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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, 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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4 Keys to Designing the Classroom of the Future

4 Keys to Designing the Classroom of the Future | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"Designing the classroom of the future is no easy task, mostly because it's difficult to know what the future will look like. As little as five years ago, few could have predicted the ubiquity of tablets and their accompanying need for more and more WiFi capabilities. Even the maker movement's reliance on "creative spaces" is a relatively new phenomenon. "


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Mary Smitten's curator insight, Today, 3:58 PM

Very relevant to the classrooms I work in.  The lay out and revised ways to integrate new technology to meet the students where they are. 

 

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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Whether you use musical instruments, game pieces, call-and-response, or electronic devices, there are many successful ways of getting students to focus front and stop talking.
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Struggle Means Learning: Difference in Eastern and Western Cultures

Struggle Means Learning: Difference in Eastern and Western Cultures | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
In Japanese classrooms, teachers consciously design tasks that are slightly beyond the capabilities of the students they teach, so the students can actually experience struggling with something just outside their reach.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 24, 6:37 PM

We do want students to struggle a bit with their learning. It is part of building resiliency.

 

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It's Time To Rethink Our Use Of Technology In Schools

It's Time To Rethink Our Use Of Technology In Schools | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Technology has revolutionized education, but asking how it can improve learning may be the wrong question.


Consider How, Rather Than What, Education Technology Is Used.

Nick Morrison argues in Forbes (10/22) for an attention to how technology is used in education, rather than simply what is used. The pieces features conversations with Bob Harris, chair of the UK’s Department for Education’s computing group, education adviser to Toshiba, and former teacher, lecturer, and college principal. Harris cites a lack of evidence supporting the push for education technology, stressing the importance of teachers and the damage of “the pedagogy of teachers standing at the front.” The piece highlights the 5 E’s of Martin Blows, former director of the UK’s National College for School Leadership, which call for empowering students with information and communication technology.

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Most teachers 'effective' or 'highly effective'

Most teachers 'effective' or 'highly effective' | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

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Nearly All Louisiana Teachers Subjectively Rated “Effective” Or “Highly Effective.”

The AP (10/23, AP) reports 92% of Louisiana public school teachers were rated either effective or highly effective in this second year of state evaluations, up from 89% the prior year. State Education Superintendent John White expressed concerns over a lack of consistency, with teachers rated largely on principals’ subjective classroom observations and local student achievement goals. Further, the new Compass system has delayed the weighing of student achievement as Common Core is implemented. The state’s Department of Education stated eight of the top 10 (19 of the top 25) schools showing the most improvement had lower “highly-effective” numbers than the state’s 38% average. The department outlined plans to improve the evaluation process, including a special state education commission to develop recommendations for student achievement gains.

        The New Orleans Times-Picayune (10/23, Williams) reports on the higher teacher scores (3%) within a context of modest student achievement gains (under 1%). The Times adds that although the state provided some student growth data in “value-added” subjects, many systems didn’t use the data. Doug Harris, director of the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans, argues much of what makes teachers effective has little to do with student test scores, adding they don’t exist in a “one to one relationship.” The piece details the effective teacher percentages of New Orleans and Baton Rouge systems before closing on the state’s intent to raise standardized test standards from basic to mastery, expected recommendations to the school board on how to utilize data, and plans to expand the Believe and Prepare year-long apprenticeship program for incoming teachers.

        The New Orleans Times-Picayune (10/23, Samuels) reports similarly, with more detailed reporting of teacher and principal ratings in Baton Rouge districts, as well as highlighting of districts with notably high standards for scoring.

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Fundraising Efforts In Wealthy Communities Contributing Significantly To Public Schools

Fundraising Efforts In Wealthy Communities Contributing Significantly To Public Schools | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
With funding formulas that cap or redirect local property tax revenues to state coffers, some places are looking for other ways to capture local money.


Private Groups In Wealthy Communities Contributing Significantly To Public Schools.

The New York Times (10/22, Rich, Subscription Publication) reports that private groups are “raising an increasing amount of money for public schools in wealthier communities, highlighting concerns about inequality.” A new study found “nonprofits organized by parents and community leaders more than tripled in number and more than quadrupled the dollars they generated between 1995 and 2010,” and wealthier communities “were more likely to have these fund-raising groups in the first place” and were more likely to raise more money per student.

