Check Out PowerUp What Works!

  • Posted on: 17 March 2014
  • By: Tina McCoy

If you haven't heard of this incredible resource, it's time for you to learn about it! PowerUp What Works combines evidence-based practices, technology, and personalization of learning to help school systems support standards-based learning for all students.

This federally funded website is free for all to use. Using research related to reading, writing and mathematics as a foundation PowerUp offers customizable materials, videos and more for schools to use to ensure that all students have an opportunity to meet the Common Core State Standards. It emphasizes technology tools that reduce barriers to learning and skill development through the application of the principles of Universal Design for Learning. Additionally, the website includes resources that address the technology implementation and support of the change process.

Perhaps the best feature of PowerUp What Works is that, although there is a large amount of information on the website (a great thing but potentially overwhelming), school systems can 'start small' and work toward improvements at their own pace.  The resources are compartmentalized enough to allow individuals or groups to easily use as much or as little of the information as needed in accordance with their own unique situations. Some examples of what you will find if you visit PowerUp What Works are: 

Instructional Strategy Guides for Teachers

Technology Supported Formative Assessment Tools

Research Briefs Regarding Technology in the Classroom 

School-Wide Technology Implementation Guidance

Professional Development Facilitator's Guide

We often hear complaints that the federal government doesn't fund education sufficiently.  Well, here is one good example of our federal tax dollars at work.  Don't delay in familiarizing yourself and your teachers with this valuable resource.  Use the free support that is already available to you at http://powerupwhatworks.org/page-puww/technology-support-formative-asses.... If you're not sure you have the time to pursue it, remember“There can be infinite uses of the computer and of new age technology, but if teachers themselves are not able to bring it into the classroom and make it work, then it fails.” - Nancy Kassebaun.