FROM THE EDITOR - Winter 2014

We've had a great deal of discussion about the main topic in this issue, The Future of Education Technology. We believe having some insight into the future is essential. As administrators, you are making important decisions now based on what you think technology will look like in the future.

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Data in Education School Leaders Must be Part of the Transformation

In Ponca City, Oklahoma, Superintendent Dr. David Pennington uses publicly reported information—like state report cards on school results and progress—to make good decisions for students. He knows timely, tailored, relevant data are critical to having a more complete and richer picture of student achievement, teacher quality, and what is working, and not, inside his district’s schools. Pennington and other administrators often encounter compliance-focused information anda lack of the necessary conditions to support publicly reported education data’s use in the service of student learning and system performance. Pennington says he “welcomes the chance to address these obstacles in any way possible,” and he can.

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The Business of Your School

There are times I know I would have loved being an Assistant Superintendent for Business Services. The numbers usually add up at the end of the day and you can go home and not worry whether a student is going to pass math or a teacher needs an evaluation you don’t want to give. The numbers just might have been easier.

I didn’t choose to go in that direction. I decided to teach regular education, then teach special education and become an administrator and finally a superintendent. Someone told me along the way that if I could handle special education finance I could do anything.

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The Slippery Slope of Selection Thoughts for Educational Leaders About Hiring the Right Person Each Time

We would all likely agree with Jim Collins in his popular book, “Good to Great,” that selecting and hiring the right people is key to the success of a school district. The most important decision district leaders make is whom to hire — schools and/or school districts don’t achieve greatness without great people; it is that simple! Yet, often, we find selection of talent a slippery slope.

 

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Redefining the F-Word in the Business of Education

Jostens Renaissance, begun in 1984, has enabled me to ask three very simple questions to hundreds of thousands of parents, students, staffulty, and adults as well as members of our communities: “Have you ever heard, to get a good job, get a good education?” Almost to a person all of the hands go up ... Then I ask, “Who told you that?” The responses come from every direction imaginable: parents, grandparents, teachers, administrators, counselors, coaches, ministers, members of our business community, as well as newspapers, magazines, television, social media ... it is heard from the community, state, nation and worldwide! My third question is, “Do you believe that knowledge is power?” Another preponderance of, “Yes, we hear and see that everywhere, all of the time!” These two statements not only mislead many of us but also may cause us to overlook the inherent value in failure.

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Globalization of Higher Education: Expanding U.S. Universities onto foreign Soil

Colleges and universities have always been seen as centers for the exchange and development of knowledge, language and culture among participants from near and far. Traditionally, students from around the world have benefitted from participation in a range of initiatives that come under the heading of international education.  This includes students studying abroad, which historically has been the mainstay of the “international component” of many colleges and universities (most notably for those students who come from more affluent backgrounds), as well as faculty/scholar exchange programs for the purposes of knowledge dissemination and cross-fertilization of new theories and knowledge. In the last two decades we have seen significant changes in international efforts and initiatives globally. We are all faced with increasing examples of internationalization on all of our campuses, which include growing enrollments of international students studying on campus in degree programs, language institutes, and certificate options via distance-learning, as well as renewed interest in international service and service learning opportunities. Additionally, institutional policy decisions are made to take programs to off –shore locations that result in the establishment of branch campuses in a variety of both developed and developing host countries.

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Fiscal Leadership Fiscal Leadership

The fiscal assets of a school system must be managed:  cash flow, accounts payable, accounts receivable, bond repayment, and so on. In my book, From Systems Thinking to Systemic Action, I list four finance questions in rank order of importance. The first two are management of money and the last two have to do with money leadership. That is the proper sequence; first of all the school system has to pay its bills. Management includes making sure the finance office and personnel office records match. This article, however, is not about managing the finances; it is about fiscal leadership.

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Tell Me a Story: The Power of Narratives in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

Why are the skills required to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions such complex skills to learn? Learning SEL* skills often means changing attitudes and behaviors that may have already been established through past experiences and relationships - attitudes and behaviors that were ingrained through a process our brains love most:  a narrative framework. Because of this, using narratives in teaching may be the most effective way to change behaviors and attitudes and build students’ SEL.

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Meet Mindfulness: The Student Self-Help Trend Sweeping the Country

Finally, we may have a trend sweeping the country that won’t turn your classroom upside down. In fact, it might help keep or turn your classroom right side up.

