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Podcast: Students Interview Carol Dweck about Growth Mindset

Podcast: Students Interview Carol Dweck about Growth Mindset | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
One of the things I was keen to do this year in setting up an in-house research centre at Wellington College was to have a small number of students partner with us on our project with Harvard facul...
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Project partnership between school and university. Students involved in the study.

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When and how schools should address poverty and the achievement gap | Christensen Institute

When and how schools should address poverty and the achievement gap | Christensen Institute | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"We have constrained our ability to close the achievement gap by structuring schools in a siloed, modular manner," said Horn, who is the executive director of education at the institute. "If schools frame their mission solely as the delivery of academic content, they limit their ability to deliver on larger goals of success for students."

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The first thing I did as the new principal of a large, urban high school was to hire a social worker to work in tandem with the two counselor and academy principals in each of five academies.

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Evaluation: Summative Judgment or Path to Mastery?

Evaluation: Summative Judgment or Path to Mastery? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
No matter the intention of the assessment of performance, whether of student, teacher, or principal, the result is an evaluation that is most often received as a judgment of and a stopping place for the evaluated.
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"Through this manner of evaluation, making it a summative judgment rather than a path toward success, for students, teachers, and principals is a sure path to system wide unhappiness. Once again we think about local control. This can become an opportunity for change rather than a sad state of affairs."

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8 States Seeking Waiver For English Learners

8 States Seeking Waiver For English Learners | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Florida got flexibility on English Language Learners and accountability. Now at least seven other states are also asking for similar for those students.
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Maximize the use of instructional time in the flipped classroom

http://lodgemccammon.com I taught economics 12 years ago at Wakefield High School & had 3 classes a day in block scheduling...so each class was 90 minutes long.


Recently I have been thinking about how I would structure the learning for my students if I went back to the classroom. This would be the typical day in my class…

I would break up each period into 30 minute chunks…

During the first 30 minutes, students come in to the classroom, take their seats, and I show a 12-15 minute video lecture that I created. The students are directed to take notes on the video. This lecture covers all the information that I am responsible for delivering to them according to the standards and pacing guide for that day.

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Top 10 Best Free Math Resources on the Web

Top 10 Best Free Math Resources on the Web | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Math is often thought of as a dry subject, but math lovers have been working to show the more interesting side of math to students in many formats.

Via Beth Dichter
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If you are looking for some websites that provide math resources check out this post from Edudemic. Ten sites are listed with descriptions and they cover math from elementary through high school. The sites are listed below with more information found in the post.

* TEDEd Math Videos

* Yummy Math

* Mathsframe

* PBS Learning Media (a great resource for all subjects!)

* Absurd Math

* Illuminations

* Get the Math

* Multiplication.com

* Johnie's Math Page

* Mathdude Podcast

As an example, here is part of the description for Yummy Math: 

"All math teachers have heard the common complaint: “but how will I ever use this in the real world?” Yummy Math is one of a few sites on our list that addresses that question in a way meant to keep students interested.

The site mixes videos, images, and real-world challenges that get students thinking about where math fits into their day-to-day lives. The site divides posts by age group, genre, and the type of math on display."

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If you are looking for some websites that provide math resources check out this post from Edudemic. Ten sites are listed with descriptions and they cover math from elementary through high school. The sites are listed below with more information found in the post.

* TEDEd Math Videos

* Yummy Math

* Mathsframe

* PBS Learning Media (a great resource for all subjects!)

* Absurd Math

* Illuminations

* Get the Math

* Multiplication.com

* Johnie's Math Page

* Mathdude Podcast

As an example, here is part of the description for Yummy Math:

"All math teachers have heard the common complaint: “but how will I ever use this in the real world?” Yummy Math is one of a few sites on our list that addresses that question in a way meant to keep students interested.

The site mixes videos, images, and real-world challenges that get students thinking about where math fits into their day-to-day lives. The site divides posts by age group, genre, and the type of math on display."

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Entrenched beliefs need time to overcome: Mindset

Entrenched beliefs need time to overcome: Mindset | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

As part of an effort to see how these approaches work in the classroom, new research published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) charity found that programmes aimed at changing the way schoolchildren think about themselves and their intelligence need to be in-depth and sustained in order to make a measurable difference to their school results.

