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Leading Success: Dynamic Solutions for Every School, Each Student

Leading Success: Dynamic Solutions for Every School, Each Student | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Our toolkit for educators includes videos, case studies and more that lead you to a forum for equity, personalization, smart data, collaboration and continuous improvement...
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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, July 3, 9:53 AM

NASSP sponsored tools for success. Take a look at the many resources for new and experienced leaders alike.

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Teachers: Finding Appreciation at Work

Teachers: Finding Appreciation at Work | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The daily demands on teachers can be intense and incredibly taxing yet acknowledgement of all the hard work can work wonders for helping with stress management.
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Brilliant: The Science of How We Get Smarter

Most of us assume that intelligence is immutable, set by our genetic inheritance or by our upbringing. Writer and reporter Annie Murphy Paul explodes that myth by revealing the impact of the microenvironment.
This podcast is available for download on iTunes
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How to Have a Meaningful Parent-Teacher Conference

How to Have a Meaningful Parent-Teacher Conference | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
As a teacher and parent, I've been on both sides of the desk for conferences. Some have been more successful than others, and I've come to the conclusion that it's the preparation beforehand that makes the difference....
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Later school start times could set a trend as experts call for more teen sleep

"Fairfax County’s plan to give more than 55,000 teens extra sleep next fall by delaying the first class of the day until 8 a.m. could set a trend for large school districts across the country as experts and educators seek to improve the health and well-being of high school students.

Health advocates hailed the county School Board’s 11-to-1 vote late Thursday as a major victory in a two-decade effort for later start times in Fairfax, whose 185,000 students make up the largest school district in Virginia and the 10th largest in the nation. The measure is part of a nationwide movement to help sleepy students benefit from more rest, which experts say could jolt performance in the classroom, lead to fewer teen traffic fatalities and improve mental health."

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Coalition Wants New Accountability System

Coalition Wants New Accountability System | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Education accountability should focus more on helping students, teachers and schools improve.
"The nation's two largest teachers unions – along with school administration organizations, business advocacy groups and school equity leaders – on Tuesday announced a new framework for accountability that focuses more on a holistic "support-and-improve" model than the longstanding "test-and-punish" mindset that's commonplace in schools nationwide."
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The New Accountability framework centers around making changes to three central concepts in educational accountability:

  1. standardized testing
  2. teacher evaluation
  3. school resource equity 
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Five Dimensions of Student-Centered Leadership

Five Dimensions of Student-Centered Leadership | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
I have been a teacher for 26 years, a Headteacher for 11 years and, at the age of 50, this much I know about the best thing school leaders can be doing, day-in, day-out. Many times in my career res...
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MathChat App Allows Students to Collaborate on Math Homework

MathChat App Allows Students to Collaborate on Math Homework | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
MathChat is an interesting new iPad  app that I discovered recently. As its name indicate, MathChat is an app that allows students to collaborate and work together on math problems.  This collaboration takes place in group chats where members get to exchange messages, use pointers to show how to solve a problem, or draw and add arrows to provide illustration and guidance on Math concepts. This collaborative feature of MathChat resembles to a great extent the work Whiteboard apps do.

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Dennis Swender's curator insight, October 26, 5:48 AM

Collaboration -- for the expansion of multiple learning opportunities.  Should students be encouraged to collaborate with others on tests and assignments?  Why is it that when students look up a word in a dictionary or consult a reliable reference source, that's OK, but if they consult a friend, that is sometimes considered cheating?  

Ken Zimmerman's curator insight, October 27, 12:36 PM

A possible tool to use in Hybrid classes.

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Another school football season ends over hazing

Another school football season ends over hazing | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
A second high school football team's season has come to an abrupt halt after allegations rookie players were subjected to what officials called humiliating and inappropriate initiation rites.
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Anti-hazing policies are a must for high schools. Hazing, often referred to as initiation, may occur in every activity--band, sports, clubs.

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Studying With Quizzes Helps Make Sure the Material Sticks

Studying With Quizzes Helps Make Sure the Material Sticks | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Neuroscientists have known for a long time that regular quizzing on information helps make it stick, but students and teachers don't always know how to apply that research to classroom practice or study habits.
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“The actual act of retrieving the information over and over, that’s what makes it retrievable when you need it.”


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How Teachers Really Motivate Students

How Teachers Really Motivate Students | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
How can teachers promote the intrinsic benefits of learning in school systems that depend on grades as a way to measure progress?
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An Honest Thank-You Letter to All Teachers

An Honest Thank-You Letter to All Teachers | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Even on the difficult days, remember that you are never forgotten. Students who read this letter will think of you. They think of you all the time. We all will talk about the stories of teachers that we adored for decades. We will laugh, cry and appr...
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4 Ways to Encourage a Growth Mindset in the Classroom

4 Ways to Encourage a Growth Mindset in the Classroom | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Contrary to popular belief, high achievement isn’t merely a product of talent and ability.In fact, our internal beliefs about our own abilities, skills, and potential actually fuel behavioral patterns and predict success. Leading Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck argues that the pivotal quality sepa
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1. Think about setting achievable micro-goals to encourage students’ consistent, incremental progress.

2. When students succeed, praise their efforts and strategies as opposed to their intelligence.

3. Help students focus on and value the process of learning.

4. Design classroom activities that involve cooperative--rather than competitive or individualistic--work.

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Eleven civil rights groups urge Obama to drop test-based K-12 ‘accountability’ system

Eleven civil rights groups urge Obama to drop test-based K-12 ‘accountability’ system | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
'It is time to end the advancement of policies and ideas that largely omit the critical supports and services necessary for children and families to access equal educational opportunity in diverse settings and to promote positive educational outcomes.'
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8 interactive activities to increases student engagement in your classroom

8 interactive activities to increases student engagement in your classroom | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

" If you’re mentoring new teachers and observe that their classes lack interacting or engaging activities, here are some suggestions that I have found easy to implement and wildly successful. Many new teachers erroneously believe that elementary, middle school and even high school students learn in the same manner as adults.  They don’t."

