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Schools to track students’ whereabouts with computer chips

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A school district in San Antonio will use speical ID cards to tell when a student is off campus...
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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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NASSP sponsored tools for success. Take a look at the many resources for new and experienced leaders alike.

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Learning to Read Does Not End in Fourth Grade

Learning to Read Does Not End in Fourth Grade | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Word-processing skills develop even past fifth grade


A new study published in the journal Developmental Science questions that assumption, showing that children are still learning to read past fourth and even fifth grade.


The shift to automatic word-processing, in which the brain recognizes whether a group of symbols constitutes a word within milliseconds, allowing fluid reading that helps the reader focus on the content of the text rather than on the words, may occur later than previously thought.

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"So if fourth-graders aren’t quite reading to learn, then when does the shift toward more complete automatic word-processing occur? According to Coch, that probably happens some time between fifth grade and college—a period she says that hasn’t been studied.


For now, the results strongly suggest that reading skills need to continue to be nurtured during that period. “


This certainly does suggest that teachers beyond fourth grade are still teachers of reading,” says Coch.

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Principal Turnover Remains a Problem

Principal Turnover Remains a Problem | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
A federal report looks at mobility and retention among principals in the nation's public and private schools.
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What the survey reveals about principal turnover over the last year:

  • 22% left and 78% remained in their schools.
  • 38% of those who left retired.
  • Rural principals had the highest turnover.
  • High school principals were more likely to leave their schools. 
Principal turnover relates to teacher turnover which relates to lower student achievement.
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only 10% of students from low-income communities across the country who enroll in college are earning a degree

only 10% of students from low-income communities across the country who enroll in college are earning a degree | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
At a time when a college diploma is more important than ever to compete in the global economy, only 10% of students from low-income communities across the country who enroll in college are earning a degree. Pair that with the fact that the majority of African American and Latino students graduating high school don’t meet …
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"There are social, emotional and financial barriers that students from low income communities have to overcome. While schools are increasingly creating a “college prep” mentality, many students have no personal experience on which to draw" and no support system to ease their transition to postsecondary education and training.

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"Sustained engagement with challenging content": The most important factor in raising student achievement.

"Sustained engagement with challenging content": The most important factor in raising student achievement. | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

by Daniel Willingham


"researchers saw puny effects because they had to skimp on the most important factor: sustained engagement with challenging academic content."


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Up To 50 Percent Of Teachers Quit Within Five Years, Says Report

Up To 50 Percent Of Teachers Quit Within Five Years, Says Report | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Amid intense debate about new education standards, and teacher tenure and pay, the Alliance for Excellent Education has turned the focus to new teachers -– and their tendency to quit.

A new report, published by the Alliance in collaboration ...
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America’s schools are losing too many of their best teachers.

America’s schools are losing too many of their best teachers. | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

To combat the real retention crisis and create the profession that teachers deserve, we offer two major recommendations for education leaders: make retention of Irreplaceables a top priority, and strengthen the teaching profession with higher expectations.
 

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Self-directed learning: “an urban legend in education.”

Self-directed learning: “an urban legend in education.” | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
When Bill Gates was still a teenager, he would sneak out of his family’s house before dawn and ride his bike to a building on the campus of the University of Washington. He had discovered that the university’s huge supercomputers were idle between the hours of three and six in the morning, allowing the budding …
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"This is a very particulartake on learning: the autodidact’s (Gates') take. We shouldn’t mistake it for most people’s reality. Productive learning without guidance and support from others is rare. A pair of eminent researchers has gone so far as to call the very notion of self-directed learning “an urban legend in education.”

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Why You Lead Determines How Well You Lead

Why You Lead Determines How Well You Lead | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Internal motivations are more powerful than external ones.
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"One of the longstanding dichotomies in the field of leader development is whether to teach leadership as skills that lead to higher performance (a competency-based model that is relatively easy to metric), or to teach leadership as a complex moral relationship between the leader and the led (a values-based model that is challenging to metric). Our study demonstrates that those who lead primarily from values-based motivations, which are inherently internal, outperform those who lead with additional instrumental outcomes and rewards."
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Teacher Attrition Costs United States Up to $2.2 Billion Annually

Teacher Attrition Costs United States Up to $2.2 Billion Annually | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Roughly half a million U.S. teachers either move or leave the profession each year—attrition that costs the United States up to $2.2 billion annually, according to a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education. This high turnover rate disproportionately affects high-poverty schools and seriously compromises the nation’s capacity to ensure that all students have access to skilled teaching, says On the Path to Equity: Improving the Effectiveness of Beginning Teachers.
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How Tests Make Us Smarter

How Tests Make Us Smarter | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Low-stakes quizzing helps people retain more of what they learn.
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used properly, testing as part of an educational routine provides an important tool not just to measure learning, but to promote it."


Standardized testing is in some respects a quest for more rigor in public education. We can achieve rigor in a different way. We can instruct teachers on the use of low-stakes quizzing in class. We can teach students the benefits of retrieval practice and how to use it in their studying outside class. These steps cost little and cultivate habits of successful learning that will serve students throughout their lives.

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Nobody Follows A Tentative Person

Nobody Follows A Tentative Person | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
I was standing at the meat counter at the local market and watched a leadership principle unfold before me: Nobody Follows a Tentative Person. Normally, they have little slips of paper with numbers that make the process run smoothly: take...
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10 pieces of advice for new teachers

10 pieces of advice for new teachers | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

Here are 10 pieces of advice I'd like to share with new teachers as they prepare for this adventure:.

