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The Ever-Expanding School Day -- THE Journal

The Ever-Expanding School Day -- THE Journal | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it
The term "flipped classroom" is becoming more familiar all the time. Learning no longer need take place just between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. or within the walls of the old-school classroom.
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Imagine that the word Australia has been removed from this powerful 3.5 minute video and replaced by something else. 

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Continuous School Improvement | Coalition of Essential Schools

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Continuous school improvement is the process cycle of school improvement with the major components of creating the vision, gathering data related to that vision, analyzing the data, planning the work of the school to align with the vision, implementing the strategies and action steps outlined in the plan, and gathering data to measure the impact of the intervention.

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Special Report: Fostering Continuous Improvement

Special Report: Fostering Continuous Improvement | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it
With help from decision support tools, a growing number of K-12 districts are focusing on continuous improvement throughout their schools.
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Over the last several years, the Aldine Independent School District in Texas has raised students’ average reading scores by 18 percent, brought up math scores by 29 percent, increased its four-year graduation rate by 11 percentage points, and saved more than $100,000 per year in transportation costs alone.

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What Will Be Your Faculty Focus?

What Will Be Your Faculty Focus? | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it
For too long faculty meetings have been about lists and compliance but this year each month will bring a new faculty focus.
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Faculty Focus
This year each meeting will have a "Faculty Focus." A faculty focus is not about an administrator getting up and acting like a college professor and treating teachers like students. We know that teachers are experts in the classroom but we also know we could learn a great deal from one another. We all become better when we share our thoughts and ideas collectively. My friend Terry Pickeral once said, "If you want to get something done easy...do it yourself. If you want something done right, do it with a group."

Beginning at our first faculty meeting our Faculty Focus began. We shared our collective thoughts on what we want students to look like when they leave us. It is important to know if everyone in the school shares the same collective vision. In October we will move on to evidence-based observations. Observing teachers with an evidence-based mindset was a great way capture the full essence of instruction.

However, as much as administrators were trained in evidence-based observations, teachers were not. We will watch a video and then work in small groups to discuss the evidence we see. We will then come together as a larger group and discuss our findings.

In November and December our Faculty Focus will be on providing effective feedback. We are not just talking about the feedback teachers provide to students; we are also referring to the feedback school leaders provide to teachers, and what students provide to us.

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Alright listen up! We are about to have a one-hour faculty meeting to go over what I could have summarized to you in a 5 line email.

Alright listen up! We are about to have a one-hour faculty meeting to go over what I could have summarized to you in a 5 line email. | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it
Free, Funny, Custom Reminders Ecard: Alright listen up! We are about to have a one-hour faculty meeting to go over what I could have summarized to you in a 5 line email.
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The Great Peer Learning Pyramid Scheme | DMLcentral

The Great Peer Learning Pyramid Scheme | DMLcentral | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it
I often get asked questions like these: Does peer learning really work? Don’t we need experts to learn from? Can the (proverbially) blind really lead the blind? Those are good questions and I will get back to them in a second.
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If you are still not convinced that peer learning works, please have a look at the Harvard Assessment Study that showed the most reliable indicator of success for a Harvard college student is her/his ability to form or join a study group. Harvard!

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A New Vision for Professional Development

A New Vision for Professional Development | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it
At Edmunds Middle School in Burlington, Vt. the standard format of having inservice days peppered throughout the year has been replaced with a model of early release Wednesdays, teacher driven comm...
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Educators Brainstorm Ways To Create Personal Learning Plans

Educators Brainstorm Ways To Create Personal Learning Plans | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it
The Vermont Legislature has a challenging assignment for schools this fall. By January, a working group of educators must decide how to implement a new law
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Mathias is pleased  that personal learning plans are only recommended for elementary schools, not required as they are grades 7 through 12.  But she wonders where busy  upper level teachers will find the time to sit down with each student, draw up a blueprint, and make sure it gets followed.

The next working group meeting is scheduled for October 8.

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Teacher Education in Finland

Teacher Education in Finland | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it

Finland is generally recognized as one of the world’s highest performing nations. Over the past decade, Finnish students have been high performers on the international PISA exams.

 

 


In Finnish schools, students never take a standardized test. How is their progress assessed? By their teachers.

 

 

Finnish educators say that the key totheir success is the high quality of their teachers. Not just a star here and there, but the profession as a whole has high standards for entry and for preparation. There are no shortcuts o becoming a teacher in Finland. Teachers are highly respected, just as much as other professions.

