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Growth Mindset: Personal Accountability and Reflection

Growth Mindset: Personal Accountability and Reflection | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

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I have been studying, blogging and presenting about the growth mindset (see The Educator with a Growth Mindset: A Staff Workshop).  When speaking of a growth mindset, a fixed mindset also needs to be discussed and described.  Fixed mindsets are associated with avoiding failure at all costs.  What I don’t see mentioned as part of a fixed, or maybe they be called toxic mindsets, are characteristics or attitudes like:"

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"money buys you the very facts that guide the public discourse" on education.

"money buys you the very facts that guide the public discourse" on education. | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
How and why has the prevailing story advanced by sponsors of education reform shifted over the past four years from one of failure to one of success?
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Negative messages are really "sticky."  Is it too late to change the conversation in favor of our schools? Many have left the profession! Far worse is the fact that more will never enter teaching" 

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9 Reminders and Tips for Back-to-School Night

9 Reminders and Tips for Back-to-School Night | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Back-to-School Night is a great opportunity to build community with parents while communicating important information about the year. Here's a list of tips to help.
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Students transition from traditional bullying to cyberbullying as they get older

Students transition from traditional bullying to cyberbullying as they get older | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Students transition from traditional bullying to cyber bullying as they grow up, a new study says.


Wang did find consistency in the type of bullying students engaged in. While traditional bullying decreased as students got older, cyberbullying increased. There was also a considerable increase in bullying from fifth to sixth grade, which Wang believes is due to the transition from elementary to middle school.

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Girls More Likely to Experience Cyberbullying


"The study also found that girls were more likely to experience verbal and cyberbullying while boys were more likely to experience physical bullying."


Principals Take Notice


The culture of a school has a lot to do with the amount of bullying. After 9/11 NPR asked several of our Muslim students about how they had been treated. They replied,"Our principal announced that our school would not tolerate intolerance." They went on to report that they had received no mistreatment. Parents set the tone in the home and principals set the tone in a school. Kids learn what we yeah them, whether or not it is our intent to teach. Nothing is an accident.

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Strengthening Principal Support Systems: Lessons Learned

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New Podcasts: Enhancing Capacity for Standards-Based Leadership Evaluation

The resource sets the context for why this discussion is vital-principal demands have changed since teachers and students are expected to perform at higher levels-and how leaders can work together to cultivate effective leadership.

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Students won't improve unless teachers do these two things - New Study

Students won't improve unless teachers do these two things - New Study | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

Key"Making high school classes more rigorous isn’t enough to improve student achievement — the learning environment really matters, too, according to new research to be published Thursday by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research.

So implementing common core state standards — tougher learning guidelines meant to prepare students for college or a 21st century career — won’t necessarily result in higher grades or test scores unless teachers also can 1) maintain order in their classrooms and 2) really support their students, especially those farthest behind, the authors found."

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Key Points


“If you’re asking kids to do harder work, you’re going to have to work harder to keep them engaged around the work — because it’s harder,”said Elaine M. Allensworth

“The CCSR report reinforces our concern that when you impose more rigorous standards while you’ve reduced support for teachers, professional development opportunities, resources for their classrooms and the staffing requirements to engage struggling students, you’ve kind of set yourself up for failure,”

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Principals: Only half are proficient in Dallas

Only Half Of Dallas School Principals Rated As Proficient.

The Dallas Morning News (9/10, Writer) reports that “in a big drop from two years ago,” half of Dallas Independent School District Principles that returned to their schools this year received a ranking of “proficient” or better on annual evaluations. DISD Superintendent Mike Miles said that the bar for proficiency has been raised, creating the drop in proficient principals. The new evaluation system ties principal pay to their performance, and the goal is to have 80 percent of principals proficient by 2020. Seven principals received “unsatisfactory” ratings and have until December to show progress based on an improvement plans.

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Adding the Grit Scale to School Data

Adding the Grit Scale to School Data | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
By adding Angela Duckworth's 12-item grit scale to the standard assessments, one school is investigating the possibility of measuring and teaching its students grit.
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Millennials Are Out-Reading Older Generations

Millennials Are Out-Reading Older Generations | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"Kids today with their selfies and their Snapchats and their love of literature.

 

Millennials, like each generation that was young before them, tend to attract all kinds of ire from their elders for being superficial, self-obsessed, anti-intellectuals. But a study out today from the Pew Research Center offers some vindication for the younger set. Millennials are reading more books than the over-30 crowd, Pew found in a survey of more than 6,000 Americans."

