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Book Review: The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact

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Principal Matt Renwick reviews The Principal by leadership expert Michael Fullan, a compact new book examining three keys to success as a school-based leader.

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32 Characteristics Of High-Performing Classrooms

32 Characteristics Of High-Performing Classrooms | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

"Instructional design is the strategic creation of learning experiences through intentional planning, sequencing, and data-based revision of learning. This process includes both the ways content is accessed, and the learning needs and objectives (and how they are determined) themselves. This puts instructional strategies, literacy strategies, curriculum mapping, standards unpacking, assessment design, digital literacy, and a dozen other facets of education beneath its umbrella."


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Good Professional Development Mirrors Good Teaching

Good Professional Development Mirrors Good Teaching | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
“I went to a workshop on active learning, and we just sat and listened all day!”

“I attended a ‘differentiated instruction’ seminar, and we all did the same thing at the same time!”

“Why can’t we ever get professional development days that actually use good instructional practices?”

These kinds of comments, all too commonly voiced by teachers, underscore one of the greatest frustrations teachers have with professional development. Often, professional development that claims to be all about great teaching and learning doesn’t employ the very strategies it claims to promote. This can have some significant negative impacts. Teachers may question the value of the strategies being taught, feel devalued themselves, and quickly shut down. It doesn’t take long in a PD setting like this before teachers display all of the typical characteristics of disengaged learners: texting, playing games on their phones, having side conversations, and even being actively disruptive.

So, perhaps you’re a teacher leader or administrator who will be leading professional development for colleagues. Or, perhaps you are looking to hire a consultant to lead adult learning in your school or district. What are some key elements of effective professional development? Not surprisingly, they are the same kinds of qualities we hope to see employed in classrooms with students. If you are leading professional development yourself, consider how these elements might strengthen your work. If you are bringing in an outside consultant, you might ask questions about these elements.

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, May 1, 9:21 AM

Librarians, be sure to remember you are modeling "good teaching" whenever you lead professional development on campus.  Think about your adult learners' needs.

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Attracting and Retaining High-Performing Teachers in Low-Performing Schools

Attracting and Retaining High-Performing Teachers in Low-Performing Schools | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

Attracting the top talent in the district to teach in low-performing schools proves that "older, experienced teachers will get better results than regular teachers, many of whom are brand new to teaching."


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On Feedback: 13 practical examples | Grant Wiggins

On Feedback: 13 practical examples | Grant Wiggins | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

Thirteen examples of how teachers have made feedback (as opposed to advice and evaluation) more central to their work with students:


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Grant Wiggins on Edutopia (RIP - archive of articles)

Grant Wiggins on Edutopia (RIP - archive of articles) | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

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Everything you know about curriculum may be wrong. Really.

Everything you know about curriculum may be wrong. Really. | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

Grant Wiggins asks us to question what we know about curriculum in this piece...what would happen if we made a significan shift in how we look at curriculum?

"What if the earth moves and the sun is at rest? What if gravity is just a special case of space-time? Following both counter-intuitive premises revolutionized science and ushered in the modern world. Could a similar counter-intuitive thought experiment advance education from where I believe we are currently stuck? I believe so."


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Teacher Evaluation: Grant Wiggins says 'Drive Out Fear'

Teacher Evaluation: Grant Wiggins says 'Drive Out Fear' | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Dear Governor Cuomo: I have my whole professional educational life been a supporter of teacher accountability. And, as you may know, I sided publicly with the findings in your recent report on the ...

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The Teacher Mentoring Project - The Educator's PLN

The Teacher Mentoring Project - The Educator's PLN | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
To collaborate and find best practices and to mentor and support teachers in K-12 and higher education institutes of learning worldwide for online and offline…...

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Parent Engagement: A Paradigm Shift

Parent Engagement: A Paradigm Shift | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
by Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D. This article calls upon parents and schools to shift the focus of parent engagement to interactions and activities that nurture collaboration and learning.

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, September 28, 2014 8:17 PM

INTERaction is the key.

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Building productive coaching relationships: The role of school leaders

Building productive coaching relationships: The role of school leaders | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

In order to support teacher growth, math coaches must develop trusting relationships. School and district administrative leaders who want to use instructional coaching as a strategy for improving instruction would do well to collaborate with coaches so that the their leadership choices support the development of a productive relationship between the coach and the teachers. Relationships are strongly influenced by the expectations that coaches and teachers bring to the table. Carefully introducing the coach and communicating the coach’s role and responsibilities to all stakeholders is a first, critical step.

 


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The Power of Educational Coaching

The Power of Educational Coaching | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
I squirmed a bit in the center seat as I responded to questions. One educator after another around the circle asked me probing questions that made me think about my actions. I knew they understood

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Summer Learning Loss Statistics and Strategies to Reduce Impact

Summer Learning Loss Statistics and Strategies to Reduce Impact | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Did you know most students lose two months of knowledge in the summer? Find more statistics and how to promote summer learning in our guide.

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, April 30, 12:50 PM
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The summer reading slump...as teachers we know that learners will lose skills if they do not use them during the summer. This article (which includes a lengthy infographic) shares statistics about what may happen over one summer (and also shares long- term consequences).

Did you know that a learner at the end of Grade 6 whom has experienced summer learning loss over the years may be 2 years behind their peers?

Or that 2.6 months of math skills are lost over the summer?

