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Class-Size Reduction: Better Than You Think

Class-Size Reduction: Better Than You Think | school improvement process | Scoop.it

"While a series of high-profile and often controversial school reforms has gotten the lion’s share of attention from policymakers over the last decade or two, one reform appears to have been consistently ignored and marginalized: reducing the size of classes. Yet, as Professor Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach points out in a new policy brief released today, the evidence that class size reduction helps raise student achievement is strong. According to Professor Schanzenbach, class-size reduction has been the victim of a popular misconception that the strategy has been largely unsuccessful. One recent example, Schanzenbach notes, is the writer Malcolm Gladwell, who in a recent book describes small class sizes as a 'thing we are convinced is such a big advantage [but] might not be such an advantage at all.' In fact, she writes, the real story is just the opposite. 'Class size matters,' writes Schanzenbach, an economist and education policy professor at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. 'Research supports the common-sense notion that children learn more and teachers are more effective in smaller classes.' Citing evidence from the academic literature, Schanzenbach explains that 'class size is an important determinant of a variety of student outcomes ranging from test scores to broader life outcomes. Smaller classes are particularly effective at raising achievement levels of low-income and minority children.' Conversely, she points out, raising class size can be shown to be harmful to children. 'Money saved today by increasing class sizes will result in more substantial social and educational costs in the future,' she writes. 'Policymakers should carefully weigh the efficacy of class-size policy against other potential uses of funds,' Schanzenbach concludes. 'While lower class size has a demonstrable cost, it may prove the more cost-effective policy overall.'" | via National Education Policy Center

 


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5 Successful BYOD Practices and Policies for the Schools

"Bring Your Own Device" Programs are Increasingly Popular in our Schools. What are the Key Factors in Successful Implementations? Are you thinking about

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 The notion of sharing and collaborating in a “networked classroom” empowers the whole learning environment.  The BYOD provides a creative solution to create a participative model of teaching and learning.  Teachers and students are side-by side in the learning process. BYOD programs promote student achievement and advance teachers’ technology skills. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sue Osborne's curator insight, July 24, 6:29 PM

Great things to think about, as this is where libraries and education in general are heading...

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Why Employees Resist Change

Why Employees Resist Change | school improvement process | Scoop.it
These are a few initial responses you may experience when you announce an organizational change to employees. You will be better able to change employees' attitudes and turn their resistance into cooperation, once you understand why some are resisting change.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 23, 7:16 PM

When people resist, we see that as problematic. In fact, it might be just what we need at times and maybe a lot of the time. Resisting, questioning, and challenging should be part of the conversation. I experienced a lot of compliance and conformity in School where someone external to my classroom often set the goals for my classroom. It was very unpopular when I spoke up and questioned, resisted, and challenged.

Jean-Guy Frenette's curator insight, July 24, 10:35 PM

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Poor technology leadership is usually just poor leadership | Dangerously Irrelevant

Poor technology leadership is usually just poor leadership | Dangerously Irrelevant | school improvement process | Scoop.it

When a school leader refuses to remove internal policy and filtering barriers that get in the way of students and teachers actually using purchased technologies, that’s not poor technology leadership, that’s just poor leadership.


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Marian Royal Vigil's curator insight, July 18, 10:38 AM

I think uninformed and worse, unwilling to be informed leadership is frequently the barrier to effective technology integration in the library and classroom.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, July 19, 1:14 AM

This is very true.

Gerardo Varela's curator insight, July 19, 12:40 PM

Lo que necesitan los líderes de tecnología en las escuelas

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Educational Policy Information

Educational Policy Information | school improvement process | Scoop.it
The latest news in Educational Policy (Why building relationships is vital in school reform http://t.co/1voasWoqCy #edpolicy #education)
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Why Goal Setting Doesn't Work

Why Goal Setting Doesn't Work | school improvement process | Scoop.it

Despite the popularity of goal setting, there is compelling evidence that regardless of good intentions and effort, people and organizations consistently fall short of achieving their goals. More often than not, the fault is attributed to the goal setter. But the real problem may be in the efficacy of goal setting itself.

 


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 13, 8:31 PM

Is it possible we get locked into goals once we write them down? Do we commit ourselves in ways that are hard to break free?

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Help Employees to Think More Strategically

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When asked to select the leadership behavior most critical to their organizations’ future success, executives chose strategic thinking 97 percent of the time, according to a large scale …

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10 Ways to Add Mindful Moments to Your Day

10 Ways to Add Mindful Moments to Your Day | school improvement process | Scoop.it
Mindfulness is a form of meditation that is not done using the traditional meditation techniques, rather it is done while engaging in everyday activities.

