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Most Colleges Weigh Student Discipline Records in Admissions

Most Colleges Weigh Student Discipline Records in Admissions | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
In a new survey, 89 percent of college admissions officials said students' discipline histories are factored into their admissions process.


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Mass exodus of teachers: "the behavior I’ve experienced is intolerable"

Mass exodus of teachers: "the behavior I’ve experienced is intolerable" | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"Some of the teachers said discipline at the school, 3233 SW 44, began to deteriorate in November, when district discipline policies were abandoned at the school.

“We were told we were no longer using the discipline procedures we had been using,” one of the teachers said. “Basically, there was no program in place to allow discipline to occur.”

Another teacher said staff members were told during a faculty meeting last month to stop suspending students altogether.

“They told us that their hands were tied,” the teacher said, “that they were (suspending) more than they should have been (suspending)."

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Suspending students is not the answer. Neither is telling schools to stop suspending students. As this situation proves, anyone can lower suspensions by hiding in the office, but behavior will quickly get much worse. Building positive behavior and preventing negative behavior is the answer, but that means changing the culture of the school--expectations/attitudes, and practices--over time. There is no quick fix!

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Grant Wiggins: Collection of Articles

Grant Wiggins: Collection of Articles | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
We were saddened to recently learn that Grant Wiggins has passed away. Grant was a remarkable educator and friend of Edutopia. Over the years, he collaborated with Edutopia on a number of articles, and we have collected them together here in his honor.

They are presented below in chronological order:

Show What You Know As You Go: A Different Spin on Assessment

Toward Genuine Accountability: The Case for a New State Assessment System

Grant Wiggins: Defining Assessment

Healthier Testing Made Easy: The Idea of Authentic Assessment

Testing with Tech: The Role of Technology in Supporting and Enhancing Assessment

Common Core Big Idea Series 1: A New Blueprint

An Interview with Grant Wiggins: The Power of Backwards Design

Understanding by Design Template

Understanding by Design Overview

He will be sorely missed.
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Deaths, injuries have plummeted in crashes with teen drivers

Deaths, injuries have plummeted in crashes with teen drivers | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The 56 percent decline over 20 years may be due to restricted licensing, safer cars and higher gas prices.
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Are You a Negaholic? 5 Ways Pessimism Is Ruining Your Life

Are You a Negaholic? 5 Ways Pessimism Is Ruining Your Life | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

I’ve never met a leader or entrepreneur who was both pessimistic and successful.

—MICHAEL HYATT

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Key numbers from a report on US education: Poverty & Enrollment Up. Dropouts Down

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American education landscape is shifting.


Poverty Up - 1 in 5: Proportion of school-age kids living in poverty in 2013, compared with 1 in 7 in 2000.

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Public School Enrollment Up - 49.8 million: Number of students enrolled in public schools in 2012-13, up from 49.5 million a year earlier.

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Private School Enrollment Down - 5.3 million: Number of students enrolled in a private K-12 school in the 2011-12 school year, down from 5.5 million two years earlier.

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Dropouts Way Down - 7: Percentage of 16- to 24-year-olds not enrolled in school who did not have a high school credential in 2013, down from 11 percent three years earlier.


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Higher Expectations Means More Responsibility...on the leader and teacher

Higher Expectations Means More Responsibility...on the leader and teacher | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

On the suggestion of Ariel Price, I decided to read the book, "The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools", and it talks extensively about bringing the best out in people."



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The Matthew Effect

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By Steve Figurelli

The Matthew effect refers to the notion that “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.” Research has identified (and any teacher can attest) that some children enter school “wealthier” than their classmates when it comes to literacy foundational skills. Children who start out with advantages, in terms of early reading skills and vocabulary, tend to thrive and grow academically, while “less wealthy” children tend to fall progressively further behind. With alarming studies l

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Each time I see or hear this, I am alarmed!  Birth through age three is such an important time span.... Parents, please read to and talk with your children each day~

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4 Easy Tips and Tricks for Creating Visually Engaging Rubrics

4 Easy Tips and Tricks for Creating Visually Engaging Rubrics | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Cait Camarata, Edutopia’s visual designer, provides a few straightforward rubric-design tips and a customizable rubric template for educators who are short on time.
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High-poverty schools continue to wear on teachers, surveys show

High-poverty schools continue to wear on teachers, surveys show | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
TAMPA — School districts offer cash bonuses. They hire teacher coaches. They appeal to the idealism of educators who want to make a difference.
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Changing the Mindset of Education: Every Learner is Unique

Changing the Mindset of Education: Every Learner is Unique | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
By Arina Bokas & Rod Rock - Every learner is unique, and adopting a growth mindset in education is important, the authors argue. One size doesn't fit all.
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8 Tips to Stop Micromanaging & Start Leading

8 Tips to Stop Micromanaging & Start Leading | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Getting Smart team shares 8 ways to stop micromanaging and more effectively lead a team.
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A Cornucopia Of Useful Social Emotional Learning Resources

A Cornucopia Of Useful Social Emotional Learning Resources | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
I'm hopelessly behind on important resources to share, particularly ones related to Social Emotional Learning. Thanks to Karen HuxtableJester and to Vipula Sharma for some of the links. I'll be add...
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Student Mobility: "changing schools can negatively impact child and adolescent development"

Student Mobility: "changing schools can negatively impact child and adolescent development" | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Student mobility is a widespread and often unheralded problem facing American schools. The majority of elementary and secondary school children make at least one non-promotional school change over the
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Student mobility negatively impacts student achievement and graduation rates, but not behavior.

