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Report Recommends Shift to Digital Educational Resources Within 5 Years -- THE Journal

Report Recommends Shift to Digital Educational Resources Within 5 Years -- THE Journal | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
"If the shift to digital instructional materials is not made immediately, major funding will continue to be directed to traditional materials that will tie the hands of students and educators to static, inflexible content for years to come,"...
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The Politics of the Common Core Assessments: Why states are quitting the PARCC and Smarter Balanced testing consortia

The Politics of the Common Core Assessments: Why states are quitting the PARCC and Smarter Balanced testing consortia | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
Why states are quitting the PARCC and Smarter Balanced testing consortia
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20 Things All Teachers Should Know About Principals

20 Things All Teachers Should Know About Principals | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
Many teachers have a limited idea of what their principal does or wants. These 20 facts about principals will help you understand what they want.
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Should High-Poverty Schools Offer All Kids Free Lunch?

Should High-Poverty Schools Offer All Kids Free Lunch? | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
Congress is considering a rule change to the school-nutrition law that would bar thousands of schools from offering complimentary lunch to all students.
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Why America's Schools Have A Money Problem

Why America's Schools Have A Money Problem | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
How much money a school can spend on its students still depends, in large part, on local property taxes. And many states aren't doing much to level the field for poor kids.
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Great article on the disparity of school funding at both the state and national level.

Lockwood: $7,813 per student
Montana: $13,322
National: $11,841
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Community and academics driving push for Lockwood school

Community and academics driving push for Lockwood school | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
Folks in eastern Montana usually aren’t in a hurry to give the government more money.
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The offerings in each high school should reflect the priorities of the local community.  Miles City offers many things that SD2 doesn't including a Vo. Ag. program.  These priorities should be determined by a locally elected school board that reflects that community's values!
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Lockwood teen named local Boys and Girls Clubs' Youth of the Year

Lockwood teen named local Boys and Girls Clubs' Youth of the Year | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
For 16-year-old Bethany Taylor, a simple orange crayon made all the difference.
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Great kid, great program!  Be Great!
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Bozeman votes to create state’s first charter school

Bozeman votes to create state’s first charter school | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
Charter schools have been controversial in many states, but there was no controversy this week when the Bozeman School Board agreed to seek state approval for making Bozeman High’s Bridger
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Lack of state funding leaves many Montana schools in disrepair

Lack of state funding leaves many Montana schools in disrepair | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
Montana ranks near the bottom nationally for the state’s share of funding for school construction and repair — and education leaders say that has caused differences in the quality of
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We are one of the districts that have been affected by this grant program.  In 2013, our project was skipped over and lower ranked projects funded due to the cost of our roofing project.  Last biennium, there was no funding allocated.  Our roofs have just gotten older as we have tried to use building reserve funds to keep them functional.

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Mindsets: Why Do Some People Learn Faster?

Mindsets: Why Do Some People Learn Faster? | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
Do we ignore mistakes, brushing them aside for the sake of our self-confidence? Or do we investigate the errors, seeking to learn from the snafus? The latter approach, suggests a series of studies, could make you learn faster.

 

Jonah Lehrer writes:

 

One of the essential lessons of learning, which is that people learn how to get it right by getting it wrong again and again."

 

"Education isn’t magic. Education is the wisdom wrung from failure."

 

"A new study, forthcoming in Psychological Science, and led by Jason Moser at Michigan State University, expands on this important concept. The question at the heart of the paper is simple: Why are some people so much more effective at learning from their mistakes? After all, everybody screws up. The important part is what happens next. Do we ignore the mistake, brushing it aside for the sake of our self-confidence? Or do we investigate the error, seeking to learn from the snafu?"

 

Growth Mindset 

 

"It turned out that those subjects with a growth mindset were significantly better at learning from their mistakes. Because the subjects were thinking about what they got wrong, they learned how to get it right."

 

"Fear of failure (fixed mindset) can actually inhibit learning."

 

Praise: How Matters

 

Students praised for their intelligence almost always chose to bolster their self-esteem by comparing themselves with students who had performed worse on the test.

