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Players attack opposing high school coach? What is happening with youth sports? | Get Schooled

Players attack opposing high school coach? What is happening with youth sports? | Get Schooled | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
This is the second story in a week that makes me wonder what is happening to youth sports.

 

1.The AJC is reporting that Warren County head coach David Daniels was attacked after Friday night’s game against Hancock Central High School. Warren County won the game 21-2. Daniels was allegedly attacked by players from the Hancock team.

 

The Warren County superintendent has asked the GBI to file criminal charges in the attack, which was so severe that Daniels is in the hospital with head injuries and has undergone major reconstructive surgery to his face to deal with crushed bones above and below his eye.

 

2. Last week, police in Carroll County said parents tried to fight 11- and 12-year-old football players. Parents reportedly rushed the field after a call that they didn’t like. The parents yelled obscenities at the children, and one held a child down and tried to remove his helmet so another kid could slug him, according to police. Police issued citations to three coaches for disorderly conduct and obscene language.

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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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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

Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
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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Application: Four Instructional Strategies

Application: Four Instructional Strategies | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Comparing: Identifying any similarities or differences.
Classifying: Identifying features or characteristics and determining a way to organize objects.
Creating metaphors: A metaphor links two ideas or things that appear very different but that have something in common. It’s useful for explaining similarities or differences.
Creating analogies: Another method for making comparisons, it helps forge links to existing knowledge and facilitates organizing new material.
In designing, you should give eLearners specific guidance for finding differences and similarities but make sure they also have the opportunity to independently identify them.
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7 Common Neuromyths That Many Educators Believe

Surveys of teachers have revealed that many believe seven common myths about the brain, likely because the simple explanations are often attractive, even if totally wrong.

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State Education Funding Lags Behind Pre-Recession Levels - US News

State Education Funding Lags Behind Pre-Recession Levels - US News | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The lack in funding is hurting not just students, but also the economy, according to a new report.



Report Details Recession’s Lingering Financial Impact On Schools.

The Hill (10/17, Shabad) reports that a new report from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities finds that most states are giving schools less money than they did before the recession began in 2008, and that “at least 30 states are giving schools less funding per student during the current school year than they did in 2007.” Noting that the “deepest cuts” have been in Alabama, Arizona, Idaho, and Oklahoma, the article reports that though 27 states have seen funding increase over the past year, “said those increases don’t offset cumulative cuts.”

        US News & World Report (10/16) reports that while there have been “incremental increases” in state funding for schools, “funding levels still trail those before the Great Recession.” The report indicates that the funding issues are “troubling” in that districts often “still haven’t hired back all the teachers they laid off during the recession.”

        Other media outlets that cover this story at the state level include MLive (10/17), the Montgomery (AL) Advertiser (10/16), KOCO-TV Oklahoma City (10/17), and an AP (10/16, Murphy) article out of Oklahoma.


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"Overall, 30 of the 47 states analyzed are providing less per-pupil funding for K-12 schools this school year than they did before the recession. In 14 of the states, funding has been cut by more than 10 percent, the report says. In addition to the slow recovery of funding, at least 20 states cut their support for K-12 education compared to last year, the report found. "

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Why the Label 'Exceeds Standard' Doesn't Work

Why the Label 'Exceeds Standard' Doesn't Work | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
In today's guest post, Professor of Educational Psychology and author Thomas Guskey says that "Exceeds Standards" doesn't work.
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"We must teach FOR our students."

"We must teach FOR our students." | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Picture a classroom full of students and a lone teacher, who is riffing on some personal opinion she or he has. Now picture the look on the students’ faces
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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

Indian schools face decayed buildings, poverty | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

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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How Tests Make Us Smarter

How Tests Make Us Smarter | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Low-stakes quizzing helps people retain more of what they learn.


"When students are tested, they are required to retrieve knowledge from memory. Much educational activity, such as lectures and textbook readings, is aimed at helping students acquire and store knowledge. Various kinds of testing, though, when used appropriately, encourage students to practice the valuable skill of retrieving and using knowledge. The fact of improved retention after a quiz — called the testing effect or the retrieval practice effect — makes the learning stronger and embeds it more securely in memory."

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Sal Kahn Interviews Carol Dweck

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Sal talks with Stanford Professor Carol Dweck about her research on the Growth Mindset. Join the You Can Learn Anything movement at www.khanacademy.org/YouCa...
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Xerox Services University's curator insight, October 20, 9:32 AM

This is focused on education and  students and still it applies to all of us who are lifelong learners and leaders.

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Why your seating plan could be the key to better learning

Why your seating plan could be the key to better learning | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Breaking education news about schools and further education. Find leading opinion, podcasts, comment and analysis on education from TES News
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How Much Time Do Students Spend Taking Tests?

How Much Time Do Students Spend Taking Tests? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

A Washington-based think tank aims to provide some answers in a new analysis. It finds, for example, that 15 hours of standardized testing is the average for students in grades 3-5 over the academic year. In grades 6-8, the figure rises to 16 hours.


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New Science of Adolescence

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By Aimee Bartis - Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence, a game changer in understanding the developing brain of millennials.
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Groups Giving Second Thoughts To Those Black Crumbs On Playing Fields

Groups Giving Second Thoughts To Those Black Crumbs On Playing Fields | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Massive bags of tiny black rubber crumbs, the remains of some 40,000 old tires, lined the parking lot of Kennedy Catholic High School in Burien, Washington, earlier this week. The fake dirt was all set to be unloaded onto the school's brand-new synth...
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