Principals Need to Know Literacy

Reading By Example

They are speaking the same language instead of quibbling over semantics, like the definition of “guided reading” When a principal knows literacy, they understand that one of their budget priorities is books, books, and more books. Advocacy classroom instruction Leadership Learning Literacy Reading Reflection Becoming a Literacy Leader Jennifer AllenWhen I first became a principal at an elementary school, I thought I had the requisite knowledge to be a literacy leader.

Teacher Observations: Are we talking about the right thing?

Reading By Example

Something I am definitely going to communicate with faculty this week. Advocacy Coaching Leadership Principalship ASCD Education UpdateI’ve got it written in my planner: start the teacher evaluation cycle. Okay, probably. The formal evaluation process is one aspect of my role as a principal that I have minimized over time. It’s not that I don’t take it seriously. I dot my I’s and cross my T’s.

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The Many Formats of Book Club

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

I definitely want to build upon what we experienced because it was a wonderful first experience that I would love to see more people be a part of. Advocacy event reader's advisory Reading Promotion author book club discussion family engagement google hangout readers reading reading community shelley pearsall skype virtual author visitFor the first quarter of the year, I’ve been exploring how to start book clubs in our school in a variety of ways.

Homework: Helpful, Harmful, or Otherwise?

Reading By Example

These examples are, by definition, homework. Advocacy Leadership principal as an advocate Reflection Teaching genius hour homework john hattieAs I write this, I am out on our back patio. My kids are in the neighbor’s backyard, flying a kite with friends. They had recently recovered the kite from a tree. This time around, they are staying away from the natural hazard.

ESSA learning more, doing more

NeverEndingSearch

Deb notes that school librarians are included in the definition of “specialized instructional support personnel” and that Title I plans must be developed in consultation with “specialized instructional support personnel.”. activism advocacy ESSA technologyI’d venture to say that most of us could stand to learn a little more about ESSA and its potential for school libraries and the communities we serve. On the SchoolLibraryAdvocacy.org website, Deb Kachel offers some clarity.

Your Internet History is Now For Sale

CUE

The FCC rules that were repealed did not step-on the FTC guidelines; rather, they finally gave some definition for how ISPs need to protect consumer information. Advocacy ISTE Technology in Education Uncategorized advocacy internet privacy lawmakingMost of us are acutely aware of the fact that everything you do on the Internet can be monitored and tracked by your Internet Service Provider (ISP). Every site you visit, how long you spend on the site, what you click on, etc.,

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap

Reading By Example

Many thinkers in education have provided their definition of this abstract concept. This definition applied to schools today would require some significant change to a majority of instruction in classrooms. Advocacy classroom instruction Community engagement Leadership Learning principal as an advocate achievement gap education week Kimberlee Everson word gapWe hear about the achievement gap , or the word gap , and then we expect public schools to fix these situations.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap

Reading By Example

Many thinkers in education have provided their definition of this abstract concept. This definition applied to schools today would require some significant change to a majority of instruction in classrooms. Advocacy classroom instruction Community engagement Leadership Learning principal as an advocate achievement gap education week Kimberlee Everson word gapWe hear about the achievement gap , or the word gap , and then we expect public schools to fix these situations.

ESSA’s needs assessments: Closing the prevention-treatment gap

eSchool News

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA, 2015) is helping to make headway in prevention with provisions for whole student development and well-being as a part of the definition of “achievement or student success” and alternative measures. We are proud to have influenced the new ESSA requirements and provisions through our research, publishing, consulting to the United States Department of Education, and advocacy work.

The Power of Choice

Reading By Example

Technology should definitely be included within a makerspace, but it is not required at a level you might assume. Advocacy classroom instruction engagement Learning principal as an advocate Technology choice genius hour makerspacesThe lack of autonomy in schools today is saddening. The standardization of our assessments has led to a narrowing of our curriculum and instruction.

The Power of Choice

Reading By Example

Technology should definitely be included within a makerspace, but it is not required at a level you might assume. Advocacy classroom instruction engagement Learning principal as an advocate Technology choice genius hour makerspacesThe lack of autonomy in schools today is saddening. The standardization of our assessments has led to a narrowing of our curriculum and instruction.

