School Leadership in the Common Core Era

A Principal's Reflections

Check out their book titled Beyond Core Expectations: A Schoolwide Framework for Serving the Not-So-Common Learner published by Corwin. Why we have chosen to title this work Beyond Core Expectations is twofold. Second, we advocate for the development of an action plan for educating the not-so-common learners that is research-based, achievable, and reaches beyond any current educational reform initiative for school improvement. Who Are the Not-So-Common Learners?

Do We Still Need Standardized Tests? A Bold New Approach

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These tests stressed out teachers and students while undermining our children’s opportunities to learn for several weeks to frantic periods of test preparation. The use of all that data gives an even better picture of student achievement and, more importantly to many teachers, the student’s growth, than the current standardized tests, and, since it is embedded in daily learning, takes no time away from learning or other class activities.

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The 4-Letter Word You Need to Know—and How Teachers and Administrators Can Embrace Data Literacy

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Brennan McMahon Parton, Data Quality Campaign ’s associate director of state policy and advocacy, recently spoke with him about data literacy for teachers. This is especially important because teachers have so many other things to get adjusted to, learn, and frankly, worry about. After establishing principles, participants should learn about the practices that help them make instructional changes from data analysis.

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A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

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These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning. Webpage Comparison : Students examine two websites and select the one that they would use to begin research on gun control, assessing their ability to identify the strengths and limitations of websites for learning about political topics. Among the learning experiences on ten pages packed with lessons are: Civil Rights Movement in Context.

Roughly Half of Delaware Students Proficient at Reading, Math

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(Photo: Tim Lewis, Creative Commons). The Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) was given to students in grades three to eight and can now be used to see how students are adjusting to the exam that aligns with Common Core standards. Delaware adopted Common Core in 2010, as did most other states. Guides will be distributed to help families understand how students can continue to learn at home, according to Zoe’ Read of NewsWorks.

The overlooked power of Zuckerberg-backed learning program lies offline

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Summit Learning’s personalized learning program is a key part of the school’s improvement efforts. But Logan’s feelings about online learning are common. Personalized learning is one of the most popular goals in schools today.

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STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. It now provides some outstanding services toward some new and exciting content for mobile learning. Here you can learn about innovative learning schools, some inspirational success stories, and grant opportunities that will allow you to innovate. In this post, I also hope to help you learn more about some of these great content providers.

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Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

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(From left to right) Sixth graders Mia DeMore, Maria DeAndrade, and Stephen Boulas make a number line in their math class at Walsh Middle School in Framingham, Massachusetts, one of 132 “Basecamp” schools piloting the Personalized Learning Platform created by the Summit charter school network. The change is part of a nationwide pilot program Walsh joined this year, one that could indicate just how deeply and how quickly the personalized-learning trend will penetrate the average classroom.

The Growing Role of Technology in Personalized Learning

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We have proven the fact that all children can learn — and can learn well — under the right instructional circumstances,” said Kenneth W. They decided to “personalize” learning for every child, which means that they tailored lessons to each student’s needs, interests and learning pace. Last year, the founder of Facebook pledged to donate $45 billion to social causes, one of them personalized learning. What is personalized learning?

Who is the new U.S. Education Secretary, Miguel Cardona?

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He said that he’ll also be looking “outside the school house” to consider other factors that contribute to a student’s readiness to learn. You know when we talk about preparing students for the jobs of the future, it’s critical thinking, it’s self-advocacy. FROM OUR PARTNER.

STUDENT VOICES: Kids bring into school what they’re dealing with at home. Teachers don’t get that

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I also definitely want to be heavily involved in advocacy for young black youth, or, for youth in general, and just promoting student leadership. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. They don’t just want to learn physics, AP Vocabulary, and whatever else you’re teaching them. The interaction between administration and students and the amount of student voice put into the decisions made, specifically about Common Core and standardizing a certain curriculum.

District says 24 credits and a D-minus average aren’t good enough

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Traditional grades no longer exist, children get extra help based on their individual learning needs and classrooms run very differently. They can’t just do all their homework and ask for extra credit projects to obscure the fact that they didn’t truly learn something. Students who take longer to learn something aren’t penalized for it, and they don’t get the chance to give up and move on. Related: Personalized learning and Common Core: Mortal enemies?

New York’s upstate cities have some of the worst schools in the country

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The open question is whether there are things those cities can learn from New York or if the city’s success is mostly the result of its improving economy. If it were using a Common Core test, for example, New York City could be compared to other rapidly gentrifying cities like San Francisco, Washington and Boston. Related: How one innovative school district has closed gaps on harder Common Core tests. Read more about Common Core.

