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Ripple Effects for Staff - School Edition

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Ripple Effects for Staff is a computerised staff training and development app.  All teaching staff can use it to develop their professional knowledge over time and use it to address new educational challenges as they arise.

Teacher Review

As well as being taught how to deliver their subject knowledge, a big part of teacher training is about reflecting on their experiences and building on them.  The hope is to give teachers the tools to continue along the path of professional improvement over the course of their career.  By improving they become more effective practitioners, to the obvious benefit of their students, but also to the benefit of their own confidence and peace of mind.
 
Just as a teacher’s skills don’t stop developing when their training is over, neither should their reflective practices.  When faced with the many situations that working in a place of education can bring, teachers should be prepared to learn new things, think how to apply them and reflect on how they deal with a similar situation even better in future.
 
This app is all about assisting and recording this professional development. Commensurate with its large memory footprint, this app covers a huge amount of topics that deal with a wide variety of areas that teachers may find that they need help to develop in.  From dealing with special needs to dealing with their own emotions, it is difficult to think of a missing topic.  The number needs to be big because no school is alike and with each student comes a new personality, and potentially learning needs, that a teacher has yet to encounter.  Should you manage to find one that is missing you can contact the developers to request it.
 
No app could hope to go in to a huge amount of depth about each subject, but Ripple Effects provides an excellent starting point and goes deep enough to give a good grounding in the topic.  With case studies delivered in video form, spoken and written descriptions, teachers who turn to this app for guidance will certainly come away with new ideas and information.  If more is needed, the app helpfully refers to suggested further reading for each topic.  
 
It could be used as a reference guide but it can also be much more.  For each section users can access a brain that they can fill with ideas.  This acts as a pre-structured journal where teachers can record their initial thoughts, concerns, and intentions for their professional development.  Alongside this, the app monitors and records a more objective assessment of progress.  It records what has been viewed and also the results of short quizzes on each topic.
 
The app’s content makes its American origins clear.  Certain phrases, school facilities and terms may not be the ones that you are used to, but they do not make the information any less valid or understandable.
 
Taken together the different sections provide teachers with a personal log of their development that they can watch build up over time.  Recognising the sensitivity of what may be recorded in the app, all of its user-written content is saved in encrypted form and is only accessible by the appropriate user account, even though the app may be used by multiple users.  The app also shows awareness of the environment in which it might be used, and a hide button is always visible to make sure that teachers can quickly cover the app from others nearby.
 
This app is a tremendous accomplishment in bringing together material to help teachers become better at what they do and to cope with the stresses of their work.  For providing a structured program that NQTs and other teachers can follow, and also providing an easy way to become informed about a subject relevant to them, it is difficult to imagine a better computer based training solution for teachers.  Schools who are looking to provide useful and cost effective staff development training should certainly consider this app.

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From the Developer

Do you have Ripple Effects for Staff in your school? This iPad version is an extension of the award-winning program that your school has licensed. There is no additional fee to extend your school license to this new platform.

Ripple Effects for Staff offers “Just in Time” professional learning for educators who:
• need help teasing out learning, behavioral, health, and cultural issues
• have been accused of discrimination because of who, when, or how you discipline
• have the commitment, but not the time, to individualize your approach to students
• would like to build your own social-emotional competence
• want the wisdom and support of other teachers, right from the privacy of your own computer
• want job-embedded coaching, that can happen when, where, and how you need it
• want to maximize the benefits from Ripple Effects behavior training software for students

Ripple Effects for Staff professional development app for teachers, counselors and other school personnel coaches staff on classroom leadership, management of diversity and diverse learners and implementation best practices for evidence-based programs. It provides a computerized method to scale and sustain effective interventions for ALL students year after year.

How it works:
The program is comprised of 136 multi-media tutorials organized into three modules. Using any of the three modules, trainers can lead implementers through a pre-determined scope and sequence; individual professional staff can use it on their own to get up and get going fast or to find quick solutions to immediate concerns.

Module I: Strengthening Your Leadership
This module in Ripple Effects for Staff promotes leadership through personal transformation.
48 tutorials/12 contact hours.

Module II: Managing Diverse Learners
Module II takes implementer training to the next level, enabling educators to tease out learning issues, from behavior issues, from cultural issues, from health issues, and to address each of them with a combination of technical skill and emotional intelligence.
29 tutorials/7 contact hours. Addressing learning behavioral social cultural issues that challenge students and teacher alike.

Module III: Making Programs Work
Module III coaches implementers in how to make Ripple Effects’ student skill training software and other evidence-based prevention/intervention programs work.
57 interactive tutorials/14 contact hours

Why it works:
In the face of formidable challenges, more and more educational organizations require staff to develop social-emotional skills and deliver programs that teach those skills to their students. Social-emotional competency is highly correlated with student safety, health, academic and social success. It is more tied to educators’ success than content proficiency.

To get a free preview of the Ripple Effects programs, you will require an activation code. To get this, simply send a request to info@rippleeffects.com and you will receive the code via email. The code is entered the first time you start up the app and gives you access to a free 30-day preview of the program.

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In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No

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