 


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Gloria Inostroza's curator insight, September 24, 2013 10:23 PM

Tener en cuenta... 

AnnC's curator insight, September 30, 2013 7:20 PM

We need to create a culture that respects the teaching profession as much as any other as will create our future leaders.

Vrinda Boodram's curator insight, December 6, 2013 6:48 PM

I applaud the approach on education taken by Finland. Staying clear of a content-driven, test-based system is clearly  the way to go based on their success rate! Relying on standardized testing to measure students’ success only demoralizes the ability of the students (especially those who are not good test-takers), and even the teachers since they too are judged and evaluated based on how their students perform. Testing tolerance simply strips children of their confidence and teachers of their ability to creatively teach, and as a result disables children from achieving their maximum potential.

 

The respect that Finnish teachers have is also drastically different to that of the U.S. where the notorious phrase is, “those can’t do, teach.” The enforcement of educators having a Masters degree and undergoing extensive training for entry and preparation seems to be the reason why that level of respect is upheld. The fact that only one of ten teachers is accepted to teacher colleges is a clear indication of the rigour and competitiveness of the program. This type of structure ensures that only the best of the best become teachers of the future leaders of the nation.

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The Independent School Value Proposition - Peter Gow Associates

As the economy stalls and some schools look at empty desks, there is quite a lot of talk about the “value proposition” of independent schools.
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from the article" What gets factored into that calculation, of course, is the big question. It’s all about brand, signature programs, values, college and next-school lists, prestige factors, campus bells and whistles—on and on. Some people have even tried to set the calculation up with actual numbers."

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Entrepreneurs Reframe Failure as Intentional Iteration - Adapt the Idea & Live?

Entrepreneurs Reframe Failure as Intentional Iteration - Adapt the Idea & Live? | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it

Failure.  It’s a harsh word.  No one enjoys failure.  No one ever really says, “Hey, I really want to fail today so I can learn.”  

Yet failure is an inevitable part of human existence and it plays a central role in the mindset of an entrepreneur.  Without failure there is little forward progress; without failure innovation is rather incremental; without failure there is no reason to celebrate success.

Entrepreneurs are taught to embrace and expect failure because the entrepreneurial path is rarely smooth or predictable.  Failure in this context, however, is not business failure.  Who wants that?  The fear of business failure paralyzes even the best potential entrepreneurs. 

Failure in the entrepreneurial vernacular is reframed as intentional iteration and experimentation.  It’s not failure in the catastrophic sense.  Failure is simply a portfolio of setbacks, false starts, wrong turns, and mistakes that are expected and tolerated because the entrepreneur purposefully iterates in order to gather new, relevant, and timely information. 


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There is one fundamental truth in entrepreneurship.  All ideas change.

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Through iteration entrepreneurs seek not to kill an idea but to make it better, and this happens through an anticipated cycle of pivoting and adapting. 


There is one fundamental truth in entrepreneurship.  All ideas change.


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, September 13, 2013 4:58 PM

Failure vs. Iteration?  Yes, makes sense to me.


However,  I just attended an interdisciplinary lecture by Professor Howard E. Aldrich referencing his paper, Lost In Translation: Celebrating Entrepreneurship While Acknowledging Its Costs.  I was stymied that he was posing this question at the end of his lecture as a policy question:  Too many entrepreneurs or too many failures?

His line of thinking is based on the high 5 year failure rate, 50%, of entrepreneurial businesses.    In my own town, the Ann Arbor Observer monthly journal posts a success / failure rate of local businesses in its business roundup.


A student asked, at the end of the lecture, "Too many marriages or too many divorces?"   His question gets closer to the gist of the curious framing of professor Aldrich's work.  


Aldrich offers that his research includes that entrepreneurs try a business idea once, and if the business fails, they do not try again.   Really?   I don't see this line of research ~ fail once and that's it ~ mentioned in the companion article for the ICOS lecture that was held at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.  I will look into this further in due time.  If you have a resource, please share!  ~  Deb


Reference:    http://icos.umich.edu/sites/icos6.cms.si.umich.edu/files/lectures/SEJ%20lost%20in%20translation.pdf 

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New Report Captures the Voice of Teachers

New Report Captures the Voice of Teachers | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it
We have a lot to learn from America’s best teachers. After all, they are the ones living and breathing education issues every day. The success of education reforms depends on their voice and input.
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"The call to make teaching a sustainable career choice for the brightest and best educators could not be any clearer. Now it’s time for education leaders and policy makers to do something about it.

Read more about what America’s best teachers have to say here."

