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10 TED Talks on How Leaders Inspire Others

10 TED Talks on How Leaders Inspire Others | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Some of the best TED talks on how leaders inspire and motivate others.
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10 Years of Advanced Placement Exam Data Show Significant Gains

Top 10 States in Percentage of 2013 Public High School Graduates Succeeding on AP Exams:

  1. Maryland (29.6%)
  2. Connecticut (28.8%)
  3. Virginia (28.3%)
  4. Massachusetts (27.9%)
  5. Florida (27.3%)
  6. California (26.9%)
  7. New York (25.4 %)
  8. Utah (25.4 %)
  9. Colorado (24.4 %)
  10. New Jersey (23.6%)
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  • 33.2 percent of public high school graduates in the class of 2013 took an AP Exam, compared to 18.9 percent of graduates in the class of 2003.
  • 20.1 percent of public high school graduates in the class of 2013 earned a 3 or higher on an AP Exam, compared to 12.2 percent of graduates in the class of 2003.
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Superstar Teachers - The Super Cure for Closing the Achievement Gap?

Superstar Teachers - The Super Cure for Closing the Achievement Gap? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
I also think it is unfair to count on, or to blame, teachers solely for the performance of their students. Yes, they play a role in shaping the young minds in their classrooms and yes, they should be held accountable for that. It seems to me that the root of issues in classrooms that tend to cause the most problems for students (like poverty and ill-equipped or uninvolved parents) should be the target of any true reform.
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The College-Readiness Kerfuffle

The College-Readiness Kerfuffle | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

With more than 50 percent of community college students enrolling in remedial courses, that’s a whole lot of student aid money. More troubling, less than ten percent of those remedial students ever graduate.

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Quality surges in ranks of young teachers

Quality surges in ranks of young teachers | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Newcomers are not only more academically successful, they also view test-oriented results differently
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Martin Seligman on Building Resilience

"Can resilience be measured and taught?

Thirty years of scientific research has put the answers to these questions within our reach. We have learned not only how to distinguish those who will grow after failure from those who will collapse, but also how to build the skills of people in the latter category. I have worked with colleagues from around the world to develop a program for teaching resilience. It is now being tested in an organization of 1.1 million people where trauma is more common and more severe than in any corporate setting: the U.S. Army."

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Jacob M Engel's curator insight, July 23, 11:27 PM

Great research.

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Resilience Training: Are you tough enough

Resilience Training: Are you tough enough | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"To be mentally tough is to resist the urge to give up in the face of failure, to maintain focus and determination in pursuit of one’s goals, and to emerge from adversity even stronger than before. Psychologists claim that almost everyone can benefit from strengthening these skills, even those people we might consider paragons of mental toughness: army drill sergeants. The U.S. military is now implementing a resilience-building program, designed by a team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, intended to make soldiers as rugged in mind as they are in body. This effort—one of the largest psychological interventions ever attempted—holds lessons for anyone who wants to strengthen their mental muscles."

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3 Statements That Describe Rigorous Assessment -

3 Statements That Describe Rigorous Assessment - | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
3 Statements That Describe Rigorous Assessment by Barbara Blackburn, author of Rigor is not a 4-Letter Word As we’ve discussed 7 myths about rigor, and the characteristics of rigor in curriculum, the final component is rigorous assessment. There...
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Begoña Iturgaitz's curator insight, February 8, 4:54 PM

En este estado de ocurrencia permanente en el que vivimos, no podía ser de otra manera que el rigor en educación sea un asunto bastante olvidado por un profesorado, poco habituado a cuestionarse casi nada..... Comenzado por el profesorado universitario que nunca explica sus propios criterios de valoración al alumnado (quizá porque carecen de los mismos)..

Es, pues, un tema urgente volver a revisar (en muchos casos leerese por primera vez) los indicadores y criterios de evaluación y transformarlos en otros más sencillos a disposición del alumnado y sus familias. Este artículo de Barbara Blackburn, ayuda a considerar cuáles son los aspectos clave de la evaluación en nuestros centros.