Pupils’ beliefs about themselves are reinforced by feedback, a part of teaching practice which is currently receiving a lot of attention. Feedback is top of the Teaching and Learning Toolkit, compiled by the EEF and Sutton Trust and a focus for Ofsted inspections.

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Veteran teacher on why so many teachers leave — and how to get them to stay

Veteran teacher on why so many teachers leave — and how to get them to stay | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
On paper, teaching seems like the perfect job. Don't kid yourself.

Problem 4: Environment
Teachers need supportive school environments and help with students who are not in class to learn. As technology grows, our students’ attention span shrinks. We plan for an exciting lesson, and some students say it is “stupid” and refuse to  participate. Working with a person that refuses to pull their share in the process is frustrating. Imagine having a group of students in every classroom who blatantly refuse to do anything. And yet, their standardized test scores can often comprise up to half of a teacher’s evaluation — and their response to our lessons during observations make up the other half.

Solution: Including all stakeholders in finding new ways to engage students in their education. Teachers, parents and administrators must work together to make the school experience one where students not only respect their teachers but have relevant reasons to engage. Many schools have lost or never had electives that children love — such as music, industrial arts, theater, etc., — and this is one reason that school has become such a heavy weight for students and teachers. Creating schools that care for the whole student, rather than just test scores, can create an environment where once again students AND teachers are more engaged.

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Study: Feedback doesn't always help students

Study: Feedback doesn't always help students | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
A new Vanderbilt University study challenges the assumption that feedback is always a good thing, at least for student learning.
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Schools should focus on habits, attitudes, and mindsets with older kids too!

Schools should focus on habits, attitudes, and mindsets with older kids too! | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

 "A high-quality preschool program helps children develop in all these ways. But, a new report argues, such matters of the heart shouldn’t be left behind just as students are learning to tie their shoes.

Melissa Tooley and Laura Bornfreund of the New America Foundation write that schools should focus on these same skills, habits, attitudes, and mindsets with older kids. They say research shows they’re just as important as academics."

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Study: "Authoritative," Not "Authoritarian," Classroom Management Works Best For Boys

Study: "Authoritative," Not "Authoritarian," Classroom Management Works Best For Boys | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
A couple of years ago, I wrote about what I thought was a pretty important study (see Parental Style Study Makes Sense For Teachers, Too). It found that parents who were authoritative -- strict, bu...
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Pasi Sahlberg: The Myth that Schools Can Do More with Less

Pasi Sahlberg, the distinguished Finnish educator who has been in residence at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for the past two years, has written a terrific essay about the myths and fall...
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Reflection Improves Practice: 10 Questions to Ask Every Teacher

Reflection Improves Practice: 10 Questions to Ask Every Teacher | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

How could you improve and refine your own classroom practice before the academic year draws to a close?


This is a blog for every teacher to use in the coming weeks to help refine their own practice and pedagogy.

With another exam season almost over and the academic calendar nearing the end of yet another year, if you are lucky enough to work in a school that offers teachers a little bit of ‘gain time’ – remember this? – from revision classes and end of examination groups, teachers will suddenly exhale a ‘sigh of relief’ and suddenly realise that they have some time for planning, marking, peer-observations; perhaps even refining some schemes of work …

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Principal-Teacher Teams focus on innovation in 'future learning'

A new program designed to improve the learning environment for students within the Klein Independent School District will continue in the upcoming school year. The Transform Academy began last September with selected principals and teachers who researched how to enhance the learning environment and how to increase student engagement, said Susan Borg, Klein ISD associate superintendent for instruction and student services. Diana Sullivan, foreign language teacher at Krimmel Intermediate School,


Texas district uses teacher-principal teams to innovate education 
A team of principals and teachers in a Texas school district -- called the Transform Academy -- have spent a year studying, collaborating and discussing ways to innovate in their district. The team sought out methods of instruction to discuss with colleagues and gave input into the design of a new school. Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (6/16)

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Principal involvement is key to successful teacher-led innovation!

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Principal Professional Development: What it should look like!

Principal Professional Development: What it should look like! | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Stop thinking of training that requires an inordinate amount of time away from the work. (No one enjoys being sequestered for training and returning to a mountain of emails). Training should be fluid and on-demand — allowing professionals to access content as they require guidance.
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Principals working with tight budgets: Recession slammed a 4-year brake on U.S. school spending

Principals working with tight budgets: Recession slammed a 4-year brake on U.S. school spending | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"Despite a rebounding economy, U.S. spending on public schools grew more slowly from 2009 to 2013 than at any time during the preceding two decades, new data from the Census Bureau shows.