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A new approach to reduce dysfunctional behavior at work

Is your boss or a co-worker increasingly irritable, angry, withdrawn or acting in a predatory manner? Or are you noticing that behavior in yourself? Wit

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Lesson 1: You're Dead in the Water Without a Great Principal

Lesson 1: You're Dead in the Water Without a Great Principal | school improvement process | Scoop.it

You know how they say that people come to look like their dogs? A parallel truism is that any organization comes to look like its leader. For some reason, though this idea is axiomatic in corporate life—who would attribute the success of Apple to its highly effective programmers?—when you get to schools, I rarely hear it said that every school embodies the values of its principal. But it’s meaningless to talk about teacher “effectiveness” outside of the context in which he or she works. One of the biggest lessons I learned this year is that a teacher cannot, repeat, cannot be effective for long in a dysfunctional community. And whether that school community is or is not functional is entirely dependent on the leadership of the principal.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 28, 2:03 PM

There is no question that context and relationships are important. There are schools where teachers are leading the way without principals. This article suggests a hero-model of leadership which names the leader. Leading is quite different.

 

When leading lets go and is inclusive, it works. Most of what I experienced in School was management.

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Should Principals Be Treated Like CEOs?

Should Principals Be Treated Like CEOs? | school improvement process | Scoop.it
A new report argues that the way to attract and hold onto high quality school leaders is to give them more autonomy, administrative support, and a $100,000 raise.

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How to Help an Underperformer | Harvard Business Review

How to Help an Underperformer | Harvard Business Review | school improvement process | Scoop.it
First, see if you’re the problem.

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A Principal's Reflections: Opinions Are Nice, But Actions Are What Matter

A Principal's Reflections: Opinions Are Nice, But Actions Are What Matter | school improvement process | Scoop.it

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, June 22, 2:04 PM

Design how you will measure success toward your goals, then do what you can to see you move toward them.

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Are You Creating Value Through Your Leadership?

Are You Creating Value Through Your Leadership? | school improvement process | Scoop.it
As leaders, we understand the value of our vision or change initiatives. But can we say that our employees share that same sense of value?

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Four Frames for Principals, New and Experienced

Four Frames for Principals, New and Experienced | school improvement process | Scoop.it

I was working with an elementary principal. One of the school's 3rd grade classes had given him a list of responsibilities they assumed formed his job. He showed me the list and chuckled, until he got to an item that he said made him shudder far more than smile: "You fix everything."  That overwhelming mandate contains a big piece of the truth: almost everything that happens in the school is ultimately the responsibility of the principal. What is equally valid is the reality that one person cannot know everything, be everywhere, prevent all problems, and fix everything.

 

 


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How Evolved Is Your Leadership Style?

How Evolved Is Your Leadership Style? | school improvement process | Scoop.it
Leadership influences behavior. Effective leadership creates positive change by inspiring and motivating. It creates an environment where colleagues love their work and strive to perform at their

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 23, 7:20 PM

Leading is about power and how it flows. When we are conduits and let power flow through us, it works and allows others to take responsibility. It is not so much about giving them responsibly and about creating environments where responsibility is taken.

 

I compare it to teaching and learning. I cannot learn for students. They take responsibility for their learning. It does not mean I shirk responsibility in my teaching, rather I use it differently than the expert at the front of the class, with lights down, allowing children to do worksheets projected onto a screen while he checks a Twitter feed.

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The 18 things that great principals do differently

The 18 things that great principals do differently | school improvement process | Scoop.it

There’s plenty of attributes that go into being the successful rallying point of a school – it’s a complex job, managing wildly different sets of expectations from parents, administrators, teachers and pupils (and not necessarily in that order), with (usually) very limited resources and (often) a tricky and ever-changing regulatory environment.

 


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I have been a school leader, charged with responsibilities to lead and instruct.  It is an awesome job with great rewards, challenges, and satisfaction.  I have learned that the practices and behaviors of being an instructional leader need to unfold in a shared responsibility model of leadership. Principals should tap the collective wisdom and experience within the school community.  The challenge for every school leader is to find the source to shape and redefine the lived reality of leadership.

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NASSP Center for New Principals's curator insight, July 21, 11:14 AM

This graphic is worth printing and hanging in your office: an excellent reminder of what to do and not do!

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If you permit it, you promote it

If you permit it, you promote it | school improvement process | Scoop.it

 The point was made in the chapter Addressing Concerns that the principal plays an important role in dealing with ineffective practices throughout their school. Think about that again, “If you permit it, you promote it.”

 


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Google Maps Smarty Pins

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Smarty Pins is a Google Maps based geography and trivia game.

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Giovanni Sonego's curator insight, July 7, 4:52 AM

Un gioco lanciato da Google che mette alla prova la conoscenza della geografia. 

Viene posta una domanda, che ha come risposta una località. Google più o meno fa vedere una porzione di mappa che comprende anche la città/risposta. Per rispondere si prende il PIN e lo si posiziona nel luogo corretto. 

