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John Thompson: Legal Woes Growing for VAM-Based Teacher Evaluations

John Thompson: Legal Woes Growing for VAM-Based Teacher Evaluations | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Since teachers must basically prove that value-added terminations are based on an irrational use of the model, it is no surprise that the first suits include cases where teachers are held accountable for the test score growth of students who they did not have in class.
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litigation will help kill high-stakes value-added

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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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Poll: Most Americans no longer think a college education is ‘very important’

Poll: Most Americans no longer think a college education is ‘very important’ | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"Amid a national debate about the worth of a college education, a respected annual poll about the education views held by Americans has found that only 44 percent of Americans now believe that getting a college education is “very important” — down from 75 percent four years ago."

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Students, Admissions Officers Differ Over Planned SAT Changes

Students, Admissions Officers Differ Over Planned SAT Changes | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
A new poll by Kaplan Test Prep finds high school students not as enthused about the SAT redesign as college-admissions officers.
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Professor Defends Common Core Math Standards

Professor Defends Common Core Math Standards | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Real fluency is an improvement on traditional math's plug-and-chug, mechanical approach.


Professor Defends Common Core Math Standards.

In an op-ed for USA Today (9/16), Solomon Friedberg, chair of the Math Department at Boston College, defends Common Core math standards, arguing that they encourage students to learn math “with both computational fluency and understanding of the ideas,” thereby eliminating “the need for endless rule-memorizing” and providing “the intellectual flexibility to apply math in new situations.”

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Students Owning the Common Core Math Practices

Students Owning the Common Core Math Practices | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
When teachers bring the Common Core into a classroom discussion every day, students begin to understand and own them. Learn why it is important to use the Common Core language with students.
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3 Ways High Schools Are Combating Marijuana Use - US News

3 Ways High Schools Are Combating Marijuana Use - US News | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Simply talking to teens about the dangers of marijuana doesn't prevent use of the drug, experts say.
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New School Leaders' Standards Released for Public Comment

New School Leaders' Standards Released for Public Comment | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The new Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards, which heavily emphasize instructional leadership, community and family engagement, and cultural awareness were revised using empirical research on school leadership and the experience of practitioners, including principals and superintendents.
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Is the Flipped Class Model Here to Stay?

Is the Flipped Class Model Here to Stay? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Enthusiasts believe that the flipped classroom movement is completely transforming education, while detractors believe that the technological hurdles are too formidable. So where are we right now?
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New Standards for Ed Leaders: What do they look like?

From Politico


"WHAT DOES GOOD LEADERSHIP LOOK LIKE? The Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Policy Board for Educational Administration are asking for public comment on a draft of voluntary standards centered on education leadership. The draft is an update to a set of leadership standards adopted in 2008 [http://bit.ly/1rUxElA]. The new set reflects increased demands placed on school and district leaders. Since the first set of leadership standards were released in 1996, state-level reform measures have raised the bar for student growth and academic achievement, the groups say in a statement. Race to the Top, waivers from No Child Left Behind and the implementation of new academic standards have all led states to rethink education leadership. More than 1,000 principals and superintendents offered their input for the creation of the draft standards. The two groups are asking for comment until Oct. 10. The new draft standards: http://politico.pro/1AH0AST And the public can provide feedback here: http://svy.mk/1rZNeT4

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Teachers Discuss Teacher Dress

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In Part One of a two-part series, four educators - Roxanna Elden, Renee Moore, Jane Fung, and Rebecca Mieliwocki - share their thoughts on how teachers should dress.
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Learning requires a change in the brain...

Learning requires a change in the brain... | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"Beth Dichter's insight:

How do students learn? There are many concepts that look at this question, and the visual above in one way to view this. 

To the left you have a box that shows that students take in content by reading, writing, listening and experiencing, and that to comprehend and interpret content they must have prior knowledge, make observations, identify main and supporting ideas and gather evidence.

In the middle section the student has to take the input and use critical thinking skills. To do this they must also be engaged in and committed to the learning process. 

And the final section looks at their output, how does the student show what they have learned.

In all phases technology may play a role.

This visual would be great to spark discussion amongst faculty."


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How do students learn? There are many concepts that look at this question, and the visual above in one way to view this. 

To the left you have a box that shows that students take in content by reading, writing, listening and experiencing, and that to comprehend and interpret content they must have prior knowledge, make observations, identify main and supporting ideas and gather evidence.

In the midle section the student has to take the input and use critical thinking skills. To do this they must also be engaged in and committed to the learning process. 

And the final section looks at their output, how does the student show what they have learned.

In all phases technology may play a role.

This visual would be great to spark discussion amongst faculy.

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Principals: "No matter what we know, how we do things makes the difference."

Principals: "No matter what we know, how we do things makes the difference." | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
How much focus does a district place on the development of and value for integrity, perseverance, courage, reflection, kindness and empathy?
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Half of Those Leaving Teaching Report Better Working Conditions in Other Jobs

Half of Those Leaving Teaching Report Better Working Conditions in Other Jobs | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
In addition, about 8 percent of teachers reported leaving the profession in 2012-13.


