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Survey: Principals Prioritize Common Core, But Report Lack of Readiness

Survey: Principals Prioritize Common Core, But Report Lack of Readiness | CE Project | Scoop.it
A survey of 1,000 principals in 14 states shows that school leaders are heavily focused on the new standards, but don't necessarily feel prepared to manage the huge shift.

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, December 17, 2013 4:04 PM

There is more to implementation than priortizing. The entire professional body of educators need to know what the standards say and what those words mean. And...schools must have an standards based assessment plan that not only measures their efforts but that measures the effect of new practice and heighted expectations on student achievement. These new standards are more than words on paper: the implications of the Common Core Standards is truly a shift in the culture of education and that kind of shift needs societal and legistlative support.  

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Do principals' classroom visits help student learning?

Do principals' classroom visits help student learning? | CE Project | Scoop.it

Principals say “instructional leadership” is important, but what does that mean? Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham praises a new study that recorded how 100 principals spent their time during the school day.  Principals averaged 12.6 percent of their time on activities related to instruction, including classroom walkthroughs (5.4 percent) and formal teacher evaluation (2.4 percent).


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 24, 2014 10:45 PM

In a word the answer is no in my experience. I did not want to be visited by people who spent little time teaching and did not want to be teachers themselves. It is counterproductive.

 

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Bryan Kay's curator insight, October 22, 2015 8:18 PM

I hope this article provides insight on local, state, and federal mandates in education.

 

Being in classrooms as a principal is very important to leaders in my school district.

 

This year principals have been in classrooms more than ever and their presence has been welcomed by staff and students. Feedback has been given at a much higher rate than in year's past and I can tell teachers are even more focused than before.

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54 teacher-created examples of Formative Assessment - Google Drive

54 teacher-created examples of Formative Assessment - Google Drive | CE Project | Scoop.it

Try out these 54 teacher-created examples of formative assessments:http://bit.ly/1bLbLzX during the new year.


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, January 9, 2014 7:02 PM

This is a great assessment resource list for the 21st century learning environment. All approaches can be modified to fit your target learner.

Nathalie Bos's curator insight, January 13, 2014 3:27 AM

Évaluer reste une tâche essentielle

KatieMacDonald's curator insight, January 14, 2014 5:15 PM

Something to try...

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the lives of teachers

the lives of teachers | CE Project | Scoop.it
teaching and learning languages

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Roselink's curator insight, January 12, 2014 2:08 AM

Interviews with Michael Swan, Penny Ur, Stephen Krashen, etc

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Writing Center offers online tutoring after hours

Online tutoring, provided by the FMU Writing Center (WC), gives FMU students a new way to access tutorials outside of normal hours.
Dr. Jennifer Kunka, director of the WC, implemented the program last semester for off-campus students, but has decided to offer online tutoring for the entire student body.
“It began because we wanted to provide Writing Center tutoring assistance to students who are not physically taking class on the campus,” Kunka said. “[Now] we have decided to expand it this semester to a wider audience. We’ve opened it up to the entire university and have started to get some interest in it from students who are signing up to make use of what we can offer.”
Justin McGee, one of four online WC consultants, said that Collaborate is an environment that provides almost the same experience as meeting face to face.
“It’s different because you lose that one-on-one interaction between the student and the tutor,” McGee said. “However, the program we use, Blackboard Collaborate, really makes the sessions as similar to normal tutoring sessions as possible.”
Tutorials take place through an online application called Blackboard Collaborate. Collaborate is part of the Blackboard website which many professors use to post assignments and quizzes for students. Collaborate provides specialized tools for online tutoring allowing students to share documents and to interact with the tutors in various ways.
Students who are interested in using Blackboard Collaborate through the online tutoring program are required to have a microphone and speakers or headphones in order to talk to the tutors. A webcam is helpful, but optional for students. The tutors, however, will have a headset as well as a webcam so students can both see and hear them during the tutorial.
Although the tutoring sessions provide the same quality of tutoring found in the WC, some prior set-up is essential to make sure everything happens as it should.


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Labour plans to license teachers in new move to raise standards

Labour plans to license teachers in new move to raise standards | CE Project | Scoop.it
Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt wants new Royal College of Teaching to oversee assessments

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Licence plan 'threatens' teachers

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Labour's plans to license teachers will be seen as a "threat, not an opportunity", one of the UK's biggest teaching unions warns.
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Teaching Isn’t Rocket Science. It’s Harder.

