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Feeling and Thought: What Cognitive Science Tells us About Social Emotional Learning

Posted by Class Measures on Nov 27, 2019 11:50:00 AM

Nineteenth century American social reformer Henry Beecher once said, “The head learns new things, but the heart forever practices old experiences.” For centuries, philosophers as well as scientists have strived to intellectually to explain how the brain processes as well as incorporates new information. Consequently, the how/what the brain learns has dramatic implications for how students perceive themselves. Although it has only been in the last few decades that strides in cognitive science have revealed new information about how non-cognitive factors influence student learning. This has provided tremendous insight and generated new implications for classroom instruction.

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Topics: School Improvement

Research commentary: "Contested Knowledge: A Critical Review of the Concept of Differentiation in Teaching and Learning"

Posted by Class Measures on Nov 20, 2019 11:41:00 AM

In this article entitled “Contested Knowledge: A Critical Review of the Concept of Differentiation in Teaching and Learning” written by Sasha Taylor, the paper outlines her case for how differentiation has led to increasing inequality in the classroom. It starts with an introduction to her definition of differentiation, theories and knowledge, implementation, benefits, and then outlines the factors she believes impacts differentiation – socio-economic background, gender, culture.

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The power of action planning

Posted by Class Measures on Nov 19, 2019 1:06:00 PM

 

School leaders tasked with school improvement face a daunting challenge. As the bottom 5% of schools within the U.S are identified in need of school improvement based on, among other factors, proficiency on standardized tests, school leaders and their constituents face often unique and alarming sets of circumstances when confronting such problems. Oftentimes available improvement strategies can appear numerous, overwhelming, extravagant and time consuming. Time, in many cases, is not an unlimited resource gifted to school improvement leaders and personnel. The brilliance of quality action planning, when done strategically, offers school leaders a targeted cost-effective game plan to address the unique needs within a school building. This article will examine and discuss key factors leaders should consider in order to facilitate action planning that delivers authentic results.

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Topics: School Improvement

Research commentary: "Constructivism and differentiation: Research and Practical Strategies for Assessment"

Posted by Class Measures on Oct 23, 2019 11:54:00 AM

In their article entitled, “Constructivism and Differentiation: Research and Practical Strategies for Assessment”, provided by the Lookstein Content Team, they detail a justification for the use of differentiated assessment in Jewish Day Schools. This perspective is continuously validated through the use of psychological and scholarly research, mainly a discussion of constructivism and instructional practices that, according to the author, best supports the acquisition of knowledge. Their premise revolves around the idea that the most effective form of instruction is one that is “hands on...that encourages students to be actively involved in learning.”

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The insider’s guide to getting your school’s Comprehensive Needs Assessment (or program evaluation) right.

Posted by Class Measures on Sep 19, 2019 1:04:00 PM

 

The comprehensive needs assessment, or program evaluation, of a school is actually a pretty difficult review to get right. Getting it wrong impacts your staff, your culture, and ultimately your students. So, in this guide we explore seven things that, in our experience, you need to do to ‘get it right’ and optimize the value (and meaning) your school derives from the process….

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Topics: School Improvement

Enabling continuous and sustainable school improvement

Posted by Class Measures on May 18, 2018 2:35:00 PM

Implementing a Collaborative Quality School Review Process to enable continuous and sustainable school improvement

Generally speaking, school staff feel most comfortable to discuss and action necessary change when they are empowered to own the process. Of course, there is a need to heighten accountability, but most success will be seen through a process that involves staff members as the creators and implementers of the work. To increase staff involvement and action school leaders are turning to Collaborative Quality Review processes.

Here are five reasons why…..

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Topics: School Improvement

Engaging and fast-tracking your staff to more effective teaching

Posted by Class Measures on May 16, 2018 12:40:00 PM

Often schools find themselves stuck in a rut when it comes to school improvement. They recognize that their staff may need to change their teaching styles, strategies, content and coverage to ensure that learning improves, yet the pace of change is too slow. Inevitably, when lessons lack rigor or challenge, and when students are bored, behavior alters; withdrawal, seeking alternative ways to entertain themselves, chatting, not listening are all tell-tale signs. Often this can be down to long-serving teachers who are reticent or lack confidence or don’t know what to do to change how they do things.

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Topics: Schools & Early Years, School Improvement

Improving your charter school: Eight reasons to engage in an external review.

Posted by Class Measures on Mar 21, 2018 12:30:00 PM

 

As the pressure for tighter authorizer accountability increases, the call for charter schools to prove their worth grows year on year.  Whether the objective is to celebrate growth and success, or to identify areas where focus on improvement is needed, an external review allows an organization to demonstrate objectively a focus on securing sustainability in a very competitive, and sometimes challenging education arena.

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Topics: School Improvement