Michael Keany's Blog – May 2015 Archive (55)

The crucial matter of hiring, firing, and retention

The crucial matter of hiring, firing, and retention

Few schools get turnarounds right, least of all high schools, writes Sara Neufeld for The Hechinger Report. In 2012 and 2013, the federal Institute of Education Sciences (IES) asked 49 states and the District of Columbia about their capacity to support failing schools that had received federal turnaround money. This money disproportionately went to high schools, and states reported significant problems. To…

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Added by Michael Keany on May 28, 2015 at 3:31pm — No Comments

What ESEA reauthorization must not ignore

What ESEA reauthorization must not ignore

A new brief from the Alliance for Excellent Education argues that reauthorization of the ESEA must ensure states and districts target resources and reforms toward high schools repeatedly failing to graduate a third or more of students, or consistently demonstrating low graduation rates among student subgroups. Twenty-nine percent of African American students and 25 percent of Hispanic students do not graduate from high…

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Added by Michael Keany on May 28, 2015 at 3:29pm — No Comments

The proficiency disconnect

The proficiency disconnect

A new brief from Achieve details discrepancies -- or the "honesty gap" -- between student proficiencies as reported by states to students, parents, and educators, and as reported by NAEP, the standard for student assessment comparisons across state lines. Over the past two years, many states report proficiency rates that are more than 30 percentage points higher than their 2013 NAEP rates, leading parents and educators to believe…

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Added by Michael Keany on May 28, 2015 at 3:28pm — No Comments

The Educational Canvas: R.I.P. Grant Wiggins by Sara Wicht

The Educational Canvas: R.I.P. Grant Wiggins

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Added by Michael Keany on May 28, 2015 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Grant Wiggins, Champion Of Understanding by Terry Heick

Grant Wiggins, Champion Of Understanding

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Added by Michael Keany on May 28, 2015 at 1:15pm — No Comments

The glories of a year-round school calendar by Bill Ferriter

The glories of a year-round school calendar 



Given the choice, says middle grades teacher and PD consultant Bill Ferriter, "I will never work on a traditional school calendar again." Since his fast-growing district shifted to a no-summers-off schedule seven years ago, Ferriter finds himself "more focused and productive as a practitioner," more rested, and better able to pursue professional opportunities beyond the classroom. …

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Added by Michael Keany on May 27, 2015 at 4:47pm — No Comments

On fraternities & manliness by Emily Esfahani Smith

On fraternities & manliness

by  Emily Esfahani Smith

The history of the fraternities may hold the solution for curing the current ills of the Greek system.…

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Added by Michael Keany on May 27, 2015 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Practices to Welcome and Support ELLs by ROBYN SCOTT





Practices to Welcome and Support ELLs

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Added by Michael Keany on May 27, 2015 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Lessons Learned From Hollywood Movies by Steven Weber

Steven Weber

Curriculum Director/Specialist

Hillsborough, NC…

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Added by Michael Keany on May 24, 2015 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Age of Opportunity: Lessons From the New Science of Adolescence by Laurence Steinberg

Age of Opportunity: Lessons From the New Science of Adolescence



by Laurence Steinberg — May 15, 2015



American high schools continue to show lackluster performance relative to high schools in comparably developed countries and to American elementary and middle schools. Laurence Steinberg argues that the problem isn't our schools, but the ways in which we raise our…

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Added by Michael Keany on May 23, 2015 at 10:14am — No Comments

Chart: State Teachers Of Year Prioritize Out-Of-School Factors

Chart: State Teachers Of Year Prioritize Out-Of-School Factors

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Two of the top three issues raised by teachers surveyed…

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Added by Michael Keany on May 21, 2015 at 9:44am — No Comments

Poorest Students Often Miss Out on Gifted Classes by Sarah D. Sparks

Poorest Students Often Miss Out on Gifted Classes

Embracing Difference: Tai D. Matthews leads a lesson on ancient Greece in her 6th grade humanities class at the Paterson (N.J.) Academy for the Gifted and Talented. She says the school’s cultural, linguistic, and economic diversity enriches her teaching.
Embracing Difference: Tai D. Matthews leads a lesson on ancient Greece in her 6th grade humanities class at the Paterson (N.J.) Academy for the Gifted and Talented. She says the school’s cultural, linguistic, and economic diversity enriches her teaching. 
—Mark Abramson for Education…
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Added by Michael Keany on May 21, 2015 at 9:32am — No Comments

Why the Opt-Out Movement Won't Fix Testing By Ken Mattingly

Why the Opt-Out Movement Won't Fix Testing

Ed Week

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Added by Michael Keany on May 21, 2015 at 8:56am — No Comments

A skeptic's guide to coding in the classroom by Chad Sansing

Coding Skills Empower Us All |The Maker Issue

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Added by Michael Keany on May 20, 2015 at 10:13am — No Comments

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