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100+ map and chart visuals that jump-start discussion

100+ map and chart visuals that jump-start discussion | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
It's no secret. I love maps. I'm pretty sure maps love me. Big. Small. Old. New. Treasure. I love 'em all. And the cool thing about the InterWebs is that someone is always making new maps that I ca...
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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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5 ways to utilize iPad backgrounds & lockscreens

5 ways to utilize iPad backgrounds & lockscreens | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
You may not have thought much about the iPad background screens of student iPads.  Whether you share a cart with your grade level or have a small set to use or even have 1:1 iPads in the classroom, the iPad background screen is key real estate that you want to integrate into your iPad management plan.  Students look at the lock screen every time they open their iPads and the background whenever they switch apps.    Here are 5 ways to utilize that space:

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Setting the Tone at the Beginning of a Lesson: I Heart a Silent Start

Setting the Tone at the Beginning of a Lesson: I Heart a Silent Start | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
What a great way to set a good tone for your classroom. Watch a quick video on I Heart A Silent Start to see how you may be able to set a positive tone to begin your class.
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Editable Sample Rubric

Editable Sample Rubric | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
This easy-to-use Microsoft Word rubric template -- created by Cait Camarata, Edutopia's visual designer -- can be modified to suit your own needs. It is also available in Google Docs format. Read about some of the elements of well-designed rubrics in the associated post: "4 Easy Tips and Tricks for Creating Visually Engaging Rubrics."
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Helping People See the Big Picture (and Why it is So Important)

Helping People See the Big Picture (and Why it is So Important) | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Here are five things you can do to help your team see the big pic picture, think more strategically and do their work with the end goal in mind.
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Start With WHY!

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How Grades 6-12 get robbed in federal education funding

How Grades 6-12 get robbed in federal education funding | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The statistics are stunning, showing a gaping "missing middle," while the early years and college get far more.
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How Students Hide Chronic Absenteeism: Partial Day Attendance

How Students Hide Chronic Absenteeism: Partial Day Attendance | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"The challenge is how “Present for the Day” is calculated. In most California districts, students need only be present for a single period to earn a full day’s credit for attendance, so this student would have 100% daily attendance. Other states require at least a half-day to earn a day’s credit, but even in these more strict cases, this student would be counted as present across the board."

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Effective schools do not run on Hero Teachers

Effective schools do not run on Hero Teachers | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Effective schools do not run on Hero Teachers, but on strong, stable, supportive communities, and that is no myth.


"This is what reformsters are talking about when they proclaim that we must find the most excellent teachers and pay them really well (though a Hero Teacher would never actually ask for a  big salary, because noble)-- find the Hero Teachers and get them to teach everyone. Maybe they could have teaching assistants, or maybe they can just teach 200 students at once (because, after all, they are awesome Hero Teachers). Maybe this is appealing in part because ten well-paid Hero Teachers are still cheaper than fifty moderately-paid regular old teachers. And the as-yet-unrealized requirement that states have a plan for moving highly effective teachers to problem schools is also based on the Hero Teacher story-- we find a Hero Teacher and we send that Hero off to trouble spots, where Hero Teacher will heroically Fix It All."

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Double Planning: What I teach, What students can do with what they learn

Double Planning: What I teach, What students can do with what they learn | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"Double Planning with packets forces you to consider how you will at each step hold students accountable for the content and quality of their work. The teachers who do this best require students to constantly interact with their packets, and they engineer the physical space students need to do so. For example, Maggie Johnson, an eighth-grade teacher at Troy Preparatory Middle School, provides space for her students to write everything, from recording the objective to taking notes during a discussion (see Maggie’s packet here)."

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Schools ramp up use of safety drills, security

Schools ramp up use of safety drills, security | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — Safety drills, parent notification systems, and other safety measures in U.S.


Schools Increasing Focus On Safety Measures.

The AP (5/22, Hefling) reports that according to new National Center for Education Statistics data, in the years before and after the December 2012 mass school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, schools have increased the use of “safety drills, parent notification systems, and other safety measures.” The report indicates that the increase occurred “during a four-year span that saw an overall decrease in violent crime reported by schools, but one that included high-profile incidents” like Sandy Hook. The article reports that National Association of Secondary School Principals Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti “said it’s encouraging to see school safety moving in a positive direction,” but noted that the report didn’t mention schools efforts “to create a more nurturing environment.”

        The Wall Street Journal (5/22, Porter, Subscription Publication) reports that the NCES data shows measurable increases in spending on school safety measures, such as security cameras, resource officers, and digital notification systems.

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Does Your School Have An Ego Problem? 8 Warning Signs

Does Your School Have An Ego Problem? 8 Warning Signs | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Ego can be our greatest asset or it can be our biggest liability. It’s all about keeping it in balance. An out of balance ego doesn’t feel dramatically different from one that is in balance, explai...
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Selective High Schools Struggle to Diversify Student Bodies

Selective High Schools Struggle to Diversify Student Bodies | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Leaders of elite public high schools are banding together to find ways to enroll more students from low-income families and underrepresented minority groups.


Selective High Schools Seek To Grow Diversity.

Education Week (5/19, Adams) reports that selective high schools have a “challenge” fostering diversity as studies indicate minority and low-income students who are talented “often lose ground” at school without support. To combat this, initiatives such as the April effort to encourage underrepresented students to take AP and IB classes have been launched by Equal Opportunity Schools, while efforts to encourage outreach and revise policies are underway from the Coalition of Leaders for Advanced Student Success. Schools have also sent representatives to lower-income neighborhoods to let students know about selective schools, as they are “not always on the radar” of students from poorer backgrounds.

