(written by faculty and staff of IDS-CC and author/coordinator Debbie Happy Cohen)
Successfully applying what we call a M.O.R.E. (Multiple Options for Results in Education) Approach in involves implementing a multiple strategy system. This requires a highly skilled teacher able and willing to continuously refine, review and redirect efforts to meet both class and individual needs. The teacher has long been accepted as the most influential variable in the student learning process. Therefore, we have continued to invest time, energy, and dollars in staff development that provides the teacher with training to stay current and on the cutting edge of learning opportunities. In the Olympic tradition, the best keep getting better the more they train, rehearse, and investigate powerful tools for self-development and instruction. A healthy, confident teacher with a "bag filled to the brim with options" is more likely to be equipped to handle the uniqueness of each child within the diversity of the school learning community.