Mindfulness is a desirable, positive mental state that children and adults can achieve by learning to focus on the present, while acknowledging and accepting one’s past, feelings, thoughts and sensations. Put more simply, mindfulness means experiencing more peace and serenity by staying in the present moment. Part of the goal of mindfulness is to feel less stress, worry, upsetting thoughts and problematic feelings in the present and from the past.

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Psst! Your Writing Instruction Is of Little Consequence

On matters of consequence, the little prince had ideas which were very different from those of the grown-ups.

-Antoine de Saint Exupéry

 

    On one of his many adventures, the little prince (hero of Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s much-loved book, The Little Prince) visits a planet owned by a businessman obsessed with counting and listing the stars. “Five-hundred-and-one million, six-hundred-twenty-two thousand, seven-hundred-thirty-one,” he says, writing the number down on a piece of paper. The businessman takes great pride in being accurate, for in his words, “I am concerned with matters of consequence.” The little prince, however, is someone concerned with matters of beauty and usefulness, and he finds the businessman’s behavior to be quite extraordinary. To the little prince, a list of names and numbers filed away in a drawer is something of no consequence at all. 

    When it comes to kindergarten, first-, and second-grade writers, what writing matters are of consequence? Certainly spelling is important, as are letter formation, sentence structure, and punctuation. However, are these the matters of most consequence? The answer is no. 

 

 

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Better Teaching: Fractions and the Common Core

The Common Core elementary math standards place substantial emphasis on fractions. Indeed between grades 3 and 6, more than 40 standards relate to fractions.

 

 

 

 

 

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Project-Based Classrooms Help Students Become Active Learners

With lackluster outcomes and persistent achievement gaps across the country, how we educate our children and prepare them for the world is under the microscope. It should be a wake-up call that we continue to fall behind other countries in educational outcomes. The world is changing at a remarkable pace, yet we educate our youth largely the same.

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Florida District Finds Technology Help from Unlikely Experts: Its Students

Martin County School District has created the Students Supporting Schools (S3) program, which enhances classroom instruction by offering authentic IT experiences and customer support opportunities for high school juniors and seniors.

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TECHNOLOGY ON THE HORIZON MAJOR TRENDS ADVANCING ED TECH

Unaccompanied by effective strategy and pedagogy, a new technology risks being just another device. Many teachers report being tasked with integrating the latest software, applications, and tools into their classrooms — but are concerned that they do not have a sufficient understanding of how emerging technologies fit in to current and future learning designs.

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The Future of EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

Humanity is in the midst of one of the most transformative times in history. We are experiencing ever more rapid waves of technological innovation and disruptions. The speed of change has accelerated to the point that it is environmental; we live in an environment of change. In fact, the speed of technological change now will be the slowest it will ever be for the rest of your life!

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Mobile Broadband - Stemming the Digital Divide Learning Beyond the Classroom

Our country is witnessing an education revolution not seen since standardized textbooks became the primary source of instruction in the 19th century. Technology is forcing a paradigm shift in how teachers teach, how students learn, and how institutions that foster learning operate.

As with any revolution, there are those leading the charge and those lagging behind. In the meantime, there are people who are left in the past – in this case, millions of students — as change occurs more quickly than our educational institutions can adapt.

Technology Convergence: Now What?

Nationwide, school districts have been slow to adopt technology for instruction. Up until just a few years ago, “technology in schools” meant a computer lab with PCs in the lower grades used for minimal computer instruction from a technology instructor; or a classroom Smart Board on which teachers can project visual aids.

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The future of social media in education

The educational benefits of social media are obvious; children are motivated to communicate through the written language, the potential for communicating with peers from other countries offers a multitude of learning opportunities and the ability for students to share their thoughts and ideas on a particular subject or topic area. However, there are of course associated dangers.

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THE FUTURE OF 3-D PRINTING IN EDUCATION

Those of you new to the topic of 3D printing might find it strange to see an article about the future of this topic since it seems to have just started. In fact, 3D printing, in general, is not a new topic. Many years ago the only 3D printers on the market were called rapid prototyping machines and they were made for industrial applications.

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From Wearables to Holograms The Future of Wi-Fi for Primary Education

Every time I think of the dial-up modem sound or how painfully slow web pages loaded back when I was in high school, it reminds me of how fast technology is changing and impacting our lives. Today, Wi-Fi is shaping how we communicate, work and learn. We expect Wi-Fi access while hanging out in coffee shops, at hotels, in airports and on planes when we travel, and even while we watch football in stadiums.