Here's a rundown of some of the data:

  • Of the 3.4 million public school teachers teaching in 2011-12, the data suggest that 84 percent stayed at their schools, 8 percent went to a different school, and 8 percent left the profession during the following year.
  • Teachers in years 1-3 of teaching were more likely to move to a different school (13 percent), but actually less likely to leave the profession altogether (7 percent), in contravention of the conventional wisdom. 
  • Of particular interest, of teachers who left the teaching profession in 2012-13, 51 percent said they had a more manageable work load and 53 percent reported better working conditions in their current positions.
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Ten Characteristics of a Negative School Climate

Ten Characteristics of a Negative School Climate | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

JULIA G. THOMPSON: Overcoming a Negative School Climate


 Unfortunately, schools with a negative climate are easy to identify. At these schools students tend to

• Focus on other activities instead of academics

• Report that they do not feel safe

• Experience little academic success

• Have poor attendance

• Experience problems with their peers as well as with their teachers

• See very little purpose for an education

• Flaunt school rules

• Report that their morale or school spirit is low

• Experience class disruptions due to violence and threats of violence

• Have a high percentage of discipline referrals

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Key Point:


"any climate can be changed if enough people work together to make it happen. Start small, but start."

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U.S. Adults Support Longer, More Rigorous Teacher Prep, Poll Finds

U.S. Adults Support Longer, More Rigorous Teacher Prep, Poll Finds | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

Americans want higher standards and more time for aspiring teachers to learn the ropes.

PDK/Gallup Poll: Most Americans Want Better Prepared Teachers

US News & World Report (9/16) reports that respondents “want a higher bar for those entering the profession and more support for the men and women educating their children.” This article quotes PKD CEO Bill Bushaw saying, “There’s a lot of interest in teachers and teaching, and stressing the need for high-quality teachers in the classroom. Support for a board certification similar to what doctors have, support for higher entry requirements to become a teacher, all indicate to me that Americans see the need to attract the best teachers we can in the classroom and to help them grow professionally.”

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Helping Students Reach Their Full Potential with the Growth Mindset

Helping Students Reach Their Full Potential with the Growth Mindset | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Mimio explores why certain stigmas in education are holding students back from reaching their full potential.
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What went wrong with Common Core implementation? Harvard GSE

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Graduation rates up, but more work needed to prevent dropouts

U.S. graduation rates reached a historic high of over 80 percent in 2012—an increase of about 8 percent over the past decade, says America’s Promise Alliance.

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  1. Toxic environments. Many students who leave school are navigating a negative environment at home or in the community. For example, they have personal and family health issues or are the victims of violence at home.
  2. Relationships with others. If a student does not have a connection with a teacher, guidance counselor, coach or parent, they may find a sense of belonging in gang membership or with other peers who are making bad decisions.
  3. Lack of support. Young people who leave school are resilient, but need help re-engaging with their education. “The salience of school isn’t there because of what’s happening outside the school building, and they aren’t finding the supports they need within school,” Zaff says. Adults who take an interest in the student’s success are key to getting the student to return to school, he adds.
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Three Questions Leaders Should Avoid

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Business management magazine, blogs, case studies, articles, books, and webinars from Harvard Business Review, addressing today's topics and challenges in business management.
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Dylan Wiliam Shares Thoughts on Common Core

Dylan Wiliam Shares Thoughts on Common Core | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
In response to my post about Common Core advocates' five half-truths, Dylan Wiliam wrote to me explaining why he refused to sign off on the Common Core State Standards.
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"To re-iterate, I think the Common Core State Standards are our best shot at creating an education system that meets the challenges of the 21st century. I am frankly appalled at the level of much of the debate, so if you think this can help, by all means share it." - Dylan William

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Pupils benefit from praise, but should teachers give it to them publicly or privately?

Pupils benefit from praise, but should teachers give it to them publicly or privately? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"praise had a dramatic beneficial effect on pupils' behaviour, and it didn't matter whether the praise was private or public."

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4 barriers to learning students experience every day

4 barriers to learning students experience every day | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

By Justin Tarte

1). Trying to keep straight a different set of classroom expectations, procedures, and beliefs about learning for several different teachers.

2). Lots of sitting only to be followed up by more sitting. A majority of a student's day is comprised of sitting in an uncomfortable chair. 


3). Lots of being talked 'at' rather than being talked 'with.'

4). Other kids in class who purposefully derail and consume large amounts of attention and time from the teacher which leaves other kids feeling like they aren't important or don't deserve any of the teacher's time.

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How do you explain a concept like Growth Mindset?

How do you explain a concept like Growth Mindset? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"Dweck’s theories about learning and growth have an important role to play in educating young people – for now and for the future – and that her ideas can really help the students in our school to go from strength to strength."

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Growth Mindset: Personal Accountability and Reflection

Growth Mindset: Personal Accountability and Reflection | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

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I have been studying, blogging and presenting about the growth mindset (see The Educator with a Growth Mindset: A Staff Workshop).  When speaking of a growth mindset, a fixed mindset also needs to be discussed and described.  Fixed mindsets are associated with avoiding failure at all costs.  What I don’t see mentioned as part of a fixed, or maybe they be called toxic mindsets, are characteristics or attitudes like:"

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"money buys you the very facts that guide the public discourse" on education.

"money buys you the very facts that guide the public discourse" on education. | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
How and why has the prevailing story advanced by sponsors of education reform shifted over the past four years from one of failure to one of success?
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Negative messages are really "sticky."  Is it too late to change the conversation in favor of our schools? Many have left the profession! Far worse is the fact that more will never enter teaching" 

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9 Reminders and Tips for Back-to-School Night

9 Reminders and Tips for Back-to-School Night | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Back-to-School Night is a great opportunity to build community with parents while communicating important information about the year. Here's a list of tips to help.
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