Students at Morningside Academy in Seattle, WA are guaranteed to make two years of growth in one school year in their area of greatest need or their tuition is refunded. Since its founding in 1980, less than 1% of tuition has been given back. Morningside serves elementary and middle school students seeking to catch up and get ahead. Students might be diagnosed with a specific learning disability, ADHD, or simply lag behind their peers for no diagnosed reason. They are the students who fall through the cracks as a result of disfluent foundational skills or poorly developed executive functioning skills. They are the "forgotten 50%".
Dr. Kent Johnson started Morningside as a laboratory school in the tradition of John Dewey in order to serve these students and to find out what truly works in education. Curriculum and instructional technologies are rigorously examined and when proven to be effective, are integrated into the Morningside Model of Generative Instruction (MMGI) and taken on the road to schools and agencies looking for something different. To date, Morningside has been in over 130 schools, learning centers, and behavioral agencies across North America. Integrating Precision Teaching into a comprehensive model is a critical aspect of what makes MMGI work for so many kids.
In this 5-part presentation, Andrew Kieta will
- provide an overview of MMGI,
- illustrate how Morningside uses the Standard Celeration Chart in concert with the Timings Chart to ensure x2 growth,
- describe the fluency programs developed by Morningside instructional designers,
- showcase the results of implementing MMGI in schools across North America as part of Morningside Teachers' Academy, and
- talk about how Morningside's annual Summer School Institute is training and preparing the next generation of behaviorally oriented educators and Precision Teachers.
Andrew Kieta has a bachelor's degree from Ohio State University and a master's degree in Behavioral Science from the University of North Texas. He has been training teachers for Morningside Teachers’ Academy for four years in elementary schools in Hawaii and has trained and coached education professionals visiting Morningside for the Summer School Institute in 2015 and 2016. Prior to that, he oversaw the implementation of the Morningside Model of Generative Instruction at Haugland Learning Center in Columbus, Ohio, where he served as director from 2010-2014.