March 2016 Blog Posts (60)

Education reform is easy. Believe it.

 Education reform is easy???

Aren't you thinking, how could that possibly be? Aren't we told every day in the media and professional literature that the public schools are a tragic mess and the only solution is vastly more money?

 Think about it for a second. That is a very self-serving view of the world. If schools can't be readily improved, then the people in charge of the schools can't be criticized or blamed for anything that is…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on March 9, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Help Kids Earn Confidence & Improve Social Skills By Dustin Le

Edudemic

Help Kids Earn Confidence & Improve Social Skills

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Added by Michael Keany on March 9, 2016 at 6:12am — No Comments

We Need Leaders Who Are Peacemakers

Certainly, there are some among us who are prepared to facilitate those larger conversations in which opposing views can come together with the intention of finding a fundamental value or truth upon which to agree. But, why would they want to? Because a school, an organization, a community or a country cannot, as Lincoln said, survive if divided against itself.  This doesn't mean disagreements are bad; in fact they can be good and they can promote forward movement but only if the…

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Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on March 8, 2016 at 7:20am — No Comments

The Teenage Brain: Stress, Coping, and Natural Highs by Matt Bellace



The Teenage Brain: Stress, Coping, and Natural Highs

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Added by Michael Keany on March 7, 2016 at 1:29pm — No Comments

3 Surprising Skills That School Counselors Need by ANGELA CLEVELAND



3 Surprising Skills That School Counselors Need

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Added by Michael Keany on March 7, 2016 at 1:26pm — No Comments

Leaders Who Are Voracious Learners

Leaders Who Are Voracious Learners

In this Harvard Business Review article, consultant/author Erika Anderson says that effective leaders need to constantly scan the horizon for new ideas, resist their natural reluctance to change, and push themselves to acquire radically different capabilities. “That requires a willingness to experiment and become a novice again and again,” she says, “– an extremely…

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Added by Michael Keany on March 7, 2016 at 1:16pm — No Comments

How One School Freed Up All Students and All Teachers for the Same Hour Each Day - and What Happened Next

A Rhode Island School Opens Up an Hour in the Schedule Every Day

In this article in Independent School, Daniel Willingham (University of Virginia) and Vince Watchorn describe how Providence Country Day School in Rhode Island (where Watchorn is school head) decided that its traditional schedule, with 20-minute breaks for clubs, activities, and assemblies scattered through the week, severely…

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Added by Michael Keany on March 7, 2016 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Reconsidering middle and high school grade configurations

Reconsidering middle and high school grade configurations

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Added by Michael Keany on March 7, 2016 at 10:41am — No Comments

The fantastic new ways to teach math that most schools aren’t even using by Corey Drake



The fantastic new ways to teach math that most schools aren’t even using

Here are four small changes new teachers can make to help students

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Added by Michael Keany on March 5, 2016 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Cultivating Healthy Communication in Teams By Elena Aguilar

Cultivating Healthy Communication in Teams

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Added by Michael Keany on March 5, 2016 at 11:03am — No Comments

Use Goals to Inspire and Indicators to Measure Progress

Goals are best, to use Jim Collins' term, if they are big, audacious, and hairy!  They should come from the passionate center of those setting them. Teachers spend much of their time establishing the environment in which students can learn optimally. In that environment, they work with students who are present or not, learning or not, engaged or not. In the midst of the interplay among student, teacher, content and environment goals are established and are met or not. Teachers become…

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Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on March 3, 2016 at 7:05am — No Comments

The End of Average

Standards, Grades And Tests Are Wildly Outdated, Argues 'End Of Average'

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Added by Michael Keany on March 2, 2016 at 5:09pm — No Comments

High school graduates seem to know less each year. Is this by design?

Once upon a time long ago, the whole point of education was something called knowledge. The goal was to transmit this magical thing from the older generation to the new generation. And that was how we sustain civilization.

So if you are a new observer of K-12, the thing that will shock you the most is that knowledge is no longer a magical thing. It is a scorned thing. It is last century's fad and something we need not bother with…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on March 2, 2016 at 4:51pm — 2 Comments

The Meaning of Words by Eric Sheninger

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Added by Michael Keany on March 2, 2016 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Schools Stand Against the Loss of Civility

The loss of civility on the campaign trail vacillates between being simply disappointing, to being disgusting, demeaning and frightening. The worse it gets, the more attention it is given and the larger the crowds watching become. Wasn't it just weeks ago that we heard "politically correct" discarded as a ridiculous constraint on expression and kindness take a back seat to the worst things that can be said as a way to enhance readiness for the presidency. And, all of this is inflamed…

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Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on March 1, 2016 at 7:06am — No Comments

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