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Community violence and students: What’s the role of schools?

UCLA Center - Mental Health in Schools

Concerns: >Enhancing understanding of what’s causing the violence >Providing support for emotional reactions to violence >Planning ways to minimize violence at school and in a community

In recent months, the news has been inundated with increasingly frequent reports and pictures of acts of violence (terrorist attacks, mass shootings, violence by and to police) and with the reactions of victims and…

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Added by Michael Keany on July 25, 2016 at 8:58am — No Comments

Buy-in or Commitment? A Leader's Question

Often, we even hear organizational leaders boast that buy-in was achieved for one change or another. Buy-in means accepting and maybe it includes agreement. It is a decision of the head after weighing the alternatives and the rationale. Commitment is more emotionally impelled. It is more of a whole being act from both head and heart to support or join something or someone.  The difference between the two might make all the difference in our success. …

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Added by Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. on July 24, 2016 at 6:52am — No Comments

Does Art Matter?

 

Many people think doing well in visual arts is as cut and dry as to whether or not you have "talent."  Either you have talent, or you don't. When I tell people I teach studio art, most people say "I don't know anything about art" or "I was so bad at art in school." I usually ask them to describe to me what their experience with art was in school, and the answers are almost always the same: "we didn't have art in school" or "we had art once a week for 30 minutes, and…

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Added by Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. on July 21, 2016 at 7:59am — No Comments

What to teach and how to teach it-- two very different things

Forgive me if I repeat an important theme.  Our Education Establishment has got the country so bamboozled, it's a real struggle for anybody to think clearly about why children can't read and don't know very much.

  So let's get some clarity. What to teach is the first fundamental question. Every school needs to decide what…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on July 20, 2016 at 6:11pm — No Comments

Becoming STEM Ready

Is your district STEM-ready? Schools have responded to the popular demand for graduates interested in the expanding careers with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math. They've added courses, clubs, events, and added the acronym 'STEM' with information to their websites.  But what does STEM-ready mean? The answer?  It depends. Read more...

Added by Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. on July 19, 2016 at 7:07am — No Comments

Poor Students, Rich Teaching: Mindsets for Change (Raising Achievement for Youth at Risk) By Eric Jensen

How Rich Teaching Can Help Poor Students

Poor Students, Rich Teaching: Mindsets for Change (Raising Achievement for Youth at Risk)

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Added by Michael Keany on July 17, 2016 at 6:23pm — No Comments

What’s Working: Teacher Engagement and Teacher Leadership by Allan Golston



What’s Working: Teacher Engagement and Teacher Leadership

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Added by Michael Keany on July 17, 2016 at 6:16pm — No Comments

Why digital resilience is important by Bill Ferriter

Goodbye Zaption. Hello Edpuzzle.



One of the most important lessons for teachers living in a digital world to learn is how to be digitally resilient --…

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Added by Michael Keany on July 17, 2016 at 6:10pm — No Comments

Part of Being 'College- and Career-Ready'

At first thought what does college- and career-readiness mean? For some, immediate responses relate to skills and information. What do these students know and what are they able to do to become active, productive members of our society?  Makes sense right?  Well, maybe it's too narrow when we consider the ethical dilemmas arising daily in workplaces and society. Why is it important for public schools to be concerned about graduating students with a developed set of ethics? The…

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Added by Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. on July 17, 2016 at 8:18am — No Comments

Remembering Al Shanker: Teachers and Professionalism by Robert E. Slavin

Remembering Al Shanker: Teachers and Professionalism 
Robert E. Slavin
Back in the day, I knew Al Shanker, the founder of the American Federation of Teachers. No one has ever been more of an advocate for teachers' rights - or for their professionalism. At the same time, no one was more of an…
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Added by Michael Keany on July 15, 2016 at 9:25am — No Comments

4 Steps to Leading Successful Change

It is not unusual to find an article or book that resonates and, with the best of intentions, it turns into something that seems good for the school.  Sharing the idea with staff, sending out the article or recommending the book are good professional practices but be wary of the eye rolling and the quiet whispering of "where is he/she taking us now"?   Read…

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Added by Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. on July 14, 2016 at 6:41am — No Comments

Schools with high Common Core opt-outs could face low ratings

Schools with high Common Core opt-outs could face low ratings

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Added by Michael Keany on July 12, 2016 at 6:03am — No Comments

Education Must Be Part of the Movement for Black Lives and Social Justice by James E. Ford

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Added by Michael Keany on July 11, 2016 at 5:26pm — No Comments

How Twitter can be used as a tool for professional learning

How Twitter can be used as a tool for professional learning

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Added by Michael Keany on July 11, 2016 at 5:24pm — No Comments

Should schools think of physics as the gateway to STEM careers?

Should schools think of physics as the gateway to STEM careers?

New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning trains teachers of all backgrounds to teach physics

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Added by Michael Keany on July 11, 2016 at 5:21pm — No Comments

What Will the Students Need After this Summer of Hate and Violence?

What a week we have had. The issue of race in America has been in the forefront, in graphic images, stunning in their content and implications. Fear, hate, guns, and killings became an inescapable part of America's summer of 2016. In the days following the fatal shooting of two black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, by police, the news media ran the onsite cell phone videos. Suddenly, we were all present in the convenience store parking lot and in the car stopped on the…

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Added by Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. on July 10, 2016 at 7:42am — No Comments

What is your opinion of knowledge?

Is it a good thing? Should students learn lots of it?

 The reality of our K-12 system is that knowledge is in disrepute, and children don't learn much knowledge anymore.

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 Jesse Watters and Mark Dice conduct interviews in the street, asking people easy questions. A lot of people don't know the answers. It's easy to find videos by these two men on YouTube. (It's also instructive to watch the people…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on July 5, 2016 at 6:17pm — No Comments

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