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Visit with Us at Upcoming Education Conferences!

February, 2015

The Center on Teaching & Learning will be presenting at the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Convention in Florida this February and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Convention & Expo in California this April.

We would like to invite you to our exhibit space showcasing the DIBELS Data System and our new Marketplace curriculum and intervention programs. CTL researchers and intervention authors will also be in attendance and presenting.

We have new updates to share with our DDS and Marketplace partners at the conference. Please let us know who's attending from your team so we can meet up!

Contact us at: 888-497-4290 or support@dibels.uoregon.edu


Free NumberShire™ licenses for the first 100 districts to activate their account!

November, 2014

NumberShire is an immersive, internet-based integrated learning system with an intensive focus on whole number concepts and skills for students in kindergarten through second grade. NumberShire Level 1 is now available, including approximately 12 hours of game play aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Research findings support the efficacy of NumberShire Level 1 in first grade classrooms for increasing math learning.

CTL and Thought Cycle are teaming up to provide 35 free NumberShire student licenses to each of the first 100 districts to activate NumberShire by December 16th. Activate and Claim your Free Licenses Now.


New Math Program, Math Intervention Game, and Tablet-Based DIBELS

October, 2014

The CTL Marketplace is pleased to announce new products for educators to help students.

Early Learning in Mathematics™ is a whole-class, Tier 1 mathematics curriculum designed to ensure that kindergarten students develop a deep understanding of critical mathematics concepts and skills. The program offers 120 lessons that recent research has shown to accelerate students' conceptual understanding and procedural fluency of kindergarten mathematics.

NumberShire™ is an immersive, internet-based integrated learning system with an intensive focus on whole number concepts and skills for students in kindergarten through second grade. NumberShire Level 1 is now available, including approximately 12 hours of game play aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Research findings support the efficacy of NumberShire Level 1 in first grade classrooms for increasing math learning.

HiFi Reading™, a tablet-based app for DIBELS 6th Edition.

Visit the CTL Marketplace to learn more!


Online DIBELS Training Courses!

August, 2014

The Center on Teaching & Learning Professional Development Courseware is please to offer high quality online training courses for DIBELS Next and DIBELS 6th Edition. Courses were developed at the University of Oregon, the official home of DIBELS, and include:

  • The theoretical rationale for DIBELS
  • Detailed description of administration and scoring procedures
  • Video-based practice opportunities
  • A description about how to collect and enter reliable data

Courses are taken at your own pace with a 60-day access period and include a certificate of completion. DIBELS Data System customers receive $30 off regular price. Order Now!


University of Oregon DIBELS 6th Edition Better Than Ever!

June, 2014

CTL is committed to continuing support for DIBELS 6th Edition and has made some exciting new enhancements for the 2014-15 school year.

  • Updated DIBELS 6th Edition Goals were reviewed by the National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI). ORF and NWF received the highest ratings possible for accuracy and reliability. The new goals will be publicly released on the DIBELS Data System this July.
  • New word-level, touch-screen, tablet-based administration and scoring for DIBELS 6th Edition Oral Reading Fluency with the HiFi Reading app developed in partnership with HopSkip Technologies. HiFi Reading integrates with your DIBELS Data System account to roster students, upload data, and view assessment status and progress.
  • Online training for DIBELS 6th Edition will be available when CTL launches our new Professional Development Courseware service this summer.

Stay tuned for release dates throughout the summer!


CTL Professional Development Courseware

May 19, 2014 (updated June 1, 2014)

Free Trial Period Has Ended! We are evaluating the results of the courseware. Courses will be available for purchase soon.

Our DIBELS administration and scoring courses were created by experienced trainers and researchers at CTL. The designers drew upon years of field experience working with teachers and other educators.

Each course provides 8 hours of training, including an introduction module on the research foundations of the DIBELS assessments, detailed instructions on each subtest, and opportunities to practice administration and scoring.

Learn more about the Courseware on the Training page.


Instructional Grouping Worksheets for DIBELS Next Recommended Goals

May, 2014

Our Instructional Grouping Worksheets help teachers quickly create groups for targeted instruction to address student needs and achieve better outcomes.

The Instructional Grouping Worksheets provide a strategy for teachers and other education professionals to sort their students based on a pattern of performance on two or more DIBELS Next assessments.

These initial suggested groupings fall in line with other UO recommendations regarding the use of DIBELS Next; that is, they provide a concrete way to differentiate instruction based on assessment results.

The Instructional Grouping Worksheets can be downloaded from the Recommended Goals page.


Updated Security on DDS

April 10, 2014

We are requiring all DDS users to change their passwords as an additional security precaution in response to the recently discovered Internet security vulnerability known as Heartbleed. We understand this may be an inconvenience, but protection of your confidential data is our top priority. You may have already heard on the national news of this vulnerability affecting the majority of Web servers, including major providers such as Google and Yahoo. The DIBELS Data System programming team was alerted to this issue on April 7th and fixed the problem within 24 hours on both the DIBELS Data System and DDS-easyCBM Math assessment system. As far as we can determine, no data in the DDS have been compromised or breached. However, if you have reason to believe that there are issues with the security of your DDS data, please let us know ASAP.


NCII Ratings for CTL Marketplace Products

April 2014

The NCII at American Institutes for Research (AIR) encourages schools and districts to use data-based, individualized instruction in reading, math, and behavior, especially with students who struggle academically. To support the use of research-based programs, the NCII conducts a review of the technical quality and rigor of studies investigating the effectiveness of submitted programs. Specifically, the NCII evaluates the research about programs, not the programs’ instructional design. The reviews include summary information about the program, and ratings on the quality of five research components: participants, research design, fidelity of implementation, targeted outcome measures, and broader outcome measures. Each of these components receives a rating of “convincing evidence,” “partially convincing evidence,” “unconvincing evidence,” or “data unavailable.” CTL Marketplace products received many “convincing evidence” ratings.

Studies about the following CTL Marketplace programs were reviewed by NCII:

Across studies of the four programs, a total of 20 components were evaluated (e.g., five research components per program). Seventeen of the twenty components were rated as having “convincing evidence,” two were rated as having “partially convincing evidence,” and one was rated as “data unavailable”.

Please visit the NCII website for more information about the technical review process and results. Visit the CTL Marketplace for more information on CTL Marketplace products.


NEW Math Intervention Programs for Kindergarten and First Grade!

Febuary 2014

Achievement gaps in the early academic years have a significant impact on long-term achievement. Whole Number Foundations Level K and Whole Number Foundations Level 1 are Tier 2 interventions designed to address challenges that many at-risk kindergarten and first-grade students face in developing mathematics concepts and skills. Carefully sequenced, structured lessons are delivered in small groups, increasing students’ confidence and success. Rigorous research results from IES-funded studies of both programs show positive impacts on student achievement.

Whole Number Foundations Level K features 50 twenty-minute lessons that provide students with a thorough understanding of whole numbers through 20.

Whole Number Foundations Level 1 features 60 thirty-minute lessons that are built to target four essential learning strands: Place value, number combinations, multi-digit operations of addition and subtraction, and problem solving.

Studies of the research versions of the programs (i.e., ROOTS and FUSION) have been reviewed by the National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII). We are very pleased that nearly all aspects of these studies received “convincing evidence” ratings.

To place an order or for more information, please visit Whole Number Foundations Level K and Whole Number Foundations Level 1.


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