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Jul 24, 2022

Michael D. Toth is founder and CEO of Learning Sciences International and leads LSI’s Applied Research Center. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning book The Power of Student Teams with David Sousa; author of Who Moved My Standards; and co-author with Robert Marzano of The Essentials of a Standards-Driven Classroom, School Leadership for Results, and Teacher Evaluation that Makes a Difference.

Michael gives public presentations and advises leaders on the most critical issues in K–12 education today, including equity and access, academic rigor, and student agency. As a thought leader, Michael has moderated high-level events such as roundtable discussions between some of the nation’s top superintendents on topics like reimagining schools of the future.

  • How Florida’s Lowest Performing School Improved from an “F” to an “A” After Partnering with LSI
  • External operator.
  • Overcorrection is not helpful
  • ensure student agency
  • after a year, nothing but love.
  • Building
  • All students are capable of student agency
  • If we just control them, we can’t go to rigor.
  • Developing persistence
  • Academic teaming - structures and responsibilities.
  • “My kids can’t do that” means “I don’t know how to do that”
  • The promise of public schools is that it will break generational poverty.
  • Photos going back to the beginning of photography.
  • Core instruction has to move kids from compliant, dependent thinkers to independent thinkers.
  • Give students strategies on how to have structures, norms, and codes of conduct.
  • culturally responsive learning environment helps significantly.
  • Granting grace to schools
  • Kindergartners self-regulating in groups.
  • Parents, especially college-educated parents, are constantly teaching
  • If we are attempting to teach SEL but on it’s own we’re missing the point.
  • Teaching and learning are two distinctive processes.
  • The highest level is application.
  • “I didn’t know my kids could that!”
  • “My kids are learning without me, what do I do?”
  • Kids are built for rigor.
  • Teacher-led groups and then student-led groups
  • student directed classrooms.
  • Perverse effects
  • If you get your kids to deeper learning, they do better on tests.
  • National Demonstration School.
  • Productive struggle - it’s actually fun.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Who’s talking more? teacher


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