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  1. Seating Arrangements
  2. Jigsaw Games
  3. Application
  4. Flash Card Frisbee
  5. Vocabulary Basketball
  6. Vocabulary Bingo
  7. Fly Swatter Vocabulary Tag
  8. The Pass-Around Poem


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Putting students in charge to close the achievement gap - The Hechinger Report

Putting students in charge to close the achievement gap  - The Hechinger Report | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The goal: a stronger connection between academic learning and the kind of real-world experience that advocates say can translate into postsecondary success.
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Why good leaders make you feel safe

Why good leaders make you feel safe | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
What makes a great leader? Management theorist Simon Sinek suggests, it’s someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust. But creating trust and safety — especially in an uneven economy — means taking on big responsibility.
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UT's curator insight, October 29, 5:46 AM

Interesting take: being a great leader is like being a parent, to give opportunities, education, discipline so they can grow up and achieve more than we could for ourselves. 

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Making that redo/retake policy actually work!

Making that redo/retake policy actually work! | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"What does my student need to do in order to be reassessed?


After completing an assessment in a standards-based class, the student can ask for a reassessment using the process described below." 

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Overcoming the Motivation Challenge: 5 Things You Can Do

Overcoming the Motivation Challenge: 5 Things You Can Do | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Keeping learner motivation levels high is one of the common challenges faced by the eLearning professionals. With these tips you can motivate them from that first splash to the finish line.


1. Offer choice, control and freedom

2. Structure lessons around clear, real world goals

3. Create engaging, bite-sized materials

4. Engage students with each other

5. Give - and seek - feedback frequently.

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4 Keys to Designing the Classroom of the Future

4 Keys to Designing the Classroom of the Future | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"Designing the classroom of the future is no easy task, mostly because it's difficult to know what the future will look like. As little as five years ago, few could have predicted the ubiquity of tablets and their accompanying need for more and more WiFi capabilities. Even the maker movement's reliance on "creative spaces" is a relatively new phenomenon. "


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Mary Smitten's curator insight, October 25, 3:58 PM

Very relevant to the classrooms I work in.  The lay out and revised ways to integrate new technology to meet the students where they are. 

 

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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Whether you use musical instruments, game pieces, call-and-response, or electronic devices, there are many successful ways of getting students to focus front and stop talking.
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Struggle Means Learning: Difference in Eastern and Western Cultures

Struggle Means Learning: Difference in Eastern and Western Cultures | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
In Japanese classrooms, teachers consciously design tasks that are slightly beyond the capabilities of the students they teach, so the students can actually experience struggling with something just outside their reach.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 24, 6:37 PM

We do want students to struggle a bit with their learning. It is part of building resiliency.

 

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It's Time To Rethink Our Use Of Technology In Schools

It's Time To Rethink Our Use Of Technology In Schools | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Technology has revolutionized education, but asking how it can improve learning may be the wrong question.


Consider How, Rather Than What, Education Technology Is Used.

Nick Morrison argues in Forbes (10/22) for an attention to how technology is used in education, rather than simply what is used. The pieces features conversations with Bob Harris, chair of the UK’s Department for Education’s computing group, education adviser to Toshiba, and former teacher, lecturer, and college principal. Harris cites a lack of evidence supporting the push for education technology, stressing the importance of teachers and the damage of “the pedagogy of teachers standing at the front.” The piece highlights the 5 E’s of Martin Blows, former director of the UK’s National College for School Leadership, which call for empowering students with information and communication technology.

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Most teachers 'effective' or 'highly effective'

Most teachers 'effective' or 'highly effective' | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

NEW ORLEANS (AP)

Nearly All Louisiana Teachers Subjectively Rated “Effective” Or “Highly Effective.”

The AP (10/23, AP) reports 92% of Louisiana public school teachers were rated either effective or highly effective in this second year of state evaluations, up from 89% the prior year. State Education Superintendent John White expressed concerns over a lack of consistency, with teachers rated largely on principals’ subjective classroom observations and local student achievement goals. Further, the new Compass system has delayed the weighing of student achievement as Common Core is implemented. The state’s Department of Education stated eight of the top 10 (19 of the top 25) schools showing the most improvement had lower “highly-effective” numbers than the state’s 38% average. The department outlined plans to improve the evaluation process, including a special state education commission to develop recommendations for student achievement gains.

        The New Orleans Times-Picayune (10/23, Williams) reports on the higher teacher scores (3%) within a context of modest student achievement gains (under 1%). The Times adds that although the state provided some student growth data in “value-added” subjects, many systems didn’t use the data. Doug Harris, director of the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans, argues much of what makes teachers effective has little to do with student test scores, adding they don’t exist in a “one to one relationship.” The piece details the effective teacher percentages of New Orleans and Baton Rouge systems before closing on the state’s intent to raise standardized test standards from basic to mastery, expected recommendations to the school board on how to utilize data, and plans to expand the Believe and Prepare year-long apprenticeship program for incoming teachers.

        The New Orleans Times-Picayune (10/23, Samuels) reports similarly, with more detailed reporting of teacher and principal ratings in Baton Rouge districts, as well as highlighting of districts with notably high standards for scoring.

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