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CPCO Main

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This is an excellent web resource for School Principals!   According to the website http://www.cpco.on.ca/index.htm?Page=2817,1, regular members receiving services including

Legal services regarding their responsibilities as administratorsLegal telephone adviceLTD insurance in a group benefits planOnline and print communicationProfessional opportunitiesA communication networkAdvocacy

In addition, The "Tip of the Week" is brief, timely and relevant, and the legal library is very comprehensive.  Members can access a professional learning portal, and the magazine "The Princpal Connection" focuses for September on "Poverty in Our Schools"   A new school leader will find much of value on this website!

 

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Ophea.net

Ophea.net | Resources for Leaders in Education | Scoop.it
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Until I took the PQP Part 1 course, I did not realize how important this web resource is for a school principal.   Ophea is a not-for-profit organization that champions healthy, active living in schools and communities through quality programs and services, partnerships and advocacy. 

 

The OPHEA website contains excellent resources regarding Daily Physical Activity (DPA), healthy eating, physical activity, personal safety, substance use, abuse, etc.  Physical Education curriculum supports are also found on the website.

 

The Safety Guideline section is extremely important.  The resource, which was developed by OPHEA in partnership with OSBIE, the Ontario School Board’s Insurance Exchange, and numerous provincial physical education and safety organizations, addresses every imaginable curricular, competitive and intramural activity, and provides information about the equipment, clothing, footwear, facilities, special rules and instructions and supervision which are required to support student safety.

 

Because student safety is paramount, this is a website that a school principal should consult and share with staff.

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Leading Student Achievement

Leading Student Achievement | Resources for Leaders in Education | Scoop.it
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The LSA (Leading Student Achievement) is a multi-layered resource with direct applications to school leaders.  For example, the LSA network allows members to communicate,  submit work for review, post videos and form learning groups. 

 

Another helpful section highlights the LSA symposia.  For example, the symposium in October 2012 featured Stephen Katz, the author of (Intentional Interruptions) and most of his presentation is posted on video. Katz looks at learning for students and educators in a very interesting and accessible wayl.  Katz’s book is excellent.  The section about barriers – cognitive biases – is terrific, and I found that it made me question my attitudes and biases. 

 

Also available on this website are Powerpoint presentations on everything from school improvement planning, literacy and numberacy fundamentals to emotional intelligence.  

 

In addition, previous curriculum.org webcases include presentations from Ken Liethwood, Allan Luke, Lucy West, etc.   These are excellent resources!

 

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My Blackberry is Frozen

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For those who are digital immigrants!

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A Brief History of Special Education in Ontario, 2012

a brief history of Special Education in Ontario
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Bill Gates: Teachers need real feedback | Video on TED.com

Until recently, many teachers only got one word of feedback a year: “satisfactory.” And with no feedback, no coaching, there’s just no way to improve.
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Bill Gates situates his comments about feedback for teachers in the American context.  However, his ideas are worth thinking about.  Much of what he observes in top ranking Chinese schools are also underway in Ontario.  In addition, we are using video more now for assessing student learning.  But as teachers, we don't always know what we really look like and sound like in the classroom.   Perhaps a video would help.

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PA Day Resources - Introduction

PA Day Resources - Introduction | Resources for Leaders in Education | Scoop.it
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This is an extension of the "Shared Solutions" IEP document.  It is a page of Resources to Support Students with Special Education Needs through Professional Activity Days focused on improving Student Achievement and Student Success looks terrific.  Just click on the image for Professional development resources.  It's part of the Ontario Directors of Education PA Day resources (CODE).

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OFIS

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At this link, under Studies and Reports, you can access the pdf for "Ontario's Private Schools, Who Chooses them and Why?"  This thought provoking study reveals that the number of parents choosing private schools for their children are rising, and many of those parents are making financial sacrifices to do so.  

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Robyn Urback: 'Support Required' for Calgary's absurd new grading system

Robyn Urback: 'Support Required' for Calgary's absurd new grading system | Resources for Leaders in Education | Scoop.it
Calgary’s school board soon will eliminate teachers’ comments from report cards, send out fewer report cards, obscure its grading system — and thus, facilitate better communication between parents and teachers?
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Letter grades and personalized comments are being phased out in Calgary.  What are parents learning about student learning?

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Motivating Unmotivated Students - From theory to Practice

Motivating Unmotivated Students - From theory to Practice | Resources for Leaders in Education | Scoop.it
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Download the pdf for the article from the Canadian Counsellor magazine which stresses that students need relationship, success, and relevance in order to be motivated.  

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Educational Leadership:Teaching Students to Think:Effective Grading Practices

Educational Leadership:Teaching Students to Think:Effective Grading Practices | Resources for Leaders in Education | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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Douglas Reeves provides additional information to support the argument against assigning zeros.

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WHAT is the Flipped Classroom? | Center for Teaching and Learning

WHAT is the Flipped Classroom? | Center for Teaching and Learning | Resources for Leaders in Education | Scoop.it
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This site includes an overview of flipped classrooms, including the article, "7 Things You Should Know about the Flipped Classroom."

