“Schools are data rich and information poor” is a quote I frequently hear. The focus on increased testing, high-stakes testing, accountability, and professional learning communities has yielded mountains of data from standardized tests, formative assessments, locally-developed assessments, and student work. We’re doing the right thing – looking at the data. But often when you look closely teachers, … Continue reading So We Have The Data, Now What?
Educational Reform is multi-faceted. We need to examine all parts of the system to create lasting and truly effective change. As we continue to dialogue about ed reform educators in the classroom must focus on their role in the process of improving learning for all students. To do so, we must define what “good teaching” is and … Continue reading Key Elements of Educational Reform and Effective Teaching: Reflection and Growth Mind Set
Creating or rewriting a vision and mission can be a challenging, yet exciting and mobilizing task. To assist you along this endeavor I’ve attached a power point that I used with staff at both the district and building level. Feel free to use the presentation or any of the ideas as you journey down this … Continue reading Vision and Mission Post 3: Power Point For Staff and Other Stakeholders
Professional learning communities have had a positive impact on schools and really have the potential to increase student learning. That is, if your teams are fucntioning in the true sense of a professional learning community according to these definitions by Dufour (DuFour, R., DuFour, R., Eaker, R., & Many (2006). Learning by Doing: A Handbook for … Continue reading Professional Learning Communities – Really Focusing on Doing What’s Best for Students
Edutopia – this organization is excellent and if your not a member I highly encourage you to subscribe. It’s an excellent resource for educators. The Back to School Guide to Jump-Start Learning With New Media ( http://www.edutopia.org/pdfs/edutopia-back-to-school-guide-2010.pdf) is just one example of the quality of the material you’ll be exposed to. Below is an excerpt from the Edutopia web site … Continue reading Edutopia’s Back To School Guide To Jump-Start Learning With New Media