 

In contrast, kids praised for their hard work were more interested in the higher-scoring exams. They wanted to understand their mistakes, to learn from their errors, to figure out how to do better.

 

The experience of failure had been so discouraging for the “smart” kids that they actually regressed.

 

The problem with praising kids for their innate intelligence — the “smart” compliment — is that it misrepresents the psychological reality of education. It encourages kids to avoid the most useful kind of learning activities, which is when we learn from our mistakes.

 

Foresaking Self-Improvement for the Sake of Self-Confidence

 

Unless we experience the unpleasant symptoms of being wrong the mind will never revise its models.

 

We’ll keep on making the same mistakes, forsaking self-improvement for the sake of self-confidence. Samuel Beckett had the right attitude: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”

 

 


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My Cheetah Chat two weeks ago was about the importance of a GROWTH mindset.

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Formative Assessment Works

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Formative assessment or assessment for learning is a proven strategy to improve student achievement.


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Beth Crisafulli Hofer's comment, January 10, 6:54 PM
I'm going to add some of these to our framework!
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“Formative assessment is a planned process in which teachers or students use assessment-based evidence to adjust what they're currently doing.


• Formative assessment is a planned process in which assessment-elicited evidence of students' status is used by teachers to adjust their ongoing instructional procedures or by students to adjust their current learning tactics.


• Because formative assessment has been shown to improve students' in-class learning, many educators have adopted it in the hope that it will also raise their students' performances on accountability tests.


• The expanded use of formative assessment is supported not only by instructional logic but also by the conclusions of a well-conceived and skillfully implemented meta-analysis by Paul Black and Dylan Wiliam.” (Popham, 2008)After synthesizing over 250 publications, Black and Wiliam, concluded that formative assessment is perhaps the most effective educational practice when it comes to improving academic achievement. In addition, formative assessment has a disproportionately beneficial impact on low‐achieving students. http://www.hanoverresearch.com/media/The-Impact-of-Formative-Assessment-and-Learning-Intentions-on-Student-Achievement.pdfIn 


 


In 2009, John Hattie published a meta-meta-analysis of education research called Visible Learning: A synthesis of over 800 meta-analyses relating to achievement. In that study, Hattie found that formative assessment, when done correctly, had the highest effect size on student learning compared with other classroom strategies.


 


In recent years, neuroscientists have reported that retrieval practice—recalling and applying previously learning—had a huge impact (as much as 50%) on student retention of learned content. Combining retrieval practice and formative assessment can significantly reduce forgetting and increase retention of lesson content.


 


Each school’s instructional framework provides teachers with numerous opportunities to use formative assessments in the beginning and ending of a lesson as well as when engaging students and during student practice in the body of the lesson. Teachers use formative assessment to see if the students have mastered the content of the lesson—did they get it?


 


Note that mastery means that the students can demonstrate both that they ‘know’ the content and that they can apply what they learned to future or past learning.


 


Formative Assessment in the Beginning and Ending of the Lesson


 


• Purposeful Learning – The expectation that all activities be purposeful means that teachers always have something to check on or assess for understanding.


• Focusing (Beginning) – Ask students to demonstrate mastery of the previous lesson through bell ringer, do now, or warm up.


• Knowing the Lesson’s Purpose (Beginning) – Ask students to repeat the learning target or essential question in their own words


• Ask students to predict (“prediction effect”) the “why” of the learning target/essential question (Beginning).


• Use a closure activity or ‘exit ticket’ that asks more than comprehension level, regurgitation questions. Ask students to both recall (retrieval practice) and apply what they learned to future or past learning (Ending).


• Purposeful reading, writing, and discussion - Reflection of some kind that addresses learning using evidence from the lesson that connects the learning to something else (Ending).