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The Kind of Professional Development We Need - Part Two

The Kind of Professional Development We Need - Part Two | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Rick Wormeli continues sharing his professional development recommendations in Part Two of his essay.
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Six important assessment developments since NCLB was enacted

Six important assessment developments since NCLB was enacted | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

There have been six important assessment developments since NCLB was enacted in 2002:

  1. Student internet access has improved sufficiently to support an expectation of frequent online learning and assessment.
  2. Performance assessment tools make it easier to construct, manage, and assess projects and standards-aligned prompts (see features on LDC CoreTools, and Buck Institute).
  3. Embedded assessments are incorporated into many forms of digital content.
  4. Formative assessment systems have improved dramatically. Platforms like MasteryConnect, Acuity, Edmodo, OpenEd, and Schoology make it easy to build, administer, and share standards-aligned assessments.
  5. Adaptive assessment, such as MAPS from NWEA, is widely used. Adaptive learning, which combines adaptive assessment and targeted tutoring, is gaining widespread use in blended learning models. Providers include DreamBox (K-8 math) i-Ready from Curriculum Associates (k-8 math and reading), ALEKS from McGraw Hill (mostly secondary use).
  6. Broader aims of student success, including self management and relational skills, are widely recognized as important and are being incorporated into state and district goals. The hard to measure skills and dispositions require broader feedback systems than traditional standardized testing.
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More testing glitches! This time with paper tests.

More testing glitches! This time with paper tests. | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Paper tests for more than 260 students at a Loudoun County high school were lost in transit.
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Mom was wrong! Practice doesn't make perfect! Practice makes permanent!

Mom was wrong! Practice doesn't make perfect! Practice makes permanent! | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
This is the fifth in a series of posts unpicking the Top 20 Principles From Psychology for Teaching And Learning. In this post I investigate Principle 5: “Acquiring long-term knowledge and skill is largely dependent on practice.” Whenever the going got tough, my mum always used to remind me that ‘practice makes perfect’. Well, I’m delighted
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Jim Knight - Seven Ways Principals Can Support Instructional Coaches

Jim Knight - Seven Ways Principals Can Support Instructional Coaches | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
School leaders need to communicate clearly and support both teachers and coaches. By Jim Knight

In the past decade, I have worked with more than 20,000 instructional coaches from six different continents. One of the most important things I’ve learned is that a principal’s support or lack of support can make or break a coaching program. Below, I identify seven ways principals can and should support coaches.
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5 ways to utilize iPad backgrounds & lockscreens

5 ways to utilize iPad backgrounds & lockscreens | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
You may not have thought much about the iPad background screens of student iPads.  Whether you share a cart with your grade level or have a small set to use or even have 1:1 iPads in the classroom, the iPad background screen is key real estate that you want to integrate into your iPad management plan.  Students look at the lock screen every time they open their iPads and the background whenever they switch apps.    Here are 5 ways to utilize that space:

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Great tips for those student iPads.

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Setting the Tone at the Beginning of a Lesson: I Heart a Silent Start

Setting the Tone at the Beginning of a Lesson: I Heart a Silent Start | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
What a great way to set a good tone for your classroom. Watch a quick video on I Heart A Silent Start to see how you may be able to set a positive tone to begin your class.
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Editable Sample Rubric

Editable Sample Rubric | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
This easy-to-use Microsoft Word rubric template -- created by Cait Camarata, Edutopia's visual designer -- can be modified to suit your own needs. It is also available in Google Docs format. Read about some of the elements of well-designed rubrics in the associated post: "4 Easy Tips and Tricks for Creating Visually Engaging Rubrics."
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Helping People See the Big Picture (and Why it is So Important)

Helping People See the Big Picture (and Why it is So Important) | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
Here are five things you can do to help your team see the big pic picture, think more strategically and do their work with the end goal in mind.
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Start With WHY!

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How Grades 6-12 get robbed in federal education funding

How Grades 6-12 get robbed in federal education funding | Leading Schools | Scoop.it
The statistics are stunning, showing a gaping "missing middle," while the early years and college get far more.
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How Students Hide Chronic Absenteeism: Partial Day Attendance

How Students Hide Chronic Absenteeism: Partial Day Attendance | Leading Schools | Scoop.it

"The challenge is how “Present for the Day” is calculated. In most California districts, students need only be present for a single period to earn a full day’s credit for attendance, so this student would have 100% daily attendance. Other states require at least a half-day to earn a day’s credit, but even in these more strict cases, this student would be counted as present across the board."

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