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K-12 Public Education in the U.S.: Expert Ideas on How to Improve It

http://www.nationswell.com/ask-experts-7-ways-improve-k-12-public-education/

PISA scores aren’t the only measure of an educational system, but most experts agree that American schools are in need of a major overhaul. The question is: What kinds of reforms will result in lasting, meaningful changes?

As part of NationSwell’s Ask the Expert series, we asked our panel to share their ideas on how best to improve K-12 public education. Read on for their thoughts, and then join the conversation by leaving your own ideas in the comments box.

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K-12 Public Education in the U.S.: Expert Ideas on How to Improve It

http://www.nationswell.com/ask-experts-7-ways-improve-k-12-public-education/

PISA scores aren’t the only measure of an educational system, but most experts agree that American schools are in need of a major overhaul. The question is: What kinds of reforms will result in lasting, meaningful changes? As part of NationSwell’s Ask the Expert series, we asked our panel to share their ideas on how best to improve K-12 public education. Read on for their thoughts, and then join the conversation by leaving your own ideas in the comments box.

From Al Smith – @literateowl

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A Job at Google or a Principal Job in West Vancouver?

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Thomas Friedman recently wrote a piece in the New York Times on “How to Get a Job at Google.”  As I read the comments of Laszlo Bock, the Senior Vice President of People Operations for Google, the more I found that Google is looking for many of the same attributes in its employees that we are looking for in West Vancouver, when we hire principals and vice-principals.

One of the more common questions I am asked is just what does someone need to do to secure a school principal or vice-principal job?  The truth is there is no one thing or an exact path.  In West Vancouver we do receive dozens of applications for any job opening, and many of these candidates have all the required boxes checked for what is needed in these leadership positions.  Many who apply believe there is a certain ‘formula’ in getting a job as a principal or vice-principal, but I haven’t seen it yet. I…

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Portfolios on WordPress.com

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

Creating a beautiful portfolio just got much easier: we’re delighted to introduce you to the new  Portfolio Content Type .

Portfolio Content Type

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Once enabled on your site, your dashboard gains a brand new “Portfolio” section, where you’ll be able to manage all your portfolio projects in one place, separate from your posts and pages. You can categorize and tag your projects in a way that doesn’t overlap with your blog posts. Better yet, you won’t lose your projects and won’t need to reorganize your content everytime you switch themes. And best of all, the feature is free.

Starting a portfolio is as easy as checking an option in your dashboard. We’ve got a step by step guide with all the details for you.

But wait! Before you rush off to populate all of your portfolio projects and share them with the world, we have one more announcement that will really make your visual Portfolio shine… two new free…

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Heritage Fair- Fête du patrimoine

Fête du patrimoine- today a PBL event was sponsored by teacher, Mademoiselle Bonnette.  This morning students defended their ‘innovations and inventions’ project.
Fête du patrimoine, aujourd’hui un événement PBL a été parrainé par l’enseignant, Mademoiselle Bonnette. Ce matin, les étudiants ont défendu leursinnovations et inventions’ projet.

 

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The Power of Engaged Reading | Canadian Education Association (CEA)

http://m.cea-ace.ca/education-canada/article/power-engaged-reading

The Power of Engaged Reading

28 March 2014

Reading with pleasure, and especially reading fiction, is far important than we have ever imagined.

If I were a father living in poverty, I would dedicate myself to encouraging my children to be engaged readers of relevant, age-appropriate fiction. If I were a school teacher, I would dedicate my professional development time to learn strategies to promote and develop engaged readers of meaningful and relevant novels, short stories and drama, no matter if I was a Grade 1 teacher or Grade 12 Physics teacher. It is the most important thing I could do for a child, especially a boy. (CEA)

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The Power of Engaged Reading | Canadian Education Association (CEA)

http://m.cea-ace.ca/education-canada/article/power-engaged-reading

The Power of Engaged Reading

28 March 2014

Reading with pleasure, and especially reading fiction, is far important than we have ever imagined.

If I were a father living in poverty, I would dedicate myself to encouraging my children to be engaged readers of relevant, age-appropriate fiction. If I were a school teacher, I would dedicate my professional development time to learn strategies to promote and develop engaged readers of meaningful and relevant novels, short stories and drama, no matter if I was a Grade 1 teacher or Grade 12 Physics teacher. It is the most important thing I could do for a child, especially a boy. (CEA)

From Al Smith – @literateowl

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US teachers are not engaged. Here’s why that matters so much | Digital/Edu

Uptake of engagement linked to achievement scores…’hope’ factor greater indicator of college grades than GPA or SAT

“The Gallup polls ask students, teachers, principals, and other professionals about their levels of hope, emotional engagement, and wellbeing at work or school. While these qualities may seem like frills, they’ve been demonstrated over time to have powerful correlations with harder metrics, like a company’s profits or a school’s test scores. For example, in 2009, Gallup studied 78,000 students in 160 schools in eight states, finding that a one-percentage-point uptick in a school’s average student engagement was connected to an average six-point increase in reading achievement and eight points in math. Similarly, Gallup researchers have found in peer-reviewed studies that their “hope” measure was a better predictor of grades in college than SATs, ACTs or high school GPA. In a third study, students’ levels of hope accounted for almost half of the variation in math achievement and at least one-third of their variation in reading and science scores.”

http://digital.hechingerreport.org/content/almost-70-teachers-engaged-heres-matters-much_1429/

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Works Cited
Kamanentz, Anya. “Almost 70% of Teachers Are Not Engaged. Here’s Why That Matters so Much.” Digital Almost 70 of Teachers Are Not Engaged Heres Why That Matters so Much Comments. The Hechinger Report, 6 Apr. 2015. Web. 09 Apr. 2014. .

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Songer: Why Common Core Is Wrong about What Students Should Read

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“…“The research shows that while the complexity of reading demands for college, career, and citizenship have held steady or risen over the past half century, the complexity of texts students are exposed to has steadily decreased in that same interval. In order to address this gap, the CCSS emphasize increasing the complexity of texts students read as a key element in improving reading comprehension.”
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Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Gerri K. Singer maintains that the Common Core standards misunderstands how students learn to read. In a previous post, she demonstrated that the reading levels of PARCC were set so high and were so unrealistic that they would cause a very high failure rate.

New Research on Text Complexity – CCSS vs. Sound Educational Practice

By: Gerri K. Songer, Education Chair – Illinois Township High School District 214

Appendix A of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) offers a review of research asserting that it is important for students to read complex text in order to be successful in meeting college and career challenges. CCSS argues, “The research shows that while the complexity of reading demands for college, career, and citizenship have held steady or risen over the past half century, the complexity of texts students are exposed to has steadily decreased in that same interval. In order to address…

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Cancer Daffodil Month

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@cancersociety: Buy a daffodil pin to show your support for those living with cancer. #DaffodilMonth pic.twitter.com/Zk9oJLppSp” I have mine.

— Olivia Chow (@oliviachow) April 1, 2014

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