 


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This is no accident! The increased emphasis on developing literacy skills, particularly in adolescents, has helped encourage more reading among the under 30 population. It is my hope that, with the emphasis on literacy as a shared responsibility across all content areas, students will be reading more and will read and write even more as adults.

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WEAC's curator insight, September 14, 2014 9:45 AM

Surprised? Pew Research Center says Millennials are reading more books than the over-30 crowd.

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Maslow' New Heirarchy

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Drama in the Classroom Activities: 2 Examples with Bell Ringers & Do Nows

Drama in the Classroom Activities: 2 Examples with Bell Ringers & Do Nows | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
You can do drama in the classroom activities. Here are 2 activities using drama in the classroom with examples. You can do this!
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Music Instruction Can Help Students Learn To Process Language

Music Instruction Can Help Students Learn To Process Language | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that learning to play a musical instrument helps improve the brain's ability to process language. That means music lessons could give kids from low-income communities a big boost.


Study Shows Music Instruction Can Help Students Learn To Process Language.

NPR (9/10, Turner) reports in its “Ed” blog a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience found that kids who took music lessons for two years were able to better process language. The study was “unusual” that it took place in the Harmony Project in Los Angeles, a nonprofit after-school program that teaches music to students in low-income areas. The study measured the brain waves of students at the center and found that their brains got more precise at hearing and processing the sounds of language over the course of the two years.

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Middle School Technical Education Program Act Introduced

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Senator Kaine Introduces Middle School Technical Education Program Act


"In an important step to improve college and career readiness among middle level students, today Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA)—co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus—introduced the Middle School Technical Education Program (Middle STEP) Act. Cosponsored by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Mark Warner (D-VA), the bill has received several endorsements from national education organizations—including strong support from NASSP."

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Principals: "No matter what we know, how we do things makes the difference."

Principals: "No matter what we know, how we do things makes the difference." | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
How much focus does a district place on the development of and value for integrity, perseverance, courage, reflection, kindness and empathy?
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Half of Those Leaving Teaching Report Better Working Conditions in Other Jobs

Half of Those Leaving Teaching Report Better Working Conditions in Other Jobs | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
In addition, about 8 percent of teachers reported leaving the profession in 2012-13.


Here's a rundown of some of the data:

  • Of the 3.4 million public school teachers teaching in 2011-12, the data suggest that 84 percent stayed at their schools, 8 percent went to a different school, and 8 percent left the profession during the following year.
  • Teachers in years 1-3 of teaching were more likely to move to a different school (13 percent), but actually less likely to leave the profession altogether (7 percent), in contravention of the conventional wisdom. 
  • Of particular interest, of teachers who left the teaching profession in 2012-13, 51 percent said they had a more manageable work load and 53 percent reported better working conditions in their current positions.
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The 4-Step Guide To Critical Thinking Skills

The 4-Step Guide To Critical Thinking Skills | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Here is a guide to critical thinking skills complete with four (count 'em, 4!) steps accompanied by fill-in-the-blank questions designed to pique your interest and illustrate how each step works.
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Stefanie Mietzner's curator insight, September 15, 2014 3:47 AM

Great critical thinking skills for students, academics. Perhaps you are writing your literature review,essays  or dissertation. This critical thinking guide can help you.

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National Principal of the Year reading Mindset with her staff

National Principal of the Year reading Mindset with her staff | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

Jayne Ellspermann
West Port High School
Ocala, FL
@ellsperj 

During her 10 years as West Port principal, Ellspermann has ushered in a pervasive college-going culture built on personalization. At West Port, lunchtime is “PowerHour,” a student empowerment initiative that Ellspermann launched to grant students autonomy over an hour of their school day for academic enrichment, open labs, clubs, and other creative opportunities. Three years of PowerHour has produced a more personalized and successful school environment: course failure has nearly disappeared, the graduation rate has risen 15 points, and participation in activities has increased from 10% to nearly 70%.  Ellspermann holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in education from the University of Florida.

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After returning to her school from attending POY events in Washington, D.C., Jayne goes right back to work leading a PD session two days later.


Jayne understands that in order to raise teacher and student expectations and build willpower Mindsets must be addressed.


The above picture was taken by Dr. Teresa McDaniel, assistant principal at J.O. Johnson High School in Huntsville, AL. Teresa understands the importance of Mindsets in helping Principal, Eric Jones, and his excellent staff turn around two schools.

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Find your "hardest-working and most committed teachers and principals and place them in the most underserved communities?"

