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Gazette opinion: Montana hospitals' preschool remedy

Gazette opinion: Montana hospitals' preschool remedy | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
An investment in educating 4- and 5-year-olds pays off over their lifetimes.
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Americans Have Given Up on Public Schools. That’s a Mistake.

Americans Have Given Up on Public Schools. That’s a Mistake. | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
The current debate over public education underestimates its value—and forgets its purpose.
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Don Reed

Don Reed | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
With tremendous strength and dignity, Don Reed, 68, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, at the Riverstone Hospice House. Don had been courageously battling cancer for the 2nd
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A great man.  A community advocate and supporter of education.  He will be missed.
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5 Growth Mindset Practices

5 Growth Mindset Practices | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
5 Growth Mindset Practices
In their groundbreaking book, Professional Learning Communities at Work, Richard DuFour and Robert Eaker say it clearly when pointing out the issue that comes about when change initiatives are considered "a task to complete rather than an ongoing process." If we really want to improve our schools, our work, and the education of our students, we can do so by adopting a new mindset -- for everyone -- that would include:

Being humble enough to accept that there are things about ourselves and our practices that can improve
Becoming part of professional teams that value constructive critique instead of criticism
Treating setbacks as formative struggles within the learning process instead of summative failures
Realizing the restrictive role that timelines can play in reaching high standards, and using foundational philosophies such as Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to map systems so that everyone's growth is supported
Create flexible grouping at all times so that nobody's trapped in any one course level or particular type of work.

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School vouchers don't just undermine public schools, they undermine our democracy

School vouchers don't just undermine public schools, they undermine our democracy | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
The Trump administration plan to siphon public funds to private and religious schools is bad for kids, public education and our democracy.
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Trump budget would abandon public education for private choice

Trump budget would abandon public education for private choice | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
The Trump administration's new education budget cuts money from traditional schools and funnels it toward school choice. Is it a nail in the coffin for public education?
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Colorado schools soon will be judged by a new measure: How many students are chronically absent

Colorado schools soon will be judged by a new measure: How many students are chronically absent | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
Colorado’s decision to make chronic absenteeism one of the factors it uses in gauging school success could push more districts to adopt or expand programs to address it.
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Lockwood again targets high school options, this time without asset split

Lockwood again targets high school options, this time without asset split | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
Two years after Lockwood’s bid to have the option of creating a high school district narrowly failed, the district is gearing up for a new legislative proposal that discards the
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The case for abolishing class rank

The case for abolishing class rank | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
'The vicious rivalry and inevitable resentment on display as a handful of overachievers battle it out over tiny differences in GPA has led some schools to stop ranking, or at least to identify a batch of high-scoring kids as co-valedictorians -- a tiny step in the right direction.'
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The Blueberry Story: The teacher gives the businessman a lesson.

The Blueberry Story:  The teacher gives the businessman a lesson. | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
The story of a teacher exercising her power: Shows a businessman the light!
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New Research Shows Nearly Half of American Parents Underestimate the Harm of School Absences | U.S. Department of Education

New Research Shows Nearly Half of American Parents Underestimate the Harm of School Absences | U.S. Department of Education | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
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Gazette opinion: What worries Montana school bus drivers most?

Gazette opinion: What worries Montana school bus drivers most? | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
Those bright yellow-gold buses and the drivers entrusted with transporting students usually do a great job of getting the kids to school and back home again safely.
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The pedagogy of poverty versus good teaching

The pedagogy of poverty versus good teaching | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
It will be formidably difficult to institutionalize new forms of pedagogy for the children of poverty, but it is worthwhile to define and describe such alternatives.

By Martin Haberman

Why is a “minor” issue like improving the quality of urban teaching generally overlooked by the popular reform and restructuring
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Good article.  Applies to our rural schools with high poverty as well.  Definitely makes me reflect on mistakes I made as a young teacher and administrator, simply didn't know any better because of the school culture I was immersed in.
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Goodbye to Grades? Mastery-Based Learning Is Becoming the New Standard

Goodbye to Grades? Mastery-Based Learning Is Becoming the New Standard | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
From New York to Vermont, and from Illinois to Idaho, a new kind of education standard is taking root. It's called mastery-based learning, and it means no grades. That's right; no A's, B's or C's. Instead, students focus on grade-appropriate skills competency. As in, being able to solve a certain type of math problem, or read at a certain level, or construct a thesis. Once they get it, they move on. Otherwise, they continue to focus on that particular set of skills.
According to The New York Times, in some regions, like New York City, elementary, middle and high schools are adopting this type of skills-based evaluation system voluntarily, while in others, states have mandated that these changes take place. And obviously, some parents and educators are all for abolishing grades, while others have met such a massive overhaul to education with much resistance.

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At least 7 Montana schools lose out on federal grant after application changes

At least 7 Montana schools lose out on federal grant after application changes | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
A handful of Montana's smallest rural schools lost out on a federal grant after changes required schools to go through a cumbersome application process.
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Six-man football a success in Wyoming

Six-man football a success in Wyoming | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
For years the Wyoming High School Activities Association and the state of Wyoming struggled to determine what the best option was for smaller schools that wanted to play football.
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Proud to have helped bring 6-Man Football to WY during my time on the WHAA.  Awesome for the kids in these smaller communities!
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Principal retiring after more than 30 years at Lockwood

Principal retiring after more than 30 years at Lockwood | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
Retirement is a tough concept for a kindergartner to grasp, but one Lockwood elementary student thought he had it figured out.
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No way to communicate how much I've appreciated working with and learning from this rockstar for five years.
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Montana special education co-ops 'losing ground every year' as funding flatlines

Montana special education co-ops 'losing ground every year' as funding flatlines | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
Montana's share of special education funding has dropped from 81.5 percent in 1990 to around 30 percent today. Federal contributions have also ticked lower, with local district general funds and
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As preschool funding outlook dims, Lockwood program soldiers on

As preschool funding outlook dims, Lockwood program soldiers on | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
At Lockwood Elementary on a recent Friday, the youngest students at school practiced “m” sounds as if they had just raided a pan of fresh cookies.
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MultiBrief: What’s the best reading program for my struggling child?

MultiBrief: What’s the best reading program for my struggling child? | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
​Parents often ask me,
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Bullock renews preschool pitch as districts launch their own programs

Bullock renews preschool pitch as districts launch their own programs | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
Hartford Back Bone drives a hard bargain for Lucky Charms. The preschooler set the cereal’s price at $8 at Hardin’s Kindergarten Readiness Center before students started fictional shopping.
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What Kids Wish Their Teachers Knew

What Kids Wish Their Teachers Knew | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
A teacher’s insights from asking students to finish the sentence, “I wish my teacher knew…”
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Lockwood school bond refinancing saves almost $1 million

Lockwood school bond refinancing saves almost $1 million | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
Lockwood taxpayers will get a break after school trustees refinanced 2007 bonds that paid for Eileen Johnson Middle School and renovations to existing schools, saving about $950,000 over the life
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