When I first entered education as a teacher, I was blown away by the amount of acronyms and specialized concepts. For example, I was trained to perform a QRI utilizing the DRA, and with the results, I would differentiate my instruction during guided reading lessons. I was then hired to work in an EL school where I later became the school expert in the NWEA MAP testing as a member of the SLT. Talk about drowning in alphabet soup!
And that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Every industry has its own language, and education, as I learned, is no exception. Fortunately last week, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation released “The Glossary of Education Reform for Journalist” as a resource.
Dive in and enjoy!
Did you check out the section on expanded learning time (ELT)? What new concepts did you find?