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Things that correlate to A-F Grades

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I don’t know how much my readers have studied statistics, but we live in a data-driven culture where people (at least pretend to) make decisions based on numbers. Last year, if you’ll recall, I too...
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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.

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Five Tips for Getting Started With Differentiation in a Secondary Classroom

Five Tips for Getting Started With Differentiation in a Secondary Classroom | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
By Jessica Hockett Differentiation in middle and high school doesn't need to involve designing eight different assignments, orchestrating complex group work, or turning the physical space into a kindergarten room. At its core, differentiation simply moves all students toward and beyond common and important learning goals. Sometimes, students share a route toward those goals. Other times, ongoing assessment compels teachers to plan different routes that vary by readiness, interest, or learning pr
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Kids need more sleep and later school start times

I will learn how to keep digging away to find more support for the greater glory of improving adolescent sleep.
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This Is Your Brain On Games

This Is Your Brain On Games | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"The past year has illuminated many things about the way the brain works, including how it responds to games. It is now erroneous to conflate ten hours of Super Mario with minor head trauma. We know that you won’t go blind if you’re looking for coins and bananas and rings on a screen all day. Your motivation and attention span will remain intact no matter what level you reach in Skyrim. In fact, the very latest science is telling us the exact opposite of what we thought all along: video games actually increase brain function."


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Brain research now shows that action video games impact "brain plasticity, learning, attention, and vision." What does this mean? That video games may make the brain bigger, as in increasing brain volume.

Along with information on how video games may make the brain "bigger, better, faster, stronger" the post also shares information on "using the neuroscience of games to boost learning" and "how to ditch your biases."

A number of studies are quoted in the post with links to additional information.


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 29, 9:35 PM

Brain research now shows that action video games impact "brain plasticity, learning, attention, and vision." What does this mean? That video games may make the brain bigger, as in increasing brain volume.

Along with information on how video games may make the brain "bigger, better, faster, stronger" the post also shares information on "using the neuroscience of games to boost learning" and "how to ditch your biases."

A number of studies are quoted in the post with links to additional information.

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Ten Keys to Handling Unreasonable & Difficult People: Pick your battles!

Ten Keys to Handling Unreasonable & Difficult People: Pick your battles! | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
10 Strategies for Handling Aggressive or Problem Personalities


4. Pick Your Battles

Benefits: Save time, energy and grief. Avoid unnecessary problems and complications.

How: Not all difficult individuals we face require direct confrontation about their behavior. There are two scenarios under which you might decide not to get involved. The first is when someone has temporary, situational power over you. For example, if you’re on the phone with an unfriendly customer service representative, as soon as you hang up and call another agent, this representative will no longer have power over you.

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Debunking a Myth About U.S. Teachers

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New papers suggest that U.S. teacher quality never declined as badly as an oft-cited 2010 report said.


New Research Rebuts Claims About Low US Teacher Quality.

The Hechinger Report (1/26) reports that McKinsey and Company issued a report in 2010 which argued that nations with “top performing school systems draw teachers from the best and brightest in their societies, but in the United States, almost half of new teachers come from the bottom third.” However, new research suggests that “US teacher quality never declined as badly as that report said, and by 2010 had already turned around markedly for the better.”

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ED Rejects Texas Teacher Evaluation Systemn

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The feds told Texas that its teacher evaluation system isn't coming close to cutting the mustard when it comes to what's expected for states with NCLB waivers.


ED Rejects Texas Teacher Evaluation System, Raising Waiver Concerns.

The Houston Chronicle (1/26) reports that ED “has rejected Texas’ proposed teacher and principal evaluation method,” placing the status of the state’s bid for an NCLB waiver in question. Meanwhile, “Texas officials defended their decisions against the criticisms Friday, spurring rumors the state is considering whether to drop its No Child Left Behind waiver request.” The Chronicle explains that under current law, state education authorities cannot mandate guidelines for evaluations systems to districts.

        Alyson Klein writes at the Education Week (1/26)”Politics K-12” blog that ED “told Texas that its teacher evaluation system isn’t coming close to cutting the mustard” for waiver states, and characterizes Texas Commissioner Michael Williams’ response as being resistant to Federal authority. She reports that Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Deb Delisle sent a letter including “a long, long list of issues with Texas’ waiver,” but “doesn’t say anything in her letter about putting Texas on high risk status, nor is there any threat to revoke the waiver.”