 


Formative Assessment in the Body of the Lesson (Practicing and Engagement)


 


• Connection activities that ask students to link new learning to older learning• Visualization activities where students draw some concept that has been learned


• Question design - ask kids to write their own questions with different levels of Bloom's involved


• Game play where appropriate can be a great tool as well• Blog writing as a reflective or questioning tool


• Mentor activities that ask the student to create something original using the learning as a model


• Problem solving activities where students apply skills to arrive at a solutionIf students can complete any or all of the above, then we know they have demonstrated proficiency on some level. As we seek to move kids to mastery, we need to be acutely aware of their progress.


Andy Fetchik's curator insight, March 21, 11:34 AM

“Formative assessment is a planned process in which teachers or students use assessment-based evidence to adjust what they're currently doing.

• Formative assessment is a planned process in which assessment-elicited evidence of students' status is used by teachers to adjust their ongoing instructional procedures or by students to adjust their current learning tactics.

• Because formative assessment has been shown to improve students' in-class learning, many educators have adopted it in the hope that it will also raise their students' performances on accountability tests.

• The expanded use of formative assessment is supported not only by instructional logic but also by the conclusions of a well-conceived and skillfully implemented meta-analysis by Paul Black and Dylan Wiliam.” (Popham, 2008)After synthesizing over 250 publications, Black and Wiliam, concluded that formative assessment is perhaps the most effective educational practice when it comes to improving academic achievement. In addition, formative assessment has a disproportionately beneficial impact on low‐achieving students. http://www.hanoverresearch.com/media/The-Impact-of-Formative-Assessment-and-Learning-Intentions-on-Student-Achievement.pdfIn ;


In 2009, John Hattie published a meta-meta-analysis of education research called Visible Learning: A synthesis of over 800 meta-analyses relating to achievement. In that study, Hattie found that formative assessment, when done correctly, had the highest effect size on student learning compared with other classroom strategies.


In recent years, neuroscientists have reported that retrieval practice—recalling and applying previously learning—had a huge impact (as much as 50%) on student retention of learned content. Combining retrieval practice and formative assessment can significantly reduce forgetting and increase retention of lesson content.


Each school’s instructional framework provides teachers with numerous opportunities to use formative assessments in the beginning and ending of a lesson as well as when engaging students and during student practice in the body of the lesson. Teachers use formative assessment to see if the students have mastered the content of the lesson—did they get it?


Note that mastery means that the students can demonstrate both that they ‘know’ the content and that they can apply what they learned to future or past learning.


Formative Assessment in the Beginning and Ending of the Lesson


• Purposeful Learning – The expectation that all activities be purposeful means that teachers always have something to check on or assess for understanding.

• Focusing (Beginning) – Ask students to demonstrate mastery of the previous lesson through bell ringer, do now, or warm up.

• Knowing the Lesson’s Purpose (Beginning) – Ask students to repeat the learning target or essential question in their own words

• Ask students to predict (“prediction effect”) the “why” of the learning target/essential question (Beginning).

• Use a closure activity or ‘exit ticket’ that asks more than comprehension level, regurgitation questions. Ask students to both recall (retrieval practice) and apply what they learned to future or past learning (Ending).

• Purposeful reading, writing, and discussion - Reflection of some kind that addresses learning using evidence from the lesson that connects the learning to something else (Ending).


Formative Assessment in the Body of the Lesson (Practicing and Engagement)


• Connection activities that ask students to link new learning to older learning• Visualization activities where students draw some concept that has been learned

• Question design - ask kids to write their own questions with different levels of Bloom's involved

• Game play where appropriate can be a great tool as well• Blog writing as a reflective or questioning tool

• Mentor activities that ask the student to create something original using the learning as a model

• Problem solving activities where students apply skills to arrive at a solutionIf students can complete any or all of the above, then we know they have demonstrated proficiency on some level. As we seek to move kids to mastery, we need to be acutely aware of their progress.


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'That will be a void:' Native education program to shut down after 16 years

'That will be a void:' Native education program to shut down after 16 years | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
Woodrow Pretty On Top is in the zone.
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How do states support their public schools? Badly, a new 50-state report card shows.