Teaching Isn’t Rocket Science. It’s Harder. | CE Project | Scoop.it

"Ryan Fuller, a former aerospace engineer, is a high school teacher in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 'In 2007, when I was 22, I took a position as an aerospace engineer working on the design of NASA’s next-generation spacecraft. It was my dream job. The work wasn’t easy. Our team was trying to re-engineer, with modern technology, something that was designed in the ’60s. As a design engineer, I had to integrate the efforts of several different groups that often didn’t talk to each other or even get along very well. My deadlines haunted me like a thousand nightmares. Over the course of the next few years, though, I received awards and exceptional performance reviews, and I gained the respect of my colleagues, some of whom had been in the business for about as long as I had been alive. Because I’ve worked as an aerospace engineer and later as a teacher through Teach for America—this is my second year of teaching 11th grade math and robotics at Sierra High School in Colorado Springs—I find the public perception of both careers to be fascinating. I experience more failure every five minutes of teaching than I experienced in an entire week as an engineer. As an engineer, I dealt with very complex design problems, but before I decided how to solve them, I had a chance to think, research, and reflect for hours, days, or even weeks. I also had many opportunities to consult colleagues for advice before making any decisions. As a teacher, I have seconds to decide how to solve several problems at once, for hours at a time, without any real break, and with no other adults in the room to support them. There are days of teaching that make a day in the office seem like a vacation." | via Larry Cuban


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Qualities of a Good Principal

Qualities of a Good Principal | CE Project | Scoop.it

In order to once again attempt to further refine my own practice, I have decided to post what I consider to be the most important qualities of a good school principal.  This is essentially my own list and are rules I live by every single day on the job.  I would love to get some feedback at the end of this article in the comment section in regards to your thoughts or insight into areas I may be missing or neglected to mention.

 


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Final exams vs. projects - nope, false dichotomy: Grant Wiggins

Final exams vs. projects - nope, false dichotomy: Grant Wiggins | CE Project | Scoop.it

Exams vs. projects? UbD is agnostic about many educational practices, be they final exams or projects.  Yet, we often get queries such as these two recent ones: what’s the official UbD position, if any, on final exams? Should we be doing more hands-on projects if we’re doing UbD?

 

The glib answer: no technique is inherently sacred or profane; what matters is how exams and projects are shaped, timed, and assessed – mindful of course goals. As you’ll see below, I think we tend to fixate on the format instead of worrying about the key question: regardless of format, what evidence do we need and where can we find it?


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, January 5, 2014 12:49 AM

"What matters is how exams and projects are shaped, timed, and assessed – mindful of course goals". Grant Wiggins


I couldn't agree more with this statement and the article focus with final exams or even standardized exams in general. Following UbD and modify toward a competency-based assessment platform could be the best of both worlds.


Yes, this tends to lead toward the project-based learning approach but with defined learning goals and incorporating metacognitive learning strategies, a competency-based balanced assessment could be achieved.

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Cognition and Evolution: Reading Comprehension and Synesthesia

Literacy has strong similarities to synesthesia, and indeed is really a form of learned synesthesia. If you can read, you look at visual marks and automatically, involuntarily experience sound and meaning.

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Félix Vargas Arteaga's curator insight, January 1, 2014 1:15 PM

Read it! It´s a different perspective.

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Bad Teacher! How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture

Bad Teacher! How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture | CE Project | Scoop.it

Tuesday, Nov. 12 | 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

 

The University Council on Diversity and Inclusion invites you to an evening with School of Education's Dean, Kevin Kumashiro. He will discuss the current debates on educational reform that seem to unquestioningly place blame on public school teachers, teacher unions, and teacher educators for all that is wrong with schools, with little critical questioning of the real, systemic problems.


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What's Ahead for Education in 2014 - The Atlantic

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What's Ahead for Education in 2014
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“MOOCs Are Going to Ruin Your College Education,” PolicyMic warned in a headline in July.

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56% of all teachers reported a lack of teaching materials and resources aligned with the CCSS

“Many materials we have are not aligned, online resources are not updated, and neither are materials from publishers. There is very little money to buy updated materials. I have to create a lot of my own to meet the standards.” - Intervention Specialist


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Is educational technology more important than teachers?

Is educational technology more important than teachers? | CE Project | Scoop.it
Is educational technology more important than teachers? (Is educational technology more important than Teachers? http://t.co/KSHuzwMk8p)

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 7, 2014 8:22 AM

This should get some discussion started. ;)