Find your "hardest-working and most committed teachers and principals and place them in the most underserved communities?" | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

Sec. Duncan Muses On Teacher Equity


The Memphis (TN) Daily News (9/12) reports that while in Memphis, Duncan “saw much that he liked,” but adds that he “said he still hasn’t seen the kind of reform in finding excellent teachers and getting them to the students that need them most across any of the 15,000 school districts in America.” The article quotes Duncan saying, during a forum at Cornerstone, “The question is: How many systemically, not individually, but systemically identify their hardest-working and most committed teachers and principals and place them in the most underserved communities? The answer is, I can’t find one yet. The children who need the best generally get the least.”

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Homework: Advice for Parents

Homework: Advice for Parents | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
To help children succeed, it's important to nurture positive organizational skills and provide kids with an environment that fosters concentration. Here are some ways to help students develop skills to help reach their academic goals.
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Schools Aren't Doing Enough | Chamber of Commerce

Schools Aren't Doing Enough | Chamber of Commerce | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Chamber Of Commerce Report Says US Schools Aren’t Doing Enough To Keep Nation Competitive.

The Wall Street Journal (9/12, Porter, Subscription Publication) reports that the new “Leaders & Laggards” report from the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which grades the education performance of each state, found that while K-12 systems nationwide are showing improvement, they need to do more to keep the US competitive globally.

        The Christian Science Monitor (9/11) reports that “the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation released a report Thursday offering a business lens on educational progress in each state.” The piece notes that “the ‘Leaders & Laggards’ report gives each state a letter grade on 11 factors ranging from international competitiveness to the return on investment for education spending.”

        Andrew Ujifusa writes at the Education Week (9/12) “State EdWatch” blog that the report is a follow-up to the Chamber’s 2007 report of the same name, and says that the new report says “that while every state has improved on K-12 policy from 2007 in some respects, states still show ‘wide variation’ in how much their K-12 spending results in strong outcomes, and that, ‘American students are a long way from being internationally competitive.’”

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Good Professional Development: It's not only about the 'how' but about the follow-up

Good Professional Development: It's not only about the 'how' but about the follow-up | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Imagine if we taught pilots to fly without ever letting them in a cockpit. Or gave them the keys to a commercial airplane without the required hours—or years—of hands on training and practice. Sure, we’d show them plenty of PowerPoint presentations and make them sit through a few seminars on the theory and physics of …
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80% of the success of any professional development depends on what we do to follow-up after the sessions. 'Spray and pray' PD never worked because there was no follow-up component. Smaller chunks with follow-up and feedback will work.

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, September 11, 2014 7:38 PM

This is a point I always pushed when involved with teacher training. How many things did you totally " get" the first time you did them?

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, September 12, 2014 4:19 PM

Absolutely!  Professional learning in buildings with effective instructional coaches has the highest transfer to practice.  It's that ongoing, sustained pd. @AL Reading Initiative

Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, September 12, 2014 11:44 PM

Follow up is a critical component of professional development and something that is so often overlooked and usually ignored. 

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Are You A Reflective Teacher? -

Are You A Reflective Teacher? - | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Are You A Reflective Teacher?  by TeachThought Staff So this #reflectiveteacher blogging challenge for teachers has been quite a revelation. The desire for teachers to reflect, connect, and share their ideas has been–truly–a beautiful thing....
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The Educator with a Growth Mindset

The Educator with a Growth Mindset | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
I had the great privilege of facilitating a staff workshop on growth mindsets for the teachers and staff at Carlos Rosario International School.Staff were given access to the slide deck in order in...

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, September 12, 2014 11:58 PM

I like the infographic that is used in this piece as it shows clearly how a growth mindset can help both teachers and students to shift how they think and become more open to different possibilities. 

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making up my mind

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Kids with poor attendance score lower on national tests

Kids with poor attendance score lower on national tests | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Students who don’t show up in class are likely to do worse in school than their peers. That stands to reason, but now there’s hard data to back this common-sense assertion. Last week, researchers from Attendance Works in Maryland released a study correlating national test results with student absenteeism in each state. Their findings? Washington...
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School-Level Report Cards to Track Health And Wellness Measures

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School-Level Report Cards Starting To Track Health And Wellness Measures


"Education Week (9/11, Blad) reports that a growing number of states are beginning to integrate health metrics into their school improvement goals and reporting progress on school-level report cards. The school report cards are tracking the non-academic information due to a “growing body of research” that tracks the correlation between academic achievement and student health and wellness. The reports will help identify best practices among high achieving schools."

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I have long contended that principals are accountable for everything that happens in a school.

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