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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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Programs Aim to Smooth Student-Police Relations

Programs Aim to Smooth Student-Police Relations | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Amid racially charged incidents in U.S. cities, some advocacy and law-enforcement groups are taking steps to foster better relations between police and minority youths.
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Rural Schools Face Unique Challenges

Rural Schools Face Unique Challenges | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Rural Schools Face Unique Challenges.

Education Week (5/19, Ujifusa) reports in its State EdWatch blog that the word “challenges” is “frequently associated with rural education,” and that Education Secretary Arne Duncan is among those that have used it to describe conditions for such schools. Four essays are described that address ways in which policymakers can help rural schools, with recommendations from authors including greater regulatory leeway, incentivization of resource sharing, more personal approaches to leadership, funding schools according to their students and characteristics, cutting service delivery specifications, increased broadband access, acknowledge that “universal mandates are less likely to be responsive to local needs,” and promote alternative delivery methods for special education.

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Math Teacher assails practice of giving passing grades to failing students

Math Teacher assails practice of giving passing grades to failing students | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
In a new book, math teacher Caleb Rossiter finds a system devoted to grade inflation.
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Can school leaders produce rapid improvements at low-performing schools with existing staff?

Can school leaders produce rapid improvements at low-performing schools with existing staff? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"Can school leaders produce rapid improvements at low-performing schools by working with their existing staffers, even if some of those educators are wary of the changes?

It also exposes the strain felt by the educators and administrators at those schools, who the mayor has said have just two more years to make major gains or face closure."

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A recipe for Principal Failure

  1. Lack of Autonomy (Cannot build a team)
  2. Time Pressure (2 years to change culture)
  3. Lack of District Support
  4. Principal and Assistant Principal Turnover Churning
  5. Lack of vision
  6. Looking for problems vs. "bright spots"
  7. Micromanagement
  8. Discipline Code that discourages suspensions but fails to provide funds for alternatives
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Interactive map ranks school standards around the world

Interactive map ranks school standards around the world | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
One in five British students leave school without acquiring basic skills, according to a new report commissioned by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
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Do kids today have too much homework?

Do kids today have too much homework? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Not every child is overloaded, but homework remains a fraught topic in many homes. Here's why.
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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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How UDL can get you to personalized learning

How UDL can get you to personalized learning | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
UDL theory (universal design for learning) can help embed a personalized approach to the instructional design process.
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Universal Design for Learning can help educators add personalized learning to a lesson during the instructional design phase, writes David Gordon with the Center for Applied Special Technology, which created the UDL framework. In this commentary, he defines UDL and offers tips for using it in the classroom. eSchool News (free registration) (5/19)

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Students lose “an hour a week” in productivity because of smartphone use?

Students lose “an hour a week” in productivity because of smartphone use? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
British Students Lost “An Hour A Week” Due To Smartphones.

The Christian Science Monitor (5/18, LaCasse) continues coverage of the English cell phone ban study, noting that students lose “an hour a week” in productivity because of smartphone use.

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Georgia School Leader Named National Assistant Principal of the Year

Georgia School Leader Named National Assistant Principal of the Year | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

NASSP Names Assistant Principal Of The Year.

Denisa R. Superville writes at the Education Week (5/19) “District Dossier” blog that the National Association of Secondary School Principals has named Jessica Ainsworth, an assistant principal at Lithia Springs High School in Douglas County, Georgia, its 2015 assistant principal of the year. She writes that Ainsworth “was instrumental in turning around both academics and school culture” at the school, and notes that NASSP hailed her for “using a federal school improvement grant to transform the high school’s culture and climate.” The article quotes NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti saying, “The assistant principal has many critical roles to play as a school leader. Jessica is a model of an excellent school leader who goes beyond the traditional roles of handling discipline and data and has become an expert in curriculum and instruction. NASSP is delighted to honor Jessica for the significant positive impact she has had on the students of Lithia Springs High School.”

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Eliminate Fear: Leading through fear reduces motivation, lowers productivity

Eliminate Fear: Leading through fear reduces motivation, lowers productivity | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
When bosses make employees uncomfortable, creative evaporates.
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Are you a tough combative leader? If so you  might want to read this 

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Recipe for better school discipline: Creating an environment that encourages positive behavior and makes doing the right thing easy

Recipe for better school discipline: Creating an environment that encourages positive behavior and makes doing the right thing easy | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
A group of 35 educators, parents, policy researchers, students, government officials and nonprofit leaders gathered at a recent Education Lab workshop to tackle the question,

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This little line buried toward the end of the article begins to address the key issue: 'Many educators, she said, would like to spend more time on social-emotional learning and figuring out ways to avoid out-of-school suspensions but tight schedules often prevent that from happening.'


The most important way to reduce suspensions is to create a climate that deters misbehavior to begin with. It can be (and has been) done, but requires enlightened leadership and a firm commitment on the part of everyone in the school.

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Fewer Entering Teaching

Fewer Entering Teaching | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"Enrollment in teacher prep programs — both short-term ones like Teach for America and the more traditional college education majors — are on the decline. TFA has experienced a 21 percent decline in applications since 2013; federal Title II data on teacher prep programs shows a 31 percent decline in enrollment since 2008; and enrollment in graduate education programs has decreased by about 3 percent annually since 2008. These application and enrollment drops have been well documented by the likes of the New York TimesNPR and Education Week."

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