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What is the Most Valuable School Subject?

What is the Most Valuable School Subject? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Americans are most likely to mention math when asked which school subject has been most valuable in their lives. English or literature is second, followed by science and history.
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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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Half of Pa. public schools fail to meet state's expectations, new study says

A new analysis from the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia finds 49 percent of Pennsylvania public schools fail to meet the state s overall proficiency expectations.

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PA simultaneously raised the bar of expectations from high school graduation to college and career readiness, dramatically increased the rigor of assessments and cut funding while fostering an environment of indecision and confusion for scools and principals.


Now it is time to blame the schools for lower proficiency rates!

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At turnarounds, a revolving door for most teachers

At turnarounds, a revolving door for most teachers | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

At 16 of the 17 schools that underwent a turnaround between 2007 and 2011, more than half of teachers hired in the first year of the turnaround left by the third year. In the 10 schools that were turned around last year, a third of the faculty left by the start of the current school year.

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56% of teachers polled are "not engaged."

56% of teachers polled are "not engaged." | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The study found that 56% of teachers polled are "not engaged." They may be satisfied with their jobs, but they are not emotionally connected to their schools. Another 13% are "actively disengaged.
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IQ Tests and the SAT Measure Something Real and Consequential

IQ Tests and the SAT Measure Something Real and Consequential | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The College Board—the standardized testing behemoth that develops and administers the SAT and other tests—has redesigned its flagship product again. Beginning in spring 2016, the writing section will be optional, the reading section will no longer test “obscure” vocabulary words, and the math section will put more emphasis on solving...
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National Board Votes to End Principal-Certification: Turnover Undermines Validity

National Board Votes to End Principal-Certification: Turnover Undermines Validity | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"...too few principals had endured through field and pilot testing phases to generate a large enough sample to ensure that the scoring of participants would be valid and reliable, Mr. Thorpe said.

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What feedback is and isn't

What feedback is and isn't | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

The following is excerpted from an article by Grant Wiggins:


"The research is clear: good feedback is essential to learning at high levels." 


"Feedback is useful information about the effects of an action in light of a goal."


  1. Feedback is Not praise and Not advice
  2. Feedback focuses corrective measures and specific actions that the learner can take. 
  3. The purpose or what is expected is clear. Clarity promotes self-regulation. 
  4. Exemplars and models of both excellent and subpar work are provided. 
  5. The feedback is timely

Wiggins points out that, on standardized tests and final exams: there is NO feedback.
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Carol Dweck on Performance Assessment

Carol Dweck on Performance Assessment | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
When students have a growth mindset they are motivated to learn. Watch as psychologist Carol Dweck describes the growth mindset and ways to nurture it. Ms. Dweck references the Envision Education videos on Deeper Learning.
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Growth Mindsets:

  1. Contribute to the motivation to learn
  2. Encourage students to embrace challenges not avoid them
  3. Develop self-discipline and perseverance
  4. We believe in you! Set high standards and assure students that we will support them in achieving those standards. We set very high standards but we are committed to helping you reach and exceed them (support)
  5. Send the message that "you can join the ranks of the 'best and brightest' through work and effort on challenging tasks
  6. Encourage students to take 'ownership', which is a critical factor
  7. When students make choices and have a big 'why' their motivation increases
  8. Ikea Effect - the longer students work on a challenge, the more committed they are to the project
  9. Help students understand that intelligence is not something you were born with, but something you create
  10. Continual growth and improvement over time is the central focus of learning
  11. Help students understand that they can contribute
  12. Cause students to believe that they belong here


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Poor and Students of Color Less Likely to Get Experienced, Highly-Qualified Teachers

Center for American Progress

"Looking at the Best Teachers and Who They Teach"


It's already known that low-income students of color generally have less experienced teachers, but a new study from the Center for American Progress reveals they have less effective teachers, too.

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Teachers are the key to learning and school improvement. It is our high-poverty schools that need the best teachers and the most resources. Ironically, these schools receive just the opposite! Current policies are unintentionally contributing to a worsening of the problem.

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How The Brain Decides Which Memories To Hold On To

How The Brain Decides Which Memories To Hold On To | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
4 factors that contribute to your mind remembering one event over another.
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What Can I Say to Promote a Growth Mindset?

What Can I Say to Promote a Growth Mindset? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Love this #GrowthMindset #Attitude pic.twitter.com/OWu0jGPuYF
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Understanding Talent

This film was developed by sportscotland to help young athletes understand what 'talent' is and how you can get good at sport - it's more of a choice than yo...
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Technology in the Math Classroom: Start with the WHY

Technology in the Math Classroom: Start with the WHY | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

What is the goal of tech in the classroom? In fact, that doesn’t even feel like the right place to start: what is the goal of the math classroom?


I’ll refer to... Simon Sinek’s mantra “Start with the Why.

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Will The New SAT Be A) Shorter B) Harder C) Less Literary D) All Of The Above?

