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Turning Around Chronically Low-Performing Schools
Turning Around Chronically Low-Performing Schools
This guide identifies practices that can improve the performance of chronically low-performing schools—a process commonly referred to as creating "turnaround schools."
The four recommendations in this guide work together to help failing schools make adequate yearly progress.
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Turning On the Lights
Turning On the Lights by Marc Prensky
Compared with students' technology-infused lives outside of school, the traditional classroom is a somber place.
One of the key purposes of school was to lead as many kids as possible out of the intellectual darkness into the intellectual light. That is what made being an educator a truly noble calling: We were the people who showed the kids the light.
There's one big problem with this noble thought today: Today's kids grow up in the light. They're deeply immersed in it long before educators ever see them.
Prensky's Principles for Principals
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Sustainable Schools: Discussion Group
Sustainable Schools Group
The purpose of this group is to share and exchange ideas relating to effective sustainability practices.
Conversations to range from curriculum discussions to innovative plant policies/practices and beyond!
This group is part of the (UK) Independent School Educators Network (ISEN), a social network (Ning) at http://isenet.ning.com
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Planning a Sustainable School (free publication)
Planning a Sustainable School - Driving school improvement through sustainable development
This document contains thirteen participatory activities that help bridge the gap between the recommendations of the National Framework for Sustainable Schools and school improvement planning.
The activities are intended to help schools plan, implement, monitor and evaluate their progress towards becoming a sustainable school. The activities can be used individually, in combination, or in their intended sequence, depending on where schools are starting from, and what best meets their needs.
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Pathways to School Improvement
Pathways to School Improvement
Pathways was designed to help school improvement teams as they progress through four phases of the School Improvement Cycle by synthesizing research on issues relevant to them in Critical Issues documents and offering a survey tool (Trip Planner) to navigate those issues in a sequence that is relevant to their scores.
READ original and timely Critical Issue documents. Pathways currently offers more than 75 Critical Issues, with many more in development.
USE a survey tool (Trip Planner), in conjunction with Critical Issues, to pinpoint your school's improvement progress.
DIRECT a search tool to investigate North Central Regional Educational Laboratory's rich reservoir of resources and related Web sites on hundreds of educational topics
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Educational Indicators. ERIC Digest.
Educational Indicators. ERIC Digest.
The hectic pace of school life makes it difficult for teachers and administrators to step back and objectively assess the validity of their operating assumptions. In addition, educators tend to judge success anecdotally rather than through formal assessment. A small sign of progress from a recalcitrant student may outweigh months of low performance. Although these victories may be highly satisfying in human terms, today's accountability environment demands that educators collect and analyze objective data before making decisions.
Schools collect a large amount of data, but much of it is simply filed and forgotten (Theodore Creighton 2001). In recent years, policymakers and school officials have begun to recognize that these numbers can be turned into "performance indicators" that not only satisfy the demands of accountability but serve as a tool for school improvement.
This Digest examines the nature and purpose of educational-indicator systems, and it discusses the design of report cards by which schools can inform the public of their performance.
school | quality | indicators | performance | evaluation |
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