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Engineering in Elementary Schools: Engaging the Next Generation of Problem Solvers Today

Employment in occupations related to STEM — science, technology, engineering, and math —is projected to grow 13 percent between 2012 and 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is faster than the 11 percent average growth rate for other occupations. Many of the fastest growing, top-paying STEM jobs are in engineering.

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Including Students in Your School’s Energy Program

With schools nationwide spending nearly $8 billion on energy and with utility bills rising in many areas of the country, districts are understandably alarmed about the costs of literally keeping the lights on in schools. Unlike the number one expenditure — personnel costs — energy is one budget item that can be reduced without sacrificing educational quality and content. Energy efficiency cannot only solve budgetary issues, but benefits schools in numerous other ways. Of central importance is engaging the whole school, from faculty to students. Districts can, and many are, exploring the significant advantages of investing in energy efficiency education.

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BROADENING THE DEFINITION OF COLLEGE & CAREER READINESS

The Condition of College and Career Readiness report (www.act.org/newsroom/data/2014/index.html) released this past August by ACT represents 1,845,787 students—or 57% of the 2014 US graduating class—who took The ACT ® . Since 2010, the number of ACT-tested graduates has increased 18 percent. The report represents a subset of the entire 2014 student population, with results reflecting the achievement of only those tested, not the entire graduating class.

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Provide an accelerated path to algebra for underperforming students

Designed for students in grades three through high school, Think Through Math (TTM) is a learning system that provides quality math instruction while supporting students and teachers in unprecedented ways, including immediate student access to state certified teachers .It was developed by teachers and technologists to help students prepare for Common Core, state and TEKS standards and assessments, and has established a track record of unprecedented improvement throughout the Southeast and across the country.

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Connect People Anywhere And Everywhere Conversations Take Place

Universities, more specifically; university professors, administrators, and students are boldly going where they haven’t gone before. Beam Smart Presence Systems are arriving on campus, and universities are discovering how Beam connects students and professors in new ways for sharing knowledge, attending class, and creating a great customer experience for students.

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Preparing Students for the Global Economy

The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) will grow 17 percent by 2018—nearly double the growth for non-STEM fields. By 2018, the U.S. will have more than 1.2 million unfilled STEM jobs because there will not be enough qualified workers to fill them. STEM is where jobs are today and where the job growth will be in the future.

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SECURITY PLANNING IS CRITICAL Safeguard Your School Well into the Future

Security is at the forefront of our minds and protecting our children, teachers and staff at school is a top priority. However, upgrading existing security systems or tackling a complete school security overhaul can be daunting. This is where the Electronic Security Association (ESA) would like to lend a hand. As President of ESA and the owner of a security integration business that works with schools, I recognize the challenges of designing or upgrading your school security plan and systems. The good news is that ESA recently released the Electronic Security Guidelines for Schools. The guidelines have been designed for you to turn to when reevaluating your security plan.

While far from common, tragedies like the events at Sandy Hook are no longer unimaginable. They can happen anywhere, at any time. I had the privilege of listening to Newtown, Conn. Police Chief Kehoe, at an industry trade show where he reminded us that no community is immune.

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Lessons Learned from Sandy Hook

(This is part two of a two part series.)

On Dec. 1, 1958 a fire broke out in the basement of Our Lady of Angels School in Chicago, IL. Ninety-two students and three staff lost their lives and sweeping changes to fire safety standards were enacted across the nation. On Dec. 14, 2012, an active shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHES) murdered 20 students and six staff. Most schools are still using the same plans and training that failed Sandy Hook.

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SELECTING AN EMERGENCY MASS NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that took place in December 2012 left the public reeling and school district superintendents scrambling. How can we prevent something like this from happening again? Are our school buildings secure enough? How do we ensure everyone’s safety in any emergency situation?

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CREATING A FAIR, OPEN AND COMPETITIVE PURCHASING PROCESS PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR NAVIGATING THE EDUCATIONAL PROCUREMENT SYSTEM

Having been both a buyer and a seller gives one a unique perspective of the purchasing process in educational institutions, in particular, how and what must be done to ensure that a school system or state department of education gets what it needs at a fair and reasonable price. It’s also important to ensure that the prospective vendors feel that a transparent, fair and truly open process exists in pursuing opportunities with these institutions.

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THE TOP 5 CONSIDERATIONS TO MAKE YOUR DISTRICT MORE EFFECTIVE

No matter the size or location, school districts across the country are looking for ways to increase money spent on instruction. Whether your district is large or small, urban or suburban, school district administrators can consider the following operational tips to make the most of every budget dollar.