50 Free Online Courses For Educators: Spring 2015

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Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects. Foundations of Teaching for Learning 3: Learners and Learning. Introduction to Learning Technologies. K-12 Blended & Online Learning. e-Learning Ecologies. Foundations of Teaching for Learning 6: Introduction to Student Assessment. Reading for Understanding: Literacy for Learning in the 21st Century. LA101x: Library Advocacy Unshushed.

5 Free Summer Professional Development Resources from ASCD

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These offerings let educators take professional learning into their hands by selecting desired areas for growth and immersing themselves in targeted learning at their own pace. The EduCore ™ digital tool — This digital tool is a repository of evidence-based strategies, videos, and supporting documents that help educators transition to the Common Core State Standards. educators implementing the Common Core State Standards in both mathematics and literacy.

Learning Revolution Free Events - "Reinventing the Classroom" Online Conference This Week - GlobalEdCon Call for Proposals - RSMiniCon This Weekend

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update April 29th Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. - Leo Tolstoy The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own "conference 2.0" We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. Interested in becoming a Learning Revolution Partner?

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Inside Tips for Successfully Implementing Online Assessments

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During ClassLink and CoSN’s edWebinar, “ Online Assessment: An Effective, Coordinated, District Leadership Team Approach,” administrators from the Hampton Township School District in Pennsylvania offered lessons they learned from implementing a comprehensive online assessment program.

My son has Asperger’s and wants to attend a rigorous college— why shouldn’t he?

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Related: “It’s unfair” special education students lag behind under Common Core in Kentucky. I wasn’t surprised to learn that kids like mine are among the students with disabilities least likely to go to college. Students are empowered to decide how they learn best. Self-advocacy—which we know is key from the experiences of colleges actively courting students on the spectrum–is built into every step.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update February 25th Never let formal education get in the way of your learning. Mark Twain Welcome to the Learning Revolution. The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping where, when, and from whom we learn. The Learning Revolution Project highlights virtual and physical events from Web 2.0 To receive the weekly Learning Revolution newsletter, please join the Learning Revolution network.

Amazon, Ed. Organizations Launch Blitz for “Growth Mindset” in Math

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The belief that students benefit academically from having a “ growth mindset ” has spread quickly from the research arena to classrooms, and now education companies selling tech products to schools and advocacy organizations are aggressively promoting the concept, too. Students need to try new strategies for learning, and thrive despite setbacks, but always with the expectation that their learning will improve.

A solution as obvious as it is rare: Making high school graduates ready for college

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Half a million, or about one in four, show up on campuses each fall not ready to take college courses in math or English, according to the advocacy organization Education Reform Now. Even though the Common Core initiative to set consistent standards in schools nationwide has been promoted as a path to better preparing students for college and careers, for example, many higher education faculty say no one ever asked them what that means.

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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www.getalma.com ) Alma Technologies has announced it is allowing any SQL-based business intelligence tool, such as Tableau and Jaspersoft, to access data from its modern, student information system and learning management system. BLACKBOARD ALLY ( www.blackboard.com ) Blackboard announced that Blackboard Ally is now available for multiple learning management systems used by K-12 school districts. Software & Online ALMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

Newsletter: Privacy Con, OZeLive, GlobalEd.TV, Homeschooling, Making Chromebooks, Student Inquiry, & More

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Some great upcoming (and all free) Learning Revolution events are below. The third annual OZeLive online conference started today with an early keynote by Lucy Gray , "Going Global: Project-Based Learning with a Global Focus," which should already be available in recorded form. In Part II of this series, participants will examine powerful examples and methods for applying global education in learning environments.

Want to help public education thrive in 2017? Support The Hechinger Report!

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If public education is ever going to meet the needs of low-income students, ideas for change must get beyond the constant war of words fueled by advocacy journalism, partisan blogging and fake news. The left and right have found little common ground to advance education, in part because education advocates are no more interested in finding pragmatic, nonpartisan solutions than defense contractors are in finding peace.

What We Know About Betsy DeVos, Trump's Pick for Education Secretary

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Here’s where she stands on a few key issues: DeVos doesn’t support Common Core : “Many of you are asking about Common Core. She supports charter school expansion : DeVos and her husband established the Great Lakes Education Project , an advocacy group for school choice that was instrumental in getting Michigan to abandon plans to regulate charter schools earlier this year. President-elect Donald J.

