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Duncan: Later Start Times for Schools Is 'Common Sense'

Duncan: Later Start Times for Schools Is 'Common Sense' | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Citing research on adolescent sleep and academic success, the education secretary suggested districts consider delaying school start times.
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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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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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If the leaders don't get it, it's not going to happen!

If the leaders don't get it, it's not going to happen! | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
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Simon Sinek on Trust

Simon Sinek on Trust | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Once Simon Sinek's TEDx talk took off, it had an unexpected side effect: he didn't know who he could trust. This led him to new research...
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“As the view count on my TEDx talk grew, the demand for finding one’s ‘why’ expanded. That, in turn, created a greater demand for me, and played a significant role in catalyzing my career,” Sinek says now, five years later. “As demand for me grew, I started to meet people who told me things that resonated with me—they’d tell me why they do what they do. I would find them appealing because of that thoughtfulness, and we would learn more about each other. But then I discovered that they wanted to do business with me—that they weren’t actually my friends. Ultimately, I didn’t know who to trust.”
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connecting children's life outcomes to their mother's education level

connecting children's life outcomes to their mother's education level | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
A new report suggests "dual generation" anti-poverty programs could boost the achievement and prosperity of parents and children alike.
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Children of mothers who never went to college are nearly twice as likely to die as infants, two to three times as likely to be sickly in their childhood (and live without health insurance), and more than 10 times as likely to live in poverty, with all its attendant stresses.


parents' education strongly predicts their children's reading and mathematics proficiency

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Myth-Busting Differentiated Instruction: 3 Myths and 3 Truths

Myth-Busting Differentiated Instruction: 3 Myths and 3 Truths | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
With delivery of instruction, one size does not fit all. John McCarthy launches his differentiated instruction series by busting three common myths about DI.
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"Disadvantaged kids really struggle in American schools"

"Disadvantaged kids really struggle in American schools" | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
It's easy to point out that America is falling behind. It's harder to draw lessons from successful nations.
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"The one thing we have a lot of in the U.S. is unmotivated students." - Blaming Students?

"The one thing we have a lot of in the U.S. is unmotivated students." - Blaming Students? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
If there is one thing Bill Gates has been a fan of, it is the role of technology in improving education. But recent comments show he may be starting to see that even technology may not be all powerful. And this leads to some deeper questions about the viability of the entire education reform project.
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"New technology to engage students holds some promise, but Gates says it tends to only benefit those who are motivated.

"And the one thing we have a lot of in the United States is unmotivated students." - Bill Gates

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How are the requirements for teacher evaluations affecting principals?

How are the requirements for teacher evaluations affecting principals? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

How are the requirements for teacher evaluations affecting principals?

Here are some numbers put together by the Center for American Progress, a Washington-based think tank: 

  • 248: The number of hours the median principal in Michigan reported spending on activities related to teacher evaluations. Another way of putting it? The equivalent of 31 full working days.
  • 25: The number of teachers the average principal in Connecticut was responsible for evaluating in a given year, according to a principal survey.
  • 6:  The number of hours Chicago principals reported that it took to complete one evaluation.
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The full Center for American Progress report can be found here. Its recommendations call on educators and policymakers to:

  • Redesign school organizational charts and job descriptions;
  • Develop instructional leadership capacity around the principal position;
  • Focus principal training on coaching teachers;
  • Provide technological supports that allow principals to record and share information; and
  • Build the capacity of  central office administrators to support principals.
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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, July 8, 8:11 PM

These studies highlight the amount of work it takes to be an effective principal-- and with new mandates all the time, it doesn't get easier. 

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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

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

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New Research: Students Benefit from Learning That Intelligence Is Not Fixed (Mindsets)

New Research: Students Benefit from Learning That Intelligence Is Not Fixed (Mindsets) | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
New research from Stanford is helping to build the case that nurturing a “growth mindset” can help many kids understand their true potential.
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Changing school culture is the key to improving student achievement and reducing the achievement gap!


"Mindset Works has broadened its focus to “changing school and classroom cultures and providing individuals with the tools and strategies to sustain a growth mindset over time.” The company rolled out an educator toolkit in 2012 to guide teachers and administrators in cultivating a growth mindset throughout a school.

Paunesku agrees that changing school culture is likely to be fruitful."

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Teacher Tenure : 2 Years Isn't Enough

Teacher Tenure : 2 Years Isn't Enough | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
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Teacher tenure laws were adopted by most states during the first half of the 20th Century. To advocates, tenure provides a guarantee of due process should a teacher be dismissed, and...
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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, July 16, 12:36 PM

Progressing through my own journey as an educator, I felt I really only knew I knew how to teach after five years. This theory remained steady when I became an administrator. I was sure I had hired correctly after a teacher hit their five year mark.  Should we increase  tenure time? Maybe not to five years, but this article makes a point for more than two.

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Educational Equity and Effectiveness: The Need for Fiscal Fairness and Fiscal Productivity

Educational Equity and Effectiveness: The Need for Fiscal Fairness and Fiscal Productivity | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
To ensure successful outcomes for all students, our nation must do more to improve the fair and productive use of school dollars.
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using your body leads to better learning

using your body leads to better learning | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

Treating mind and body as separate is an old and powerful idea in Western culture, dating to Descartes and before. But this venerable trope is facing down a challenge from a generation of researchers—in cognitive science, psychology, neuroscience, even philosophy—who claim that we think with and through our bodies. Even the most abstract mathematical or literary concepts, they maintain, are understood in terms of the experience of our senses and of moving ourselves through space.

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The Case of the Missing Black Teachers

The Case of the Missing Black Teachers | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
In almost every city I go to discuss the issues confronting African American students and the state of education for Black people I hear a plaintive cry about the need for Black teachers. The stati...
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Half of superintendents said they plan to make budget cuts in the next school year

Half of superintendents said they plan to make budget cuts in the next school year | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
A new survey conducted by Gallup in partnership with Education Week probes the views of superintendents on the common core, teacher recruitment and evaluation, and district finances, among other topics.
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Is 'balanced literacy' truly balanced or is it merely another name for whole language?

Is 'balanced literacy' truly balanced or is it merely another name for whole language? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Schools that rely strictly on phonics or whole language to teach reading do their students a disservice.
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"Children from affluent families by age three have heard 30 million more words than children from low-income families. This gap affects reading performance in ways that are still not fully appreciated. Further, the style of communication between parents and children differs, accounting in part on how children process language. In addition, children from affluent families are more likely to be exposed to knowledge by museums, travel and other activities."

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Tim Robinson's curator insight, July 7, 5:55 PM

Literacy is not just about the ability to construct complex sentences. It is about enabling students to understand the nuances of the world they live in.

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States must show how they plan to put "effective educators" in front of poor and minority kids

States must show how they plan to put "effective educators" in front of poor and minority kids | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The Obama administration will announce plans on Monday to enforce a long-ignored federal mandate: a decade-old requirement that states give students of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds equal access to good teachers.

The new initiative, cal...
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By April 2015, states must submit "comprehensive educator equity plans" that detail how they plan to put "effective educators" in front of poor and minority kids. To help states write the plans, the Education Department will create a $4.2 million "Education Equity Support Network." And this fall, the Education Department will publish "Educator Equity profiles" that highlight which states and districts fare well or poorly on teacher equity.

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