentence definition to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we may feature it in a future Education Lab post.
Now to Duerr’s definitions:
Phonemic awareness: An early education skill, the knowledge of the sounds that letters and groups of letters make. It is assessed by reading nonsense words: Plub, crin, swar
Child-centered/brain-based/learner centered: Separate but overlapping approaches to teaching that consider the emotional health, developmental stages, and learning styles of students.
IEP: Stands for Individualized Education Program, the document that defines how a special education student will be taught. It is written by the special education teacher with input from parents and classroom teachers and behavior specialists — anyone who supports a student. Not following it is a good way to get sued.
Educational equity: When there are no differences in the academic achievement between groups of students based on race, gender, country of origin, mother tongue, income, etc.
Thanks, Charles. Much clearer now.