Welcome to UNI Teacher Education

Current P-12 Grade School Initiatives

21st Century Skills

 504 Plan

  • “The 504 Plan is a plan developed to ensure that a child who has a disability identified under the law and is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution receives accommodations that will ensure their academic success and access to the learning environment.”  It is not the same as an IEP, and students do not have to meet the same eligibility criteria.
  • https://www.washington.edu/doit/what-difference-between-iep-and-504-plan

Achievement Gap

  • The difference in test scores between one subgroup and one or more other subgroups.  Typically talked about in terms of ethnicity and/or socioeconomic status.

Achievement Loss (or Learning Loss)

  • A term representing the dip in scores many students experience over the summer when they are not in school or when moving from one learning environment to another.
  • http://edglossary.org/learning-loss/

ALICE Training


Authentic Intellectual Work  (AIW)

Character Education

Common Core/Iowa Core/Core

  • Having a national core curriculum—providing similarity across different areas—is a dream of some (and a nightmare to others).  The Common Core is a current movement that provides that.  Note:  it is voluntary and not all states subscribe.  The Iowa Core is Iowa’s version.
  • https://iowacore.gov

Common Assessments   (sometimes common formative assessments and end of course assessments)

Competency-based learning/Competency-based education


Comprehensive School Improvement Plan  (CSIP)

Cultural Competency

Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM) Reading

  • CBM Reading is an overall measure of reading skills where the student reads aloud a story for one minute. The teacher records the number of words the student reads correctly along with reading accuracy. CBM Reading provides an overall indication of how well the student is reading and is related to other reading skills like decoding, vocabulary, and comprehension. 

Data Dashboard

Data Team

Data Wall

Depth of Knowledge  (DOK)

Differentiated Instruction

Digital Literacy

  • Digital Literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills.
  • http://connect.ala.org/node/181197

DINA  (District In Need of Improvement)

  • A district not meeting Annual Yearly Progress goals as were defined under NCLB (No Child Left Behind).

 DiSC Profile  (DiSC)

English Language Learner  (ELL)

  • “English-language learners, or ELLs, are students who are unable to communicate fluently or learn effectively in English, who often come from non-English-speaking homes and backgrounds, and who typically require specialized or modified instruction in both the English language and in their academic courses.”
  • https://www.edglossary.org/english-language-learner/

ESSA  (Every Student Succeeds Act)

  • The currently active replacement for No Child Left Behind (itself a reauthorization of ESEA—Elementary and Secondary Education Act—federal legislation on general education).

Formative Assessment System for Teachers (FAST)

  • The state of Iowa's universal screening assessment and progress monitoring assessment for Kindergarten through Sixth grade students.

Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL)

Gaming-Based Learning (GBL)

Gradual Release of Responsibility

I Can Statement

IDEA  (Individuals with Disabilities Act)

  • “The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law that makes available a free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities throughout the nation and ensures special education and related services to those children.”
  • https://sites.ed.gov/idea/about-idea/

IEP  (Individualized Education Plan)

  • “An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a written statement of the educational program designed to meet a child’s individual needs. Every child who receives special education services must have an IEP.” 
  • http://www.parentcenterhub.org/iep-overview/


  • “The term inclusion captures, in one word, an all-embracing societal ideology. Regarding individuals with disabilities and special education, inclusion secures opportunities for students with disabilities to learn alongside their non-disabled peers in general education classrooms.” 
  • https://www.specialeducationguide.com/pre-k-12/inclusion/

Individual Growth and Development Indicators (IGDI)

  • The state of Iowa's universal screening assessment for preschool four-year old children.

Instructional Decision Making  (IDM)

Inquiry-based Instruction/Learning

Iowa Core/Common Core/Core

  • The Iowa Core Curriculum (ICC) is a current movement in Iowa to establish common core standards for each of the content areas. The Common Core is a movement to establish a national core curriculum.   Note:  It is voluntary and not all states subscribe.  
  • https://iowacore.gov
  • http://www.corestandards.org

Instructional Practices Inventory (IPI)

Leader in Me

  • A character education and leadership model developed and run by FranklinCovey.  Note:  the Cedar Valley has one of the premier programs in the world.
  • http://www.theleaderinme.org

Limited English Proficiency (LEP)

LRE  (least restrictive environment)

Mentor Violence Prevention (MVP)

Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

NCLB  (No Child Left Behind)

  • The 2000 reauthorization of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  Recently superseded by Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).


One-to-One Computing  (1:1)  

PARCC  (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers)

PD  (professional development)

Persistently Low Achieving  (PLA)

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports  (PBIS)

Problem/Project Based Learning  (PBL)

Professional Learning Community  (PLC)

Resource room/teacher

  • “A resource room is a separate, remedial classroom in a school where students with educational disabilities, such as specific learning disabilities, are given direct, specialized instruction and academic remediation and assistance with homework and related assignments as individuals or in groups.”
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resource_room

Response to Intervention  (RtI)

  • “Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs.” 
  • http://www.rtinetwork.org

Rigor and Relevance

Scripted Curriculum

SES  (Socioeconomic Status)

Sheltered Instruction

SINA  (school in need of assistance)

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

  • Creating new assessments at a national level tied to the Common Core that can be used to meet accountability requirements.
  • http://www.smarterbalanced.org


Standards Based Grading  (SBG)—also Standards Referenced Grading, etc.

Teach with Your Strengths

Teacher Leader Compensation Program  (TLC)

Title I

  • “Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (ESEA) provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Federal funds are currently allocated through four statutory formulas that are based primarily on census poverty estimates and the cost of education in each state.”
  • https://www2.ed.gov/programs/titleiparta/index.html

Universal Constructs

Universal Design for Learning  (UDL)

  • Universal design for learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. This framework attempts to remove barriers to instruction, allowing all students to have access to learning and the curriculum.  UDL gives students choices on how to express what they have learned, how they access what they need to learn, and how they are tied to their learning by choosing topics that interest them.
  • http://udlguidelines.cast.org/?utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=none&utm_source=udlcenter&utm_content=site-banner

Whole Student

Workshop Model