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The False Promise of Classroom Technology

The False Promise of Classroom Technology | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Computers and the Internet are supposed to be tools to help children learn. Think again
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"That’s not to say we should ban computers from the classroom altogether. Beyond their considerable entertainment and social value, computers can be a real tool for learning—and computing is a valuable skill in its own right. But integrating computers in the schoolroom is hard work and is likely to succeed only when the basics are already there. When teachers are well-trained and motivated, and when computer use is embedded in well-designed lesson plans, and when access toDisney (DIS) and YouTube (and Facebook (FB), and Twitter (TWTR), and World of Warcraft …) is disabled, information technology can be a useful adjunct to teaching. But it’s no silver bullet, and it certainly can’t make up for a broken school system. Systemic education reform is messy, arduous work—and it can’t be done with an iPad, either.

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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.

Bradley Gomoluch's curator insight, July 22, 5:21 PM

Interesting learning modules and conversation about effective practices. 

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Four unintended consequences of using student test scores to evaluate teachers

Four unintended consequences of using student test scores to evaluate teachers | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Scholars are often dismayed when policymakers pass laws that disregard or misinterpret their research findings.
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Effort Needed To Retain Minority Teachers

Effort Needed To Retain Minority Teachers | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

In Colorado, close to 90 percent of teachers are white, compared to just 57 percent of the student population. While a handful of programs across the state have sprung up to address that discrepancy, one academic thinks more can and should be done.

Terrenda White, an assistant professor of education at the University of Colorado Boulder who has studied urban education and the teacher workforce, says that while recruiting a more diverse teaching force is an important goal, policymakers and school and district leaders also need to think about how to keep them in the classroom.


Must Work To Keep Minority Teachers.

Chalkbeat Colorado (7/29) reported that “close to 90 percent” of Colorado teachers “are white, compared to just 57 percent of the student population.” Professor Terrenda White, who has studied urban education and the teacher workforce, “says that while recruiting a more diverse teaching force is an important goal,” more focus is needed on “how to keep them in the classroom.” White said, “The issue isn’t that we aren’t bringing them into the profession. The issue is that they’re leaving at a higher rate.”

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Rebecca Wilkins's curator insight, July 30, 11:23 PM

Education needs to actively recruit a diverse workforce, but more importantly, school districts need to put supports in place to keep teachers of diverse ethnic backgrounds in education.

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Student Suicide and the Pressure of Perfection

Student Suicide and the Pressure of Perfection | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
She had put on her Penn Face. But living up to expectations was just too much. Dying seemed the only way out. It wasn’t.
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Colleges Want High Schools To Help Stop Campus Sexual Assault

Colleges Want High Schools To Help Stop Campus Sexual Assault | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

Experts say there's not enough emphasis on the role of K-12 schools when it comes to stopping sexual violence."

"As colleges and universities have come under heightened scrutiny in recent years, higher education administrators have grumbled privately that rape prevention efforts need to begin at a younger age -- that it is unrealistic to expect to stamp out sexual assault during freshman orientation. And indeed, that argument is validated by a swath of research.

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Using the science of motivation to guide you through rapid change

Using the science of motivation to guide you through rapid change | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
When your organization and people are challenged with impending doom—I mean, impending change—leaders often stick their heads in the sand and hope it passes. Yes, it will pass, but your organizatio...
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Think you are an "expert"? You may actually know less! Fixed Mindset

Think you are an "expert"? You may actually know less! Fixed Mindset | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Think you’re an expert on biology, literature, philosophy or anything else? Read on… ‘Know-it-alls’ don’t know as much as they think, new research finds. The more people think they know about a topic, the more likely they are to claim that
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Principals: What leadership lessons are you teaching?

Principals: What leadership lessons are you teaching? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
I have worked under some amazing principals. In my five years as an AP, I worked under three very different, very lauded administrators, in three completely different environments. Looking back now...
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7 Ways to Increase a Student's Attention Span

7 Ways to Increase a Student's Attention Span | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

7. Break Tasks into Pieces

If these strategies don't work, look at the task itself. Can you break it into smaller chunks? Have the child focus long enough to perform part of the task, then take a break, coming back to the project to finish. Children with attention struggles may actually perform the requested task faster with this strategy than if they simply tried to finish it all in one sitting.

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Chunk down each lesson!

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For Every 10 Hours of Haters, Spend 50 With Your Cheerleaders

Don’t let negative mindsets drag you down.

