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Lead School Change with 'Colliding Worlds' Inside

It was once clearly so and is so again. School leaders are increasingly responsible in the public eye to prepare students for lives beyond the school walls. This responsibility involves addressing the needs students bring today and creating learning environments which serve them well by developing knowledge and skills they will need for tomorrow. There are challenges to that responsibility.…

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Added by Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. on March 29, 2015 at 7:14am — No Comments

Reading and phonics are pretty much the same thing

 Last week, I was looking at "Why Johnny can't read" (Rudolf Flesch, 1955) where Flesch quotes some  professors's advice about what readers  should do when encountering new words.

There is a list of a half-dozen items. The last one is phonics. The student is supposed to use phonics only as a last resort. This is quite nutty but it's the official doctrine of K-12 education for many decades.

 At about the same time, I saw a video where a professor from Minnesota,…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on March 28, 2015 at 6:19pm — No Comments

Are you a resilient educator? By Christopher Wooleyhand, Ph.D.

Are you a resilient educator? How do you respond when things don’t go your way? This week was challenging for me. I’ll spare the specifics, but I’m finishing the day wondering where things went wrong this week. The most alarming part of having a bad day or week is the feeling of losing control. How can you get that control back? Here are a few suggestions that might help. I’m going to try and take my own advice.



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Added by Debbie Wooleyhand on March 27, 2015 at 7:35pm — No Comments

KEY TO LANDING YOUR JOB: PROJECT CONFIDENCE by Larry Aronstein



I’ve coached many school leaders and teachers about the importance of presenting oneself in a confident manner. Someone who projects self-confidence gets noticed and commands respect. When you speak, others listen. It’s not arrogance. You can’t be bombastic. People who project self confidence think before they speak and bring substance to the conversation. The court jester never becomes the king or the queen.…



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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on March 27, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Opting out, race, and reform by Robert Pondiscio

Opting out, race, and reform

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Added by Michael Keany on March 26, 2015 at 10:18am — No Comments

TEST PREP: Junk Food Instruction by Steve Peha

TEST PREP: Junk Food Instruction

Steve Peha

TEACHING THAT MAKES SENSE

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Testing is the most misunderstood element of education reform.

Ignoring decades of research that shows that testing actually helps kids learn, we assume it doesn’t. Ignoring more recent…

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Added by Michael Keany on March 26, 2015 at 9:28am — No Comments

Redefining Boundaries: 21st Century Schools

Today's leader understands that vision is a collaborative endeavor, with permeable boundaries and moving goalposts. These leaders can enable the conditions that support new types of relationships between teachers, teachers and students, teachers and leaders, and school and the broader community. Read…

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Added by Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. on March 26, 2015 at 7:13am — No Comments

Can we fix elitist public high school admissions? by Alia Wong

Can we fix elitist public high school admissions?

Only 5,000 kids are offered admission to the nine prestigious college-prep high schools in New York City, and they are predominantly male, and white or Asian, reports Alia Wong in The Atlantic. In 2013, just four percent of incoming freshman were black, and five percent Latino, to the three most prominent schools: Stuyvesant, Bronx School of Science, and Brooklyn Tech. Admission to a specialized school hinges…

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Added by Michael Keany on March 25, 2015 at 7:19pm — No Comments

The Common Core: great if you're affluent - Carol Burris

The Common Core: great if you're affluent

Carol Burris, a principal in New York state, writes in a letter in The Hechinger Report to Jayne Ellspermann, a principal in Florida, that the problems she sees with the Common Core go beyond mechanical issues of implementation to the standards themselves. If every child in America grew up in a financially secure home with access to enriching activities and an excellent pre-school, the standards would be great. Since…

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Added by Michael Keany on March 25, 2015 at 7:17pm — No Comments

A plea to our media and local leaders

My sense of the world is that our Education Establishment is doing a crummy job on purpose, and even worse our local media stand silently by, and our local leaders remain relentlessly passive.

Every organization I look at –  the media, elite groups like PEN, Ivy League universities, Chamber of Commerce, religious groups-- all…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on March 25, 2015 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Learning Should NEVER be Lonely. by Bill Ferriter

Learning Should NEVER be Lonely.



One of the terms that I just can't come to grips with in education is "personalized learning."  Maybe I'm being paranoid, but it literally frightens me. 

In my worst nightmares, I see rows of…

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Added by Michael Keany on March 25, 2015 at 10:31am — No Comments

Opting Out? Look at the Tests First By Robert Rothman

Opting Out? Look at the Tests First

 

Well, testing season seems to have…

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Added by Michael Keany on March 25, 2015 at 10:18am — No Comments

Decoding the Common Core: A Teacher's Perspective by Ariel Sacks

Decoding the Common Core: A Teacher's Perspective

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Added by Michael Keany on March 25, 2015 at 10:15am — No Comments

Building a College AND Career School Culture

Educators have effectively impressed upon students and parents the value of education by creating a “college for all” culture. School conversations, procedures and artifacts all showcase college as the “holy grail.” Anything less is failure!  Schools provide extra support for students in their college…

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Added by Richard Jones on March 25, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Don't Become a Teacher, Advises Award-Winner Nancie Atwell By Jordan Moeny

Don't Become a Teacher, Advises Award-Winner Nancie Atwell

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An influential language arts teacher who…

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Added by Michael Keany on March 24, 2015 at 6:49pm — No Comments

Lessons from 'Thug Notes': Does Swearing Belong in the Classroom? by Mary Jo Madda

Lessons from 'Thug Notes': Does Swearing Belong in the Classroom?

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Added by Michael Keany on March 24, 2015 at 12:49pm — No Comments

The Twelve Data Questions for Preparing Students for Career Readiness?

If your school is committed to making students career ready as well as college ready, there are twelve data questions that teachers and administrators need to be prepared to answer. Most decisions about measures of career readiness are best defined at the district or school…

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Added by Richard Jones on March 24, 2015 at 11:09am — No Comments

What Happens To Disenfranchised Students?

A recent news reporter used the word 'gang' when referencing a young man wanting to join ISIS.  It was a word and idea that had been part of our thinking all these months, but there it was, the first time it was said out loud. What is it about gangs and gang-like activity that attracts young people? And what can schools do about it? Read more...

Added by Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. on March 24, 2015 at 7:02am — No Comments

Focused Leadership: Fish Don't Rot From the Tail First by Steve Ventura

Focused Leadership: Fish Don't Rot From the Tail First

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Added by Michael Keany on March 23, 2015 at 3:24pm — No Comments

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