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How smart is it to allow students to use mobile phones at school?

How smart is it to allow students to use mobile phones at school? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Researchers have found that allowing use of mobile phones in schools harms low-achieving and low-income students the most.
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Higher Expectations Means More Responsibility...on the leader and teacher

Higher Expectations Means More Responsibility...on the leader and teacher | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

On the suggestion of Ariel Price, I decided to read the book, "The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools", and it talks extensively about bringing the best out in people."



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The Matthew Effect

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By Steve Figurelli

The Matthew effect refers to the notion that “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.” Research has identified (and any teacher can attest) that some children enter school “wealthier” than their classmates when it comes to literacy foundational skills. Children who start out with advantages, in terms of early reading skills and vocabulary, tend to thrive and grow academically, while “less wealthy” children tend to fall progressively further behind. With alarming studies l

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Each time I see or hear this, I am alarmed!  Birth through age three is such an important time span.... Parents, please read to and talk with your children each day~

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4 Easy Tips and Tricks for Creating Visually Engaging Rubrics

4 Easy Tips and Tricks for Creating Visually Engaging Rubrics | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Cait Camarata, Edutopia’s visual designer, provides a few straightforward rubric-design tips and a customizable rubric template for educators who are short on time.
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High-poverty schools continue to wear on teachers, surveys show

High-poverty schools continue to wear on teachers, surveys show | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
TAMPA — School districts offer cash bonuses. They hire teacher coaches. They appeal to the idealism of educators who want to make a difference.
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Changing the Mindset of Education: Every Learner is Unique

Changing the Mindset of Education: Every Learner is Unique | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
By Arina Bokas & Rod Rock - Every learner is unique, and adopting a growth mindset in education is important, the authors argue. One size doesn't fit all.
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8 Tips to Stop Micromanaging & Start Leading

8 Tips to Stop Micromanaging & Start Leading | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Getting Smart team shares 8 ways to stop micromanaging and more effectively lead a team.
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A Cornucopia Of Useful Social Emotional Learning Resources

A Cornucopia Of Useful Social Emotional Learning Resources | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
I'm hopelessly behind on important resources to share, particularly ones related to Social Emotional Learning. Thanks to Karen HuxtableJester and to Vipula Sharma for some of the links. I'll be add...
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Finland Schools Are Fine, but Montana Schools Are Heavenly

Finland Schools Are Fine, but Montana Schools Are Heavenly | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"Montana was wise to reject privatized franchised charter schools. They were wise to reject the test obsession fad that drains time and resources from real learning. They were wise to focus on deeply prepared career professionals who aren't distracted from racing around to catch the testing tail that's wagging the education dog. Students are succeeding on measures that matter."

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High school shootings have long-term impact on math, English scores, 9th grade enrollment

An LSU researcher found that high school students’ standardized test scores in math and English fall for up to three years following a fatal shooting. Math scores dropped by close to 5 percent and math scores by around 4 percent, according to a paperco-authored by Louis-Philippe Beland, LSU assistant professor."


Test Scores Drop Five Percent After School Shootings.

The Advocate (5/22) reports that a Louisiana State University study shows that high school English and math test scores fall around five percent for as long as three years after a deadly shooting on campus. Ninth-grade enrollment also declines by around six percent. An ED survey added that security camera usage in schools rose by 14 percent from 2009-2010 to 2013-14. The author of the article said that the impact was a surprise, and that richer schools with more counseling and resources may handle the impact better than poorer schools.

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Assessment...for Learning: "the only way that a teacher knows if a student has learned something"

Assessment...for Learning: "the only way that a teacher knows if a student has learned something" | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

Quite simply, the only way that a teacher knows if a student has learned something is to require the student to demonstrate that knowledge in some way. Assessments help teachers and students to pinpoint which aspects of instruction need to be adjusted to help a student acquire a learning goal. But there are two different types of assessments that happen throughout a student’s academic career.

Assessment FOR Learning

 

Assessment OF Learning

 

Knowing the Difference Between the Two Types of Assessment

School systems need to provide opportunities for both types of assessment–formative and summative. They perform different, important roles and should be part of a balanced assessment system. Having said that, it is also important for educators to limit the number of assessments that they administer. Educators need to be prudent in their choices and ensure that–above all else–instructional time is maximized for learning.

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Teaching With Educational Videos

Teaching With Educational Videos | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Educational videos can make a big impact in the classroom, as long as you knowhow to draw out the value of the experience. While such tools were once used to fill time or to add to a lesson, they tended to be flat presentations of interesting concepts made boring by monotone narrators. Much has changed …
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ISLLC: Preparing Leaders for Deeper Learning

ISLLC: Preparing Leaders for Deeper Learning | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
By Tom Vander Ark & Karen Cator - Preparing Leaders for Deeper Learning describes why EdLeaders need blended, competency-based and deeper learning.


Last week, the ISLLC released new draft standards for school leaders. The Council of Chief State School Officers is currently accepting public feedback on the standards, which include transformational leadership principles for school leaders. The project is evidence that the current system of leadership preparation and development is mismatched to the next-gen, deeper learning environments that we know are best for kids.

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Let Students Summarize the Previous Lesson

Let Students Summarize the Previous Lesson | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Starting each class with a brief recap of key concepts from the previous class is a good idea, but why not have students prepare and present that review?
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