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In "my 20 years as an educator in an urban district I have seen student behavior get worse, not better."

In "my 20 years as an educator in an urban district I have seen student behavior get worse, not better." | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

The Los Angeles Unified School District’s recent vote to ban student suspensions for “willful defiance”...

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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, 2014 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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Science in the Classroom

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"Science in the Classroom is an excellent resource for high school teachers and university professors who want to integrate the latest breaking research into their lesson plans. The project consists of a team of editors from the world-renowned journal Science, who work with an advisory board of scientists and science teachers to produce content designed for the classroom. On the site, readers may click on either High School or University to choose their target audience. Topics may be divided into Physical or Biological sciences (or choose "Any" to peruse all articles). Click on an article to read the editor's introduction and annotations. Discussion questions are listed throughout. In addition, each article is accompanied by Activities and Teaching Resources, which can be downloaded as PDF files." 


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Differentiation Doesn't Work?

Differentiation Doesn't Work? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Differentiated instruction adds depth and complexity to teaching, but it's all but impossible to implement in today's classrooms, James Delisle writes.
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One key to school improvement

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Principals to have less autonomy

Principals to have less autonomy | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Chancellor Carmen Fariña is expected to announce that principals will report to district superintendents, dispensing with a core philosophy of the Bloomberg administration.


New York Chancellor Centralizing School Management.

The New York Times (1/22, Taylor, Subscription Publication) reports that New York City Chancellor Carmen Fariña, in a move that reverses “one of the core management philosophies” of the Bloomberg administration, “is expected to announce changes on Thursday that will restore a centralized hierarchy to New York City’s schools.” Under the new policy, “most principals will report to superintendents and to regional centers,” which would in turn report to the chancellor’s office, the Times reports. The piece explains that Joel Klein, the longest-serving chancellor under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, “believed that principals were most successful when they had the most freedom.” However, Fariña has said that this system “left struggling schools with too little supervision.”

        Cuomo Backs Continued NYC Mayoral Control. The AP (1/22) reports that in his State of the State address, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo “is advocating continuing mayoral control of New York City public schools,” noting that he “said Wednesday that he would continue allowing Mayor Bill de Blasio” to “run the schools.”

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Do Principals Have an Impossible Job?

Do Principals Have an Impossible Job? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"The principal’s job is often called the loneliest in K-12 education, but it’s just as fitting to call it the toughest.

Hours are long. Demands come from every direction: the central office, teachers, students, parents, and the community. And no one else in a school has the same responsibilities.

Managing buses, budgets, and buildings is still central to the job, but the current generation of principals—and the generation that will succeed them—also must oversee colliding rollouts of some of the most dramatic shifts in public schooling in more than a decade: more rigorous academic standards, new assessments, and retooled teacher-evaluation systems."

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When comparing countries' education, it's more than test scores

When comparing countries' education, it's more than test scores | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
While American students have high levels of educational achievement and decent test scores, they may also experience high levels of social stress and poverty.


Study Finds High Inequality, High Levels Of Stress For US Students.

The Huffington Post (1/21, Klein) reports that a new report “argues that more than just test scores should be taken into consideration when comparing countries’ education systems.” The study from The Horace Mann League and the National Superintendents Roundtable compared school systems in the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, Finland, and China. Gary Marx, president of The Horace Mann League, said in a statement, “The goal was to look at the whole iceberg, not just the tip – and provide a clearer snapshot of each country’s performance, including its wealth, diversity, community safety, and support for families and schools.” In the US, the researchers “found high levels of economic inequality, low levels of support for families and higher levels of social stress.”

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New SAT, New Problems

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The new test will correspond with the Common Core Standards—the controversial math and reading benchmarks whose design and implementation Coleman happened to spearhead before taking over the College Board. That means the new SAT could have the opposite of its intended effect, at least in the near term, closing opportunities for students who aren’t yet well-versed in the standards. Kids who lack access to in-person test preparation from tutors like me—who are trained to analyze the new test material and develop strategies for raising scores—could also suffer. The most vulnerable students are those who live in low-income areas or don’t speak English as a first language.
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Inside the science of learning

Inside the science of learning | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Benedict Carey was, by his own admission, not a good student. It wasn’t that he didn’t study. He did. But he didn’t retain enough of what he studied to do more than get by. If that sounds like a famil
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"More students living in poverty strains education system"

"More students living in poverty strains education system" | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Here's a PBS News hour segment on the recent-released report on the increase in low-income students. I'm adding it to the post where I have a number of other links related to that research - “Major...

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Read Write Think rocks: with free apps

Read Write Think rocks: with free apps | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
If it’s been a while since you’ve returned to ReadWriteThink, I urge you to consider a visit today.


The quality portal, rich with free resources and sponsored by the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Verizon Foundation has grown even more interactive.


So what’s new?  There’s an array of simple, elegant mobile apps available for iOS and Android that may be discovered by browsing grade level, type, learning objectives and theme."


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BI Media Specialists's curator insight, January 20, 9:17 AM

This site has been included in several training sessions we have had and we have always found it useful.  Check it out!

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Arne Duncan: Improving American education is not optional

Arne Duncan: Improving American education is not optional | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Education reform is needed, but we must not undo our good work.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 18, 9:07 PM

Improving schools is an important consideration in many countries. It does not begin with people who furthest away from the classroom, but includes everyone who has an interest.

 

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Recognize and Discuss Bullying with the KnowBullying App

Recognize and Discuss Bullying with the KnowBullying App | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
 The KnowBullying app by SAMHSA is based on years of research and expert input and is an excellent free resource for dealing with bullying in schools.

