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Tougher on teachers: One in four aspiring teachers pass new teacher test

Tougher on teachers: One in four aspiring teachers pass new teacher test | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"Becoming a teacher in Michigan just became a lot more difficult."

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Student Engagement: Behavioral, Emotional, and Cognitive

Student Engagement: Behavioral, Emotional, and Cognitive | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
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What is a PLN and How Do I Get One?

What is a PLN and How Do I Get One? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

What is a PLN?

"A PLN is a tool that uses social media and technology to collect, communicate, collaborate and create with connected colleagues anywhere at any time. Participating educators, worldwide, make requests and share resources.

Each individual educator becomes a potential source of information. Collecting these sources in a location to access them is the PLN. There are no two PLNs that are the same."

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how your social life in high school affects you today

how your social life in high school affects you today | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

By Annie Murphy Paul


"Individuals’ social status in high school has a “sizable effect” on their earnings as adults, reports lead author Gabriella Conti of the University of Chicago: “We estimate that moving from the 20th to 80th percentile of the high-school popularity distribution yields a 10% wage premium nearly 40 years later.”

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What’s Up With Standards-Based Grading?

What’s Up With Standards-Based Grading? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Traditional grading systems are inconsistent, subjective, more about effort than outcomes, and not closely linked to the big goal of college and career readiness.
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'There Is No Such Thing As An Unmotivated Student'

'There Is No Such Thing As An Unmotivated Student' | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
(This is the first post in a three-part series on this topic.) Fitta Astriyani asked: How can I deal with unmotivated students? I'm a little bit frustrated when I know my students don't do their homework and sometimes they talk during my lessons.
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Literacy depends on nurture, not nature, education professor says

Literacy depends on nurture, not nature, education professor says | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
An education professor has sided with the environment in the “nurture vs. nature” debate after his research found that a child’s ability to read depends mostly on where that child is born, rather than on individual qualities.
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Effective Principals raise student achievement by between 2 and 7 months in a single school year.

Effective Principals raise student achievement by between 2 and 7 months in a single school year. | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

School Leaders Matter : Education Next

Winter 2013


Our results indicate that highly effective principals raise the achievement of a typical student in their schools by between two and seven months of learning in a single school year

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Research Points To Ninth Grade As The Most Important High School Year

Research Points To Ninth Grade As The Most Important High School Year | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
How a student performs in ninth grade is a solid indicator of whether they will complete high school, research shows.
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School Violence Lowers Test Scores, But Not Grades

School Violence Lowers Test Scores, But Not Grades | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Assessments don't offer any latitude to students based on their school's climate, but teachers do.
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Moving Top Teachers to Struggling Schools Has Benefits

Moving Top Teachers to Struggling Schools Has Benefits | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
A new study finds that effective educators help their new students learn more. But the problem is, many are reluctant to transfer to another school.
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27 Simple Ways To Check For Understanding

27 Simple Ways To Check For Understanding | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
27 Simple Ways To Check For Understanding


"Checking for understanding is the foundation of teaching.

Whether you’re using formative assessment for data to personalize learning within a unit, or more summative data to refine a curriculum map, the ability to quickly and easily check for understanding is a critical part of what you do."

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Things that correlate to A-F Grades

Things that correlate to A-F Grades | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
I don’t know how much my readers have studied statistics, but we live in a data-driven culture where people (at least pretend to) make decisions based on numbers. Last year, if you’ll recall, I too...
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Building Brain Literacy in Elementary Students

Building Brain Literacy in Elementary Students | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Practice Makes Perfect

For many students, the brain isn't a hot topic of conversation.
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Choice Equals Power: How to Motivate Students to Learn

Choice Equals Power: How to Motivate Students to Learn | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Public school teacher Larry Ferlazzo shares ideas and tips about how to balance curriculum needs, test prep and the bigger goal of helping students develop the motivation to learn for themselves.
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Class Size vs. Teacher Quality

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Ashli Meginnis's curator insight, December 8, 2013 12:47 PM

This was an interesting article to read. It talked about how it is theorized that class size doesn't really matter, but more depends on the quality of the teacher. In the article, it describes a study that was being done to test this theory. Researchers developed a simulation where they tested whether or not class size matters. The researchers assigned more students to stronger teachers and less students to weaker teachers. The findings were that there was a slight improvement on student performance when in a larger class taught by a stronger teacher. While I still believe that it is important to have smaller classes, this research surprised me. I wasn't expecting a stronger teacher with a larger class to improve student's performance. I enjoyed having smaller classes when I was in elementary and middle school and believe there is a lot to be gained by being in a smaller class. However, if this simulation could actually be proven in a real-life situation, maybe I would be willing to change my tune.

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Teachers Urged to Mix it Up and Use Novelty to Engage Students

Teachers Urged to Mix it Up and Use Novelty to Engage Students | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Experts in brain science encourage teachers to engage students in the classroom with humor, music, movement, and discussion
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musical training at a young age may strengthen the brain

musical training at a young age may strengthen the brain | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
A new study finds that musical training at a young age may strengthen the brain, especially regions that influence language skills and executive function,
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Why don't students remember what they’ve learned?

Why don't students remember what they’ve learned? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Curricula and assessment aren’t designed with memory in mind   We’ve all had the experience of cramming for an exam and forgetting most of what we learned within a few weeks or days.
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The No. 1 Way to Learn to Lead: 70-20-10

The No. 1 Way to Learn to Lead: 70-20-10 | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Want to learn to lead? Then do the work of leadership.
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Research in the field of leadership development supports the value of experience-driven leadership. Most executives cite on-the-job experiences as the key events that shaped them as leaders and taught them important skills, behaviors or mindsets. And the formula 70-20-10 is well-known in HR circles: 70 percent of development happens on the job, 20 percent from relationships, and 10 percent in formal or classroom training."

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Ninth Grade: The Most Important Year in High School

Ninth Grade: The Most Important Year in High School | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Freshman year is essential in deciding whether a student drops out or stays in school. 
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Ninth grade is our last chance to reach potential dropouts.

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History and Social Studies: Sample Modules | LDC

History and Social Studies: Sample Modules | LDC | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
  1. Three Religions, One Sacred Place
  2. Environmental Impact of Pollution in Mexico City
  3. Television in the 1950s and 1960s


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Leadership Lessons Learned in the Army

Leadership Lessons Learned in the Army | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Christi Jefferds, former Military Intelligence Lieutenant in the Army from 1987-1990, and now the Principal at Piner Elementary in the Kenton County School District in Kentucky talks about leadership lessons.
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4. Leaders Grow Leaders
Never send your troops on a mission without training, training, and more training.

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"principals...are supposed to create an atmosphere conducive to learning"

"principals...are supposed to create an atmosphere conducive to learning" | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Allowing hate to exist is guaranteed to undermine whatever else positive takes place in school.
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Key Point:

"Allowing hate to exist in any form is guaranteed to undermine whatever else positive takes place."

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How to detect inflated grades at your school

How to detect inflated grades at your school | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Parents at Loudoun Valley have heard of disturbing grade changes. Here is what to do about it.


“The C is the new F at our school,”

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Grades (formative assessments) should predict performance (summative assessments).

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