1. Benchmark Your District Against Similar Districts

School districts are very good about sharing information. Approach your peer districts or ask at the state level. If you are an urban district, you should compare yourself to other urban districts. You can also make use of national databases and surveys such as Educational Research Services, Council of Great City Schools, American School and University magazine. For example, some benchmarks are consistent despite the size or location of the district, such as the number of instructional square feet a custodial staff member can cover. Reach out to a consulting firm; they might have a variety of data already available.

Look for metrics where you are significantly higher or lower than your peers and, take a deeper dive. Ask, “What is the rationale for the variance?” Sample metrics include:

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THE O WORD - OUTSOURCING

School systems face a complicated decision when considering outsourcing. Employees view outsourcing as a threat to their job security, and because these employees also represent taxpayers, parents, and voters. Board members take their obligations to them as seriously as to their students. That is why school systems must take the time to understand all the implications that outsourcing creates.

Outsourcing in public education can take form at different areas and levels. Most frequently, school systems outsource within the auxiliary service areas such as custodial, transportation, food services, maintenance and printing/photocopying service areas. Although not as common, school systems do outsource other functions including technology hosting and support, safety and security, human resources and accounting.

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EFFECTIVE SCHOOL RISK MANAGEMENT WHAT IS IT AND WHOSE JOB IS IT?

(This is part one of a three part series)

When speaking with a diverse group of administrators at conferences, seminars and other school administrator events, I always ask the question, “Who is responsible for your school district’s risk management policies and procedures.” Often the response is a puzzled look and most admit they are not sure. Some people indicate they have a school resource officer or school safety coordinator, which is a good thing. Very few who are asked say, “Me!” 

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PREPARING LEADERS FOR THE ‘SOFT’ SIDE OF LEADERSHIP

“Do you really believe that people skills can be taught?” This was the pointed question the urban superintendent before me asked. I had just finished a presentation on my work about the importance of trust in regard to high functioning schools. I heard in her query weariness over the amount of time she spent mopping up after the messes caused by the school leaders in her district who lacked even standard, run-of-the-mill, interpersonal skills.

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DON’T IGNORE DIRECT-ASK FUND-RAISING

Generally speaking, no one thinks it’s a good idea to recreate the wheel. There is no reason to. It is the most efficient way to get from A to B and can be adapted to meet the needs of any vehicle, from a little red wagon to a Rolls Royce. Given the advantages of the wheel, it’s easy to see why most people do not commute to work on a pogo stick. They could, but why should they?

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Community Schools Where Partnerships Propel Student Success

Problem

Consider the lives of children coming to our public schools today. More than one in five, and the majority of students in the south and west, come from low income households. They face several problems that get in the way of learning, including low reading skills, health issues, a lack of caring adults in their lives, and trauma from violence they witness in their neighborhoods. These problems result in chronic absence, academic failure, and a loss of hope for themselves. They also lack important opportunities, including summer learning, after-school activities, experiential learning through internships or dual enrollment with colleges, and field trips.

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GLOBAL EDUCATION FOR EVERY STUDENT

In the 1980s era of big mainframe computers and telephone landlines, if you owned a personal computer or a “car phone,” you were either affluent or worked for a major corporation. It would have been hard at that time to imagine personal computers in eight out of 10 American households and cell phones in almost every pocket worldwide.

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SUPPORTING ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (ELLS) IN THE CONTENT CLASSROOM PREPARING CONTENT EDUCATORS TO TEACH ELLS

English Language Learners (ELLs) are the fastest growing student population in schools across the United States, and even so, nearly 70 percent of classroom teachers have little or no training to work with ELL students. Until professional development programs reflect what is needed in the field, the “ELL achievement gap” will never be closed.

How many times have you attended an ELL in-service only to be disappointed because too much time was spent on theory and rhetoric or content that was inappropriate for your grade level? How many times have you attended workshops that left you frustrated, with more questions than answers or solutions?

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DIVERGENT LEARNERS UNDERSTAND, ADDRESS, AND SUCCEED

(This is part one of a three part series on divergent learners)

He Might Be a Divergent Learner if... he can’t sit still.

She Might Be a Divergent Learner if... she fidgets through lectures.

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THE GIFTED MIND Learning to Think

Each human brain engages, second by second, in cognitive processes to access, filter and interpret information. Research shows that the brain processes 400 billion bits of information per second. However, we are aware of only about one percent of those bits of information. Each bit of this torrent of information is processed and accessed using a unique series of cognitive events that are closely associated to each individual’s personal experiences and strategies. According to Dr. Joseph Dispenza, “The infinite information that the brain is processing every single second tells us that there’s more to the world than we’re perceiving.”

