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A call to reinvent liberal arts education

A call to reinvent liberal arts education | school improvement process | Scoop.it
Bennington president Liz Coleman delivers a call-to-arms for radical reform in higher education.
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A new model of school reform - UC Berkeley (blog)

A new model of school reform - UC Berkeley (blog) | school improvement process | Scoop.it
A new model of school reform UC Berkeley (blog) Meanwhile, on the opposite coast, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), an urban district with demographics and challenges similar to Newark's, has taken a very different tack to school reform — and...
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 23, 2014 8:01 PM

This makes sense and always has. We want to feel we have say in what is happening. Most of the so-called reform is outside-in which is deform. When we ask teachers to engage in change, it is transforming. When we do not and rely on external experts and consultants, we stand still which is like going backwards.

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The Great Society, 50 Years Later

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Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson gave a commencement speech that changed the relationship between our country and its people.
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Why Creating Organizational Change Is So Hard - Gallup.com

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Why Creating Organizational Change Is So Hard
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Organizational politics, silos, and market dynamics exert additional drag on effective change implementation.
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The Beginner's Guide To The Learning Pyramid - Edudemic

The Beginner's Guide To The Learning Pyramid - Edudemic | school improvement process | Scoop.it
Different teaching styles appeal to different types of students. Despite popular opinion, I know folks who do really well with lecture-based courses. Perhaps they’re just really well adapted to how most of our educational system works. Or perhaps they’re just some of the few who do really well with that instead of a more hands-on …

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6 Resources For Building Parental Engagement

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6 Resources For Building Parental Engagement: Helping Parents Trust Your School

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5 Characteristics of a Change Agent

5 Characteristics of a Change Agent | school improvement process | Scoop.it
cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by visualpanic (change agents) - People who act as catalysts for change... In my work through school and organization visits, I have been fascinated to see th...

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New York's school reform sidelined by Common Core

New York's school reform sidelined by Common Core | school improvement process | Scoop.it
N.Y.effort to revise education standards was abandoned in favor of national plan (This story is worth sharing-we need to pursue this...New York's school reform sidelined by Common Core http://t.co/fK0VXwfNHV...
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5 Strategies for Communicating When You Don't Even Like to Talk - Entrepreneur

5 Strategies for Communicating When You Don't Even Like to Talk - Entrepreneur | school improvement process | Scoop.it
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The stereotypical entrepreneur talks to everyone easily, but introverts need not be discouraged. Reticence does not doom you to failure.
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Change Agents are Leaders: The four transitions toward culture change in your school

Change Agents are Leaders: The four transitions toward culture change in your school | school improvement process | Scoop.it
Change, culture and leadership are concepts that are inseparable. Achieving the desired culture for your team or school requires a process of change, and leadership is essential to make this happen...

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empathyeducates – Is There an Alternative to Accountability-Based ...

empathyeducates – Is There an Alternative to Accountability-Based ... | school improvement process | Scoop.it
Education reform in the U.S. now faces a potential watershed moment in which setting aside accountability and embracing a school reform agenda that acknowledges social and educational inequity offer a promise of success ...
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Great insights about the significant impact socio-economic factors have on education.

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Taking Action to Improve Teacher Preparation

Taking Action to Improve Teacher Preparation | school improvement process | Scoop.it
Recruiting, preparing, developing and supporting great teachers has a direct impact on the learning and success of America’s students. Research confirms that the most important factor in a student’s success in school is a strong teacher, and...
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How do you know if effective teaching is occurring in your school?

This is a question which all school leaders should be asking themselves. We all think that the approach we are taking is translating into classroom practice but how do we really know? Apart from just observation, which is very important, what rigorous processes can we implement to reflect upon and use to answer this question?

 


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An excellent process of sharing responsibility and empowering individuals allowing for institutional and individual growth & improvement.

