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High Schoolers Donate Class Trip Money To Principal Battling Cancer

High Schoolers Donate Class Trip Money To Principal Battling Cancer | Headlines for School Leaders | Scoop.it

It was a class act in every sense: High school seniors in New Hampshire canceled their long-planned class trip so they could give the money to their principal.

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School districts tighten social media contacts among teachers, students

A rash of local teachers charged with having sexual relationships with students raises the question of whether there is an increase in the number of sexual predators among teachers or simply heightened awareness and increased reporting.

Although the answer may not be clear, one thing is certain: All of the teachers were charged after social media or text messages with their alleged victims were exposed.

The electronic messages, including cell phone texts and messages on Facebook and Twitter, left a digital trail for investigators to follow, making it easy to identify victims and present the suspected teachers with specific evidence of wrongdoing.

That leaves school officials tasked with trying to figure out how to embrace the seemingly limitless educational advantages of the Internet and social media tools, but preventing them from being used to initiate and foster covert, inappropriate relationships among staff and students.

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Who Benefits from Cuomo's Education Tax Credit Plan

Who Benefits from Cuomo's Education Tax Credit Plan | Headlines for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pressing lawmakers to pass $150 million worth of education tax credits before the legislative session ends. We look at who really would benefit from the credits.
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Technology Helps Turn Around Failing Rural Arkansas School

Terrific profile of the work of NASSP Digital Principal Daisy Dyer Duerr:

“We really wanted to infuse technology into our curriculum, because here in an isolated school in the middle of nowhere Arkansas we wanted them to be able to have just as good as an education as they could in any metropolitan area in America.”

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How One-On-One Tutoring Is Creating Possibilities For LA's Homeless Youth

For the nonprofit School On Wheels, change begins when people focus on what they can do to help. “We can’t end homelessness, but we can help a student experiencing homelessness with th
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Common Sense Media to Release Privacy Ratings for Ed-Tech Products

Working with school districts, Common Sense Media is developing a rubric to evaluate ed-tech products' compliance with relevant privacy and security laws and practices.
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This is encouraging news, and will help fulfill recommendations promoted in NASSP's position statement on data privacy. http://www.nassp.org/Content.aspx?topic=Student_Data_Privacy

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Stephen Colbert Announces Major Gift To South Carolina Teachers

Stephen Colbert Announces Major Gift To South Carolina Teachers | Headlines for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Comedian Stephen Colbert announced Thursday that he will be funding $800,000 in grants to public school teachers in his native South Carolina. The money will be used to fulfill all outstanding request
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A generous gesture by Mr. Colbert, no doubt. But let's not lose sight of the larger condition: Our education funding system makes it necessary for teachers and schools to fund-raise for basic supplies. If education is a priority, we cannot let that condition persist.

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Most states lacked expertise to improve worst schools

The Obama administration handed out more than $3 billion to the states and the District of Columbia to help them turn around their worst-performing schools as part of the federal stimulus spending that took place after the 2008 recession. But most states lacked the capacity to improve those schools, according to a new analysis by federal researchers.

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HL Mencken one said said every complex problem has a solution that is obvious, simple, and wrong. The SIG program had four such solutions, all of which required the immediate removal of the principal. NASSP came out strongly in opposition to these models at the time, and we are glad to have seen them abandoned in subsequent regs and guidance.

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Measurement Is Key To Accelerating Education Impact

Milwaukee Succeeds is one of over 60 collective impact partnerships engaged in the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network. Partnership staff and leaders in these communities are passionate about measurement, aiming to constantly learn and adapt across all programs and services working to improve educational outcomes. They rigorously measure and continuously improve their work, making small tests of change and scaling interventions that data shows provide results for kids.

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We all know that measurement is the key to accelerating and scaling impact. But this can’t be achieved without a tenacious approach to collecting and using data each and every day. And we don’t just mean data on ultimate outcomes. We need data on how the actions taken to support students connect to the ultimate outcomes we hope to improve. This is the key to understand what practices, of all the myriad efforts underway to support student success, actually get results. 