Since the economic recovery began in June 2009, spending on schools rose by only about 0.5 percent a year on average through 2013, to $10,700 per student, an analysis by The Oregonian/OregonLive found.


By contrast, per-student spending on U.S. schools grew an average of 5 percent a year, and never less than 2.5 percent year-over-year, from 1992 through 2008, Census figures show."

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Shaping School Culture: 5 Reasons You Should Smile More as a Leader

Shaping School Culture: 5 Reasons You Should Smile More as a Leader | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Several years ago, when I was the CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, I was presiding over our monthly business review meeting. One by one, each of our divisional managers would appear before the executive team and review their operating results for the previous month. At the first break, one of my business consultants who was […]
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Beyond Exit Tickets: 11 Fresh Formative Assessment Strategies

Beyond Exit Tickets: 11 Fresh Formative Assessment Strategies | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Education articles, videos, strategies and trends.
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How can teachers and principals be held accountable when students don't care about the state tests?

How can teachers and principals be held accountable when students don't care about the state tests? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The state Senate unanimously passed a bill Monday that would delay by two years a requirement that high school students pass Pennsylvania's Keystone exams to graduate.
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When states decide that students are not accountable for their performance on state tests, they are encouraging students to covertly opt-out.

 

Let me state emphatically that I would not work in a state in which students were not held accountable for the results of state assessments!

The first four years of our state testing were a disaster. We wasted far too much time pleading with students to take the tests seriously. Students were not held accountable for their performance on state tests, but our school was! The reputation of our school and our careers were dependent on the good will of fourteen to eighteen year-olds who were justifiably sick-and-tired of testing and who had never received any meaningful feedback, aside from “proficient” or “below proficient”, from those tests.

Students across the country have been covertly opting-out of tests for years. Students simply mark a box without reading the question also known as “Christmas-treeing” tests. Schools have been closed, principals fired, and teachers transferred based on the results of tests that did not matter for students. I know because I have worked with some of these schools.

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Growth Mindset: More Evidence

Growth Mindset: More Evidence | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
If you are a school teacher and you haven’t heard of Carol Dweck’s ubiquitous growth and fixed mindset concept then… quite frankly, where the...
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Despite high per pupil spending a 58% graduation rate?

Despite high per pupil spending a 58% graduation rate? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Getting youth reengaged in school pays off for everyone.


The overall four-year DCPS graduation rate is 58.3 percent — one of the lowest in the nation. The graduation rate for black males in the system is an even more dismal 48 percent. Then there’s the doomsday number.

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"A teacher needs to tap into multiple strategies versus specializing in only one."

"A teacher needs to tap into multiple strategies versus specializing in only one." | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

If I were an administrator, I would strive to develop a staff of many different kinds of specializations without putting all of my eggs in one strategy's basket. If I were a superintendent, I would not invest in only one program as the end-all-be-all while neglecting the possible reach of other programs.

The article, "This is Your Brain on Writing," was featured in The New York Times. It posed that after using MRI technology, neuroscientists discovered that the brain is engaged very similarly when playing sports, playing an instrument, and writing creatively. This got me thinking about how a teacher needs to tap into multiple strategies versus specializing in only one, and about how a school or district can encourage multiple outlets of learning rather than investing in only one."

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How can we prepare our learners for their future? Heidi Hayes Jacobs on Teaching & Learning within the Common Core"

Published on Aug 7, 2012

http://www.siis2012.com
Keynote from the second general session of the 2012 School Improvement Innovation Summit held in Salt Lake City. Heidi Hayes Jacobs is a best-selling author and the director of Curriculum21.

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7 Reasons to Empower Students to Self-Assess

7 Reasons to Empower Students to Self-Assess | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Empowered kids are engaged kids and allowing students to be in charge of their learning and assessment promotes growth and self-efficacy in ways that teacher provided grades never will.
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What is This Thing Called STEM?

What is This Thing Called STEM? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
With increased visibility, school and district leaders are increasingly seeking support to initiate "STEM" programs or "STEM" schools.
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