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From sewing to superheroes: transforming therapy in the classroom

Posted by Guest Author on Apr 18, 2018 6:13:51 PM

As an occupational therapist in the school setting, it can be a challenge to find meaningful and purposeful activities to develop the skills necessary that support appropriate and successful engagement in the academic domain. As therapists, we tend to focus on deficits that involve fine motor and visual perceptual skills such as handwriting. We address handwriting during a treatment, but finding ways to facilitate growth in these skill areas supports further development through other additional sensory systems and kinesthesia.

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Supporting teachers is KEY to teacher retention

Posted by Guest Author on Mar 14, 2018 2:10:10 PM

In many cases, teachers are hired and put in a classroom (sometimes just days or hours before the first day of school!) and are expected to make the magic happen. If s/he can’t, it is assumed that the teacher has some major deficit.  Most times, this assumption is incorrect and reflects unrealistic expectations of what a degree in education or certification actually prepares one for.

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Topics: Talent, Culture, Shared Leadership, Hiring, Communication, teachers

School Culture: Getting to the Heart of the Matter

Posted by Guest Author on Mar 14, 2018 12:27:05 PM

As a school leader, you know you need to be thinking about school culture. But what is it? It’s easier described than defined. What everyone can describe is how critical school culture is to a school’s success. All too often, the magnitude of school culture is taken for granted and schools suffer. The term school culture generally refers to the beliefs, perceptions, relationships, attitudes, and written and unwritten rules that shape and influence every aspect of how a school functions.

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Topics: Culture, Shared Leadership, Organizational Management

Alternative Teaching Certification Brings Innovation to Schools

Posted by Becky Carlton on Mar 14, 2018 12:11:41 PM

As the shortage of talent continues to hit schools hard, both for leadership and teachers, it may be time for schools to begin thinking about how Michigan’s approved alternative routes to certification can help to overcome this obstacle.

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Topics: Teaching and Learning, Teacher Certification, teachers

How to Make School Dismissal Safe for Students

Posted by Guest Author on Feb 12, 2018 4:18:52 PM

School safety is one of the top factors parents consider when deciding where to enroll their child for school. School safety covers many facets in every day school life from bullying and harassment to parents arguing in the parent pick-up line on who was there first to parents not being notified of their child’s whereabouts.

Your school may already consider itself safe, but school safety is not a destination you arrive at. School safety is an active, proactive process of reducing the risks inside and outside your school, including the drop off in the morning and the pick-up after school.

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Topics: School Dismissal, Safety

5 student upcycle ideas for this holiday season

Posted by Grace Noyola on Nov 16, 2017 9:03:04 AM

The holiday season is upon us, and with these DIY upcycle ideas, you can immerse your kids in the festivities using materials you might find around the house, in the recycling bin, or for little to no cost at a local convenience store.

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5 Tips for #GivingTuesday

Posted by Sara Vanderbilt on Nov 14, 2017 3:47:39 PM

It’s November and Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  With it, comes lots of turkey, Black Friday shopping, Cyber Monday deals, and #GivingTuesday. 

#GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation.  Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy, with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.

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Topics: Fundraising

Identify and Focus on Essential Learning Outcomes

Posted by Guest Author on Nov 14, 2017 11:34:40 AM

At the beginning of the 2015-16 school year, preschool students in the Corinth-Alcorn-Prentiss Learning Collaborative were tested using the Star Early Literacy assessment as part of a state-wide assessment process.  Only 20.1% of these children scored at or above a standard score of 498, the level associated with readiness for Kindergarten entry.  By the end of the year, more than 85% of the students showed the literacy skills for K readiness. 

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Topics: Student Learning, Assessment, Accountability, learning outcomes

The making of a great Facebook page administrator

Posted by Grace Noyola on Nov 14, 2017 11:08:45 AM

In this digital age, your school’s Facebook page is an essential marketing tool--both to engage with your current families, and showcase your work for prospective families. The best way to maximize your page is to ensure you have a dedicated Facebook administrator, or team of administrators, who are uncovering the exciting happenings in your classrooms, and regularly sharing them with your online audience.

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Topics: Facebook

Why should my school attend the Fall Symposium?

Posted by Becky Carlton on Nov 14, 2017 10:47:06 AM

Did you know that the Innovators in Education Fall Symposium and PLCs are eligible for funding through Title IIA? Join charter leadership, teachers, and management company representatives from across the state to reinvigorate the professionalism in education through networking with peers from across the state, gaining inspiration at the general session, and engaging in three innovative breakout sessions on Wednesday.

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Topics: Branding, Teaching and Learning, Leadership, Organizational Management, professional development

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