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12th Graders to take TIMSS Advanced Global Exam on High-Level Math and Physics

The Education Department is planning for U.S. participation next year in the TIMSS Advanced global exam on high-level math and physics, according to a notice published today in the Federal Register.


The U.S. does participate regularly in the basic TIMSS test, the Trends in Mathematics and Science Study. That exam is given every four years to fourth and eighth graders around the world. U.S. students in both grades topped the international average in both math and science on the most recent test, in 2011, with fourth graders performing especially well.

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Because of the over-testing of students in the U.S., testing seniors is a really bad idea. By the time our students reach 12th grade, they have been tested repeatedly throughout the grades and have never received any feedback and no consequences. As a result, they consistently engage in what teachers refer to as “Christmas-treeing” tests. They simply fill in the dots and go through the motions. I would not want my career riding on the performance of a 12th grader on yet another meaningless test.

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"The public and teachers are more divided than Democrats and Republicans."

When it comes to what constitutes a superb education in America, the general public and teachers have vastly different views, say Peterson, Henderson, and West in this book, a compilation of research reported originally in Education Next. Surveys fielded by over 5,000 teachers and members of the general public (2007–13) conclude that, overall, teachers and the public disagree most on issues pertaining to tenure, pensions, union efficacy, charter schools, school vouchers, and standardized testing.
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Principals stay when they have more impact!

Principals stay when they have more impact! | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

Principals stay when they have more impact!Are successful principals school-hopping, or staying put?

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"principals who feel they are able to get things done are much more frequently the ones who stay on, and those who felt they didn't accomplish much—or perhaps had less control over their budget or curriculum."

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Why is it tougher to move the needle on reading than on math?

Why is it tougher to move the needle on reading than on math? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

by Daniel Willingham


"In math, if you put a little extra time in, it’s at least obvious where that time should go. If kids are behind in mathematics, it’s not difficult to know what they need to work on.

Once kids reach upper elementary school, reading comprehension is driven primarily by background knowledge; knowing a bit about the topic of the text you’re reading confers a big advantage to comprehension. Kids from impoverished homes suffer primarily from a knowledge deficit (Hirsch, 2007).

So a bit of extra time, while better than nothing, is just a start at an attempt to build the knowledge needed for these students to make significant strides in reading comprehension. And in this particular intervention, no attempt was made to assess what knowledge was needed and to build it systematically.

This problem is not unique to Fryer’s intervention. As he notes, it’s always tougher to move the needle on reading than on math. That’s because experiences outside of the classroom make such an enormous contribution to reading ability.

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While raising math achievement is extremely challenging (read The Algebra Miracle by Stuart A. Singer), improving reading and writing is a three to five year effort. In most cases, math teachers have the necessary knowledge of mathematics. Conversely, secondary teachers almost always never have the training or skills to integrate literacy into content instruction.

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"everything that happens in the school is ultimately the responsibility of the principal" - Four Frames for Principals

"everything that happens in the school is ultimately the responsibility of the principal" - Four Frames for Principals | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"That overwhelming mandate contains a big piece of the truth: almost everything that happens in the school is ultimately the responsibility of the principal. What is equally valid is the reality that one person cannot know everything, be everywhere, prevent all problems, and fix everything.


One path through that psychosis-inducing dilemma is articulated in the excellent management book,Reframing Organizations (Bolman and Deal, 2003)."

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Teacher-Led Professional Learning

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In most schools today, new and good, solid teachers are left to work largely alone, meet infrequently, and rarely get clarity about which teachers are achieving better student learning—and whose opinions and methods might best guide collaborative groups on strong instruction. Teachers working in schools without great leadership and without very strong professional learning communities are being robbed of the opportunity to achieve the higher level of success with students of which they are capable.

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Never Underestimate the Effect of Change

Never Underestimate the Effect of Change | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
I recently shared a laugh with a client - we’ll call him Jon - because as he so eloquently said, “You just can’t win.” Here’s what happened. Jon, by profession an accountant, is head of tax for a g...
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Every change threatens the existing equilibrium state, which ensures that the change, no matter how positive, will upset someone.

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7 Tips for Re-doing the Student Re-do Process

7 Tips for Re-doing the Student Re-do Process | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
In grading a recent test, I noticed that the scores were lower than usual.  I questioned if we had spent enough time on the material.  I wondered if I had failed to address the challenging content…
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Middle school pursues 'Leader in Me' culture

Middle school pursues 'Leader in Me' culture | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Maryville Middle School is looking to go from good to great, and Principal Kevin Pitts is trying to help his staff take that next step.
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Really want to narrow the Achievement Gap?

Really want to narrow the Achievement Gap? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
This summer, I've been in the process of writing my seventh book -- the third volume in my series on student motivation (I'm over halfway there -- Yay!). As part of that writing, I've been going ov...
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Does Group Work ... Work?

Does Group Work ... Work? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Teachers may have students sitting in cooperative groups but those students spend most of their time doing individual work. Does group work...work?
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Resources for New Teachers

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Grit Is a Life Skill...and has to be a part of classroom dialogue (Mindset)

Grit Is a Life Skill...and has to be a part of classroom dialogue (Mindset) | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Grit In The Classroom Has To Be A Dialogue


"Universally, grit is embraced. Everyone sees the merit in teaching our kids to accept challenges, step out of their comfort zones, and know how to respond to failure."

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Grit is a life skill!


"Grit is hanging in and never giving up, but it’s more than that. Grit is being comfortable when you are outside of your comfort zone, and it’s forging ahead when you hit the wall because you know that you’ll get up and continue moving forward."

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