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McCabe recommends offsetting any negativity by a factor of 5 (10 hours of negativity = 50 hours of positivity). This may seem like a lot, but remember the weight that even one negative comment can carry. When you are with negative people, be on the offensive. Understand that even if they don’t say discouraging things, their negative mindset may rub off on you. Don’t go looking for confirmation and inspiration. Be the inspiration. Ask about what they enjoy doing, when they did it last, and how they can find more time for it. Then find a support network that can inspire you."


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What do teachers want from principals? - Roxanna Elden

What do teachers want from principals? -  Roxanna Elden | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
You write that principals really want four things from teachers: "Do your job. Do your job well. Do your job independently and with as little drama as possible. Make yourself, your students, the school, and, yes, your principal look as good as possible."

For principals out there, what are the things most teachers want from their principals?

Roxanna Elden:

Based on the interviews I did for the book, teachers would collectively make the following three requests from administrators - or collectively thank administrators who already do these things.

Give plenty of lead-time before making big changes: Teachers do our best work when we have time to plan ahead. Last-minute changes in classrooms, schedules, or curriculum waste the gas in our tanks and leave us feeling frustrated. With this in mind, we appreciate when you let us know who, what, and where we'll be teaching as early as possible - and then try to avoid mid-year changes.

Back up teacher judgment calls whenever possible. Teachers have to make on-the-spot decisions all day, every day. Students challenge our authority. Parents question grades and consequences. Knowing we'll have your support during a conference gives us more confidence in the classroom. If you do have concerns about how a teacher has handled a situation, make this a private discussion. Reversing teachers' decisions or reprimanding them in front of others makes them seem weak and sends them back to class with destroyed credibility.

Have fair, transparent processes for making your own decisions. Make sure your faculty understands how you assign classes, distribute students with behavior problems, and make classroom upgrades. No matter who gets that new smart-board or has to teach the overflow class, avoiding the appearance of favoritism is good for everyone's morale.
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Ben Bempong's curator insight, July 29, 1:42 PM

This is interesting.  As much as principals want from teachers, it is also important that principals give teachers what they need.  I believe that it is key that principals become servant and instructional leaders to their teachers in serving them and giving them the tools to be successful.  Also principals can't micromanage teachers as well. 

Rebecca Wilkins's curator insight, July 30, 11:45 PM

Transparency is great, but having staff be a part of collaborative processes is even better.

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The Importance of Writing Skills in Tech-Related Fields

Yes, you really do need to know how to write in the sciences.

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In an effort to underscore the importance of effective writing skills, I interviewed three professionals at the top of their tech games. I asked them each to reflect on their own writing, on the importance of writing well, and on the role of effective communication skills in their fields.

All three of them agreed: Writing skills not only matter in a tech career, they matter a lot. They are important both in routine day-to-day tasks at a tech company and in terms of the big picture – like the ability to sell an idea in order to get funding."

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State Underfunded Education And Cut Tenure. Now It Can't Find Enough Teachers To Fill Classrooms.

State Underfunded Education And Cut Tenure. Now It Can't Find Enough Teachers To Fill Classrooms. | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Kansas school superintendent Alan Cunningham has been involved with hiring teachers for the past 35 years. In that time, he has never had a harder time filling positions than this year. Qualified applicants
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Move To Eliminate Out-Of-School Suspensions

Move To Eliminate Out-Of-School Suspensions | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Miami-Dade County Public Schools plan to eliminate out-of-school suspensions this year, preferring to keep kids in class and address behavior problems.

School districts around the country have made similar decisions because research and experience shows suspended students often find more trouble outside of school while on suspension. That can mean more neighborhood crime –
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Miami Schools Eliminating Out-Of-School Suspensions.

NPR (7/29, O'Connor) reported Miami-Dade County Public Schools is planning to eliminate out-of-school suspensions this year. The district’s plan is part of a national trend to “keep kids in class and address behavior problems” at school rather than sending kids home during the school day, which can sometimes lead to more trouble.

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Teachers: Know When to Stop Talking?

Teachers: Know When to Stop Talking? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
It's tough for educators to withhold judgment of a student's response, but Thomas Newkirk argues that it could help deepen student understanding.


"So, in this age of high-tech and expensive teaching programs, let me offer up this simple and powerful intervention: the blank turn. It costs us nothing but our attention. It is built on the rock-solid principle that we need talk, and a receptive audience, to build understanding and to know what we know."

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Principals wearing body cameras?

Principals wearing body cameras? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The 4,300-student Burlington Community School District in Iowa plans to use body cameras at schools, clipped to the ties and lanyards of its principals and administrators.

