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Policy Priorities:Full-Service Community Schools:Full-Service Community Schools

Policy Priorities:Full-Service Community Schools:Full-Service Community Schools | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

In a high-stakes education environment, can schools afford the time investment required to build community relationships? "Schools cannot afford not to build such relationships. Leaders of today's community schools movement understand that education reform is not an 'either/or proposition,'" says Marty Blank, director of the Coalition of Community Schools (Blank, 2004, p. 62).

Research has shown a strong correlation between areas with high levels of poverty, crime, and mobility and low student achievement. Despite these challenges, studies also show that supportive neighborhoods can mitigate the harmful effects of economic disadvantage on students and form the foundation for high achievement (Holloway, 2004). Education reforms will have a limited effect if they focus solely on the classroom. Policymakers need to consider what research has shown to be true—what happens in the community can and will affect the teaching and learning that happens in schools.

In Making the Difference: Research and Practice in Community Schools, the Coalition for Community Schools (Blank, Melaville, & Shah, 2003) summarized the major findings from community school initiatives. It reports,

Significant and widespread gains in academic achievement and nonacademic development.Increased family stability and greater family involvement with schools.Increased teacher satisfaction and more positive school environments.Better use of school buildings and increased security and pride in neighborhoods.

 

In addition, in evaluations spanning from 1992, the Children's Aid Society (n.d.) finds that community schools

Improve student achievement;Increase parental involvement;Demonstrate higher student and teacher attendance;Improve school climate;Increase community engagement;Decrease special education referrals; andImprove mental and physical health for students.
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Reading Sage: Webb's Depth of Knowledge (DOK) | Bloom's Taxonomy vs. Norman Webb's depth of knowledge

The Common Core Standards are the cornerstones of the Smarter Balanced and PARCC assessments, Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (scale of cognitive demand) and Blooms Revised Taxonomy (levels of intellectual ability) are the framework and the structures that will be used to evaluate students. Assessing curriculum, developing formative assessments, evaluation curriculum, and evaluation of students knowledge at the highest levels is being shared by two progressive cognitive matrices. Depth of knowledge, and complexity of knowledge is the heart of the more rigorous assessments being implemented in 2014. They share many ideas and concepts yet are different in level of cognitive demand, level of difficulty, complexity of verbs vs. depth of thinking required, and the scale of cognitive demand. Teachers need to learn how the frameworks are used to develop curriculum and how to use them to enhance instructions. Teachers and students can use Blooms Questions Stems and Webb’s DOK questions stems to create higher order thinking and improve achievement. 80% of the PARCC assessments will be based on the highest levels of blooms and the deepest levels of Webb’s DOK. Are you ready to use the DOK or Blooms daily in your class? 

 The links below are a great resources of Blooms Taxonomy and Webb’s Depth of Knowledge.Levels of Thinking in Bloom’s Taxonomy and Webb’s Depth of KnowledgeHess’ Cognitive Rigor Matrix & Curricular Examples | Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy | Webb’s Depth of Knowledge GuideDepth of Knowledge: Assessing Curriculum with Depth and MeaningBlooms and Webb ComparisonDepth of Knowledge ConsistencyDeveloping Higher Order Thinking Questions Based on Webb’s DOK andFCAT Content ComplexityPARCC Transition Information: AIMS Test and Common CoreDOK Question StemsDepth of Knowledge (DOK) LevelsINTRODUCTION TO WEBB’S DEPTH-OF-KNOWLEDGE LEVELSMathematics Depth-of-Knowledge LevelsDepth-of-Knowledge Levels for Four Content Areas

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Complex Thinking Skills & Reasoning | AEA 267 Curriculum

Complex Thinking Skills & Reasoning | AEA 267 Curriculum | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Area Education Agency 267 supports educators, parents, and the communities we serve as we work together toward one ultimate goal--to improve student learning.
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Resources to Fight Bullying and Harassment at School

Resources to Fight Bullying and Harassment at School | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
A guide to websites, organizations, articles, and other resources for combating bullying.

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Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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This resource offers incredible levels of depth and exploration of a wide range of concepts. Recently, I have used it to appreciate the complexities of morality and the Turing Test. It occurred to me that there are other concepts that I wish to explore. It could be used as a "jump off point" for major research projects or intellectual blog publishings or any number of uses.

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AASA :: Systems Thinking Resources

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Description: Following are links for school system leaders to information, tools and resources to help educators understand and use a systems-based approach in day-to-day activities and long-term planning.

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Free Tiiu Pix - High resolution photo images in many categories for FREE download.

Free Tiiu Pix - High resolution photo images in many categories for FREE download. | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Free photographs for students & teachers with no gimmicks, hidden fees or registration required. Use for personal, educational & non-commercial.
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LEGO.com : Comic Builder

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The LEGO City Comic Builder is here. Tell your stories in the form of comics, print and share with friends!

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A Wonderful Free Classroom Poster on Digital Citizenship ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Wonderful Free Classroom Poster on Digital Citizenship ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

Via Anna Hu
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simple picture with many implications for health, security, safety, and education

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Resources and Downloads for Teaching Critical Thinking

Resources and Downloads for Teaching Critical Thinking | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Using resources and tools like the ones below, educators at KIPP King Collegiate High School focus on honing critical thinking skills across all subjects. Credit: Zachary Fink


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Raw - simple visualization web tool

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Successful Leadership Requires 6 Critical Resources

Successful Leadership Requires 6 Critical Resources | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Leadership is a chess match. Every decision you make influences your next five decisions. Unfortunately, many leaders don’t realize the implications of each of their decisions.
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“Teaching Kids to Code” Guide: A Fantastic Resource - GeekDad (blog)

“Teaching Kids to Code” Guide: A Fantastic Resource - GeekDad (blog) | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
“Teaching Kids to Code” Guide: A Fantastic Resource GeekDad (blog) As GeekDads we are probably more aware than others of the increasing interest from parents, schools and businesses of teaching kids to code.
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Using Verbs for Specific Learning Outcomes

Using Verbs for Specific Learning Outcomes | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Student learning outcomes is a very common term in education. For many of my k-12 colleagues we have used this term from graduate course work, to teaching practicum, and for curriculum planning. Th...
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Instagram Isn't the Only One Selling Your Stuff - NakedLaw by Avvo

Instagram Isn't the Only One Selling Your Stuff - NakedLaw by Avvo | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Plenty of people have pointed out that nobody should be surprised by Instagram's predatory-sounding terms because most social media terms contain similar language.
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Staying Alive | Online 3D Experience to learn how to save a life

Staying Alive | Online 3D Experience to learn how to save a life | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Live a unique experience and learn, through a realistic 3D simulation, how to save a life.

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