Testimony in Favor of Texas SB 6 Instructional Materials Allotment

EdTechSandyK

Jennifer Bergland has written about the companion bill in the House, HB 6, at the TCEA Advocacy blog here and here if you would like more detailed information. advocacy instructional materials legislation Texas Texas legislature textbook txedbudget Today I gave testimony in favor of the passage of Texas SB 6 , which institutes an Instructional Materials Allotment (IMA) in lieu of the textbook allotment and the former Technology Allotment.

Some Thoughts on the UNESCO OER Recommendation

Iterating Toward Openness

First, and it will surprise no one that this is the first item on my list, is the definition. Regardless of what other individuals, institutions, or organizations may think or say, UNESCO is the creator of the term “open educational resources” and, as its creator, UNESCO’s definition of OER is the canonical definition. This is wonderful news in light of recent attempts to stuff a free public access requirement into OER definitions. (I

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Framework: Distinctive Schools’ Map to Personalized Learning

Edsurge

It relies on a definition of personalized learning developed in 2014 by educators from 16 schools and representatives of a number of nonprofit and advocacy organizations. Personalized Learning (2014 working definition) Source: EdWeek Distinctive then maps those definitions to its school model , which includes a strong emphasis on professional learning and social justice.

Why Teacher Self-Care Matters and How to Practice Self-Care in Your School

Waterford

The definition of self-care is any action that you use to improve your health and well-being. National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project, June 2014, pp. Because teaching is such an intensive job, educators can greatly benefit from learning about and practicing self-care.

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8 Ed-tech organizations every teacher should know about

Neo LMS

I therefore thought that a definitive quick reference guide to the major players, with a brief description would be a handy resource for our readers. Focus: EdTech Access and Advocacy. Focus: Digital Learning Advocacy and Research. If you have spent any time in the ed-tech world you will no doubt have realized that there is a swirling cloud of acronyms that attend the subject, from ISTE, CoSN to NMC and P21. A veritable “alphabet soup”, as my Mom would say.

Taking Our Eye Off the Ball

Iterating Toward Openness

I posted the first installment yesterday, explaining how a fundamental failure to understand copyright makes the definition of OER in the new UNESCO recommendation nonsensical.

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What School Leadership Can Learn From 2020

Edsurge

It has also forced school leaders to become more creative, outspoken and innovative in their advocacy and leadership—lessons they will take with them to help drive change in 2021. Moving Forward There are definitely some initiatives from 2020 we need to continue to move forward.

Let’s Teach in Pajamas Forever

The Jose Vilson

Contrary to my own public activism and advocacy, I propose that we move the nation’s largest public school system into a completely online endeavor forever and a day. I’d definitely want a principal who can lead the school and rally their staff from their houses.

Surveys Find Districts Are Using More Edtech Tools — and Teachers Are Bearing the Costs

Edsurge

and definitely increases costs for districts.” The full surveys—with a lot more detail—were done by The Harris Poll on behalf of the policy and advocacy nonprofit and include 750 full-time K-12 teachers and 1,725 parents of children ages 5-17.

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Effective Intervention for Students with Dyslexia

EdNews Daily

Self Advocacy and Resources for Students. By Suzanne Carreker. Dyslexia affects an estimated 15-20 percent of the U.S. population. But it is often called “the hidden disability” because impacted students are often competent or even exceptional in areas other than reading.

Colleges come under closer scrutiny for holding transcripts hostage over unpaid bills

The Hechinger Report

It definitely made for a pretty horrible year and a half,” Smith said about the impact of a policy he called “both stupid and shortsighted.” And a coalition of advocacy groups in New York is pushing for legislation there like California’s.

The SLIDE Study: A chat with Deb Kachel (Part 2)

NeverEndingSearch

Deb : Definitely. Is that academic leadership and advocacy being spread those through universities to their school librarian alumni? In my last post , I shared news of the School Librarian Investigation—Decline or Evolution? , or SLIDE research project.

