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Op-ed: Transgender students are not 'those' kids. They're 'our' kids.

Op-ed: Transgender students are not 'those' kids. They're 'our' kids. | NASSP in the News | Scoop.it
The overreactions to the Obama administration guidance implicitly label transgender students as criminals. That label is inappropriate. That label is damaging. That label emerges from an irrational fear of the “other” or the “not like us.” As a principal, my greatest fear is our collective failure to maximize the human potential of the students our policies push to the margins. The president’s guidance seeks to embrace these marginalized students, and I applaud him for that. But our greatest victory will be when stop seeing "those" kids and recognize they are all "our" kids. --NASSP President Michael Allison
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Educators Strive to Reduce Physical Violence In High Schools

Educators Strive to Reduce Physical Violence In High Schools | NASSP in the News | Scoop.it

Building a positive culture where everyone respects one another is key, say NASSP President Michael Allison and President-Elect Jayne Ellspermann.

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Obama administration directs schools to accommodate transgender students

Obama administration directs schools to accommodate transgender students | NASSP in the News | Scoop.it

The National Association of Secondary School Principals, which asked the administration to issue comprehensive guidance on transgender students, said it was glad that the Education Department was “taking a stand” on the issue.
“The principal’s most important role is to create a climate and culture in which each student feels valued,” said Michael Allison, the association’s president. “There are countless reasons we could declare it impractical to address the needs of transgender students. None of those obstacles excuse us from doing the right thing.”

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Principals Group: Treat Transgender Students Fairly

With a new position paper, the National Association of Secondary School Principals is taking a stand on ensuring equal treatment for transgender students.
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Will Montgomery Co. students benefit from school ending on a Monday?

Will Montgomery Co. students benefit from school ending on a Monday? | NASSP in the News | Scoop.it

Jayne Ellspermann, president-elect of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, said the last day in high school is very important. Final exams might be juggled, but the focus is still on the academics.

“Oftentimes, in order for students to earn credit, they have to be present a certain of number of class periods — and depending on where you live in the county, that could in fact determine whether or not students get credit for the school year,” Ellspermann said.

Parents may feel that requirement is ridiculous, but schools are trying to ensure that the state-required standards are met, Ellspermann said.

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As Test Time Nears, Coalition Tries to Head Off Opt-Outs

As Test Time Nears, Coalition Tries to Head Off Opt-Outs | NASSP in the News | Scoop.it
A new 'Testing Bill of Rights' hopes to keep students in their seats.
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3 things connected educators do differently

3 things connected educators do differently | NASSP in the News | Scoop.it
News, voices and jobs for education professionals. Optimized for your mobile phone.
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Thinking of Tossing Out the A-B-C Grading System? Think Again.

Middle and high schools principals shared stories about trying to replace As, Bs, and Cs with more meaningful measures of student learning, but ran into obstacles and pushback at every step.
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R.I. education commissioner: Make public schools like charters

R.I. education commissioner: Make public schools like charters | NASSP in the News | Scoop.it

RI ed commissioner Ken Wagner's vision for public education would give principals much more authority over budgets, hiring, even the school day, and allow schools to innovate.

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In farewell, Duncan chides 'collective failure' to protect kids

In farewell, Duncan chides 'collective failure' to protect kids | NASSP in the News | Scoop.it

Until communities can assure young people that they'll live into adulthood, he said, even the best schools will be ineffective.

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Leaving behind 'No Child': New law heartens educators

"We have to be very careful that we're not just replacing one thing that's easy to measure with something else that we're including just because it's easy to measure," said Bob Farrace, spokesman for the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Factors like students' intellectual curiosity and whether they are hopeful for the future are also traits that will help them in college and the work place, Farrace said.

"And if that is, in fact, one of the goals, then these are things that are worth measuring," he said. "They might not lend themselves immediately to a statistic, but that doesn't mean they don't count."

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To reform a struggling high school, try this Rhode Islander’s approach

No to tech geeks who teach; yes to teacher geeks who use tech, says national Principal of the Year Alan Tenreiro.
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Dress Code Drama: What's A Principal To Do?

They eat up adminstrators' time, many students think they discriminate against girls, and ... aren't there much more important things to worry about?
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MJHS dress code was a big topic last year and this year. In speaking with Principal Johnson, the loosening of the requirements have made it so much better and easier for them (the admin/teachers) to do their jobs.


I never thought I'd say this, but I prefer the hard rule of either there is a code or there is not. I'm not a fan of boys and their saggy bottoms or girls and their too short crop tops. And I'm seeing both at the school, and I hate it.

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US Gives Guidance on Transgender Students - Associated Press TV

Associated Press - "Transgender students are bullied and harassed at much higher rates than other students," said NASSP Public Affairs director Bob Farrace. "And because of the way our culture at large tends to not accept them, we in schools will go out of our way to make sure they are embraced and accepted."

