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13 Signs You're a Workplace Bully

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The recent bullying case involving two Miami Dolphins football players makes it a good time to revisit bullying--or the potential for it--in your workplace.
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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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No Teacher Is An Island: The Role Of Social Relations In Teacher Evaluation

No Teacher Is An Island: The Role Of Social Relations In Teacher Evaluation | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Professors Alan Daly and Kara Finnigan argue for improving value-added models by considering the importance of social interaction and collaboration in schools.
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Concept Mapping/Graphic Organizers

Concept Mapping/Graphic Organizers | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"Reading Rockets shares that "A concept map is a visual organizer that can enrich students' understanding of a new concept. Using a graphic organizer, students think about the concept in several ways. Most concept map organizers engage students in answering questions such as, "What is it? What is it like? What are some examples?" Concept maps deepen understanding and comprehension." Cast reports: "There is solid evidence for the effectiveness of graphic organizers in facilitating learning." A summary of this finding is that, "When looking across 23 different studies they found a consistent effect on comprehension."



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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 18, 6:49 PM

Graphic organizers often help students understand new concepts, and they may help students find misunderstanding or areas of weakness (and strength). This post provides:

* 7 ideas on how to use graphic organizers/concept maps in the classroom

* 5 examples of use in the classroom

* The benefits of graphic organizers

* Concept maps and assistive technology

* Multiple intelligences/learning styles supported

* Sources that provide graphic organizers including a list of online, downloadable, iDevices, Chrome extensions and printables

* A list of websites with additional information

Many great resources are available in this post.

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, August 20, 8:41 AM

Some great links in this article to a plethora of resources. 

Sample Student's curator insight, August 20, 5:15 PM

Of great use when making decisions about supporting higher order thinking in assisted learning.

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educational ideas all my staff should know about

educational ideas all my staff should know about | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
 As I look ahead to starting my new job at Highbury Grove,  I'm thinking about all the conversations we are going to have about learning.  To a large degree I want my teachers to be as up-to-date a...
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5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners

5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Asking a question can be a scary step into the void. How do you create a culture of using questioning in the classroom?
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Obesity, Bullying, Drug Abuse Top Child Health Concerns in National Survey

Obesity, Bullying, Drug Abuse Top Child Health Concerns in National Survey | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The nationally representative survey, conducted on behalf of the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, asked adults about child health concerns in their community and across the country.
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4 Principles Of Student-Centered Learning

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4 Principles Of Student-Centered Learning

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Bede Polding's curator insight, August 18, 7:03 PM

ideas for focus

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The Most Dangerous Phrase In Education

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Self-Assessment Inspires Learning

Self-Assessment Inspires Learning | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Read and download this self-assessment rubric and accompanying questions to help you assess your own or your students' social and emotional development this year.
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Tech & STEM Success depend on Teacher Training

Tech & STEM Success depend on Teacher Training | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
It's no secret there is an incredible middle-skills jobs gap right now, with not enough qualified workers to fill open positions in the U.S., especially in STEM fields, energy and manufacturing industries....
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Why Teachers Need Personalized Professional Development - Edudemic

Why Teachers Need Personalized Professional Development - Edudemic | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
As we’ve studied the educational process, it’s become clear that students learn in a variety of ways and that no single approach is always successful in a classroom. What makes complete sense to one student may sound like gibberish to another. Competency-based or “personalized” learning allows students to master skills at their own pace with …
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8 lessons for effective school leadership

8 lessons for effective school leadership | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Today’s school leaders face a new education landscape, one fraught with challenges and new expectations. Smart leaders are realizing the benefits of applyi
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How Visuals Help Us Learn

How Visuals Help Us Learn | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Since we talked yesterday about the plethora of different types of visuals available to present information, we thought it might be useful to take a look at why visuals are useful as classroom tools, and some do-s and don’t-s of using visuals. Enter the handy infographic below. While this particular visual isn’t necessarily geared towards teachers, …
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Growing number of states fund ACT college admission testing for 11th-grade students

Growing number of states fund ACT college admission testing for 11th-grade students | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

Thirteen states paid this year for 11th-graders to take the exam during the school day. Ten more states plan to follow suit.


"The Washington Post (8/19, Anderson) reports that 13 states had mandatory ACT college admission testing of 11th graders this year, with seven more states joining next year in an effort to increase the number of graduates pursuing college. State contracts with the ACT earn reductions that “can add up to millions of dollars a year,” valuable to states where the majority of students already takes the test."