        The Texas Tribune (1/23) explains that the state “is piloting a system that uses standardized tests in a limited way, Texas education officials say they do not have the authority to require districts to use a specific evaluation measure.” This piece calls this story the latest twist in “almost two years of negotiations over the terms of the waiver.”

        The Austin (TX) American Statesman (1/26, Subscription Publication) adds that Delisle outlined “a variety of concerns the federal department has with the state’s new evaluation system, which links teacher assessments with student performance on standardized tests for the first time, including that it has no mechanism for ensuring that every school district uses it.”

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Science in the Classroom

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"Science in the Classroom is an excellent resource for high school teachers and university professors who want to integrate the latest breaking research into their lesson plans. The project consists of a team of editors from the world-renowned journal Science, who work with an advisory board of scientists and science teachers to produce content designed for the classroom. On the site, readers may click on either High School or University to choose their target audience. Topics may be divided into Physical or Biological sciences (or choose "Any" to peruse all articles). Click on an article to read the editor's introduction and annotations. Discussion questions are listed throughout. In addition, each article is accompanied by Activities and Teaching Resources, which can be downloaded as PDF files." 


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Differentiation Doesn't Work?

Differentiation Doesn't Work? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Differentiated instruction adds depth and complexity to teaching, but it's all but impossible to implement in today's classrooms, James Delisle writes.
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One key to school improvement

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Principals to have less autonomy

Principals to have less autonomy | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Chancellor Carmen Fariña is expected to announce that principals will report to district superintendents, dispensing with a core philosophy of the Bloomberg administration.


New York Chancellor Centralizing School Management.

The New York Times (1/22, Taylor, Subscription Publication) reports that New York City Chancellor Carmen Fariña, in a move that reverses “one of the core management philosophies” of the Bloomberg administration, “is expected to announce changes on Thursday that will restore a centralized hierarchy to New York City’s schools.” Under the new policy, “most principals will report to superintendents and to regional centers,” which would in turn report to the chancellor’s office, the Times reports. The piece explains that Joel Klein, the longest-serving chancellor under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, “believed that principals were most successful when they had the most freedom.” However, Fariña has said that this system “left struggling schools with too little supervision.”

        Cuomo Backs Continued NYC Mayoral Control. The AP (1/22) reports that in his State of the State address, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo “is advocating continuing mayoral control of New York City public schools,” noting that he “said Wednesday that he would continue allowing Mayor Bill de Blasio” to “run the schools.”

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Do Principals Have an Impossible Job?

Do Principals Have an Impossible Job? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"The principal’s job is often called the loneliest in K-12 education, but it’s just as fitting to call it the toughest.

Hours are long. Demands come from every direction: the central office, teachers, students, parents, and the community. And no one else in a school has the same responsibilities.

Managing buses, budgets, and buildings is still central to the job, but the current generation of principals—and the generation that will succeed them—also must oversee colliding rollouts of some of the most dramatic shifts in public schooling in more than a decade: more rigorous academic standards, new assessments, and retooled teacher-evaluation systems."

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When comparing countries' education, it's more than test scores

When comparing countries' education, it's more than test scores | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
While American students have high levels of educational achievement and decent test scores, they may also experience high levels of social stress and poverty.


Study Finds High Inequality, High Levels Of Stress For US Students.

The Huffington Post (1/21, Klein) reports that a new report “argues that more than just test scores should be taken into consideration when comparing countries’ education systems.” The study from The Horace Mann League and the National Superintendents Roundtable compared school systems in the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, Finland, and China. Gary Marx, president of The Horace Mann League, said in a statement, “The goal was to look at the whole iceberg, not just the tip – and provide a clearer snapshot of each country’s performance, including its wealth, diversity, community safety, and support for families and schools.” In the US, the researchers “found high levels of economic inequality, low levels of support for families and higher levels of social stress.”

