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Nigel Coutts

Schools are made of People - The Learner's Way - 8 views

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    Schools are made of people. Schools are all about people. Schools are made from the connections between people. Schools exist to serve people and make the lives of all people better.
Nigel Coutts

The Trouble with Change Management in Schools - The Learner's Way - 13 views

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    Taken simplistically there could be a feeling that due to the complexity of large systems change becomes an uncontrollable beast with a mind of its own. 
Martin Burrett

Schools key to successful integration of child refugees - 5 views

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    "Schools can provide the ideal environment to improve integration and reduce the difficulties faced by refugee children in Western asylum countries, according to a new study from psychologists at City, University of London. The research, which involved speaking to refugees who had arrived in England and Denmark as children, highlights that schools can provide safe and stable setting where refugee children can develop meaningful and constructive connections to peers, teachers and other professionals, as well as being a place in which discrimination, racism and stigmatisation can be actively countered."
Matt Renwick

Innovating Inside the Box - Reading By Example - 28 views

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    Are charters necessary for R & D in education?
Martin Burrett

Building meaningful relationships in schools by @pruman21 - 10 views

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    From September, I am starting a new role. I am going to be a year group leader for year 5. This has come about relatively quickly since my return from mainstream and so I have spent some time over the summer reflecting on my practice and how I am going to develop and inspire the people I work with. One of those people is an NQT. My sister is also starting her first post as an NQT in another school. After speaking on the phone for half an hour this morning, I realised that some of the stuff that I was saying to her is probably some of the stuff that I will be saying to the NQT I will be working with...
Martin Burrett

England Schools told to monitor pupils' web use - UKEdChat.com - 5 views

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    All schools in England are being told to filter inappropriate content and teach pupils about staying safe including online harm. Plans unveiled by the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan will require all schools to put in place strengthened measures to protect children from harm online - including cyber bullying, pornography and the risk of radicalisation.
danthomander

Mapping the Concentration of Poverty in U.S. Public Schools - CityLab - 60 views

  • 1) Poor kids are six times more likely to attend ‘high-poverty’ public schools
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    "Who attends America's "high-poverty" public schools-and where."
H DeWaard

Social Media Use in Schools - 47 views

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    Infographic outlines benefits of using social media in schools - stats; benefits for educators, parents, students; examples - FB, Pinterest, Blogger, Twitter; results from pilot program in Portland, Oregon.
Matt Renwick

Do Schools Really Need Principals? - Finding Common Ground - Education Week - 50 views

  • few are prepared for the demands of a system that can't afford free riders
  • few are prepared for the demands of a system that can't afford free riders
  • few are prepared for the demands of a system that can't afford free riders
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  • What kind of legacy will you leave behind when you are finished being a principal?
  • principals who don't provide much feedback, don't seem to know a great deal about learning
  • dreams
Matt Renwick

Why some schools are giving letter grades a fail - The Globe and Mail - 41 views

  • Instead of reporting to parents only two or three times a year, teachers began regularly communicating using an online student portfolio system called Fresh Grade.
  • ritish education researchers Paul Black and Dylan Wiliam published a widely-cited article demonstrating how increasing descriptive feedback raises student academic achievement
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      Inside the Black Box
  • Instead of Ms. Samson telling students how they are doing, they are expected to articulate to her what they learned in class, how it relates to their learning goals and where they’re struggling.
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  • standardized tests don’t predict later life success such as employment and income level
  • Ms. Samson is still required to give students a letter grade at the end of each semester, but the letters have taken on a whole new meaning to her and her students.
  • The move away from grades matches a growing belief among employers that traditional assessment is not the best way to help students develop the skills they need to succeed in today’s world.
Matt Renwick

Why Cliques Form at Some High Schools and Not Others - The Atlantic - 37 views

  • Schools that grouped students by academics and created other ways to force kids with different backgrounds to cooperate (whether in clubs or on sports teams) were less ruled by segregation and hierarchy.
  • how organizations shape our behavior
  • People are social animals, but we’re also creatures of our environment. Our habitats shape our habits.
Matt Renwick

What Reflects a Great School? Not Test Scores - Education Week - 79 views

  • These gains often turn out to be an achievement mirage
  • Three interconnected factors are as essential for whole-school achievement as knowing how to teach well: trust, collaboration, and authenticity.
  • professional learning is ongoing and embedded
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  • They let parents know through social media, a phone call, or an email when a child has done something well
  • observe, coach, and co-teach
    • Matt Renwick
       
      Teacher Rounds/Peer Observations
  • rich and extensive classroom libraries
  • students choice and easy access to books
  • they partner with teachers to ensure that all resources and texts used in the classroom are well written and are crafted by notable authors
  • the quality of relationships within the school and across the community
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