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Todd Whitaker Already Said It

Todd Whitaker Already Said It | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
"If we visualize each student as a jar of potential, our responsibility is to take the lid off and point the jar in the right direction, not tighten the top so the highest level of creativity never gets out." Todd Whitaker Recently, I read an outstanding and very eloquent blog by Todd Whitaker. He wrote it for Smartblog on Education. The blog is entitled When We Get There Are We Going to Be Happy When We Arrived. Whitaker said, "I always tell my children that a follower will never cure cancer. And personally, I would like someone to come up...

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, February 8, 7:38 AM

Peter DeWitt on Todd Whitaker's 15 Things That Matter Most

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Multitasking: Good or Bad for You- Here's What a Stanford Professor Had to Say About It

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Multitasking: Good or Bad for You- Here's What a Stanford Professor Had to Say About It | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
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Do your Grading Practices Encourage Students?

Do your Grading Practices Encourage Students? | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
There's no such thing as a completely objective grade. Compiling, weighting and averaging numbers often leaves a good teacher with a grade that doesn't reflect what he understands about the child in question--what that child actually knows and can do.
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How to Create a Shared Vision That Works - Jesse Lyn Stoner

How to Create a Shared Vision That Works - Jesse Lyn Stoner | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Follow these five steps to create a shared vision with your team and to lay out the roadmap to achieve it.
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High school goes rah-rah over AP

WASHINGTON TWP. Wednesday afternoon, there was a pep rally at Washington Township High School. Principal Joseph Bollendorf led the charge. More than 250 students were on hand. Buttons with slogans were handed out. Gift cards were won.
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Rick Wormeli: 25 Thoughts on Education - "When the butt goes numb the brain goes dumb."

Rick Wormeli: 25 Thoughts on Education - "When the butt goes numb the brain goes dumb." | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
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Momentum: What it is and 5 Ways to Get It

Momentum: What it is and 5 Ways to Get It | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Negative momentum punches you in the gut every step of the way. But, positive momentum makes everything easier. It is never the size of your problem that is the problem. It's a lack of momentum. Jo...
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The Benefits of a “Get Better” Mindset

The Benefits of a “Get Better” Mindset | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Don't derail yourself with a harmful Be Good mindset.
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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, March 15, 8:56 AM

For those of you who attended Ignite '14, this will add to your arsenal on mindset.

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Choosing the Right Growth Measure : Education Next

Choosing the Right Growth Measure : Education Next | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

teachers serving disadvantaged student populations will be disproportionately counted as underperforming

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Interview with Bill McCallum, lead writer of Math Common Core

Interview with Bill McCallum, lead writer of Math Common Core | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
This is an interview I had on 2/4/2014 with Bill McCallum, who is a University Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and member of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Arizona. Bill ...
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Principal: We believe in a "yes before no attitude"

Principal: We believe in a "yes before no attitude" | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"I work to build a culture of possibility thinking. One major factor in the climate at our school can be summed up in what I like to call our “yes before no attitude.” We believe that attitude challenges us to find solutions where others might find dead ends; the effects can be seen in the large efforts of our school and the small decisions we make every day." - Erik Burmeister

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Teens feeling stressed, and many not managing it well

Teens feeling stressed, and many not managing it well | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Teens across the USA are feeling the stress, and it's negatively affecting every aspect of their lives, says a survey of almost 2,000 adults, and more than 1,000 teens ages 13-17.
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The 5 Biggest Hiring Mistakes Leaders Make

The 5 Biggest Hiring Mistakes Leaders Make | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Over the last few months, I have had three young leaders come to me for advice on hiring and firing. In this post, I share the mistakes I have made and commonly see.
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"What are you doing in your classroom now, that you could turn over to your students to do themselves?"

"What are you doing in your classroom now, that you could turn over to your students to do themselves?" | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Many classrooms could benefit by making students more responsible for things that teachers are accustomed to doing for them, principal Tom Bonnell says.
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"What are you doing in your classroom now, that you could turn over to your students to do themselves?"


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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, February 8, 7:27 AM

APs: Share this with your teachers. Put an end to the learned helplessness Debbie Silver talked about at #nassp14