A sports team wouldn’t think about functioning without a coach, indeed they employ a cadre of coaches each with a specific focus. Our teachers, the ultimate team, deserve the same level of investments and support. Ms. Houser’s web site offers lots of great tools for instructional coaches. Visit her here: https://www.mshouser.com/instructional-coaching/instructional-coaching-tools.
A teacher from Tennessee explains why she lets students write on their desks and how it connects to perseverance. Read the Chalkbeat article and let me know what you think.
“Practicing mindfulness can help teachers develop a greater understanding of how their emotions affect their work and, therefore, build emotional resilience.” Read Dr. Elizabeth Frias’ Huffington Blog post about mindfulness training as a new professional development option.
Vassar has taken steps to hold down spending on faculty and staff. Amherst and the University of Florida have raised new money specifically to spend on financial aid for low-income students. American University reallocated scholarships from well-off students to needy ones. Grinnell set a floor on the share of every freshman class – 15 percent – whose parents didn’t go to college. Read More…
A book that brings the habits of reading to lifeGreat readers are not made by genetics or destiny but by the habits they build–habits that are intentionally built by their teachers. The early formal years of education are the key to reversing the reading gap and setting up children for success. But K-4 education seems to widen the gap between stronger and weaker readers,…more
Data in the Driver’s Seat
Two New Jersey schools discover the benefits of interim assessments, clearly defined standards, and data-driven instruction.
Our story starts with two public middle schools in Newark, New Jersey. Both had student populations representative of Newark’s Central Ward, where 90 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch and 85 percent are black. Students in both schools were generally well behaved and academically on task.
Despite the two schools’ similar student populations, their 2003 achievement results revealed two very different pictures. One school, Greater Newark Academy, was in a tailspin: Only 7 percent of its 8th grade students had passed the state math test. The second school, North Star Academy, had more respectable results—well above the district average—but it was still behind its suburban New Jersey counterparts.
New York Times – Use this tool to estimate the future cost of college.
Longer time to tenure, mentors, a streamlined dismissal process, and meaningful teacher evaluations are all on the agenda. Read more…
In this second to last chapter (wow—in the home stretch, readers!) Marzano summarizes the extensive research on this topic and recommends five action steps that walk the teacher through her expectations of her students, examination of the interactions with those students that result, and corrective actions to take if necessary. Read the excerpt from Marzano’s book here.