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A Model of True Collaboration

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In 2003, 39% of Southmoreland students were proficient/advanced in math and 55% in reading. Two years later, the improvement in reading and math scores resulted in the school being ranked 13th in the state. Today 90% of the students are proficient/advanced in math and 80% in reading. The staff credits this growth to the transformation of the school culture from one of teacher isolation to one of total collaboration. Grade-level and vertical teams meet regularly to review data, plan intervention and enrichment strategies, develop common assessments, and determine how to support their students.  By accepting the responsibility for each student’s learning, Southmoreland embodies the district’s mission of providing high-quality learning for all.

 

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5 Strategic Tips for First-Year Administrators

5 Strategic Tips for First-Year Administrators | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it

For admins just starting out, it's helpful to establish relationships, visit classrooms, understand others, flatten the hierarchy, and become an active social media presence.

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Principal vs. Principles: The Power of People

Principal vs. Principles: The Power of People | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
The journey to becoming a school administrator helps uncover the importance of valuing people while focusing on student learning.
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Things That Principals Know About Great Teachers

Things That Principals Know About Great Teachers | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it

I have had the privilege of working with many great teachers.  These are some things that are true about them...

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remind your self why you are a great teacher
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Do Teachers Remain Neutral or Share their Beliefs with Students?

Do Teachers Remain Neutral or Share their Beliefs with Students? | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
All of us can share specific actions young adolescents and adults can take to act in positive ways upon our political, religious, and cultural beliefs while still respecting the diverse opinions of others. Rick Wormeli helps us create a civil future by considering how we can teach students about how to respond constructively to people and policies that offend us.
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I Can't Answer These Texas Standardized Test Questions About My Own Poems

I Can't Answer These Texas Standardized Test Questions About My Own Poems | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it

When I realized I couldn’t answer the questions posed about two of my own poems on the Texas state assessment tests (STAAR Test), I had a flash of panic...

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Why Discipline Should Be Aligned With A School’s Learning Philosophy

Why Discipline Should Be Aligned With A School’s Learning Philosophy | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
What message does it send to students when teachers ask them to learn from academic mistakes, but there's not room for errors in how they behave?
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What We Say Matters

What We Say Matters | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
How can educators transform our talk in order to transform our students' mindsets? Can we blur the lines between guidance and honesty without condemning our students or contributing to making them feel hopeless? Below are four suggested methods for supporting students by using positive talk.
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Extreme student behavior: 7 traps to avoid when NOTHING seems to work

Extreme student behavior: 7 traps to avoid when NOTHING seems to work | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
What do you do for that student that continually chooses to misbehave? We have tried everything but nothing fazes him and it’s sending a message to to the other students in my class that I have a different standard of behavior for him. I feel like I argue and nag all day with him and that isn’t the type of teacher I usually am.
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What Does It Mean To Be a Great Principal?

What Does It Mean To Be a Great Principal? | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
The ingredients that make up an excellent learning environment often vary from school to school, country to country, and culture to culture. But what every great school has in common is great leadership. So what does it mean to be a great principal? Should principals be dictators of their schools? Should they lead by example? Should they be visionaries or merely implementers of a policy they have no part in shaping?
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Managing vs Leading

Managing vs Leading | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it

The first thing to keep in mind when managing people is that if you're doing it then you're doing it wrong. You're doing it wrong because you shouldn't be doing it at all. People will not and can not be managed.  You manage stuff...

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The end of ‘sink or swim’? Four ways district leaders can help first-year teachers overcome common struggles 

The end of ‘sink or swim’? Four ways district leaders can help first-year teachers overcome common struggles  | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it

Even the best prepared, most promising first-year teachers face a harsh transition from completing credential programs to becoming solely responsible for an entire class of students for the first time. During their first few days in the classroom, they are bombarded with a variety of situations they had not anticipated, and are often caught off guard. 

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Why Educators Need to Promote Themselves

Why Educators Need to Promote Themselves | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
Educators often have trouble acknowledging their contributions to good outcomes. Here are some tips for changing that.
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20 Things All Teachers Should Know About Principals

20 Things All Teachers Should Know About Principals | Middle Level Leadership | 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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A Letter to My New Principal

A Letter to My New Principal | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
I’d like to offer some suggestions as you gear up for your first weeks on the job. I haven’t met you yet, and I don’t know what kind of experience you have, but after 25 years teaching middle school, I’ve learned a little bit about what makes for effective school leadership. I want you to be successful in your new position, and I know that my own success (and the success of my students) will in great part depend on you. So here’s what I know:
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6 "Soft" Skills Our Middle School Students Need

6 "Soft" Skills Our Middle School Students Need | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
You won't find these social and study skills for middle school students in the official standards...but maybe they should be.
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GwynethJones's curator insight, June 18, 7:03 PM

I love these ideas! Great to review and share with your teachers when you get back to school next year!

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A great reminder how every child is different and that's ok! 
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Hall Passes, Buses, Lunch Duty: What If The Principal Could Focus On Achievement?

Hall Passes, Buses, Lunch Duty: What If The Principal Could Focus On Achievement? | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
Can principals be better leaders if they have more time to focus on instruction? The Washington, D.C., schools are adding managers to handle operations and logistics.
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5 Big Ideas In Education That Don't Work

5 Big Ideas In Education That Don't Work | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
Some of the most popular ideas in education aren't necessarily the best fixes.
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10 Ways To Be a Leader People Choose to Follow

10 Ways To Be a Leader People Choose to Follow | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it

Authority, position and title won't make you a leader. Don’t worry about being a leader. Worry about being a person worthy of being followed.

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Do Teachers Remain Neutral or Share their Beliefs with Students?

Do Teachers Remain Neutral or Share their Beliefs with Students? | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
All of us can share specific actions young adolescents and adults can take to act in positive ways upon our political, religious, and cultural beliefs while still respecting the diverse opinions of others. Rick Wormeli helps us create a civil future by considering how we can teach students about how to respond constructively to people and policies that offend us.
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Instructional Leaders

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Instructional Leaders | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
It has been said that great leaders do not set out to be leaders, they set out to make a difference. That is particularly true of teacher leaders. Here are seven habits that instructional leaders have in common.
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Student Agency: Moving From Talk to Action

Student Agency: Moving From Talk to Action | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
In a sense, all of our major changes really started when we began involving our students in the process. This was also the reason, in my opinion, as to why change became sustainable. More often than not change is orchestrated and directed at the adult level. There is often a great deal of talk about how many changes are being spearheaded for the betterment of students, but rarely are the students themselves asked for their input or unique ideas. Schools need to work for our students, as they are our number one stakeholder and ultimate boss.
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A 4-Part System for Getting to Know Your Students

A 4-Part System for Getting to Know Your Students | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
Relationship building is key to good teaching. This system will help you quickly get to know students and benefit from those connections all year long.
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8 Bad Communication Habits You Need to Break Immediately

8 Bad Communication Habits You Need to Break Immediately | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
Want to have better conversations? It's time to break up with these pesky bad habits.
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Repairing Student and Co-Worker Relationships

Repairing Student and Co-Worker Relationships | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it
Whether it's a misstep with students, friction with a colleague, or a faux pas with admin, quickly admitting mistakes is part of being a professional teacher.
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Managing the Second Thing

Managing the Second Thing | Middle Level Leadership | Scoop.it

Obstacles are two things:

Everything that happens to you is made of two things.

The first is the thing that happened. The second is the way you think about the thing that happened.


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