Molto divertente, ma ci sono due difetti che spero vengano presto corretti. Innanzitutto ci sono un po' troppe domande sulle vicende inglesi. Ma che cavolo ne so io, di quale città era Duca un certo ceffo dell'inizio del '900? Suvvia... 

E poi, anche google, maledetti, posizionano la mappa in modo che la città/risposta si trovi in un raggio di 1000 miglia (o 1600 km e rotti). Ma si può? Ragazzi (dico a Google) guardate che il sistema metrico internazionale è quello decimale basato sul metro, mica su miglia, pietre, piedi, pertiche, pollici e pezzoloni!

flea palmer's curator insight, July 7, 10:33 AM

This is really good fun - I got gold (14/15) not sure how many miles though!

Tom Franta's curator insight, July 10, 9:54 AM

An interesting way to get anyone interacting with Google Maps...

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What Is (and Is Not) Differentiated Instruction - Infographic


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 2, 9:12 PM

Carol Ann Tomlinson has recently published the 2nd edition of her book Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners. The infographic above (which may be downloaded as a pdf) provides a great visual that helps you understand what is differentiation, and what is not differentiation.

You may also read a copy of Chapter 1 of this book by clicking HERE.

The need differentiate our instruction is critical for many students. This poster will assist you by providing a quick look at best practices that we should be using with our students. The first chapter provides an overview and is called What is Differentiated Classroom?

Nancy Jones's curator insight, July 3, 1:06 PM

some interesting infographics in connection with a new book by Carol Tomlinson

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On Leadership and The Personal Courage Required to Be a Leader

On Leadership and The Personal Courage Required to Be a Leader | school improvement process | Scoop.it

One of the most overlooked aspects of being a leader is the inherent need for personal courage.
“Personal courage is the ability to act on the tough but necessary decisions guided by a moral compass that serves to benefit the team or stated goals.” ~ David Stricklin


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Positively Deviant School Reform? - Huffington Post

Positively Deviant School Reform? - Huffington Post | school improvement process | Scoop.it
Positively Deviant School Reform?
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What, then, is the central goal of American school reform?
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 28, 1:57 PM

This is a provocative article in that we do not usually think of deviance as being positive. It can be. Teaching should remain critical for learning. I believe that the resources exist to transform education, rather than reform School. The resources are controlled by many who want to maintain a status quo that protects their work, rather than building on the goals of education the holistic forming of human beings.

 

Reformers have become focused on the next bright, shiny bauble whether it be a new school, the latest programmed instructional method, the latest gadget, etc. Education is a human endeavour.

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9 Things Great Leaders Do Every Day

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Great leaders are hard to come by, let alone become. Here are 9 things they do every day.

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‘If you truly cared’ — angry president of largest teachers union sends message to school reformers | Valarie Strauss | WashPost.com

‘If you truly cared’ — angry president of largest teachers union sends message to school reformers | Valarie Strauss | WashPost.com | school improvement process | Scoop.it

It’s been a bad week for teachers unions — what with a California judge tossing out state statutes providing job protections for teachers and attendant publicity, including an article in Politico Pro with the headline, “The Fall of Teachers’ Unions‘. But let’s face it: Headlines have been screaming for years that teachers unions were “under siege.”

 

A 2013 Education Week commentary with the headline “The Plight of Teachers’ Unions” says:

 

'Teachers’ unions are under siege nationwide. Criticism by political leaders and education reformers has snowballed. In recent years, government and unions have battled over tenure, teacher assessment, testing, the length of the school day, class size, school closures, and pay for performance.'

 

A 2013 headline in the Hechinger Report said, “Under siege—and in bid to stay relevant—teacher unions evolve.”

 

A 2012 story in The New York Times about a teachers strike in Chicago (which, incidentally, didn’t turn out terribly for the teachers) says, “In Standoff, Latest Sign of Unions Under Siege.”

 

Indeed, teachers unions are facing unprecedented stress as the teaching profession has come under assault from those who want to take away their job protections and cast them as the biggest problems in student underachievement, but all unions in general face stresses for a variety of reasons. In fact, union membership in this country has been falling since 1947, when the Taft-Hartley Act, an anti-union law, was passed.  

 

While it is certainly true that unions were very late in recognizing that they needed to make changes in their views on issues such as teacher evaluation, it would be simplistic to say that unions are doing themselves in all on their own. A shift in the base of the Democratic Party — traditionally a friend to the labor movement — toward Wall Street hasn’t helped.

 

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Continuous Improvement – personal and process excellence - Innovation Excellence (blog)

Continuous Improvement – personal and process excellence - Innovation Excellence (blog) | school improvement process | Scoop.it
Continuous Improvement – personal and process excellence
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The methodologies that help us achieve process excellence; would that help us reach our own personal excellence?
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What Makes a Great School Leader?

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This is the time of year when, for many different reasons, some teachers consider taking positions at other schools. I've received a number of calls from friends and colleagues this spring asking for

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