Newsletter: Used PCs to Chromebooks (Today), New "Privacy Con" Speakers, More GlobalEd.TV, Quotes + News

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Some great upcoming (and all free) Learning Revolution events are below. Join Neverware and The Learning Revolution to learn how CloudReady does exactly that on up to 8 year old laptops or desktops, extending their life along with making them run faster to help preserve budget. For this reason, many educational standards, including the Common Core, emphasize the importance of being able to read, write, and interact across a range of media, platforms, and tools.

Events + News - The Emerging Future on Thursday - Educational Podcasting - Global Education Day - Less is More Lesson from Finland

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

April 27th - May 11th, 2015 Two Week Calendar | Learning Revolution Events | Learning Revolution Blog | Partner Spotlight To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at LearningRevolution.com. Two Week Calendar Monday, April 27th at 5pm edWeb Webinar: Getting Started with Game-Based Learning , Are you curious about game-based learning, but don’t know where to begin? Friday, May 1st at 3pm Starting to Homeschool: What Will We Do Now That We’re Learning at Home? ,

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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” She posits gaming as the new site for “modern learning,” with an emphasis on skills training and data-driven self-improvement. There is much to learn from the Meeker report. There may be no better example of this in 2017 than “personalized learning.” “Personalized learning” has powerful advocates, least of which US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos who talks about it as part of her broader initiative to “rethink school.”

The Business of Education Technology

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Here are the areas that have seen the most ed-tech investment activity so far this year: Learning to code : Investments include Galvanize ($45,000,000), Codecademy ($30,000,000), Andela ($24,000,000), Wonder Workshop ($20,000,000), Revature ($20,000,000). Some of these areas that are popular for investment do coincide with the popular narratives about “the future of education” – “everyone should learn to code,” for example.

STEMxCon - Today Is the Final Deadline for Proposals; Great Keynotes + Sessions; Need Volunteers!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Jim Vanides - Global Education Program Manager, HP - Sustainability and Social Innovation; Larry Johnson - CEO, The New Media Consortium; Yolanda Ramos - Director of Professional Development Services, International Society for Technology in Education; Mano Talaiver - Director, Longwood Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative practices (ITTIP) - "HP Catalyst Academy: A new approach to professional learning, designed especially for STEMx teachers."

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Worldwide, Online, and Free - The Library 2.013 Conference Starts Friday

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Era of Big Data - Dr. Marc Kosciejew No More Tallies: Choosing a Web-Based Reference Statistics Tool - Mandi Goodsett, Reference Librarian/Assistant Professor/Government Documents Coordinator Tips for connecting your school library with teachers + the classroom -- from acquiring new materials to supporting the Common Core and other curriculum needs -- we''ll show you how. AASL Saturday, October 19 12:00am The Virtual Learning Commons: Concept, ideas, and Conversation - David V.

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Democrats speak up about tots and college students, but say less on K-12 issues

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We’re going to help more people learn a skill or practice a trade and make a good living doing it.”. Almost no speaker, including Clinton, addressed such contentious issues as charter schools, excessive testing, the achievement gap, the technology-access gap, Common Core standards and the current racial segregation in so many of the nation’s schools. We’re going to help more people learn a skill or practice a trade and make a good living doing it.”.

Hack Education Weekly News

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There was some talk that, despite being vociferously anti-union , Michelle Rhee’s support for the Common Core was allegedly a deal-breaker. Of course, DeVos has supported groups that back the Common Core in the past, including Jeb Bush ’s Foundation for Excellence in Education. ” Via The New York Times : “Where Donald Trump Stands on School Choice , Student Debt and Common Core.” Presidential-Elect Donald J. Trump.

The Top Ed-Tech Trends (Aren't 'Tech')

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This talk was presented at Coventry University as part of my visiting fellowship at the Disruptive Media Learning Lab. An advocacy for libertarian politics – think Peter Thiel (a Stanford graduate) now advising Donald Trump. ” Despite thinking of themselves as liberal-learning, today’s tech companies re-inscribe much of this. “Everyone should learn to code,” as they like to tell us.

Hack Education Weekly News

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According to the conservative news site The Daily Caller , “Bailing On Common Core Tests Is Costing States Millions.” ” From the story: “Online education company Udacity plans to branch out of its core technology market to meet growing demand for digitally-skilled workers in areas such as banking and the car industry, its co-founder told Reuters as the company launched in Germany.” The video learning company has previously raised $1.57

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