Will The New SAT Be A) Shorter B) Harder C) Less Literary D) All Of The Above? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The College Board on Wednesday released blueprints for a redesigned SAT test, giving an early first look at what's in store for many students with college aspirations. Among the changes: Multiple choice questions will have four possible answer choice...
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Report: High-Achieving Minorities Drop Off in High School

Report: High-Achieving Minorities Drop Off in High School | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
A new report from The Education Trust notes that high-achieving minorities and economically disadvantaged students suffer upon reaching high school.
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The Secret To Pixar's Success: Failure

The Secret To Pixar's Success: Failure | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
In an interview with BuzzFeed, Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull discusses his new book, Creativity Inc. , and says reframing the concept of failure is the only sure way to find success.
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Practice Retrieval and the Testing Effect: Should the quiz match the test? Assessment for Learning

Practice Retrieval and the Testing Effect: Should the quiz match the test? Assessment for Learning | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

Instructional leaders need to differentiate between "assessment of learning" and "assessment for learning."


Assessment of learning helps us decide 'do students know it?'


Assessment for learning informs future instruction, focuses review, and targets remediation efforts.


Testing (assessment) for learning works and improves long-term retention of knowledge.


This study reveals that the format of the quiz need not match the format of the test.

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Revised SAT Won’t Include Obscure Vocabulary Words

Revised SAT Won’t Include Obscure Vocabulary Words | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The College Board plans to release many details of its revised test on Wednesday, including sample questions and explanations of the research and goals behind them.
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The Opt-Out Outrage: Is it legal to opt your child out of state tests? Should it be legal?

The Opt-Out Outrage: Is it legal to opt your child out of state tests? Should it be legal? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

By Chester E. Finn

Education Next

April 14, 2014


"The opt-out-of-state-testing movement has notched more wins lately. “Thousands,” we read, are refusing to take the tests in New York alone. And tons more interest and attention are being devoted to this topic in states and communities far and wide."


Key points on opting-out:


"In the months ahead, states will have to clarify what is and isn’t required and how test participation is to be enforced."


"...when they (parents) expect the state to educate their children at public expense, the public has a right to know whether those children are learning anything."


"Our schools need to become more effective and our children need to learn more. Test results advance the public interest."


"Better tests are coming, but that doesn’t excuse “opting out” now. It’s not a legitimate form of civil disobedience. And it’s probably not legal, either."


"If you really find state tests odious, put your money and time where your mouth is—and stop asking taxpayers to educate your children."

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The opt-out movement is unnecessarily placing building principals in the middle of a conflict between parents and the state. States must clarify exactly what is and what is not required and make it easy for local school boards and district leaders to enforce that policy. Without a clear, enforceable policy on testing and opting-out, principals and teachers cannot be held accountable for student test scores.

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3 Steps For Creating A Culture Of Learning

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3 Steps For Creating A Culture Of Learning
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Carol Dweck on Struggle and Deeper Learning

Carol Dweck on Struggle and Deeper Learning | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Students who embrace struggle while learning and solving problems develop skills that others may not. Learn how Expeditionary Learning has incorporated struggle and the growth mindset into their school.
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Growth Mindsets:

  1. relate directly to 'Deeper Learning' and Expeditionary Learning
  2. orient the student to a focus on learning not knowing
  3. teach students that taking on challenging tasks helps the brain make new connection and, thus, they get smarter
  4. students embrace challenges because "work hard and get smart"
  5. learn that "easy is a waste of time"
  6. students are proud of tackling and resolving challenging problems
  7. instead of avoiding and covering up mistakes, students embrace them
  8. mistakes motivate and increase student interest
  9. students gain self-confidence by taking on challenges
  10. students develop a sense of purpose and a belief that they can make a difference


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Rural schools find it difficult to recruit and retain high-quality teachers

A Focused Look At Rural Schools Receiving School Improvement Grants


Rural schools’ geographic contexts can influence their activities related to SIG, specifically the ability to recruit and retain high-quality teachers and to increase parental involvement.

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ASA strongly warns against the misuse of VAM in Teacher Evaluation

ASA strongly warns against the misuse of VAM in Teacher Evaluation | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The ASA warns that VAMs and their simplistic interpretation may have negative effects on the quality of education. There will surely be unintended consequences, such as a diminishment in the number of people willing to become teachers....
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Teachers told to use 'not yet' in place of 'fail' when grading - Growth #Mindset

Teachers told to use 'not yet' in place of 'fail' when grading - Growth #Mindset | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The Royal Society of Arts says teachers should stop using the word "failure" and remove "visible signs of poverty" to raise children's motivation levels and cut bad behaviour
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The Effort Effect

The Effort Effect | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

According to a Stanford psychologist, you’ll reach new heights if you learn to embrace the occasional tumble.

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Personal Learning Networks ~ Continuous Professional Development

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