March 2016 Blog Posts (60)

Don't Evaluate Teachers, Coach Them By David Ginsburg

Don't Evaluate Teachers, Coach Them

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Added by Michael Keany on March 31, 2016 at 6:22pm — No Comments

Distinguish Between Opinion and Fact: A Leader's Responsibility

A most responsible decision is to open discussions where people with all opinions, bias, concerns, and support can be heard and considered. Coming together to make sense of all sides and arriving at a place where most of those involved can agree is challenging and takes a good amount of open mindedness. It might even mean a leader has to change his/her mind and position as the cloud of opinions clear and the facts are clear. An example from outside of education can be found in Robert…

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Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on March 31, 2016 at 7:25am — No Comments

Monks And At-Risk Teens Run School Together With 98% Graduation Rate



Monks And At-Risk Teens Run School Together With 98% Graduation Rate

The school’s motto: ‘Whatever hurts my brother, hurts me.’

 03/25/2016 01:17 pm ET | Updated 4 days ago…
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Added by Michael Keany on March 30, 2016 at 8:32am — No Comments

Realistic Expectations of Accountability Assessments: One Test Can't 'Do It All' By Stuart Kahl

Realistic Expectations of Accountability Assessments: One Test Can't 'Do It All'

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Added by Michael Keany on March 30, 2016 at 8:26am — No Comments

2 Quick, Inexpensive Ways to Add Collaborative Space to Your Classroom by Kevin Jarrett

2 Quick, Inexpensive Ways to Add Collaborative Space to Your Classroom

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Added by Michael Keany on March 30, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

Public schools used to be much better.

Here's an article about public schools in West Virginia circa 1931. Those long-gone public schools were far superior to the schools we have now. Isn't that weird, not to mention tragic?

 We could get rid of the entire Department of Education, Common Core, everything the Education Establishment wants to impose on us; and do exactly what the people in West Virginia did 80 years ago. We would save a trillion…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on March 29, 2016 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Discover Your Innovative Teachers, Acknowledge Them and Learn From Them

Many institutions of higher education around the country offer an annual faculty award for innovative teaching. But, this phenomenon happens with much less frequency in K - 12 schools. We wonder how we can encourage the development of innovation for their students if they, themselves, are not recognized and rewarded for it. Does it present a dilemma for leaders whether or not to recognize with distinction, those teachers who pepper the school building with innovative thinking and…

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Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on March 29, 2016 at 7:18am — No Comments

36 Questions Which Lead Leaders

36 Questions Which Lead Leaders

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Added by Michael Keany on March 28, 2016 at 10:52am — No Comments

It Takes Courage to Invest in Leadership as a Personal Process

When change has no constituency and the status quo has a strong one, when the world in which our students live is in a constant state of flux, when our students and we, ourselves, have access to learning by accessing experts on YouTube and to communication through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, when our classrooms and facilities resemble the past century, we need to build a change constituency. Yet, it is only those leaders who have come by their leadership capacities naturally that…

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Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on March 27, 2016 at 7:55am — No Comments

The Power of Reading Aloud in Middle School Classrooms By Timothy Dolan

The Power of Reading Aloud in Middle School Classrooms

—Source: Image by Flickr user Peter Taylor, under Creative Commons
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Added by Michael Keany on March 25, 2016 at 11:26am — No Comments

Interviewing Famous Leaders in History submitted by Lisa Auanger

Interviewing Famous Leaders in History

Subjects

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Social Studies
  • World History
  • U.S. History

Grades

  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

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Brief Description

Students research a famous leader and then assume the role of interviewer and…

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Added by Michael Keany on March 25, 2016 at 10:03am — No Comments

The Best Resources For Teaching “What If?” History Lessons by Larry Ferlazzo



The Best Resources For Teaching “What If?” History Lessons

 



MS Excel 2010 ~ What-If Analysis Icon from Flickr via Wylio

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Added by Michael Keany on March 25, 2016 at 9:43am — No Comments

10 Online Resources to Improve EL Literacy by Judie Haynes

10 Online Resources to Improve EL Literacy

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Added by Michael Keany on March 25, 2016 at 9:32am — No Comments

Find the Joy: Words of Advice to a First Year Principal

Find the Joy: Words of  Advice to a First Year Principal

by Monique Darrisaw-Akil, Ed.D.

 

Recently a close friend of mine became a principal for the first time this year. Soon after celebrating this awesome career achievement, the reality set in about just how challenging and stress-inducing this job can be.  Usually when she shares the joys and pains of school leadership I try to approach the conversation as a friend, not as someone who coaches and supervises…

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Added by Monique Darrisaw-Akil, Ed.D. on March 24, 2016 at 5:28pm — No Comments

Education Law Center report examines inequity in school funding By Erin McIntyre

Education Law Center report examines inequity in school funding

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Added by Michael Keany on March 23, 2016 at 1:36pm — No Comments

Promoting growth mindset means checking biases at the door, experts say By Autumn A. Arnett

Promoting growth mindset means checking biases at the door, experts say

Educators must confront personal biases before they can address students' mindsets

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Added by Michael Keany on March 23, 2016 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Don't waste their time...teach something!

This is one of my favorite themes. I condemn Constructivism because it seems to be an all-purpose excuse for not teaching. Teachers are actually ordered not to teach! I think we should do the exact opposite, that is, teach more and teach better.

 This nonsense has now spread through the K-12 system, top to bottom, side to side, in every single course. The amount of facts presented to children in a given year has…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on March 22, 2016 at 5:06pm — No Comments

How Can Schools Develop Assessments That Matter?

With diminishing resources, it is unlikely that an ongoing review of assessment development is in the budget.  However it is essential. As curriculum changes, as the way students learn evolves, as the demands on educators increase, so must the assessments we use advance. Little, if any, instruction in teacher and leader programs are devoted to assessment building. It is unlikely, after assuming teacher or leader positions that assessment building attracts our attention amidst the…

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Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on March 22, 2016 at 7:16am — No Comments

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