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Change Can Start Wherever You Are

Change Can Start Wherever You Are | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The assumption that organizational change has to start at the top is wrong. Here's how to start within your own sphere of influence and create a ripple effect.
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Key Points for School Leaders:


"As a team, discuss these questions:

1. What is our purpose? What is the value of the service we provide?

2. What would we look like if we were magnificent at fulfilling our purpose? What would we accomplish? What results would we see?

3. What could our relationships look like? -with each other on the team and with other departments?

4. How would we be working together? What would be happening and not be happening?

Once you are in agreement on the vision, you can begin to look at changes you need to make that will help you get there. Start with changes that are within your control as a team – internal communications, coordinating efforts, decision-making."

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How children's brains memorize math facts

How children's brains memorize math facts | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
As children learn basic arithmetic, they gradually switch from solving problems by counting on their fingers to pulling facts from memory. The shift comes more easily for some kids than for others, but no one knows why. Now, new brain-imaging research gives the first evidence drawn from a longitudinal study to explain how the brain reorganizes itself as children learn math facts.
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The Potential of a Purposeful Mindset

The Potential of a Purposeful Mindset | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Psychologists are finding that when students are motivated by a desire to have a positive impact on the world they are more able to plug away at challenging or tedious tasks.
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Robo-readers aren’t as good as human readers — they’re better - The Hechinger Report

Robo-readers aren’t as good as human readers — they’re better - The Hechinger Report | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
In April of 2012, Mark D. Shermis, then the dean of the College of Education at the University of Akron, made a striking claim: “Automated essay scoring engines” were capable of evaluating student writing just as well as human readers. Shermis’s research, presented at a meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education, created …
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Les Howard's curator insight, August 18, 9:09 AM

There is a  strong case against using robo-graders for assigning grades and test scores. But there’s another use for robo-graders — a role for them to play in which, evidence suggests, they may not only be as good as humans, but better. In this role, the computer functions not as a grader but as a proofreader and basic writing tutor, providing feedback on drafts, which students then use to revise their papers before handing them in to a human.

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School Culture & Bullying

School Culture & Bullying | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
At a daylong summit, officials and experts in education discussed how best to end bullying in schools.
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Class size only matters for my kids, not other peoples' kids!

Class size only matters for my kids, not other peoples' kids! | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The key to a better education system is - by all accounts - to ensure we have better teachers.  Hard to argue with that isn't it? And just for the record I'm all for enhancing teacher quality - who...
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Key point from John Hattie regarding class size:


"Ithis interview Prof. Hattie is asked why he thinks class size appears to make no difference. This is his response:

Well, I think the major argument seems to be when you have teachers in class sizes, like, of 26, 27, 30 and you put them in the class sizes of, say, 18 to 23, and they don’t change what they do, that seems to be the reason why it doesn’t make a difference. So could it make a difference? Yeah, it probably could if we changed how we went about our teaching. But that doesn’t seem to happen.

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Passion needs persistence | Aspire-CS

Passion needs persistence | Aspire-CS | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
  The truth is that passion for leadership is only a good start to being the best leader you can be. Leadership for most of us isn't easy since there
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12 Lessons Learned on Leading Education Innovation

12 Lessons Learned on Leading Education Innovation | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

Last week I had the honor of working with the Kentucky team leading the implementation of the nation’s largest RTT-D grant.  As a member of the Kid-FRIENDLy Fidelity Council, they are tasked with supporting the team’s overarching goal to improve college and career readiness through personalized learning for the more than 60,000 students served by the 22 participating districts and more than 100 schools served by the grant. The impact opportunity is high. The goal of the first meeting was for council members to share advice and expertise on enabling and inspiring innovation. The lessons on education innovation shared by the members – made up of local, state and national experts – were too good not to share with anyone looking to develop an education innovation mindset.

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  1. For the best chance at success, leaders work with stakeholders to name and define the specific goals around teaching and learning first and then build the strategies to get there. Every decision, large and small, must flow out of these goals.
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What matters more? Policy or Implementation?

What matters more? Policy or Implementation? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Many believe that policy drives practice, but it's not that simple. Bad policies can demean teachers and students and ruin schools. How do we find the happy medium?
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The Three Most Dangerous Mistakes Leaders Make

The Three Most Dangerous Mistakes Leaders Make | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
It’s easy to learn from mistakes when you’re inventing light bulbs, but leaders work with people not bulbs. Leadership mistakes: Waste resources. Squander opportunities. Misuse talent. Hurt people....
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15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching

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Teacher Leadership as Adaptive Leadership

Teacher Leadership as Adaptive Leadership | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Most of us have been students, quite often for 12 or more years of our lives. And because of this, it's easy to think that we've accumulated enough experience with teachers to know at least what teaching is, perhaps even how it ought to be....
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