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Innovators wanted: new school development workshops kick off in June

Posted by Guest Author on Jun 8, 2018 9:43:14 AM

At the core of charter schools is a strategya strategy that allows innovators to try new things that get results for kids within the public education landscape. Innovations that are successful can be replicated, grow, and flourish. Those that are not can be kept small, and, if improvement is not shown, eliminated.

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Topics: Charter School

How to create reasonable professional expectations and considerations for your teachers

Posted by Guest Author on May 16, 2018 10:31:55 PM

Take a look at your school schedule-are there any instances in which teachers are expected to work for more than 2 hours without a break? My guess is that it’s pretty typical-especially in schools that are already understaffed. Research has shown that people who take frequent breaks (anywhere from 5-30 minutes) after periods of working (anywhere from 25-90 minutes) are more productive. One study says that people hit their peak by working for 52 minutes and taking a 17-minute break.

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Topics: Talent, Retention, teachers, Human Resources, Professionalism

How to avoid the “summer slide” without giving up your hard-earned break

Posted by Guest Author on May 16, 2018 9:41:51 PM

By the time June rolls around, most educators are sprinting toward the light at the end of the tunnel: the one, the only, hard-earned and highly-coveted summer break. After nine months of tireless work, they surely deserve it. But it’s hard to talk about summer break without also talking about the elephant in the room: the dreaded “summer slide.” 

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Topics: Summer Loss

5 tips for more productive board meetings

Posted by Guest Author on May 16, 2018 9:26:04 PM

Effective board meetings are the foundation for high-performing boards. They are essential to great governance, strong leadership, and achieving better academic outcomes. On the other hand, bad meetings easily become a source of frustration for board members and school leaders while having an adverse impact on the school.

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Topics: Charter School, Professionalism

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

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

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

Teacher evaluation: preparing the team for a successful school year

Posted by Guest Author on Nov 7, 2017 3:45:12 PM

Evaluating teachers is one of the most important jobs as a school leader, but often it can feel scary, overwhelming and time-consuming for everyone involved. A couple of years into doing observations and evaluations, I began to see this process differently: to ensure a successful school year, I had to make sure my team was ready.  How better to do that than evaluations? 

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Topics: Teacher Evaluation, Leadership, Assessment, Accountability

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