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Principal's Perspective: Ted Sizer's legacy

Principal's Perspective: Ted Sizer's legacy | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it
Allison Gaines Pell is the founder and principal of a new, small public middle school called Arts & Letters, located in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. She...
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really like this quote: Inspiration, hunger: these are the qualities that drive good schools. The best we [educators] can do is to create the most likely conditions for them to flourish, and then get out of their way.” -- Ted Sizer, Founder of the Coalition of Essential Schools

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Grosse Pointe South High School Featured in CNN ‘Genius Hour’ Report

Grosse Pointe South High School Featured in CNN ‘Genius Hour’ Report | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it
Students are passionate about the freedom to explore what they are passionate about and take ownership in their learning, rather than just doing the w
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Grosse Pointe South High School  was featured Monday on a CNN report examining how some of the nation’s educators are taking a lesson from Google’s 20 percent time initiative.

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School Improvement Life Cycle | AdvancED

School Improvement Life Cycle | AdvancED | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it
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School improvement is both strategic and operational and essential components must be in place for a school to truly address comprehensive school improvement. A school must be able to collect and analyze data, set goals, plan, implement, and evaluate. The realization that none of these components are independent of each other along with the continuous review and evaluation of activities leading to improved results is what leads to authentic school improvement.

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What if You Flipped Your Faculty Meetings?

What if You Flipped Your Faculty Meetings? | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it
July 07, 2012 By Bill Ferriter Dear Principals, I've got a professional challenge for you: I want you to flip every faculty meeting during the 2012-2013 school year. Doing so would be a breeze...
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4 practical suggestions that involve faculty voice.

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10 Ways To Spice Up Faculty Meetings

10 Ways To Spice Up Faculty Meetings | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it
Faculty meetings of late have been transformed from discussing bulleted agenda items to interactive and collaborative learning sessions. Utilizing available technology and web 2.0 tools during facu...
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Some good practical ideas here.

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Polite meetings waste time

Polite meetings waste time | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it
Yesterday I interviewed Robert Herbold, former Chief Operating Officer of Microsoft and author of “What’s Holding You Back.” Bob's quiet, gentlemanly tone shifted toward disdain when the topic move...
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Finally, this polite gentleman explained that “polite meetings” are most likely an unnecessary waste of time.Start with the “bad” stuff, give room for creative tension, and make something happen.
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Forget Faculty Meetings: Focus on Professional Leadership

Forget Faculty Meetings: Focus on Professional Leadership | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it
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Eliminating Faculty Meetings

The reflection on our faculty meetings began with a simple conversation. Faculty meetings at Liberty were like those in many schools: an hour a month and filled with announcements, policies, new initiatives, and quick-hit presentations. One day a teacher leader in our building asked a simple question: “Why is it if I miss the hour-long meeting on Monday I can make it up in three minutes Tuesday morning?” The answer was simple: the meetings were an hour because they had to be an hour. Meetings were inefficient and unnecessary. We needed a change.

In 2012, we started reducing the number of whole-school faculty meetings. Meetings were restructured to include time for staff members to share and discuss transdisciplinary aspects of Common Core or to have time as departments to collaborate on instruction. By the end of 2012, 78% of staff members expressed their satisfaction with the current professional learning model. Conversations with staff members had become more collaborative and instructionally focused. Evaluation conferences often referenced conversations and collaborations from department meetings. The feedback was so positive that in 2013 we eliminated faculty meetings from Liberty’s professional learning model, which left the question of how to use that time to benefit staff members professionally. We decided to adjust Liberty’s professional learning model by focusing on collaboration and autonomy.

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If You Send Your Child to a Private School, You're *Not* a Bad Person - President's Blog

If You Send Your Child to a Private School, You're *Not* a Bad Person - President's Blog | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it
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From the article  - To be clear, choice doesn’t solve every problem. But eliminating choice -- or shaming parents who choose private schools into forsaking their choice (Benedikt's purpose) -- will only make the improvement of public schools harder. Schools get better when every parent can determine what their children need and what school will serve them best. The choice may be public, private, charter or even homeschool. There is great power for good in schools knowing that parents have choices too. Parents who choose the schools that their children attend, public or private, are doing good—not bad—for America. They are bolstering a pluralistic system of schools, derived from a fundamental right to choose, but made strong by the willingness of generations of families to exercise that right thoughtfully. 
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TIPS | Navicate

TIPS | Navicate | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it

TIPS (Training Interns & Partnering forSuccess) is an internship program for in-school and out-of-of school youth ages 16+ that includes a 20-hour job skills class and a 40 hour unpaid internship with a local business and/or organization.  Students typically earn 1/2 high school credit for completing both the class and internship.

