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Ten Reasons to Abolish Homework (And Five Alternatives)

Ten Reasons to Abolish Homework (And Five Alternatives) | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
I don’t assign homework and I haven’t for the last four years.  It’s been a slow journey, because it runs against a very powerful ideology within the United States.  Here are ten ...
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10 reasons your educators (or employees) are resisting your change initiative | Dangerously Irrelevant

10 reasons your educators (or employees) are resisting your change initiative | Dangerously Irrelevant | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Here’s a little something for you to think about over the weekend. Those resisters and naysayers in your school organization (or corporation or
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Educator Evaluation System

Educator Evaluation System | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
RESOURCES FOR K-12 EDUCATORS AND PARENTS in the state of Missouri
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Infographic: Applying Bloom's Taxonomy in Your Classroom

Eye On Education


Assessing Critical Thinking in Middle and High Schools: Meeting the Common Core, by Rebecca Stobaugh is a practical, very effective resource for midd...

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Five Essential Schoolwide Conditions for Common Core Achievement

Five Essential Schoolwide Conditions for Common Core Achievement | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

By Mel Riddile, Associate Director of High School Services at the National Association of Secondary Principals (NASSP)


Principal leadership matters--perhaps now more than ever before. As much as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are changing instructional practice in the classroom, we must acknowledge that student learning under CCSS requires a schoolwide transformation that transcends individual classrooms and requires the dedicated, continual attention of the principal. Consider how these five essential schoolwide conditions for CCSS will fundamentally shift the way principals go about leading schools.

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Why Highlighting Is a Waste of Time: The Best and Worst Learning Techniques

Why Highlighting Is a Waste of Time: The Best and Worst Learning Techniques | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Some of the most common strategies for retaining knowledge are the least effective, according to a new report
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Violence Against Teachers Spurs Urgent Call to Action

Violence Against Teachers Spurs Urgent Call to Action | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Teachers across the United States report alarmingly high rates of personally experiencing student violence and harassment while at school.
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Must Have Resources on Teaching Online Safety

Must Have Resources on Teaching Online Safety | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning


Students digital safety is not dependent on a strict ban of certain websites, it is rather an outcome of a fruitful and collaborative awareness process in which students take part in learning how to :

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Schools Quick to Suspend Students After Newtown | Education News

Schools Quick to Suspend Students After Newtown | Education News | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Schools across the United States have returned to business as usual following December’s holiday break, but the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, Connecticut is still fresh in the minds of school personnel …...
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No Teacher Should Major in Education?

No Teacher Should Major in Education? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

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by Justin Marquis

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Think Alouds: Unpacking the Standards | Sarah Brown Wessling

Think Alouds: Unpacking the Standards | Sarah Brown Wessling | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
If you are having trouble understanding the Common Core Standards, and how to begin teaching with it, check this presentation out.


Sarah Brown Wessling explains the Common Core State Standards and offers insights on how to implement the Core in classrooms across America.

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Motivation, Not IQ, Matters Most for Learning New Math Skills

Motivation, Not IQ, Matters Most for Learning New Math Skills | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

TIME.com

Part of our math skills are innate, but a larger part isn't

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Do teachers’ absences affect student learning?

Do teachers’ absences affect student learning? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

The key is building “a work environment that people want to come to,” Lutz said.

“A substitute, no matter how great they are, can‘t deliver the content on the same level as a (full-time) teacher,” he said.

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20 Tips for Creating a Professional Learning Network - Getting Smart by Miriam Clifford

20 Tips for Creating a Professional Learning Network - Getting Smart by Miriam Clifford | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Networking is a prime form of 21st century learning. The world is much smaller thanks to technology. Learning is transforming into a globally collaborative enterprise.
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4 Ways To Enhance Your Teaching With Mind Mapping - Edudemic

4 Ways To Enhance Your Teaching With Mind Mapping - Edudemic | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The more efficient your teaching technique the better your students’ comprehension level. This is just one of the benefits of mind mapping and encouraging students to work together as they learn new things.
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The Physical Environment Of The Classroom Matters For Learning « Annie Murphy Paul

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How to study: Stop highlighting, cramming and rereading notes. Start taking practice tests and using flashcards. | Get Schooled

Time to retire those yellow highlighters. A new report on the most effective studying techniques found that highlighting and underlining don't do
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The mere act of calling information to mind strengthens that knowledge and aids in future retrieval

The mere act of calling information to mind strengthens that knowledge and aids in future retrieval | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Some of the most common strategies for retaining knowledge are the least effective, according to a new report


The second learning strategy that is highly recommended by the report’s authors is practice testing. Yes, more tests — but these are not for a grade. Research shows that the mere act of calling information to mind strengthens that knowledge and aids in future retrieval. While practice testing is not a common strategy — despite the robust evidence supporting it — there is one familiar approach that captures its benefits: using flash cards. And now flash cards can be presented in digital form, via apps like QuizletStudyBlue and FlashCardMachine. Both spaced-out learning, or distributed practice, and practice tests were rated as having “high utility” by the authors.

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Our View: Common Core standards good for Hoosier schoolchildren in long run

Our View: Common Core standards good for Hoosier schoolchildren in long run | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
By Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Michael J. Petrilli For months now, critics inside and outside the Hoosier State have been attacking Indiana’s decision to adopt the Common Core State Standards; unhappiness on the right may have contributed to...
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3 Trends High School Students Should Expect in 2013 | US News

3 Trends High School Students Should Expect in 2013 | US News | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Technology and college and career readiness will continue to be priorities in 2013.


1. Blended Learning

2. Flipped Classrooms

3. Standards-Based Instruction

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How Can School Systems Continue to Improve? IES to Find Out

How Can School Systems Continue to Improve? IES to Find Out | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

Reporter Sarah D. Sparks


More systemic change is needed within schools.

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11% of CA schools met benchmarks for ELA & Math

11% of CA schools met benchmarks for ELA & Math | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

The report also notes that many students with disabilities struggle academically. Only 11 percent of California schools met federal benchmarks for English language arts and math proficiency in 2011.


California provides special services to 686,000 children, 10 percent of public school enrollment.

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New research helps explain why girls do better in school

New research helps explain why girls do better in school | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Why do girls get better grades in elementary school than boys -- even when they perform worse on standardized tests?
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Experts: Trained Police Needed for School Security

Experts: Trained Police Needed for School Security | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"Our association would be uncomfortable with volunteers," said Mo Canady, executive director of the National Association of School Resource Officers—whose members are mostly trained law enforcement officers who "become part of the school family.'"


Canady questioned how police officers responding to reports of a shooter would know whether the person with a gun is a volunteer or the assailant.

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Bill would require turf fields at all high schools

WashingtonExaminer.com


Prince George's County (MD) lawmakers are looking to avoid a turf war over a new bill that would require all public high schools in the county to install artificial fields by the end of 2018.

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