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Obama Admin. to Schools: No Restrictions on Transgender Restroom Access

Obama Admin. to Schools: No Restrictions on Transgender Restroom Access | NASSP in the News | Scoop.it
"Transgender students are already at high risk for suicide and other destructive behaviors," NASSP President Michael Allison said in a statement. "While some statehouses see a political issue, we see the faces of our kids who are hurt by those policies every day. Principals and others in schools look for ways to embrace these marginalized students, but policies in some states push them further to the margins. We find that unacceptable and we're glad the Department of Ed is taking a stand."
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White House cites NASSP request as catalyst for federal transgender guidance

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest points to NASSP position statement as a primary catalyst in the Obama administration's decision to issue guidance on the treatment of transgender students.

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NASSP weighs in on new transgender guidance from federal government

NASSP weighs in on new transgender guidance from federal government | NASSP in the News | Scoop.it

NASSP President-Elect Jayne Ellspermann chatted with NPR Morning Edition's Renee Montagne about the positive impact of the new guidance on treatment of transgender students just issued by the Obama administration.

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New direction for school detention

New direction for school detention | NASSP in the News | Scoop.it

At West Port High School in Marion County Public Schools in Florida, students who are disciplined must reflect on their actions by writing about what prompted their behavior, its consequences and how it could have been avoided, Principal Jayne Ellspermann says. “When students make poor choices, the most important thing we can do is help them not make the same choice in the future,” says Ellspermann, also president-elect of the National Association of Secondary School Principals.“If time out of the classroom or after school is paired with reflection, it can make a difference.”

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Baltimore City School police officer’s attack on teen raises questions about cops on campus

Baltimore City School police officer’s attack on teen raises questions about cops on campus | NASSP in the News | Scoop.it
The five-second cellphone video does not show what initiated the school police officer's violent attack on a teenage student at a Baltimore school, only the armed officer powerfully slapping the young man three times about the head and then kicking him.
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“The purpose of having police officers in school is really to introduce students to men and women in uniform. They are introduced to police officers as someone who is helpful,” said Bob Farrace, spokesman for the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

“The objective is not to incarcerate kids,” he said. “The objective is to help kids and keep them out of trouble, and create an environment that is constructive to learning.”
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What 7 principals wish they knew their first day on the job

Several K-12 school leaders shared their thoughts at the NASSP's Ignite '16 conference
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Principals Group and McKinsey to Offer Online Executive Leadership Courses

The National Association of Secondary School Principals and McKinsey Academy, an arm of the global management-consulting firm, have joined forces to launch a series of executive courses for principals and other school leaders.
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Teachers encourage students to think outside box, classroom

Idea Street is just one of the most visible efforts to create a school that can prepare students for the ever-changing job market of the future. The project began in 2013 with a "bring your own device" policy that encouraged teachers to develop lessons that let students use their tablets and smartphones in class. In 2014, the school received $20,000 in technology from the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest and created a television studio and Digital Shop where teacher Kevin Jarrett's students are building mini lightsabers and prosthetic hands using 3-D printers. Today, the school looks a bit like a tech startup as students work in small groups and write their ideas on windows or dry-erase boards that have replaced old bulletin boards in the hallways. What is your one word for 2016? is printed at the top of one dry-erase board where students are encouraged to post answers such as friends, ''adapt and determination. Sixth-grader Steven Fisher, 11, pedaled a stationary bike as he developed his thoughts on the character traits in the book "Maniac Magee." Science teacher Adam Law got a grant to create a terrapin turtle habitat and set it up in a hallway display case that looks like a museum exhibit. Teacher Lauren Doran is using a giant wall-mounted Lego board to develop a miniature golf course with her students.
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Today, the school looks a bit like a tech startup as students work in small groups and write their ideas on windows or dry-erase boards that have replaced old bulletin boards in the hallways.

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What Is Fair? High School Students Talk About Affirmative Action

What Is Fair? High School Students Talk About Affirmative Action | NASSP in the News | Scoop.it
However the Supreme Court rules on affirmative action, it will affect the lives of college-bound teens. So we asked them: Should college admissions decisions take race into consideration?
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Kudos to nprEd for bringing student voice into the conversation about race considerations in college admissions.

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In this high school, reading and writing happens in every class, even math and chemistry

In this high school, reading and writing happens in every class, even math and chemistry | NASSP in the News | Scoop.it
Overhauling literacy instruction is a centerpiece of Prince George’s County’s plan to boost achievement.
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“The focus on college- and career-ready standards has really given us a call to arms that we’ve got to prepare our students in another way, not just with the facts that are associated with a particular content, but with the ability to think, read and write in that content,” said Jayne Ellspermann, a Florida high school principal and president-elect of the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

 
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How Common Core quietly won the war

How Common Core quietly won the war | NASSP in the News | Scoop.it
The standards that naysayers love to call “Obamacore” has become the reality on the ground for roughly 40 million students.
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