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

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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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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Leveraging the impact of co-teaching for ELL populations

Posted by Mel Asencio on Mar 5, 2019 11:30:00 AM

The rapidly growing number of English Language Learners, as well as the linguistic diversity found within many of those student groups, presents a unique set of challenges for today’s educators. Through the use of effective co-teaching implementation, educators can strategically address the individual needs of their respective ELL populations while maximizing student achievement for all.

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Navigating the paradox of EL Assessment– what makes sense to guide learning and teaching in K-12 schools?

Posted by Julie Henderson on Dec 20, 2018 2:46:00 PM

he double-edged sword of national and statewide mandated accountability tests for English language learners (ELL) does not go unnoticed by policy makers, administrators, principals and teachers. On one hand, English language learners are defined by federal legislation as unable to meet challenging State academic standards (ESEA, Section 8101 (20)), yet on the other hand, they are expected to meet these same standards as defined by state accountability tests.

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Equity for English Learners - supporting our ELs in the classroom

Posted by Amy Proulx & Elizabeth Wall-Macht on Nov 15, 2018 12:16:00 PM

 

On January 21, 1974, in the case of Lau v. Nichols, the United States Supreme Court unanimously decided that the lack of supplemental language instruction in public schools for students with limited English proficiency violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Today, English learners (ELs) represent 10 percent of the total K-12 population in the United States, a 4.8 million number that continues to increase in both size and diversity. To meet the growing demographics of ELs, many of the challenges confronting school districts today aim at ensuring equity and excellence for this special population.

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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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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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