November 2017 Blog Posts (33)

Labeling Students With Disabilities Has a Downside

Disability is a label. We use it to classify children in schools. That classification system has been used to separate children and adults. Those who were learning, emotionally, or physically different were labeled and given special services. As we have become a more inclusive system, that classification system has helped us to obtain funds to offer the additional supports for children with learning differences, mental health issues, or physical challenges. By definition,…

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Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on November 30, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Relationship Between School Leaders and Hope

Every day school leaders search for the light in the child's eyes, the one that turns on from the inside and radiates everywhere. It sets our hearts on fire. We hear the small voices express dreams and wishes all year long. They lift us up to do and be our very best. When we and you volunteered to lead, we responded to a calling within and received the gift of touching lives. It is a profound responsibility and it brings great joy. Let us as older ones encourage those who follow as…

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Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on November 28, 2017 at 7:22am — No Comments

Why School Shooter Drills Are Terrifying Nonsense



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Added by Michael Keany on November 26, 2017 at 3:38pm — No Comments

5 Educational Concepts We Need To Eliminate In 2018 by David Franklin

5 Educational Concepts We Need To Eliminate In 2018

by David Franklin

It has been a year since I published the…

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Added by Michael Keany on November 26, 2017 at 3:33pm — No Comments

How Losing of Net Neutrality Will Change Teaching and Learning

there is a new challenge to our use of technology as an embedded part of the learning process. Net neutrality is potentially in harm's way.  Educators cannot ignore this. If we are working hard to understand how to best embed the use of technology and the Internet into the learning environment of schools, and net neutrality goes by the wayside, we will not be in control of the information to which we have access.  Essentially, net neutrality grantees us as consumers that we have access…

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Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on November 26, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

School of Dreams by Eric Sheninger

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Added by Michael Keany on November 25, 2017 at 11:34am — No Comments

Send Out a Hump Day Bump

Educator sends out weekly compliments

Educator sends out weekly compliments
(Pixabay)
Teacher Mary Davenport began emailing compliments and messages of gratitude to her colleagues to boost morale. The weekly "Hump Day Bump" --…
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Added by Michael Keany on November 24, 2017 at 4:03pm — No Comments

Water access in schools may curb pediatric obesity

Water access in schools may curb pediatric obesity

Water access in schools may curb pediatric obesity
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Researchers estimated that 570,000 fewer US children would be overweight or obese if water dispensers were installed in…
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Added by Michael Keany on November 24, 2017 at 3:58pm — No Comments

HOW TO SHOW UP LIKE A LEADER TODAY

HOW TO SHOW UP LIKE A LEADER TODAY

Dan Rockwell

Some leaders work too hard while the people around them don’t work hard enough. 

You’ll burn…

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Added by Michael Keany on November 24, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Advocacy Doesn't Have to Begin With a Scarlet 'A'

Recently a parent I know told me about an experience she had at an IEP meeting. She described to me how she said, "My advocate suggested..." and watched the whole tenor of the meeting change. People sat up straighter. The principal looked wary and the note taker began typing more carefully. The parent asked me what I think happened.

"Why did they get so nervous? I used the word 'suggest' and wasn't demanding," she said.

As a non-attorney advocate, I always tell people my job is…

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Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on November 21, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

School Leaders Build Trust by Inviting Others to the Table

Much of what happens in schools is a reflection of what is happening in society. Mistrust of leadership has risen but schools and districts have an advantage that state and national leaders do not. Most schools and districts are small enough that reaching out to the public who supports them is possible if the leader makes it a priority.  Although there is an expected annual effort to do this during budget season and board election times, school leaders can make themselves a part of the…

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Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on November 19, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

So, You Want to Be a Superintendent by Larry Aronstein

So, You Want to Be a Superintendent of Schools: Topics for Interview Questions

  1. Improvement of Learning and Teaching
  2. Implementing the Common Core
  3. Building Constituencies
  4. What do you think are the most difficult type of problems that you will face?
  5. Dealing with an angry hostile crowd
  6. Building an Effective Leadership Team
  7. Succession Planning
  8. Response to Crises
  9. Developing a School…
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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on November 16, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

How Do You Weigh A Teacher?

 Attending to the whole teacher, we suggest evidence of the growth and development of Habits of Mind can be collected by triangulating data between self-observation, peer observation, and administrator observation.  Many schools have developed surveys, group process observation tools, and journals to offer data regarding the habits. This data should be weighed as significantly as that of student performance. It is data about how effectively teachers are continuous learners who can both…

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Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on November 16, 2017 at 6:53am — No Comments

Can Schools Be Inclusive? Examine The Data.

 

We can just look around and see examples of exclusivity, all those places where only like-minded people or those with some other shared characteristic are welcome. Meanwhile, public schools struggle to be inclusive.  Back in the day when the nation was distinguished by being a melting pot, it was the public school that made all the difference in who we were as a people. Questioning beliefs is not a bad thing, in fact it might even be a good thing. Reexamining past practice helps to…

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Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on November 14, 2017 at 7:05am — No Comments

School Superintendents’ Contracts - For academic innovation, 5 years is better than 3

School Superintendents’ Contracts

For academic innovation, 5 years is better than 3

 

Jonathan T. Jefferson

 

Too many people in leadership positions are there for the wrong reasons: ego, money, power, etc.  Subordinates are often left wondering if their supervisor was the best available person for the job.  In the world of public school education, choosing the wrong superintendent could have a detrimental impact…

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Added by Jonathan T. Jefferson on November 13, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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