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NJ wants to change how principals are evaluated

NJ wants to change how principals are evaluated | School Reform & Curriculum Design | Scoop.it

Wow...  when are more grants going to be offered that actually help students learn?  Whilst this is a part of the process, the trickle-down time for this to show improves in student achievement could be substantial.

 

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey officials announced Thursday that they are offering grants to school districts to try new ways to evaluate their principals in a new step in Gov.

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Civility, Social Justice, Empathy & Social Networking in the 21st Century Classroom | Powerful Learning Practice

Civility, Social Justice, Empathy & Social Networking in the 21st Century Classroom | Powerful Learning Practice | School Reform & Curriculum Design | Scoop.it

Mission statement: Support my students to become not only informed but aware, not only aware but empathetic, not only empathetic but active, not only active but connected, not only connected but reflective and ready to create real life solutions to real life problems.

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Separate Reading Exams Await Elementary Teachers

Separate Reading Exams Await Elementary Teachers | School Reform & Curriculum Design | Scoop.it

Agreed, but haven't many of us been forced to teach content to the test, thus leaving us lacking in time to teach the other critical things?

 

More states are requiring teacher-candidates to take—and pass—licensing tests in reading before they can move into the classroom. A handful of states are gradually adopting licensing tests that measure aspiring elementary teachers' ability to master aspects of what's arguably their most important task: teaching students to read.
In the most recent example of what appears to be a slow but steady push, Wisconsin became the latest state to adopt a rigorous, stand-alone test of elementary teachers' knowledge of the science of reading. Though such efforts to improve the quality of reading instruction generally have been pushed by a fairly small network of constituents, those proponents say that updating licensing exams is one of the few ways states can ensure that reading-instruction skills are taught in teacher training.

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Schools We Can Envy by Diane Ravitch | The New York Review of Books

Schools We Can Envy by Diane Ravitch | The New York Review of Books | School Reform & Curriculum Design | Scoop.it

Nothing is said about holding accountable the district leadership or the elected officials who determine such crucial issues as funding, class size, and resource allocation. The reformers say that our economy is in jeopardy, not because of growing poverty or income inequality or the outsourcing of manufacturing jobs, but because of bad teachers. These bad teachers must be found out and thrown out. Any laws, regulations, or contracts that protect these pedagogical malefactors must be eliminated so that they can be quickly removed without regard to experience, seniority, or due process.

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TeachPaperless: How to lecture in a PBL classroom

TeachPaperless: How to lecture in a PBL classroom | School Reform & Curriculum Design | Scoop.it

In reading comments to John Spencer's post about The Problem with PBL I felt like people have a bit of a narrow view of PBL. It felt like many define it as students engaged in a project, usually inquiry based. PBL at its heart and soul is a process that can include any teaching style in it including simulations, research, individual and group work, and yes even lecturing. So here is how lectures fit into the PBL model.

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Are Kids REALLY Motivated by Technology? [Slide} - The Tempered Radical

Are Kids REALLY Motivated by Technology? [Slide} - The Tempered Radical | School Reform & Curriculum Design | Scoop.it
One of the arguments that educators often give for integrating technology into the classroom is that 21st Century kids are more MOTIVATED by digital lessons than the old school practices we were all raised to know and love.

But is that REALLY true?

Are today's students -- who have grown up connected and who often have devices dropping out of every pocket of their backpacks -- more motivated by the gadget-happy lessons that define many of today's "tech-savvy" classrooms?

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Advocates Worry Implementation Could Derail Common Core

Advocates Worry Implementation Could Derail Common Core | School Reform & Curriculum Design | Scoop.it
Whether the standards succeed will depend largely on how well they are translated from expectations to classroom instruction, advocates say.
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Adventures in Assessment

Adventures in Assessment | School Reform & Curriculum Design | Scoop.it

I've been tinkering with assessment for the past several years. My role at the district had me knee deep in shifting the notion of Assessment and Evaluation from primarily assessment OF learning to assessment FOR learning. Simply put, a stronger focus on formative and less on summative.

 

In past classes, I've usually offered my students some opportunity to assess themselves, whether it was against a rubric, or a self designed criteria. It's shocking how many students struggle with this idea.

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Standardized Tests - ProCon.org

Standardized Tests - ProCon.org | School Reform & Curriculum Design | Scoop.it
Is the use of standardized tests improving education in America? Read pros and cons in the debate.
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Is “Accountability” Undermining American Education?

Is “Accountability” Undermining American Education? | School Reform & Curriculum Design | Scoop.it

From Carol Dweck - Have we as a country confused weighing with feeding? I believe we have and in the process we have undermined young people’s desire to learn and their capacity to innovate. It’s time to rebuild the growth mindset culture, with its emphasis on tackling the unknown to grow our abilities and discover new things. This is what made America for so long the hotbed of creativity and innovation.

 

Education Nation is a nationally broadcast, in-depth conversation about improving education in America.

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Global, Digital Literacy

Global, Digital Literacy | School Reform & Curriculum Design | Scoop.it

The Flat Classroom Project, and its eponymously named book, will be the focus of a worldwide book study. Educators around the globe are taking part to learn the 15 steps towards global educational collaborations.

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A Planning Rubric for Districts

A Planning Rubric for Districts | School Reform & Curriculum Design | Scoop.it
Districts around the country recognize that in the 21st century, international knowledge and skills are a necessity for every child. In order to be able to embrace new opportunities and address critical challenges, students must be globally competent: They must have the capacity and disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance.

 

This was the conversation among education leaders—district supervisors and state policymakers—convened by Asia Society and Longview Foundation. Over the course of several months, the group shared vision statements and best practices. The result?

A Global Competence Planning Rubric for school districts. The Rubric focuses on four areas key to the development of global competence:

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