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Leadership Lessons Learned in the Army

Leadership Lessons Learned in the Army | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Christi Jefferds, former Military Intelligence Lieutenant in the Army from 1987-1990, and now the Principal at Piner Elementary in the Kenton County School District in Kentucky talks about leadership lessons.
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4. Leaders Grow Leaders
Never send your troops on a mission without training, training, and more training.

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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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Too Much Homework May Hurt Teens' Test Scores

Too Much Homework May Hurt Teens' Test Scores | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Study found more than 90 minutes a night linked to lower performance in math, science


Regular, Independent Math And Science Homework Yield Best Results.

HealthDay (3/27, Preidt) reports that a new Spanish study finds that students that do homework regularly and independently yield the best test results. The study also notes that while students that did up to 70 minutes of homework showed dramatic gains over their peers with less work, gains between 70 and 90 minutes were minimal and students with over 90 minutes of daily homework saw test results decline.

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What You Might Not Know About the Gender Gap in Reading

What You Might Not Know About the Gender Gap in Reading | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
A new analysis peels back common wisdom about why boys may lag girls in reading achievement.
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Micro Teaching: Using Video to Enhance Instruction

Micro Teaching: Using Video to Enhance Instruction | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Using video is an excellent option to truly see how we engage with our students, but too often it won't happen because of a lack of trust in the building. Here are some options to overcome those obstacles.
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What Does Math Look Like In Today's Classroom?

What Does Math Look Like In Today's Classroom? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Math in today's classrooms: How does it look? How are teachers making shifts in the way they teach math? We asked educators from our Teaching Channel community and here's what they said.
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Art teacher is evaluated by students’ math standardized test scores

Art teacher is evaluated by students’ math standardized test scores | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Many teachers are evaluated by the test scores of students and subjects they don't teach.
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Most States Give 10% Less To Poorer Districts

Most States Give  10% Less To Poorer Districts | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
High-poverty school districts receive an average of 10 percent less per student in state and local funding than districts with few students in poverty, a new report finds. However, some states have managed to close that gap.


Most States Give Less To Poorer Districts.
The Christian Science Monitor (3/25, Kharadoo) reports that school districts serving students in poverty receive less than other districts, according to a Thursday report from The Education Trust. The Monitor notes that funding gaps “vary widely from state to state,” and that while some states have “good showing[s]” and give more to challenged districts, nine states supply “at least 100 percent more” to low-poverty districts. There has been a decades-long push for more even funding levels, and lawsuits against funding formulas have been a major driver in the “shift[] toward equity.” Districts serving the highest levels of African-Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans received nearly 15 percent less funding than districts with the fewest minorities, contradictory to the ideal of “equality of opportunity.”
        Minnesota Near Top Of Low-Income District Funding, But Retains Inequality. The St. Paul (MN) Pioneer Press (3/26, Verges) reports that the report showed Minnesota is “among the best” at providing poorer schools with extra funding, but that “it may not be evident in test scores,” where the state has one of the country’s biggest race and income gaps. The state is second only to Ohio in its share of in-state funding that reaches high-poverty districts, but the paper notes that the report does not include Federal funds that target low-income students.

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Teachers Using Problems of Practice (POPs) in Reflection and Collaboration

Teachers Using Problems of Practice (POPs) in Reflection and Collaboration | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

One of the mechanisms to engage teachers in reflection and collaboration around implementation of the common core is through a Problems of Practice protocol, abbreviated POPs.  

Every 6 to 8 weeks 3 of the 6 teachers present a problem of practice to the whole group, receive warm and cool feedback, and change an upcoming lesson based on this experience and their own reflection.

The protocol we are using has gone through many drafts, but here is a video of the process and a copy of our latest version of the protocol:

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In Learning, Context Matters

In Learning, Context Matters | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

by Jackie Gerstein



The Need for Context

Learning facts and knowledge about a content area topic is an important prerequisite to understanding that topic and then developing expertise. The key to this understanding is providing a context for the facts. The context becomes the glue to increase the stickiness, the longevity of long term memory of those facts. This is especially true for abstract concepts. These concepts need something concrete with which to attach.

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Teaching Experience Matters: New Research

Teaching Experience Matters: New Research | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
New research challenges the belief that teachers plateau early in their careers, suggesting instead their effectiveness grows over the first decade in the classroom and beyond.
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Closing the gap between school and work

Closing the gap between school and work | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

Immersive High-Skill And Tech Programs Gaining Ground In Schools.
USA Today (3/24, Webster) reports that combining “rigorous college preparation with hands-on learning” through direct immersion in a field is an increasingly popular way to reverse drop out rates, get top students experience before they choose a career, and keep students engaged. Proponents argue that this can cut the costs of college, where most students do not graduate on time as they try out different careers. USA Today reports through its own findings that STEM and high-skill blue-collar jobs will account for most new “livable wage” jobs until 2017, which will require “some form of post secondary education, but not necessarily a bachelor’s degree.” Education Secretary Arne Duncan notes it is critical for high schoolers to graduate prepared, and that students that drop out of high school are “basically condemned to poverty and social failure.” Schools are pairing with technology companies through programs like IBM’s Pathways in Technology Early College High School and applying for Federal grants to overhaul their systems.


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What are Smarter Balanced Assessments? - YouTube

Washington students are taking Smarter Balanced Assessments in grades 3-8 and high school for the first time in spring 2015. Smarter Balanced replaces Washington's previous state exams and measures real-world skills and how students are progressing on the path to being ready for college and career.

