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The True Story of Expertise: Power of Practice

“You can promote expertise systematically and consistently, and research documents this.” We know extensive practice is necessary to develop the skills of reading, mathematics and writing. But oftentimes, practice, the foundation for subsequent success, is an overlooked element of achievement. Many times teachers are unaware of the research on how expertise is fully developed and may even unconsciously limit the aspirations of their students by latching onto inaccurate beliefs.

This session will uncover the essential research and role that talent plays in student success, and how the qualities of “deliberate practice” can be used to support the development of expertise in the classroom.

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  1. Attendees will be able to understand what the power of practice means for students and schools.
  2. Attendees will be able to identify the key areas of research to understand the power of practice.
  3. Attendees will be able to implement actionable skills to improve practice in the classroom.



Melissa Ripp, Mktg Communications Specialist, Renaissance Learning

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