The decision to deploy the devices followed an incident in which a Burlington Community School District middle school principal was wrongly accused of kicking a student. Security camera footage later exonerated the administrator, according to the Des Moines Register.
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Marc Wachtfogel, PhD's curator insight, July 29, 7:44 AM

Interesting article. Who's next?

Rog Rothe's curator insight, July 30, 12:32 AM

I scooped this because I feel like we have come to a sad state of learning and education when our own administrators cannot be trusted, and kids cannot discern reality from truth.  Parents need to do a better job of raising their kids, and this won't be an issue. 

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The Challenge of Working in Teams—Dealing with Conflict

The Challenge of Working in Teams—Dealing with Conflict | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Differences are inevitable when passionate people work together. Eventually, after a team gets through an initial orientation with a new task, members usually come to the realization that working t...
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"Understanding the behaviors of your team members" should guide your Leadership

"Understanding the behaviors of your team members" should guide your Leadership | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Learn about how thinking inside the box can help leaders to better understand the behaviours of their employees and what motivates them to succeed.
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Classroom Management as a Mystery or a Puzzle

Classroom Management as a Mystery or a Puzzle | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Handle frustrations and challenges by approaching classroom management as a mystery—complicated and constantly changing—rather than as a straightforward puzzle, advises teacher Larry Ferlazzo.
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10 Truths About Building School Teams

10 Truths About Building School Teams | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
1. Teams that work in or with schools exist in order to serve the social, emotional, and academic needs of children.
We might have all kinds of things that we do, we may also care for the adults in the mix, but we exist to serve children.

2. Learning is the primary work of all teams.
Whether you're in a leadership team, a data team, or a curriculum design team, your work is to learn. The only way we'll make a dent in the mountain of challenges that we face in schools is if we, the educators, never stop learning.
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Another state joins "Chase Out The Teachers Derby"

Another state joins "Chase Out The Teachers Derby" | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Education officials say it's a "classroom crisis." 
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Add OK to the list of states-IN, AZ, NC, KS--who are successfully chasing out teachers!

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Educational Neuroscience: Understanding Brain Activity To Develop Better Teaching Methods, Learning Experiences

Educational Neuroscience: Understanding Brain Activity To Develop Better Teaching Methods, Learning Experiences | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Researchers worldwide are using a new approach to studying how students learn by understanding their brain activity. This method, referred to as educational neuroscience, allows them to find new ways to make learning and teaching more effective and efficient.
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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, July 24, 6:18 PM

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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, July 25, 4:18 PM

Fascinating!  We are learning so much about how the brain works. Are we applying what we know to the classroom? 

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Chase the Teachers Out of the State Derby: Who will win?

Chase the Teachers Out of the State Derby: Who will win? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
News came last evening that Kansas has taken a bold new step in making their schools Even Worse. Tuesday, the Kansas State Board of Education voted to allow unlicensed people to teach in Kansas schools.

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Their motivations are not hard to explain. Kansas has entered the Chase Teachers Out of The State derby, joining states like North Carolina and Arizona in the attempt to make teaching unappealing as a career and untenable as a way for grown-ups to support a family. Kansas favors the two-pronged technique. With one prong, you strip teachers of job protections and bargaining rights, so that you can fire them at any time for any reason and pay them as little as you like. With the other prong, you strip funding from schools, so that teachers have to accomplish more and more on a budget of $1.95 (and if they can't get it done, see prong number one).

The result is predictable. Kansas is solidly settled onto the list of Places Teachers Work As Their Very Last Choice.It's working out great for Missouri; their school districts have teacher recruitment billboards up in Kansas. But in Kansas, there's a teacher shortage.

Kansas is not alone. Indiana is also among the many states with fewer new teachers in the pipeline than ever."

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You pick!

North Carolina

Arizona

Kansas

Indiana

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What Does It Mean to Have ‘Grit’ in the Classroom?

What Does It Mean to Have ‘Grit’ in the Classroom? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Why educators are paying more attention to noncognitive factors in the classroom, and whether it’s more than just a fad.

"Rewarding learners on effort rather than accomplishment stimulates a host of cognitive signals that can have the effect of strengthening their resolve. Tell a student she’s smart, and you run the risk of crimping her ambition to tackle more challenging tasks down the road; laud her for the time and energy she expended, and the link between effort and positive outcomes grows stronger. “To be successful, students must choose to learn and persist when learning is challenging,” said Dave Paunesku, the cofounder of a research lab at Stanford University that’s putting into practice the research on noncognitive qualities like persistence and learning from failure, at a seminar for education journalists last year."

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