How do states support their public schools? Badly, a new 50-state report card shows. | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
No state gets better than an overall C on six different criteria by a public education advocacy group.
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Gazette opinion: Keep the date to communicate with Lockwood

Gazette opinion: Keep the date to communicate with Lockwood | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
If two public elected bodies agree to a public meeting and one then backs out, nobody benefits.
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Since 1980, spending on prisons has grown three times as much as spending on public education

Since 1980, spending on prisons has grown three times as much as spending on public education | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
State and local budgets reflect misplaced priorities, Obama administration says.
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It costs twice as much to house an inmate in Deer Lodge for a year as it does to send a student to MSU for that same year - including books, meals and lodging.
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The best school violence prevention program may start with raising test scores, study shows - The Hechinger Report

The best school violence prevention program may start with raising test scores, study shows - The Hechinger Report | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
No doubt, it’s hard for students to learn in a school where classmates are constantly getting into fights and where bullying or disruptive, threatening behavior is common. Teachers who have to spend classroom time breaking up altercations can’t do as much teaching.  Academic researchers back that up. A 2013 study in Chicago found that violent crime on …
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We don't have behavior issues, we don't have attendance issues, we don't have drop out issues; we have an ENGAGEMENT issue!
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Building school connectedness to foster resiliency in children

Building school connectedness to foster resiliency in children | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
News, voices and jobs for education professionals. Optimized for your mobile phone.
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Janine Pease: In school, on time, every day

An urgent conversation with one of our county school’s superintendents prompted this column today. The topic — early chronic absences.
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A Lockwood high school faces several hurdles — but what if it could happen?

A Lockwood high school faces several hurdles — but what if it could happen? | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
It’s easy to imagine a Lockwood high school while sitting around a lunch table at the Eileen Johnson Middle School.
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Little impact on Billing's taxes.  Our taxpayers should be able to determine if they are "willing to foot the bill" per Mr. Bouck!
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OPI deputy superintendent to join rural schools group

OPI deputy superintendent to join rural schools group | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
Dennis Parman, the state's second in command at the Department of Public Instruction, will become the executive director of the Montana Rural Education Association in July.
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Very excited to have Dennis join our team!
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Bozeman School Board to vote on Bridger charter

Bozeman School Board to vote on Bridger charter | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
The Bozeman School Board will vote Monday night on applying to the state to turn the Bridger Alternative Program at Bozeman High School into the state’s first charter school.
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In Bridger, students help other students

BRIDGER — When the 205 students attending Bridger Public Schools lean into a service project, the entire community — even people as far away as Billings — benefit.
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Coach John Wooden’s Ted Talk: 15 Lessons on the Difference between Winning and Succeeding.

Coach John Wooden’s Ted Talk:  15 Lessons on the Difference between Winning and Succeeding. | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
These are my 15 takeaways from this inspirational teacher-coach’s speech:
We are all average in some areas, and there is no fault to be assigned or shame in this. “They thought a C was all right for the neighbors’ children, because the neighbors children are all average. But they weren’t satisfied when their own — would make the teacher feel that they had failed, or the youngster had failed. And that’s not right.”
Be the best version of YOU.

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40 Under Forty: Adrian Jawort, freelance writer, owner, Off the Pass Press

40 Under Forty: Adrian Jawort, freelance writer, owner, Off the Pass Press | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
Adrian Jawort remembers that one of his first journalism projects was interviewing Joe Medicine Crow, the legendary Crow historian and warrior, whose name will appear on a new middle school
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How can schools stop giving students bad tests?

How can schools stop giving students bad tests? | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
The acting US Secretary of Education said Tuesday that the Department of Education will begin to help states streamline and improve testing in schools by getting rid of 'low-quality, redundant or unhelpful' exams.
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Lockwood trustees discuss school issues, agree to pursue future SD2 meeting

Lockwood trustees discuss school issues, agree to pursue future SD2 meeting | Lockwood Schools Superintendent | Scoop.it
Lockwood school trustees in a meeting Tuesday night focused on finding ways to keep students engaged through activities and class options as students transition to School District 2 high schools.
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