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What is the Most Valuable School Subject?

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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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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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Principals need real curriculum leaders, not just managers

What is leadership in curriculum? Whatever the answer, the question should not be confused with a related but far different query: What is management in curriculum? Yet, I suspect that few people w...
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Classroom Observations: Changing Mindsets

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 "...if teachers are so used to being observed, should it be a big bone of contention with so many of them? This short post focuses on answering this question."

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7 Essential Questions That Guide School Improvement

7 Essential Questions That Guide School Improvement | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

What Should Every Student Know and Be Able To Do?

The Committee of Ten wrestled with this question in 1893.  Since that time, teachers and administrators have attempted to answer the same question.  Curriculum design teams should focus on this question.  Curriculum alignment efforts are improved when the entire staff reflects on this question.  Continuous improvement efforts require each teacher team to reflect and share their thoughts about content, skills, key concepts, learning goals, and transfer of un

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Different takes on Willpower and Self-control

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Measuring Students’ Self-Control: A ‘Marshmallow Test’ for the Digital Age

From Beth Dicter:

"In the 1960s Stanford psychologist Walter Mischel and colleagues created an experiment, the "marshmellow test" to measure self-control in preschoolers. Would they eat one mini--marshmellow right away or would they wait 15 minutes to eat two mini-marshmellows?

Fast forward about 50 years and researchers have come up with a new "test that challenges the willpower of schoolkids to resist the brain-candy of today’s digital distractions — the YouTube videos, Instagram and mobile gaming apps like Angry Birds."

Why try to measure self-control. Researchers hope that it "will advance their studies of ways to improve academic perseverance in students."

Learn more about the original "marshmellow test" and this new test in the thought-provoking post. Additional areas that are discussed include:

* Road-testing the test

* Staying on task

* Different takes on willpower and grit

* A debate over drudgery"

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Helping Students Find Purpose and Appreciation for School

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There's four areas that matter most to job satisfaction and productivity teachers can apply to their own work -- and to the lessons they design for students.
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"it is unfair and counterproductive to punish American teachers" - Marc Tucker

"it is unfair and counterproductive to punish American teachers" - Marc Tucker | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Marc Tucker responds to Diane Ravitch and Anthony Cody and their critique of the report "Fixing Our National Accountability System."
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Motivated to Learn: A Conversation with Daniel Pink

Motivated to Learn: A Conversation with Daniel Pink | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"The problem we have in schools and organizations is that we tend to use those if-then rewards foreverything rather than for the areas in which they work. Trouble is, in both the workforce and education, people now rely less on these routine kinds of skills and more on work that requires greater judgment, creativity, and discernment. In many ways, how we motivate people hasn't caught up to the reality of our times"

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Poll: Most Americans no longer think a college education is ‘very important’

Poll: Most Americans no longer think a college education is ‘very important’ | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"Amid a national debate about the worth of a college education, a respected annual poll about the education views held by Americans has found that only 44 percent of Americans now believe that getting a college education is “very important” — down from 75 percent four years ago."

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Students, Admissions Officers Differ Over Planned SAT Changes

Students, Admissions Officers Differ Over Planned SAT Changes | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
A new poll by Kaplan Test Prep finds high school students not as enthused about the SAT redesign as college-admissions officers.
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Professor Defends Common Core Math Standards

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Real fluency is an improvement on traditional math's plug-and-chug, mechanical approach.


Professor Defends Common Core Math Standards.

In an op-ed for USA Today (9/16), Solomon Friedberg, chair of the Math Department at Boston College, defends Common Core math standards, arguing that they encourage students to learn math “with both computational fluency and understanding of the ideas,” thereby eliminating “the need for endless rule-memorizing” and providing “the intellectual flexibility to apply math in new situations.”

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Students Owning the Common Core Math Practices

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When teachers bring the Common Core into a classroom discussion every day, students begin to understand and own them. Learn why it is important to use the Common Core language with students.
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3 Ways High Schools Are Combating Marijuana Use - US News

3 Ways High Schools Are Combating Marijuana Use - US News | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Simply talking to teens about the dangers of marijuana doesn't prevent use of the drug, experts say.
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Melanie Mills's curator insight, September 18, 6:02 PM

Are these three strategies working? Is there more that schools in NZ could be doing to help education students in a way that will make them genuinely understand the impacts of drug use?

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School relying more on substitute teachers

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Illinois schoolchildren are greeted by substitute teachers far more often than their parents were, and while there may be valid reasons for calling in these subs, some experts express concerns about students being shortchanged, a Tribune analysis has found.
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What helps students get good jobs?

What helps students get good jobs? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"The latest results from Phi Delta Kappa’s annual poll… Check out standardized tests versus real-world projects in the image below."