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Stepping Stones

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Go to this site to access a pdf of Bruce Ferguson et al's "Stepping Stones, "  a very practical document which is broken down in three ways:

 

An overview of youth development: A detailed look at the predictable developmental stages of youth aged 12 to 25, and the ways in which we can identify and respond to the needs of youth at each stage of their development.

Developmental maps: Chart-based summaries of key developmental events for early adolescents, adolescents and young adults, and suggested supports aligned with each developmental stage.

Tips for implementation: Examples of how to adapt, specialize and apply this information in a way that is relevant and meaningful in communities across Ontario.

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Membership, policy, and professional development for educators - ASCD

Membership, policy, and professional development for educators - ASCD | Resources for Leaders in Education | Scoop.it
ASCD Home
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The ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) website offers Blogs, Webinars, Newsletters, and Online Learning. 

 

In addition, ASCD produces "Educational Leadership Magazine" an excellent source of research and analysis about educational issues.  This month's issue is "Resilience and Learning," and can be found at

http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership.aspx

 

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Leadership Development

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 The Ministry of Education’s website provides administrators with a number of resources, including policies they are required to implement.  Such documents include Mentoring, Principal Performance Appraisal, Articles about Leadership. The links are rich and relevant!

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Ontario Schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12: Policy and Program Requirements, 2011

Ontario Schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12: Policy and Program Requirements, 2011 | Resources for Leaders in Education | Scoop.it
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According to the Ministry of Education Website, "Ontario Schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12: Policy and Program Requirements, 2011 (OS) sets out the requirements of the Ministry of Education that govern the policies and programs of all publicly funded elementary and secondary English-language schools in Ontario." This is another document to have at the ready.

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Copper Clappers

Funny skit with alliteration
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I wish I had used this video in my English class to teach alliteration!

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Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don'...
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This short clip of the remarkable Rita Pierson's observations about "the value and importance of human connection...relationship," is poignant and inspiring.  Everyone should have "Rita" in their school experience!

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Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting in Ontario's Schools, First Edition Covering Grades 1 to 12

Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting in Ontario's Schools, First Edition Covering Grades 1 to 12 | Resources for Leaders in Education | Scoop.it
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Every school leader must be familiar with Growing Success, the Ontario Ministry of Education's Policy on Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting, which is helping to create real change in instructional and assessment practices.   

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On pages 84-89 of the Growing Success Document, you will find the Ministry Expectations around Growing Success.  Clear connections are made between Credit Recovery, effective assessment and evaluations, and student success.

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Special education

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Use this link to access the pdf file of the Ministry's document, "Learning for All."  According to the website, "This resource is designed to share information with educators about evidence-based and research-informed educational approaches including Assessment for Learning, Universal Design for Learning, Differentiated Instruction, and the Tiered Approach. It describes an integrated process of assessment and instruction and presents planning tools (class and student profiles) that support the learning of all students from Kindergarten to Grade 12."

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Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants and other essays - Marc Prensky

Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants and other essays - Marc Prensky | Resources for Leaders in Education | Scoop.it
Marc has written over 100 essays. You can read them all online by clicking on the titles below: (See also: Interviews, Articles, Press).
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10 Ways to Disrupt Successfully

10 Ways to Disrupt Successfully | Resources for Leaders in Education | Scoop.it
Embrace the power of disruption or tomorrow will be today, again. More of the same produces more of the same. All leaders disrupt. Successful disruption: Disruption makes new futures possible. But,...
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This blog is full of leadership advice - Leadershipfreak

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Kids with autism benefit from outdoor classroom | Toronto Star

Kids with autism benefit from outdoor classroom  | Toronto Star | Resources for Leaders in Education | Scoop.it
Teachers say daily time outdside is changing the way young students — including those with special needs — learn and behave
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This is part of a series of articles about the benefits of outdoor education, particularly for students with special needs.

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From Degrading to De-Grading

From Degrading to De-Grading | Resources for Leaders in Education | Scoop.it
articles by alfie kohn
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In this 1999 article, Alfie Kohn argues that marks are another way to punish and reward students.  Kohn suggests that we consider abolishing grades, and says, "Anyone who has heard the term “authentic assessment” knows that abolishing grades doesn’t mean eliminating the process of gathering information about student performance – and communicating that information to students and parents.  Rather, abolishing grades opens up possibilities that are far more meaningful and constructive."  

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What Is The Flipped Classroom Model And Why Is It Amazing? (With Infographic)

What Is The Flipped Classroom Model And Why Is It Amazing? (With Infographic) | Resources for Leaders in Education | Scoop.it
Via Benoit Anger and Thomas Roulet, comes this pretty useful infographic on the increasingly-famous "flipped classroom" model promoted by, among others, Khan Academy's Sal Khan: (More below.) What's great about this infographic is that it presents...
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The infographic provides clear pros and cons of the flipped classroom model. 

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