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Education Reform Has Failed; Here Are Four Lessons From Abroad to Make It Succeed

Education Reform Has Failed; Here Are Four Lessons From Abroad to Make It Succeed | school improvement process | Scoop.it
“No Child Left Behind, “school choice,” “recovery school districts,” and Common Core are what the United States has done to solve the education “crisis.” Mind you, the “crisis” is that the United...
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School Reformers Should Try to Make Public Schools Cheaper, Not Just Better - Slate Magazine

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School Reformers Should Try to Make Public Schools Cheaper, Not Just Better
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Cory Booker and Mark Zuckerberg.
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Education Reform Starts In The Home - ReinventED Solutions

Education Reform Starts In The Home - ReinventED Solutions | school improvement process | Scoop.it
Now, another situation has me really thinking about education reform and the requirement that a two pronged intervention approach from educators AND parents is what is really needed to fix our education system.
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Time To Push Back Against School Reform Propaganda - The Newtown Bee

WPLN Time To Push Back Against School Reform Propaganda The Newtown Bee The US Department of Education and the State Department of Education want the public to believe that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) education reforms simply need more...
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Polishing Our Sea Glass

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Every student in middle school is precious—some simply need some polishing. My mother, as she grew older, found solace in walking the sandy beaches of Lake Erie. She kept her eyes focused on the sand, looking for sea glass—pieces of broken bottles that had been tossed around for who knows how long, ultimately washing ashore as polished gems.


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Geographic Perspective Matters in Policy Debates

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"The American policymaking sphere has long been dominated by political scientists and economists. While I have nothing against these disciplines, and acknowledge that they have made important contributions to our public discourse, I am also concerned that we have not always heard the full range of perspectives on important questions of the day.  Geography has a different perspective to offer, and our public discourse is impoverished without it."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 13, 2014 10:05 PM

Spatial thinking needs to be infused into many of our public conversations, and geographers collectively need to find ways to be a part of them.

Jordan Schemmel's curator insight, May 21, 2014 1:05 PM

A great article discussing why geography matters in ongoing discussions about public policy. The spatial perspective is a key thing to remember in any decision-making process.

Kyle Kampe's curator insight, May 28, 2014 10:59 PM

In AP Human Geo., this relates to the Harm de Blij book "Why Geography Matters" that is assigned for summer reading because it indicates that geography's perspectives matter equally or more so than political science and economics.

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The New Commercial Education

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The New Commercial Education

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 13, 2014 4:47 PM

Having read Wendell Berry (prose and poetry), he does not come across as a big fan of contemporary, commercialized School. He does come across as a big fan of education which is different than School.

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Dale Russakoff: A Test for School Reform in Newark

Dale Russakoff: A Test for School Reform in Newark | school improvement process | Scoop.it
Cory Booker, Chris Christie, and Mark Zuckerberg had an ambitious plan to reform Newark’s schools. They got an education. (See the attached New Yorker Magazine article about education reform in Newark.
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What is innovation? The current relationship between educators and technologies - Innovate My School

What is innovation? The current relationship between educators and technologies - Innovate My School | school improvement process | Scoop.it

Research has shown that teachers are very willing to try out new ideas and use new resources, but that over time they revert to a default mode of teaching and innovations are often discarded. Most of the innovations brought to us through suppliers have failed to change fundamentally teachers’ practice or values.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 8, 2014 4:32 AM

Love the final paragraph "To encourage innovation needs more than a set of iPads or a new style of teaching. To return to the initial definition of innovation - “the development of new values”, what is needed is a collaborative platform of new, shared values that place the learner firmly at the centre of the learning process, that embrace all forms of learning, and which will, eventually create a disruptive innovation to really get us all learning."

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8 Things Truly Outstanding Leaders Do Without Thinking

Once in a while you meet a leader who stands out--even in a room filled with skilled, experienced, successful people. She isn't just remarkably charismatic. He isn't just remarkably likeable. You can tell, in an instant, they simply think and act and lead differently than most people. But those rare individuals don't become outstanding leaders overnight. While some are born with an aptitude for leadership, truly outstanding leaders are made. Through training, experience, and a healthy dose of introspection they learn how to make quick decisions. They learn to work with different personalities. They learn to nurture, motivate, and inspire. They learn to truly lead.

 


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The "Education Reform" Urban Hustle (link dots)

The "Education Reform" Urban Hustle (link dots) | school improvement process | Scoop.it
Photo: entrance, 18th Ave. School, Newark, NJ
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Ruth Coniff, “Scathing Report Finds School Privatization Hurts Poor Kids”, The Progressive, April 25,...
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10 Belief Statements About Student Discipline

10 Belief Statements About Student Discipline | school improvement process | Scoop.it

Although my views continue to evolve and grow through formal and informal learning and school/home experiences, I want to be transparent about the lens I look through around student discipline.  At a recent staff meeting, I took the time to share these brief belief statements with staff:


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The belief statements posted promote language & teaching practices that provide the space and structures for great learning.

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