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From Inspectors to Builders: Using Observations to Build Teacher Capacity

From Inspectors to Builders: Using Observations to Build Teacher Capacity | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Breaking free from the assessment straitjacket:

"What I hope to share with you in this follow-up post is some practical ideas for alternative ways of using observation that I think are more likely to bring about a greater understanding of teaching and learning."

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Teachers and Leaders: It is Worth the Time to Learn How

Teachers and Leaders: It is Worth the Time to Learn How | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Teachers yearn for their students to sit up and engage in learning. Questions that require more than a yes or no answer empowers and engages.


It is Worth the Time to Learn How 
The more people in an organization that discover they hold the best solutions, and that there are actions they can take, the more empowered they become as members of the team.  The responsibility for solving problems by becoming part of designing successful solutions is energizing. This does not mean the leader passes off their responsibility to others.  It means the leader invites the questioner to become part of the solution plan. 


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Watch What's Working: Carol Dweck Talks Growth Mindset

Watch What's Working: Carol Dweck Talks Growth Mindset | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Watch Carol Dweck, Stanford University's growth mindset guru and researcher, talk about the winning combination of having high expectations of students and providing effective support.
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Researchers See What A Growth Mindset Does To The Brain

Researchers See What A Growth Mindset Does To The Brain | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Many of us teachers have seen the effect of helping our students develop a growth mindset -- that their recognizing that effort trumps intelligence will result in success and better learning. You c...
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Actually, public education is getting better, not worse

Actually, public education is getting better, not worse | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"There are signs schools are improving, at least nationally, despite what the public may think."


Despite Perception, Education In US Has Gotten Better.

The Washington Post (9/18, Catherine Rampell) reports that despite the results of national opinion polls, education in the US has actually gotten better. Data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress Test shows that scores have been steadily improving over time. However, a Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll shows that while parents think their own child’s school is good, very few would not say the same thing about education nationally. Experts interviewed say that the discrepancy in the polls and the test scores could be the result of media attention on the worst school, an inability to narrow the achievement gap, misplaced nostalgia, or the high emphasis on college education for workers that diminishes the value of high school education

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Ten Characteristics of a Negative School Climate

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JULIA G. THOMPSON: Overcoming a Negative School Climate


 Unfortunately, schools with a negative climate are easy to identify. At these schools students tend to

• Focus on other activities instead of academics

• Report that they do not feel safe

• Experience little academic success

• Have poor attendance

• Experience problems with their peers as well as with their teachers

• See very little purpose for an education

• Flaunt school rules

• Report that their morale or school spirit is low

• Experience class disruptions due to violence and threats of violence

• Have a high percentage of discipline referrals

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Key Point:


"any climate can be changed if enough people work together to make it happen. Start small, but start."

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U.S. Adults Support Longer, More Rigorous Teacher Prep, Poll Finds

U.S. Adults Support Longer, More Rigorous Teacher Prep, Poll Finds | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

Americans want higher standards and more time for aspiring teachers to learn the ropes.

PDK/Gallup Poll: Most Americans Want Better Prepared Teachers

US News & World Report (9/16) reports that respondents “want a higher bar for those entering the profession and more support for the men and women educating their children.” This article quotes PKD CEO Bill Bushaw saying, “There’s a lot of interest in teachers and teaching, and stressing the need for high-quality teachers in the classroom. Support for a board certification similar to what doctors have, support for higher entry requirements to become a teacher, all indicate to me that Americans see the need to attract the best teachers we can in the classroom and to help them grow professionally.”

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Helping Students Reach Their Full Potential with the Growth Mindset

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Mimio explores why certain stigmas in education are holding students back from reaching their full potential.
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What went wrong with Common Core implementation? Harvard GSE

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Graduation rates up, but more work needed to prevent dropouts

U.S. graduation rates reached a historic high of over 80 percent in 2012—an increase of about 8 percent over the past decade, says America’s Promise Alliance.

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  1. Toxic environments. Many students who leave school are navigating a negative environment at home or in the community. For example, they have personal and family health issues or are the victims of violence at home.
  2. Relationships with others. If a student does not have a connection with a teacher, guidance counselor, coach or parent, they may find a sense of belonging in gang membership or with other peers who are making bad decisions.
  3. Lack of support. Young people who leave school are resilient, but need help re-engaging with their education. “The salience of school isn’t there because of what’s happening outside the school building, and they aren’t finding the supports they need within school,” Zaff says. Adults who take an interest in the student’s success are key to getting the student to return to school, he adds.
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Three Questions Leaders Should Avoid

Three Questions Leaders Should Avoid | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Business management magazine, blogs, case studies, articles, books, and webinars from Harvard Business Review, addressing today's topics and challenges in business management.
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