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BI Media Specialists's curator insight, January 20, 9:20 AM

In conjunctions with our county initiative this year, this might be a good site to check out and use with your students.  It might make for some eye-opening and interesting discussions.

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Classroom Management: Control or Cooperation?

Classroom Management: Control or Cooperation? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Educators Dr. Debbie Silver, Richard L. Curwin, and Marcia L. Tate share their advice on classroom management strategies in Part Three of a four-part series.
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Grooming Assistant Principals to Take Schools' Top Jobs

Grooming Assistant Principals to Take Schools' Top Jobs | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
State leaders work to upgrade the principal ranks through training and coaching of talented administrators looking to move up.

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Principals Honored for Technology Leadership

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Three Principals Honored By NASSP For Technology Leadership.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (1/23) announces “three extraordinary and tech-savvy school leaders have been selected as 2015 NASSP Digital Principals for integrating digital media in their efforts to improve instruction, student achievement and their own leadership.” The winners, who will be recognized at next month’s NASSP Conference Ignite ‘15, are: John Bernia of Oakview Middle School in Oakland Township, Mich., James Richardson of Buck Lodge Middle School in Prince George’s County, Md., and Bill Ziegler of Pottsgrove High School in Pottstown, Pa.

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Ten obvious truths about educating kids that keep getting ignored

Ten obvious truths about educating kids that keep getting ignored | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
'If we all agree that a given principle is true, then why in the world do our schools still function as if it weren’t?'


Much of the material students are required to memorize is soon forgotten

The truth of this statement will be conceded (either willingly or reluctantly) by just about everyone who has spent time in school — in other words, all of us.

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Carol Dweck - Mindset: The New Psychology of Success - YouTube

Carol S. Dweck is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University.[1] She graduated from Barnard College in 1967 and earned a Ph....
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"Almost everything you, the teacher, says something to students about your belief in them. You are always teaching your students a mindset."

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Rural Teacher shortage is key education problem

Dearth Of Rural Teachers.

The Orangeburg (SC) Times And Democrat (1/21) reports that the South Carolina Supreme Court has “put the state’s leadership on notice that it must come forward with a plan for improvements in the wake of the justices’ decision in a long-standing lawsuit regarding educational inequities in rural districts.” The piece argues that a “shortage of teachers in rural and poor districts” is a key part of the schools’ problems, and calls on the state legislature to back Gov. Nikki Haley’s Homegrown Teacher Initiative, which “offers high-school students who graduate from an eligible district four years of subsidized tuition at any public college or university in the state in exchange for not less than two years of teaching in their home district or another eligible district.”

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Renewed push for career and technical education

Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH), co-chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, announced that they will renew their push for CTE.


US Senators To Introduce CTE Bill.

The Augusta (VA) Free Press (1/21) reports on a bill being sponsored by US Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) that “would raise the quality of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs” in US schools. Some of the things the bill would do to raise the quality of CTE programs in schools, include, defining “what constitutes a rigorous CTE curriculum and requiring Perkins grant recipients to incorporate key elements in their programs” and allowing “states and localities to use Perkins grant funding to establish CTE-focused academies.”

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"A deep and widening gap between the richest and poorest"

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Student achievement in LI's public schools reflects a widening gap between the richest and poorest


Report Details Gap Between Rich, Poor Long Island Districts.

Newsday (1/20) reports that a new report “sponsored by the Long Island Education Coalition, which represents school superintendents, teacher unions and other groups, and by the Long Island Association, the region’s largest business and civic group,” indicates that “student achievement in Long Island’s public schools, while generally high, reflects a deep and widening gap between the richest and poorest districts.” The report shows “that just 19 percent of eighth-graders in selected poor districts in Nassau and Suffolk counties passed a challenging new test in English Language Arts administered in 2013,” while 57.1% of students in wealthy districts passed the test. The article reports that the New York Association of School Business Officials and other groups “have concluded that restoring Gap Elimination Adjustment cuts within a single year would benefit mostly districts of moderate wealth, because the poorer districts already have had most of that money returned.”

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How schools are tackling truancy

How schools are tackling truancy | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
District leaders across the country are broadening and personalizing their approaches to attendance because the old way of sending truants and their families to court often fails to bring students bac
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Helping the Poor in Education: Small, inexpensive actions yield huge improvements in student achievement.

Helping the Poor in Education: Small, inexpensive actions yield huge improvements in student achievement. | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Researchers have found that something as small as text message reminders can help children born into poor families close the gap with richer students.


"A child born into a poor family has only a 9 percent chance of getting a college degree, but the odds are 54 percent for a child in a high-income family. These gaps open early, with poor children less prepared than their kindergarten classmates.

Researchers have been quietly finding small, effective ways to improve education. They have identified behavioral “nudges” that prod students and their families to take small steps that can make big differences in learning. These measures are cheap, so schools or nonprofits could use them immediately."

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These messages communicate a simple message to students--we believe in you. If schools did not believe that students could succeed, they would not have reading programs. They would not text students.

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The Other 21st Century Skills: Educator Self-Assessment

The Other 21st Century Skills: Educator Self-Assessment | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
I've posted about The Other 21st Skills and Attributes.  This post provides links and resources about these skills as well as an educator self-assessment.  This assessment contains questions to ass...
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Changing Students Math Attitudes form Dislike to a Growth Mindset ~ Stanford U.

Changing Students Math Attitudes form Dislike to a Growth Mindset ~ Stanford U. | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

Common core based lesson plans and math tasks and ways to instill positive math beliefs. Easy to use in classrooms or home by teachers and parents.


"I was searching for a process of learning math that would change the attitude of students from dislike to enjoy… this was the change I needed…"

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