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Differentiation Is Important 'Because We Teach Students Not Standards'

Differentiation Is Important 'Because We Teach Students Not Standards' | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Three well-known educators/authors provide guest responses offering effective ways to differentiate instruction: Regie Routman, Carol Ann Tomlinson, and Laura Robb.
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Give Students the Lead with Learning Goals and Success Criteria

Give Students the Lead with Learning Goals and Success Criteria | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
One of the hardest jobs we have as teachers is assessing student learning. Try shifting the ownership of learning with learning goals and success criteria.
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U.S. is spending less per public school student, new data show

Downturn in 2011 and 2012 came amid recession-battered state budgets, waning stimulus funds.

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9 Things Leaders Must Do To Create A Transformation

9 Things Leaders Must Do To Create A Transformation | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
By Supriya Desai


Many high performing senior managers, leaders and executives find themselves at some point in their careers faced with the challenge of leading a strategically critical, highly visible transformation program. The company needs to move in a new direction, a start-up must professionalize, product and service innovations must be [...]

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These principles apply directly to school improvement.

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9 Quick Tips for Taking Ownership of Your PD

9 Quick Tips for Taking Ownership of Your PD | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Engineer PD activities on your own terms, whether it's inside your own school building, among far-flung teacher friends, or out in the teacher-friendly Twitterverse.
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What the Heck Is Project-Based Learning?

What the Heck Is Project-Based Learning? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
In project-based learning, students show what they learn as they journey through the unit, interact with its lessons, collaborate with each other, and assess themselves and each other.
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Classroom Management: Control or Cooperation?

Classroom Management: Control or Cooperation? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Educators Dr. Debbie Silver, Richard L. Curwin, and Marcia L. Tate share their advice on classroom management strategies in Part Three of a four-part series.
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Grooming Assistant Principals to Take Schools' Top Jobs

Grooming Assistant Principals to Take Schools' Top Jobs | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
State leaders work to upgrade the principal ranks through training and coaching of talented administrators looking to move up.

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Principals Honored for Technology Leadership

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Three Principals Honored By NASSP For Technology Leadership.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (1/23) announces “three extraordinary and tech-savvy school leaders have been selected as 2015 NASSP Digital Principals for integrating digital media in their efforts to improve instruction, student achievement and their own leadership.” The winners, who will be recognized at next month’s NASSP Conference Ignite ‘15, are: John Bernia of Oakview Middle School in Oakland Township, Mich., James Richardson of Buck Lodge Middle School in Prince George’s County, Md., and Bill Ziegler of Pottsgrove High School in Pottstown, Pa.

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Congratulations to the 2015 NASSP Digital Principals!  Meet them and hear their stories at Ignite15 in San Diego!

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Ten obvious truths about educating kids that keep getting ignored

Ten obvious truths about educating kids that keep getting ignored | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
'If we all agree that a given principle is true, then why in the world do our schools still function as if it weren’t?'


Much of the material students are required to memorize is soon forgotten

The truth of this statement will be conceded (either willingly or reluctantly) by just about everyone who has spent time in school — in other words, all of us.

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Carol Dweck - Mindset: The New Psychology of Success - YouTube

Carol S. Dweck is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University.[1] She graduated from Barnard College in 1967 and earned a Ph....
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"Almost everything you, the teacher, says something to students about your belief in them. You are always teaching your students a mindset."

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Rural Teacher shortage is key education problem

Dearth Of Rural Teachers.

The Orangeburg (SC) Times And Democrat (1/21) reports that the South Carolina Supreme Court has “put the state’s leadership on notice that it must come forward with a plan for improvements in the wake of the justices’ decision in a long-standing lawsuit regarding educational inequities in rural districts.” The piece argues that a “shortage of teachers in rural and poor districts” is a key part of the schools’ problems, and calls on the state legislature to back Gov. Nikki Haley’s Homegrown Teacher Initiative, which “offers high-school students who graduate from an eligible district four years of subsidized tuition at any public college or university in the state in exchange for not less than two years of teaching in their home district or another eligible district.”

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Renewed push for career and technical education

Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH), co-chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, announced that they will renew their push for CTE.


US Senators To Introduce CTE Bill.

The Augusta (VA) Free Press (1/21) reports on a bill being sponsored by US Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) that “would raise the quality of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs” in US schools. Some of the things the bill would do to raise the quality of CTE programs in schools, include, defining “what constitutes a rigorous CTE curriculum and requiring Perkins grant recipients to incorporate key elements in their programs” and allowing “states and localities to use Perkins grant funding to establish CTE-focused academies.”

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