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How an Underperforming Georgia School Turned It Around

How an Underperforming Georgia School Turned It Around | Headlines for School Leaders | Scoop.it
In spite of the billions of dollars spent, the standards movement has been at best a partial success and coveted test scores have hardly improved. Meanwhile, it is having catastrophic consequences on student engagement and teacher morale. Politicians often scratch their heads over these problems. Sometimes, they punish schools for not making the grade. Sometimes, they fund remedial programs to get them back on track. But the problems persist and in many ways they're getting worse.
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2013 NASSP Principal of the Year Laurie Barron is featured for her remarkable leadership in changing the culture at Smokey Road Middle School in Newnan, Ga.
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The 2014 NASSP Principal of the Year is featured here:  she is definitely an inspiration!

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Arrests, suspensions in NYC schools declining: officials

Arrests, suspensions in NYC schools declining: officials | Headlines for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Arrests and suspensions in city schools are becoming increasingly rare, according to statistics released by Education Department officials.
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NYC's commitment to reducing suspensions, expulsions and other punishments that take kids out of school places the nation's largest district on the right side of the research and underscores its renewed commitment to improving educational opportunity for all students. It is also consistent with a proposed position statement from NASSP: http://www.principals.org/Content.aspx?topic=School_Discipline

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FACT CHECK: Republicans reaching for White House take liberties when attacking Common Core

FACT CHECK: Republicans reaching for White House take liberties when attacking Common Core | Headlines for School Leaders | Scoop.it
ATLANTA — In the political uproar over Common Core, various myths are peddled as fact
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SCHOOLS NATIONWIDE STRUGGLE WITH SUBSTITUTE TEACHER SHORTAGE

SCHOOLS NATIONWIDE STRUGGLE WITH SUBSTITUTE TEACHER SHORTAGE | Headlines for School Leaders | Scoop.it

Districts throughout the country have reported struggles finding substitute teachers. School officials say the shortage worsened as the unemployment rate improved, and job seekers who might have settled for a part-time job such as substitute teaching are now insisting on full-time positions with better pay and benefits.

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A frequent source of substitutes has been education majors looking for experience. But officials say fewer college students are choosing teaching as a career path, in part because of recent layoffs and concerns about new education standards, including efforts in some states to link teacher evaluations with student test scores.

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Key numbers from a report to Congress on US education

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American education landscape is shifting.
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ISTE 2015 Lead & Transform Town Hall to Explore Role of Distributed Leadership in Digital Age Learning

2015 Digital Principal John Bernia will join Patrick Larkin, named an NASSP Digital Principal in 2012, and several other progressive leaders to discuss the role of distributed leadership in digital-age learning.

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Survey: School bullying at lowest ebb in 10 years

Fewer students say they are being bullied at school. Those who are bullied are more likely to be girls than boys and more likely to be white than minority students, according to new data released by the US Department of Education.

Bob Farrace's insight:

We still have a distance to go, but it’s great to see the bullying data moving in the right direction. What we have seen across the country are students taking charge of the issue themselves. National Honor Society and student council chapters are amplifying student voices and battling bullying at the grassroots rather than having anti-bullying initiatives imposed on them. When students are empowered, they become invested in the outcome. And they can make very clear the kinds of behaviors that are unacceptable in their community. It’s really a tribute to the principal’s leadership when a school has that kind of culture.

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Recipe for better school discipline: collaboration, cultural understanding, community involvement

Recipe for better school discipline: collaboration, cultural understanding, community involvement | Headlines for School Leaders | Scoop.it
A group of 35 educators, parents, policy researchers, students, government officials and nonprofit leaders gathered at a recent Education Lab workshop to tackle the question,
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This little line buried toward the end of the article begins to address the key issue: 'Many educators, she said, would like to spend more time on social-emotional learning and figuring out ways to avoid out-of-school suspensions but tight schedules often prevent that from happening.'