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To Jeff Bezos: 7 Suggestions for Enhancing Preschool Education, From a Former Montessori Teacher

Edsurge

Why would arguably one of the most innovative (and definitely the richest) technology tycoon of the 21st century support a low-tech pedagogy that has barely changed in more than a hundred years? Student Advocacy If your preschoolers will be coming from under-served populations, they will benefit from learning self-advocacy (in fact, we all can). Dear Jeff Bezos, Some people might find your commitment to open low-income, Montessori-inspired preschools strange.

How to Unleash the Potential of Every Child

The CoolCatTeacher

It may be not full of earthly riches, but definitely full of meaning and full of legacy. In addition, Loud was one of 50 Teachers in Tennessee selected to participate in an Educator Fellowship through SCORE, (The State Collaborative on Reforming Education), an independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan advocacy and research institution that drives collaboration on policy and practice to ensure student success across Tennessee.

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Why Growth Mindset Isn’t Working in Schools…Yet

Edsurge

He said that he copied the definitions from the dictionary, just like everyone else. But since English was his second language, he often didn't understand the definitions themselves. “Ah, We must teach them evaluation, reflection and self-advocacy skills and give them opportunities to practice and get better. The incredible research by Carol Dweck and her colleagues on the power of mindset in learning has become pervasive in education.

Identity The Foundation of Self?Awareness

N2Y

Search engine results for this term reveal many examples and definitions. A resource such as SymbolStix PRIME provides advocacy by giving equal opportunity of representation to an audience of diverse storytellers, readers, and students. Have you ever considered what makes you you ?

Three Strategies for Advancing Antiracist Practices

MindShift

Joe’s conference really helped us center that schools can be liberatory spaces, but it definitely has been historically a space that has been violent towards kids,” said Nguyen Huynh, a teacher at DeJean Middle School in California.

Federal money to ease collegians’ coronavirus costs may shortchange some who need it most

The Hechinger Report

The nation has 539 colleges and universities that meet the federal definition of a Hispanic-serving institution, or HSI, and most Latino college students attend an HIS, according to Excelencia in Education.

Close the Achievement Gap: 5 Specific Strategies

EdNews Daily

Let us be clear about our definition of rigor. In many middle and high schools, an advisory or advocacy program is often included. By Barbara Blackburn and Ron Williamson. A key facet of instructional leadership is addressing and closing the achievement gap. There are two reasons that principals should lead the charge to close the achievement gap. First, it is the right thing to do.

How well does your state support children with dyslexia?

The Hechinger Report

The flurry of new state laws over the past five years is in large part the result of pressure from Decoding Dyslexia, a parent advocacy group with chapters in all 50 states. came in 1985 when Texas legislated the definition of dyslexia, mandated screening, and required training for teachers. “Intensive advocacy falls on parents who have nothing to lose but the promising future a good education ensures our children,” said Cooper.

Improving Social-Emotional and Reading Skills

edWeb.net

A recent edWebinar led by Bobbi Bear, Director of Customer Advocacy for Achieve3000, identified effective ways to integrate SEL with reading instruction, through classroom conversations about nonfiction and fiction texts. While definitions of SEL can vary, key elements include self-awareness and social awareness, relationship skills, self-management, and responsible decision making.

Graphic novels help teens learn about racism, climate change and social justice – here’s a reading list

Educator Innovator

Teen activists worldwide are making headlines for their social justice advocacy on everything from climate change and immigration to substance abuse and LGBTQ issues. Later, to help others understand the term he coined the definition: “a long comic book that would need a bookmark.”.

Quiet In The Classroom: How To Recognize And Support Introverted Entrepreneurs

EdNews Daily

Advocate: Young introverts need parental advocacy for public school. Schools can change the definition of participation and offer different ways to meet the needs of introverts. Written by: Robyn D. Shulman. Quiet people have the loudest minds,”- Stephen Hawking. About two weeks ago, via LinkedIn, I shared Josh Steimle’s book review of Susan Cain ’s bestseller, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.

?You?re stuck?: America wants to reopen its economy. It won?t happen without schools or child care

The Hechinger Report

Katherine Gallagher Robbins with the Center for Law and Social Policy, an advocacy group for low-income families, said that while schools aren’t viewed as child care providers in the traditional sense, elementary and middle school campuses do function as a “work support” for parents.