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Changes in the Student Brain: A Review of Age of Opportunity

Changes in the Student Brain: A Review of Age of Opportunity | Continuous Improvement in Schools | Scoop.it
By Aimee Bartis - Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence, a game changer in understanding the developing brain of millennials.
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25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently - InformED

25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently - InformED | Continuous Improvement in Schools | Scoop.it
Imagine for a moment that all human beings had the same IQ, but that some of us knew how to tap into it better than others. How would we approach educati
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Four Activities to Jump-Start Teamwork Among Teachers and School Leaders

Four Activities to Jump-Start Teamwork Among Teachers and School Leaders | Continuous Improvement in Schools | Scoop.it
Now, more than ever before, teachers could use creative, innovative teamwork to help them ensure success.
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Moore County Schools Begins Survey - Southern Pines Pilot

Moore County Schools Begins Survey - Southern Pines Pilot | Continuous Improvement in Schools | Scoop.it
Moore County Schools Begins Survey Southern Pines Pilot "The results of this survey will be considered by the school improvement team where your child attends to help determine the goals and areas of focus for the 2014-2015 School Improvement...
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Mandy Hanna on Twitter: "@robbieg126 instructional team needs these! Get out your checkbook! Lol. http://t.co/t6TIZCCuUN"

Mandy Hanna on Twitter: "@robbieg126 instructional team needs these! Get out your checkbook! Lol. http://t.co/t6TIZCCuUN" | Continuous Improvement in Schools | Scoop.it
@robbieg126 instructional team needs these! Get out your checkbook! Lol. http://t.co/t6TIZCCuUN
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Park Dale School on Twitter: "Park Dale school improvement team going deep into our school data. http://t.co/1ty6J9spAj"

Park Dale School on Twitter: "Park Dale school improvement team going deep into our school data. http://t.co/1ty6J9spAj" | Continuous Improvement in Schools | Scoop.it
RT @Parkdale73: Park Dale school improvement team going deep into our school data. http://t.co/1ty6J9spAj
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5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips for Novice Teachers

5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips for Novice Teachers | Continuous Improvement in Schools | Scoop.it
Check out these five management strategies new teachers can begin using immediately in their classrooms.
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My Secret Coaching Weapon: Compassion

My Secret Coaching Weapon: Compassion | Continuous Improvement in Schools | Scoop.it
I'm frequently asked, "What's your secret weapon for coaching. What's the number one tool or strategy you use?" I think people want a response such as, "It's active listening," or "I always plan for coaching conversations," something concrete and replicable. After some reflection, I've identified my secret coaching weapon. It's compassion.
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How Principals Can Grow Teacher Excellence

How Principals Can Grow Teacher Excellence | Continuous Improvement in Schools | Scoop.it
At Cochrane Collegiate Academy, teachers credit their principal with helping them continually improve their practice through effective PD, ongoing support, and mutual trust.
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Teachers are Learners Too - A Reflection on Professional Development, Being a Mentor and Teacher Inquiry

Teachers are Learners Too - A Reflection on Professional Development, Being a Mentor and Teacher Inquiry | Continuous Improvement in Schools | Scoop.it
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It is so easy as educators to fall into the trap of: do as I say, not as I do.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 13, 2014 11:23 AM

We are not mentors. We are teachers. Teaching is still at the heart of what we do. We may mentor at times, instruct at other times, facilitate at other times, etc. These are subsumed in teaching. Teaching and learning are entangled to use a word from quantum physics. They are one thing that is not one thing.

 

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Suvi Salo's curator insight, September 13, 2014 10:40 PM

"In addition to learners needing to "unlearn", I have found that instructors sometimes need to unlearn certain habits too."

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Online Learning Doesn’t Have to Be Isolating: Exploring the Mentoring Model

Online Learning Doesn’t Have to Be Isolating: Exploring the Mentoring Model | Continuous Improvement in Schools | Scoop.it
Great reminder that online courses require interaction between student and instructional team to really work. http://t.co/XrkEqlggxI
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Leadership standard - YouTube

Mike Ford, superintendent of Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District in Clifton Springs, N.Y., talks about the importance of the Leadership standard ...

 

Develop Capacity For Learning And Leading

Leaders hold learning among their top priorities for students, staff, and themselves. Leaders recognize that universal high expectations for all students require ambitious improvements in curriculum, instruction, assessment, leadership practices, and support systems. These improvements require effective professional learning to expand educators' knowledge, skills, practices, and dispositions. All leaders demand effective professional learning focused on substantive results for themselves, their colleagues, and their students. Leaders artfully combine deep understanding of and cultural responsiveness to the community they serve with high expectations and support for results to achieve school and school system goals. They embed professional learning into the organization's vision by communicating that it is a core function for improvement and by establishing and maintaining a public and persistent focus on educator professional learning. Leaders of professional learning are found at the classroom, school, and system levels. They set the agenda for professional learning by aligning it to classroom, school, and school system goals for student and educator learning, using data to monitor and measure its effects on educator and student performance. They may facilitate professional learning, coach and supervise those who facilitate it, or do both. As facilitators of professional learning, they apply a body of technical knowledge and skills to plan, design, implement, and evaluate professional learning. As coaches and supervisors of those who facilitate professional learning, they develop expertise in others about effective professional learning, set high standards for their performance, and use data to give frequent, constructive feedback.

To engage in constructive conversations about the alignment of student and educator performance, leaders cultivate a culture based on the norms of high expectations, shared responsibility, mutual respect, and relational trust. They work collaboratively with others, such as school and systembased resource personnel and external technical assistance providers, so that all educators engage in effective job-embedded or external professional learning to meet individual, team, school, and system goals.