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New York: Administrators, Teachers, and Parents Oppose Cuomo's Flawed Teacher Evaluation Plan

New York: Administrators, Teachers, and Parents Oppose Cuomo's Flawed Teacher Evaluation Plan | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The New York Times has a front-page story today about the widespread opposition to Governor Cuomo's absurd teacher evaluation plan, which would base 50% of the evaluation on student test scores, 35...
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5 Great Formative Assessment Strategies For Teachers

5 Great Formative Assessment Strategies For Teachers | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
This article feature 5 easy and effective formative assessment strategies to use with your students.
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How do schools respond to competition? Better Academics or Better Marketing/Recruiting?

How do schools respond to competition? Better Academics or Better Marketing/Recruiting? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
School-choice is built on the philosophy that competition forces schools to improve, but a new study shows that school leaders are more likely to improve recruiting than academics.
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Research: Charters More Likely To Focus On Marketing Than Academics.

The Washington Post (3/26, Brown) reports that according to a new study from the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans, charter officials “are less likely to work on improving academics than to use other tactics in their efforts to attract students.” The study examined 30 New Orleans charters, and found that only one third “said they competed for students by trying to improve their academic programs or operations.” Meanwhile, leaders at 25 “said they competed by marketing their existing programs.”

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School Counselors Play Key Role in Transitioning Students to Post-Secondary Ed. & Training

School Counselors Play Key Role in Transitioning Students to Post-Secondary Ed. & Training | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
A new report from the National Association for College Admission Counseling shows administrators value time spent on college counseling, although most guidance departments devote less than 20 percent of their time to that task.
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When the Internet Delivers Its Own Content, What’s Left for the Teacher?

When the Internet Delivers Its Own Content, What’s Left for the Teacher? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
When kids can get their lessons from the Internet, what's left for classroom instructors to do?
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"So if you want to be a teacher," I tell the college student, "you better be a super-teacher."

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How brainy are you about brains? A neuroscience quiz.

How brainy are you about brains? A neuroscience quiz. | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
We have a winner in the 2015 USA National Brain Bee Champion: Soren Christensen, a ninth-grader at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va. Here are some of the questions he had to answer -- plus practice questions.
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Do snow days hurt student progress? A Harvard professor says no.

Do snow days hurt student progress? A Harvard professor says no. | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
New study found that student absenteeism on days schools are open is a much bigger problem.
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Young Girls Are Much, Much Better Readers Than Boys, And Have Been For A Long Time

Young Girls Are Much, Much Better Readers Than Boys, And Have Been For A Long Time | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The gap between boys' and girls' respective reading abilities has been getting a lot of attention lately, but the trend itself is not new.

Girls have been better readers than boys for a long, long time, according to a report released Tuesday by th...


Reading Gender Gap Persistent But Shrinking.

The Huffington Post (3/25, Klein) reports that while a Brookings Institute report shows girls have read better than boys “for a long, long time,” it also notes the gap appears to be shrinking; is not as large as racial or class divides; affects countries around the world, including high-performing ones, which the report deemed “troubling”; and shrinks as students age, effectively disappearing by adulthood. The report also states that reading enjoyment “may not have a role” in explaining girls’ higher proficiency, and adds that while the universality of the gap “supports the argument” that it may be biological, the gap has halved in forty years, and “biology doesn’t change that fast.”

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Digital Exit Slips

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Snapshots Of Understanding? 10 Smart Tools For Digital Exit Slips


"by Ryan Schaaf, Assistant Professor of Technology, Notre Dame of Maryland University

Do they get it?

After an instructional lesson is over, educators are left with a classroom full of students looking at them.

Did my students get the lesson?

Are there any ideas, concepts or skills they are still unsure of?

Do my students have any misconceptions about the lesson and its content?

Do I have to review anything tomorrow?

These are just a few of the questions reflective educators are left to contemplate after the bell has rung.  In truth, many of these reflective questions educators are left asking themselves can be addressed if they use an exit ticket. Exit tickets are a simple, quick and oftentimes insightful formative assessment method employed close to the end of a lesson. It is a simple task that requires learners to answer a few questions or perform certain tasks explored during the learning process."

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Are schools liable if they fail to prevent bullying?

Are schools liable if they fail to prevent bullying? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

FRANKFORT, Ky. — "the Kentucky Supreme Court here will hear arguments on whether schools can be held liable for failing to stem bullying that causes a student's suicide."

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Want to personalize learning? Try personalizing PD first

Want to personalize learning? Try personalizing PD first | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"In Meriden, Conn., school district leaders are rethinking traditional approaches to instruction. For the past five years, the district has had a “no zero” grading policy to encourage the completion of all student work. Middle school students can take online courses for high school credit, and high school students can design their own studies with the help of a faculty advisor."


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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 24, 6:24 PM

We know blended and personalized learning can work for students. It makes sense that blended and personalized PD can work for educators. I think that's one of the reasons edCamp and other "unconferences" can be so successful.

M. Fagot-Karcher's curator insight, March 25, 9:09 AM

intesting : A explorer

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Ten rules for teaching reading with prior knowledge | Tim Shanahan

Ten rules for teaching reading with prior knowledge | Tim Shanahan | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
[Editor's note: This is part two of a multi-part series on the use of prior knowledge in literacy. It originally appeared in a slightly different form at Tim Shanahan's blog, Shanahan on Reading. The first post can be found here.]
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'observers biased towards teachers with higher-performing students'

'observers biased towards teachers with higher-performing students' | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Was Phil Jackson really a great coach? Despite his reputation as the Zen master of hoops, I’ve never been convinced. After all, Kobe, Shaq, and His Airness would have made any coach look like a genius, and there’s never been a natural experiment quantifying Jackson’s impact.
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