Della Palacios

Educational Consultant, Trainer and Teacher, SensAble Learning, LLC
Erie, CO, United States

About Della

Bio

My life's mission is to enable each child to achieve beyond expectations. To date, I have eight years of classroom teaching experience, have been a data coach, supervised student teachers, served as an education director at a nonprofit and have a master's in Instruction and Curriculum in Elementary Education. After nearly a decade in the field, I became a mother and set off on new adventures. I learned Montessori-minded methodologies from a seasoned Montessorian whom I consider my mentor, reteaching me everything I thought I knew about literacy. From that learning, I received a research grant, created a new literacy assessment, opened a small business and developed a family literacy class. After a bit of time consulting privately, I am heading back into public education as an Instruction Coach.

TED Conference

TEDActive 2014

An idea worth spreading

What do you see more of when you open a book, capital letters or lowercase letters? What do you need to know to read the words in the book, letter names or letter sounds? What might happen if a young child learned letter sounds with lowercase letters first?

I'm passionate about

learning- My mission is to enAble every student to achieve beyond expectations.

My TED story

I stumbled upon the TED-Ed Community, and the rest is history!

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Della Palacios
Posted about 1 year ago
Bryan Stevenson: We need to talk about an injustice
My sister and I just had this conversation. There is a destructive push in her field, criminal justice, for performance-based funding, just like there was with NCLB. The absolute nature of zero tolerance laws Bryan Stevenson is describes causing irrational happenings are akin to the absolute, zero tolerance line of the standard. Failure is wildly profitable. This topic is very interconnected on what kind of investment we are willing to make now, how much we are able to trust and what our tomorrow will be. We need to stop looking for short term outcomes and invest in the power within each individual, every identity! We can create equitable learning environments in our schools. Standards could create equitable learning environments, which my mentor Brenda Erickson, a Montessori vet, says is 70% of a successful classroom is environment. Let's invest there and return pedagogy from regulatory measures back to the field of education. Hold on.
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Della Palacios
Posted over 1 year ago
Daniel Reisel: The neuroscience of restorative justice
Yes, we can "re-grow morality." "Practice compassion," is my favorite quote by the Dalai Lama. The full quote is, "If you want to be happy, practice compassion. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion." I always just remember the two words, "Practice compassion." I love these words because they suggest compassion is at least part skill. Compassion needs to be practiced to improve. Compassion requires action. And that means everyone is capable of compassion with practice. Everyone. As an educator, I appreciate practicing a skill to improve. Times tables need to be practiced and applied to problem solving. Letter sounds need to be practiced and applied to reading words. Compassion needs to be practiced and applied to loving others. As an educator, I know abstract concepts are best taught through concrete means. So I offer two ideas... Teach kindness concretely. I've been told bullying is easier for children to understand than peace. It does not have to be. Instead of a giant red-lined circle that reads, "No Bullying," hang up a kindness wreath with lots of ribbon. For every kind deed a child sees or does, let her/him tie a ribbon on the wreath. Make kindness tangible. No one is ostracized when being taught to practice peace. Everyone may participate. No one is alienated when acts of kindness are given attention. Every kind acts earns attention.
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Della Palacios
Posted over 1 year ago
Jane McGonigal: The game that can give you 10 extra years of life
Games are also a new means of communication. I watched a nonverbal child living with Autism play a game as well or better than any "neurotypical" child could have played it. I asked his teacher, "Have you ever seen this level of skill before?" She said, "No." A game communicated the ability of this child living in a world not yet set up to understand him.
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Della Palacios
Posted about 2 years ago
Is marketing in the United States slowing down the academic progress of our children?
In my research and work, I have met many older children who do not know letter sounds. Once they learn them, they read more accurately. Marketing is out to teach every preschooler Aa is for apple and it says /a/. Then we expect the child to work through all the extra information to get to the important bits to read when all the child needs is /a/ to start. We're confusing our children with too much information too soon, slowing down a nation of readers. http://www.sensablelearning.org/?page_id=1293
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Della Palacios
Posted about 2 years ago
Is marketing in the United States slowing down the academic progress of our children?
Competition, applied correctly to the field, will improve education. I agree. Right now, there are two major corporations that could have a monopoly on education. These are the two corporations that publish the assessments made to satisfy the requirement of NCLB. These two corporations also easily sell their materials to the districts for teaching because they make the tests that satisfy the requirements of NCLB. This is a problem as they are dependent upon student performance for profit. The results of the high-stakes assessments published by these two corporations currently judge... student performance (retention/ graduation) teacher performance (50% of pay in some states) school and district performance (rated/graded or scored by AYP) And, to my disappointment, these complicated assessments holding so much weight are scored in some (many/most?) states by temporary hired help. There is one surprise I have been happy to see with the Common Core State Standards. The CCSS are blowing up the stranglehold these two corporations have had on the field and there is an explosion of innovation in the educational providers free market. At least for now, I see a major influx in competition in educational publishers/providers- and this is so nice to see! So, I remain cautious as I watch it unfold and hold my breath as the assessments are being developed. *I do wish the competition idea would stay in the publishing/ provider arena and not in the public school system. Shutting down and reorganizing a school, treating teachers as failed employees and children as sub-par products is a misapplication of MBA-style thinking impacting the lives unnecessarily of too many children.
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Della Palacios
Posted about 2 years ago
Is it possible to learn how to learn, and if so, how?
Brain Science... Every time I read about neural plasticity, I think of Vygostky's Social Constructivist Theory. http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/grey-matters--4 Watch her youtube video linked. It explains her ambition and vision to make the documentary. I so support her in this effort! and it goes right along with your question.
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Della Palacios
Posted about 2 years ago
How can we talk to kids?
I love you two. Whenever I read anything you, Lizanne, or Mary M. write, I get a warm fuzzy. I had a college professor who helped rewrote this book for teachers, http://books.google.com/books?id=oC4SjKZVA_YC&printsec=frontcover&dq=how+to+talk+so+kids+will+learn&hl=en&sa=X&ei=VsnYUcLJKYj68QSln4CQDA&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAA Also, I recently met a man online named Steve Hein and I love his "Requirements to Teach in My School" http://eqi.org/myschool.htm Check out the TED-Ed Community forum if you have education-specific ideas and questions. I love TED-Ed!!!!!!!!!!! https://community.ed.ted.com/teded