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Where is TIPS currently happening?

Chittenden County – Kerry Hill, Navicate – kerry@navicate.org / Howie Le, Navicate – howie@navicate.org / Hilary Watson, Navicate – hilary@navicate.org

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When Education Reform Gets Personal : Education Next

When Education Reform Gets Personal : Education Next | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it

As a policy wonk, I push for high academic expectations for all students. I know that American competitiveness requires excellence in subjects such as math and science that our schools do not teach very well. As a father, however, I find that what matters most to me is that my daughters are happy in school.

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I'm the Boss! Why Should I Care If You Like Me? Research Results on Executive Likability

I'm the Boss!  Why Should I Care If You Like Me?  Research Results on Executive Likability | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it

Bad news for mean bosses.  In a study of 51,836 leaders, we found just 27 who were rated at the bottom quartile in terms of likability but in the top quartile in terms of overall leadership effectiveness — that's approximately one out of 2,000.

360 data from these 50,000+ leaders highlighted seven key steps executives can take to substantially increase their likability.

 

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Increase positive emotional connections with others.... If a leader is angry or frustrated, those feelings will spread to others. Conversely, if a leader is positive and optimistic, those emotions also spread. Be aware of your emotional state and work to spread the positive emotions.

    

Display rock solid integrity. Do others trust you to keep your commitments and promises? Are others confident that you will be fair and do the right thing? 

   
Be a coach, mentor, and teacher. Most people have fond and positive memories of coaches and mentors. Helping others develop is a gift that is never forgotten.

Be an inspiration. Most leaders know very well how to drive for results. ...The most successful leaders ...also ...roll up their sleeves ...and pitch in with the team. They communicate powerfully. Inspiring leaders...are more likeable.

 


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Also scooped to Careers and Self-Awareness Strength.  ~  Deb

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...The most successful leaders ...also ...roll up their sleeves ...and pitch in with the team. They communicate powerfully. Inspiring leaders...are more likeable...

Chad Manske's curator insight, August 19, 2013 8:00 AM

It takes real humility to ask subordinates for feedback on your performance.  The purpose in doing so is not to expect to hear how good you are, but to hear what you need to work on.  We all have leadership 'blind spots' requiring the benefit of trusted people, ideally honest and critical subordinates, to tell us when we wear 'no clothes.'  If you're open and honest to feedback, and pay attention to the likability characteristics here, you WILL increase your leadership quotient.

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Parents Favor 'Niche' Schools, Fordham Institute Market Study Finds

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A new study released today by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found that parents have educational preferences that fall into what it calls "niche" markets ranging from vocational education to multiculturalism. 

For "What Parents Want: Education Preferences And Trade-Offs," the Fordham Institute hired Harris Interactive, a market-research firm, to examine which characteristics parents value in a school. The online survey of 2,007 parents of public and private school students in kindergarten through 12th grade was conducted in August 2012. 

The study found that most parents surveyed agree on the non-negotiable attributes of a school, including a high-quality core curriculum that emphasizes science, technology, engineering, and math along with instruction that supports the development of critical-thinking and good writing skills. 

While those attributes are on most parents' shortlist of education must-haves, Fordham's researchers also found that parents want more. 

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If students designed their own school… it would look like this

If students designed their own school… it would look like this | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it
A public high school student actually allowed some students to design their own semester and run it themselves.
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from the article" In this model, teachers serve as mentors and coaches, not as direct instructors, while students pose questions and find ways to answer them."

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Transformational Leadership - The Dirty Little Secret

Transformational Leadership - The Dirty Little Secret | 21st Century Classrooms | Scoop.it
What is transformational leadership, and what is the well kept secret about how and why very few become transformational leaders?

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, August 14, 2013 3:21 PM

This is a fantastic resource.

 

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Burns, the Grand Father of transformation leadership, defines it as a “Process of engaging with others in such a way as to raise leader and follower to higher levels of motivation and morality.” He contrasts this to,

“A false conception of leadership as mere command and control.

 

As leadership comes properly to be seen as a process of leaders engaging and mobilizing human needs and aspirations of followers, women will be more readily recognized as leaders and men will change their own leadership styles.”

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, August 14, 2013 9:15 PM

Any leadership style has situational problems that have to be balance or more fluid with application and implementation.

Robin Martin's comment, August 19, 2013 1:55 PM
Thanks for sharing Susan!