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We Need Standards Without Standardizing

We Need Standards Without Standardizing | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Meier: Teaching "to" a prefabricated curriculum ... and thus also to the test that comes along with it cannot lead to the kind of feistiness that a good school should be an exemplar of.
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How to Learn Better: Evidence for Well-Known But Little-Used Technique

When people allow themselves to rest and reflect on things they have previously learned, they also become better at learning in the future, a new study finds.

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27 Teacher Actions That Help Promote Valid Assessment Data -

27 Teacher Actions That Help Promote Valid Assessment Data - | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
27 Teacher Actions That Help Promote Valid Assessment Data by TeachThought Staff There is often talk about assessment–its forms, frequency, and the integration of gleaned data to revise planned instruction. Formative versus assessment, rigor, and...
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Failed School Reform: 'We forgot the why.’

Failed School Reform: 'We forgot the why.’ | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Your source to discuss and learn about education in Georgia and the nation and share opinions and news with Maureen Downey


 Education Reform Ignores Telling Students “Why” To Study.

Maureen Downey writes at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (10/20) “Get Schooled” blog that former Education Secretary Rod Paige, speaking to the Southern K-14 Education Initiative Summit at Georgia Piedmont Technical College on Friday, “explained the chief cause of decades of failed school reform,” saying that educators have “ignored the most critical element — the why.” She quotes Paige saying, “When kids understand why they are learning something, why it is relevant, they will study.” Downey describes Paige’s prominent role in the design and implementation of NCLB, and relates his argument that it is next to impossible to motivate students without giving them “good reasons” why they need to study and learn.

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What I Wish I'd Known as a New Teacher

What I Wish I'd Known as a New Teacher | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Now, almost two decades after my first year in the classroom, here's a few things I wish I'd known about myself, about teaching, and about my students.
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Indian schools face decayed buildings, poverty

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Federally owned schools for Native Americans on reservations are marked by remoteness, extreme poverty and few construction dollars.

The schools serve about 48,000 children, or about 7 percent of Indian students, and are among the country's lowest performing.


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Bob Farrace's curator insight, October 20, 9:49 AM

Read about how Trevor Greene, 2013 National HS Principal of the Year, expanded opportunities for students at his high-povery high school on the Yakima Indian Reservation in Washington State with a high-quality STEM program. https://www.nassp.org/Content/158/pl_jan13_hs-poy.pdf

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MathChat App Allows Students to Collaborate on Math Homework

MathChat App Allows Students to Collaborate on Math Homework | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
MathChat is an interesting new iPad  app that I discovered recently. As its name indicate, MathChat is an app that allows students to collaborate and work together on math problems.  This collaboration takes place in group chats where members get to exchange messages, use pointers to show how to solve a problem, or draw and add arrows to provide illustration and guidance on Math concepts. This collaborative feature of MathChat resembles to a great extent the work Whiteboard apps do.

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Another school football season ends over hazing

Another school football season ends over hazing | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
A second high school football team's season has come to an abrupt halt after allegations rookie players were subjected to what officials called humiliating and inappropriate initiation rites.
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Anti-hazing policies are a must for high schools. Hazing, often referred to as initiation, may occur in every activity--band, sports, clubs.

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Studying With Quizzes Helps Make Sure the Material Sticks

Studying With Quizzes Helps Make Sure the Material Sticks | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Neuroscientists have known for a long time that regular quizzing on information helps make it stick, but students and teachers don't always know how to apply that research to classroom practice or study habits.
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“The actual act of retrieving the information over and over, that’s what makes it retrievable when you need it.”


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How Teachers Really Motivate Students

How Teachers Really Motivate Students | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
How can teachers promote the intrinsic benefits of learning in school systems that depend on grades as a way to measure progress?
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An Honest Thank-You Letter to All Teachers

An Honest Thank-You Letter to All Teachers | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Even on the difficult days, remember that you are never forgotten. Students who read this letter will think of you. They think of you all the time. We all will talk about the stories of teachers that we adored for decades. We will laugh, cry and appr...
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Leadership: "the quality of a school's culture is a prime indicator in determining whether all learners will experience success."