Many schools are starting to prepare summer packets with the hope that learners will complete them over the summer. You may find that information in this infographic is worth sharing with parents. They may not be aware of the consequences of how much summer learning loss may impact their child.

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School Leadership in Action: 5 Principal Practices

School Leadership in Action: 5 Principal Practices | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
This video series follows 10 principals in four metropolitan areas through their workdays, showing how they use five practices of effective school leadership to improve teaching and learning in their classrooms. The practices, described in The School Principal as Leader, are based on more than a decade of Wallace-supported research to identify what successful principals do. The five-video series, produced by WNET, New York City’s PBS affiliate, is also available on the PBS LearningMedia website.

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if you are in the principal pipeline this is a great resource. 

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Ways to keep professional development engaging

These key ideas open the door to a PD program that empowers teachers and has lasting impact. Not only can professional development created this way be engaging, valuable, and a reinvigorating experience that educators look forward to, it can also be an effective tool for transforming the culture and performance of a school.


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Ways to keep professional development engaging

These key ideas open the door to a PD program that empowers teachers and has lasting impact. Not only can professional development created this way be engaging, valuable, and a reinvigorating experience that educators look forward to, it can also be an effective tool for transforming the culture and performance of a school.

 


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Principals: You play a key role in retaining teachers!

Principals: You play a key role in retaining teachers! | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

"By understanding the unique characteristics of this generation and the reasons cited for leaving the teaching profession, instructional leaders can identify and implement strategies to retain these new teachers."


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The Importance of Models: Intelligent vs. Thoughtless Use of Rubrics

The Importance of Models: Intelligent vs. Thoughtless Use of Rubrics | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

"Those of us promoting the use of rubrics over the past 20 years can now smile and take satisfaction in the fact that the term is now familiar and the use of rubrics is commonplace world-wide. Alas, as with other good ideas, there has been some stupidification of this tool. I have seen unwise use of rubrics and countless poorly-written ones: invalid criteria, unclear descriptors, lack of parallelism across scores, etc. But the most basic error is the use of rubrics without models. Rubrics are too vague and nowhere near as helpful to students as they might be without models to validate and ground them." | by Grant Wiggins

  


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Educational Leadership:Feedback for Learning:Seven Keys to Effective Feedback

Educational Leadership:Feedback for Learning:Seven Keys to Effective Feedback | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

"Advice, evaluation, grades—none of these provide the descriptive information that students need to reach their goals. What is true feedback—and how can it improve learning?"

According to Grant Wiggins, feedback "is information about how we are doing in our efforts to reach a goal." After providing this definition and a number of examples the reader will see that two types of feedback have been shown. He uses this information to show that the type of feedback provided is critical and then proceeds to give "feedback essentials" with a description and information on each essential. These include: goal-referenced, tangible and transparent, actionable, user-friendly, timely, ongoing, and consistent. Additional information is also provided as well as a look at Feedback vs. Advice and Feedback vs. Evaluation and Grades. With the new school year starting this article will give you much to think about when it comes to providing feedback for your students.


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Lisl Trowbridge's curator insight, October 15, 2014 1:23 PM

Wiggins provides 7 key elements of feedback.

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An Interview with Grant Wiggins: The Power of Backwards Design

An Interview with Grant Wiggins: The Power of Backwards Design | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

When Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe wrote Understanding by Design (UbD) they did what no other educator had ever accomplished. They unequivocally cast assessment in the central role of teaching and learning by making the forceful argument that testing should not be the afterthought of instruction, but the central point of instruction.


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Deb Gardner's curator insight, December 12, 2013 7:57 AM

Wiggins again makes the argument for creating the assessment after identifying the standards that will be taught. 

 

I still see a standardized assessment to measure student progress on Common Core Standards as a plus. We've seen what's happened in the past in some states when they design standardized tests and adjust cut scores.  Even if states adopt CCSS, the assessment (whether it's PARCC, SBAC or some other test) used to measure progress is key to how those standards are taught and what type of learning (memorization, synthesis, evaluation, etc.) is valued in the classroom.

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Five Tips for New Teachers to Become Connected Educators

Five Tips for New Teachers to Become Connected Educators | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
This month, the U.S. Department of Education kicked off Connected Educator Month, with engaging keynotes, panel discussions, book chats, and more. During this month, educators in the U.S.

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Parent Involvement Toolkit - People for Education

Beyond School Councils - A toolkit for principals, teachers & parents about doing what matters most.


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Deciding Upon Instructional Leadership Behaviors

Deciding Upon Instructional Leadership Behaviors | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

“I had several requests recently to explore “what instructional coaches should spend their time doing”. One district, where coaching is in its fourth year, asked me to facilitate a reflection conversation among coaches to help assess “what we have...”


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Coaching Conversations

See and hear peer coaches in action.

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Lisa Shaw's curator insight, March 28, 2013 2:04 PM

good for scripting coaching conversations

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Four Conditions Essential for Instructional Coaching to Work | Edutopia

Blogger and former teacher Elena Aguilar describes four conditions she considers essential in order for instructional coaching to work at a school.

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Dear Administrator: Flip Your Meeting?

Dear Administrator: Flip Your Meeting? | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
We know active-learning strategies work for students. Why not try them on the faculty?

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, April 26, 10:28 PM

Excellent ideas for generating fun professional development that teaches skills like social media and #edtech tools.