The most important way to reduce suspensions is to create a climate that deters misbehavior to begin with. It can be (and has been) done, but requires enlightened leadership and a firm commitment on the part of everyone in the school.

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Grassroots 'Educolor' Group Spotlights Racial Inequities

A collective of teachers, advocates, and scholars is leveraging social media to elevate the perspectives of people of color on education policy.

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One issues principals can address right away is the disproportionate application of suspension and expulsion to minority students. See NASSP's new position statement on the topic here: http://www.nassp.org/Content.aspx?topic=School_Discipline

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Obese students far less likely to finish high school, Swedish study says

Researchers have identified a new problem associated with childhood obesity – failure to finish high school.
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On Campus: Journalists hear education stats, pet peeves

The American Educational Research Association brought journalists to Chicago for Data at Your Desk training, giving us an overview of nationally collected education statistics and a serious dressing down for media misdeeds.
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Civil Rights Groups: “We Oppose Anti-Testing Efforts”

For the civil rights community, data provide the power to advocate for greater equality under the law. It’s the reason we’ve fought to make sure that we’re counted equally in every aspect of American life, such as in employment, the criminal justice system, and consumer lending. 

Our commitment to fair, unbiased, and accurate data collection and reporting resonates greatest in our work to improve education.

There are some legitimate concerns about testing in schools that must be addressed. But instead of stimulating worthy discussions about over-testing, cultural bias in tests, and the misuse of test data, these activists would rather claim a false mantle of civil rights activism. At the heart of that debate is whether or not we will have the courage to make the necessary investments in each and every child, no matter their race, ethnicity, class, disability status, or first language.

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Obama Finds a Bolder Voice on Race Issues

Obama Finds a Bolder Voice on Race Issues | Headlines for School Leaders | Scoop.it

A president who eschewed focusing on race now seems to have found his voice again as he thinks about how to use his remaining time in office and beyond. In the aftermath of racially charged unrest in places like Baltimore, Ferguson, Mo., and New York, Mr. Obama came to the Bronx on Monday for the announcement of a new nonprofit organization that is being spun off from his White House initiative called My Brother’s Keeper. Staked by more than $80 million in commitments from corporations and other donors, the new group, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, will in effect provide the nucleus for Mr. Obama’s post-presidency, which will begin in January 2017.

 
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These Schools Dramatically Improved In Just A Few Years. Here's How.

These Schools Dramatically Improved In Just A Few Years. Here's How. | Headlines for School Leaders | Scoop.it

It's not easy and it's not common, but schools are sometimes able to make dramatic turnarounds in just a matter of years.

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"The strength of a school’s leadership tends to influence the strength of its academics and culture, according to CAP researchers.

"The four schools highlighted in the report all have strong leaders with a strong vision who brought the staff and community in on what they're trying to do."

 

The importance of leadership is revealed again and again in research projects like this one, very prominently in research by the Wallace Foundation, and in NASSP's Breakthrough Schools program, in which we identified and studies that characteristics of 60+ such schools. Our Breakthrough work, reveals, however, that the replacement of the principal and staff is not a sine qua non of a turnaround. What really matters is fidelity to the implementation of the comprehensive reform.

 

www.nassp.org/breakthrough

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Millennials support sex ed but don’t find it helpful in real life

A startling number of millennials also see sexual assault as a common problem in middle and high schools, according to a new poll.
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Message here for educators: Sex ed has to go beyond covering "how it all works" to treatments of healthy relationships and dating, and the meaning of consent.

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HS students' perspectives on historically Black colleges

HS students' perspectives on historically Black colleges | Headlines for School Leaders | Scoop.it
Join the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as we follow five high school students from Pittsburgh Obama, Penn Hills, Oakland Catholic and Imani who are touring 13 historically black colleges. The students will share their stories as they shape their college futures.
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