Leadership: "the quality of a school's culture is a prime indicator in determining whether all learners will experience success." | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Regie Routman argues that good assessment results can be fleeting, but good leadership never is.
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The revolving schoolhouse door: Principal turnover

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How Denver struggles to keep its principals in schools and what it’s doing to change.


Struggling Denver Schools See High Level Of Principal Turnover.

Chalkbeat Colorado (10/21) reports that its analysis of Colorado state records shows that “although Denver’s overall principal turnover rate has fallen by almost half, turnover has not slowed at nearly a quarter of Denver schools.” Some schools in the city have had three or more principals since 2008, and the article notes that the highest turnover rates are at “schools where the district has pushed its most intense improvement efforts, schools that researchers say are most in need of high quality and steady leadership.” Deep within the article, Chalkbeat explores successful strategies used by principals who have improved student performance, and quotes National Association of Secondary School Principals associate director of high school service Mel Riddle saying, “To really change a culture, it takes five to seven years. To implement initiatives, it takes two to five years.”

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10 Awesome Tips for Being a Better Leader

10 Awesome Tips for Being a Better Leader | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
There’s always room for improvement, and this advice can help get you going in the right direction.
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Steep Drops Seen in Teacher-Prep Enrollment Numbers

Steep Drops Seen in Teacher-Prep Enrollment Numbers | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Massive changes to the profession, coupled with budget woes, appear to be shaking the image of teaching as a stable, engaging career, with data showing that enrollments in university teacher-preparation programs have been declining.


Massive changes to the profession, coupled with budget woes, appear to be shaking the image of teaching as a stable, engaging career. Nationwide, enrollments in university teacher-preparation programs have fallen by about 10 percent from 2004 to 2012, according to federal estimates from the U.S. Department of Education's postsecondary data collection.

Teacher-Prep Enrollment Trends by State

Enrollments in teacher-preparation programs (including alternative-route options) have fallen dramatically in some states in recent years, while holding steady in others.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Higher Education Act Title II Data Collection

Some large states, like heavyweight California, appear to have been particularly hard hit. The Golden State lost some 22,000 teacher-prep enrollments, or 53 percent, between 2008-09 and 2012-13, according to a report its credentialing body issuedearlier this month.

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Teacher Leadership: Leading from the Front of the Classroom - Aspen

Teacher leadership is emerging as a key strategy to increase retention of effective teachers and distribute responsibility for improving instruction, but it must be designed and implemented strategically to meet these goals. A new paper from the Aspen Institute and Leading Educators, Leading from the Front of the Classroom: A Roadmap for Teacher Leadership that Works, highlights promising practices from leading states, districts, and charter schools and provides practical guidance for system leaders.

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Adaptive Testing Shaping Instruction

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In some districts, the uses of adaptive testing extend beyond assessment, as teachers use test results to modify lessons and stage interventions for students of different abilities.


Adaptive Testing Allows Educators To Customize Classroom Instruction.

Education Week (10/22, Flanigan) reports on better individual instruction afforded by regular adaptive testing, which offers more specific data on student performance than traditional testing. With some assessments catered toward math and others toward reading and writing proficiency, the programs offer preferred learning methods and environments to students; further, algorithms have evolved to track metacognitive skills such as confidence and students’ abilities to reflect on material. Such testing is being used by 22 states in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium with substantial improvements. The piece surveys the success in various schools around the country before closing on calls for more advanced diagnostics based on adaptive test performance.

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"You don't have to be a brain expert to know that trying to teach teenagers can be an especially difficult task.

While the brain continues to grow and learn at every age, teenagers' brains go through a specific set of circumstances that literally change the way they think. "In many ways, it's the most tumultuous time of brain development since coming out of the womb," said Jay Giedd of the National Institute of Mental Health on Frontline's "Inside the Teenage Brain." 

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Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had

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Last week, between work with grade-level bands, I had a complete K-6 staff for about an hour. I wanted to tackle "story problems," so I started by showing them "How Old Is the Shepherd," by Robert ...
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