Systems that recognize and advance shared leadership promote leaders from all levels of the organizations. Leaders can hold formal roles, such as principal, instructional coach, or task force chair, for long periods of time or informal roles, such as voluntary mentor or spokesperson, for shorter periods. All leaders share responsibility for student achievement among members of the school and community. Leaders hold themselves and others accountable for the quality and results of professional learning. Leaders work collaboratively with others to create a vision for academic success and set clear goals for student achievement based on educator and student learning data.


Advocate For Professional Learning

Leaders clearly articulate the critical link between increased student learning and educator professional learning. As supporters of professional learning, they apply understanding of organizational and human changes to design needed conditions, resources, and other supports for learning and change.

As advocates for professional learning, leaders make their own career-long learning visible to others. They participate in professional learning within and beyond their own work environment. Leaders consume information in multiple fields to enhance their leadership practice. Through learning, they clarify their values and beliefs and their influence on others and on the achievement of organizational goals. Their actions model attitudes and behavior they expect of all educators.



Create Support Systems And Structures

Skillful leaders establish organizational systems and structures that support effective professional learning and ongoing continuous improvement. They equitably distribute resources to accomplish individual, team, school, and school system goals. Leaders actively engage with policy makers and decision makers so that resources, policies, annual calendars, daily schedules, and structures support professional learning to increase student achievement. Leaders create and align policies and guidelines to ensure effective professional learning within their school systems or schools. They work within national, regional, and local agencies to adopt standards, monitor implementation, and evaluate professional learning's effectiveness and results.Download Page as PDF

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"We've changed, our kids have changed, and our world has changed. Leaders have to look at instruction, ensure students are receiving a viable curriculum, and look at standards and assessments to be able to apply those. "

 

- Deborah Jackson

 

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The Power of "I Don't Know"

The Power of "I Don't Know" | Continuous Improvement in Schools | Scoop.it
Educators are tasked with teaching students how to find answers themselves. And it all starts with a simple three-word phrase: I don't know.
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25 Practices That Foster Lifelong Learning - InformED

25 Practices That Foster Lifelong Learning - InformED | Continuous Improvement in Schools | Scoop.it
"I don't divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures... I divide the world into learners and nonlearners." --Benjami
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B.J. Novak Proves That Kids' Books Don't Need Pictures

B.J. Novak Proves That Kids' Books Don't Need Pictures | Continuous Improvement in Schools | Scoop.it
The former actor and writer for The Office has found a mischievous way to entertain preschoolers through the written word alone.
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7 Essential Questions That Guide School Improvement

7 Essential Questions That Guide School Improvement | Continuous Improvement in Schools | Scoop.it
What Should Every Student Know and Be Able To Do? The Committee of Ten wrestled with this question in 1893. Since that time, teachers and administrators have attempted to answer the same question. Curriculum design teams should focus on this question. Curriculum alignment efforts are improved when the entire staff reflects on this question. Continuous improvement efforts require each teacher team to reflect and share their thoughts about content, skills, key concepts, learning goals, and transfer of un
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Ow.ly - image uploaded by @DeKalbDCCUSD

Ow.ly - image uploaded by @DeKalbDCCUSD | Continuous Improvement in Schools | Scoop.it
Some of the MCK School Improvement Team learned about systems thinking. Then they worked on prioritizing actives.. http://t.co/NbuKjXls0U
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10 steps for educators: Teacher Team Initiative

10 steps for educators: Teacher Team Initiative | Continuous Improvement in Schools | Scoop.it
Ten Steps to Implementing a Teacher Team Initiative at Your School | Teaching Tolerance // // // // Ten Steps to Implementing a Teacher Team Initiative at Your School Professional Development: Teac...
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Interested in serving on the School... - New Town Elementary School | Facebook

Interested in serving on the School Improvement Team???
Then please complete the pink Parent Member application form that was sent home with all... (Interested in serving on the School Improvement Team?
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Michael Buckley on Twitter: "2nd grade Instructional Team met to discuss student data. New data + new instructional planning = student success! http://t.co/spJXrArcgA"

Michael Buckley on Twitter: "2nd grade Instructional Team met to discuss student data. New data + new instructional planning = student success! http://t.co/spJXrArcgA" | Continuous Improvement in Schools | Scoop.it
2nd grade Instructional Team met to discuss student data.
New data + new instructional planning = student success! http://t.co/spJXrArcgA
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Port Weller School on Twitter: "Student school improvement team met. This is what they want you to think of when you think of Port Weller. @mrs_dt http://t.co/TaZXQLsldD"

Port Weller School on Twitter: "Student school improvement team met. This is what they want you to think of when you think of Port Weller. @mrs_dt http://t.co/TaZXQLsldD" | Continuous Improvement in Schools | Scoop.it
Student school improvement team met. This is what they want you to think of when you think of Port Weller. @mrs_dt http://t.co/TaZXQLsldD
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Educational Leadership: Motivation Matters: Curiosity Is Fleeting, but Teachable

Educational Leadership: Motivation Matters: Curiosity Is Fleeting, but Teachable | Continuous Improvement in Schools | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, September 13, 2014 2:08 AM

Curiosity is always a basic strong motivator. Arousing curiosity can be a challenge after life often trains people to discourage people from following natural curiosities to discover knowledge..

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 13, 2014 11:24 AM

Curiosity and creativity work together.

 

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Do students learn more when their teachers work well together?

Do students learn more when their teachers work well together? | Continuous Improvement in Schools | Scoop.it
Yes, and here's evidence.
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10 top tips for teachers heading into school senior leadership teams

10 top tips for teachers heading into school senior leadership teams | Continuous Improvement in Schools | Scoop.it
Don’t forget what it feels like to be a classroom teacher, but do be a critical friend to the head – here’s what teachers who are heading into senior management need to know
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