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Online Instruction, like Traditional Instruction, Begins with Good Pedagogy

If you were able to ask God one question and knew you would receive an audible answer, what would you ask? 

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Implementing the Curriculum Documents

(This is part two of a three part series)

The first article discussed the importance of and the process for developing common standards-based learning expectations with both end-of-year and within-year learning expectations. Whether the district buys or develops their own learning expectations, the second critical step in this process is implementing that intended curriculum and ensuring it is faithfully implemented and put through the continuous improvement loop to ensure it is a living, breathing document and not condemned to waste away on a shelf somewhere.

DWYSYWD

The first step in implementing this or any other initiative is to ensure that everyone in the group will follow through and Do What You Said You Would Do (DWYSYWD). That really sounds simple, doesn’t it? But as all of us know from our own experiences, that is not necessarily the case. Implementation is the phase where projects, especially curriculum projects, frequently get de-railed. Existing classroom practice, textbooks, structure, and lack of accountability frequently combine to the point where planned initiatives do not move forward at all, much less move forward as planned. With curriculum initiatives in particular, this is true—tradition is very hard to overcome.

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SCIENCE OPPORTUNITIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION

America’s economic success over the past century has hinged on global leadership in science, engineering and technology. To maintain this lead in face of dramatically expanding foreign competition, there have been renewed calls for increased science and engineering educational opportunities and outcomes, particularly for Americans from underrepresented groups, to fill projected STEM workforce gaps.

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The Impact of Industry and Community College Collaborations On Economic and Workforce Development

In recent months, community colleges have experienced great notoriety due to various initiatives of the federal government such as the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act, the Healthcare and Education Reconciliation Act and the American Graduation Initiative, all of which are intended to assist with the re-tooling of the American workforce in an effort to make it competitive in the ever-evolving global economy. Based on the media coverage of these initiatives, someone who is unfamiliar with the role community colleges have played in the economic development of the nation could surmise that these two-year institutions of higher education have done little prior to the initiatives previously noted to assist their communities and the nation in preparing for the workforce challenges of tomorrow.

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Special Education Advances Individualized Learning for All

There was a time when children with disabilities were routinely denied a public education. Often these children were turned away if the public school system was not equipped to educate them or the system simply did not want to expend the effort or incur the cost. They were never given a chance to learn and participate in society and, the shame of it is, many of them could have.

The Education for All Handicapped Children Act and its successor, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), set out to right this wrong. Today, IDEA protects children with disabilities and requires public schools to provide a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), with an Individualized Education Program (IEP), to prepare children with disabilities for further education, employment and independent living.

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THE IMPACT OF SELF-REGULATION ON COLLEGE CHOICES FOR STUDENTS WITH ADHD

How does self-regulation impact college readiness and college choices for high school students with ADHD? Consider the college environment as compared to high school — teenagers are catapulted into the land of independent thinking. They have no parental supervision, a heavy course load, irregular sleep patterns, unstructured study habits, social pressures, and the need to manage their self-care without reminders.

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A Paradigm Shift in Education

Social emotional learning (SEL) is spreading like wildfire — and not just in the United States. Countries such as the United Kingdom, Singapore, and China are starting to implement SEL in their schools as well

Why now? Why all of a sudden are schools all over the world taking notice of SEL?.

Many reasons exist why a school might adopt SEL, all of which have been validated by research: to increase academic success and, somewhat ironically, to lower the stress levels of students as they strive towards that success; to prevent negative behaviors such as drug and alcohol use, violence, and bullying; to equip students with the “soft skills” they will need in today’s work environment; and to promote positive relationships and positive attitudes about school.

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Why Would We Listen?

Why would we listen? While reading a book and leading a discussion with a class of third graders, I asked students the question, “How do you feel when someone says, ‘Good job!’ to you?” The answers were not what I expected. “Horrible, “Put down” and “Embarrassed,” were some of the responses I received. The discussion question came up because we had been talking about how dogs feel when someone says, “Good dog.” The students thought dogs felt good when people say “Good dog” to them. What was the difference? Why didn’t these students like being told, “Good job?”

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THE CHANGING FACE OF SCHOOL NUTRITION DEFINING THE FUTURE HEALTH OF OUR NATION

HABIT:

1hab·it
noun \ha-b?t\
: a usual way of behaving : something that a person does often in a regular and repeated way
: a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.

The habits adolescents are forming now will have a direct effect on the future health of the nation. Lack of physical activity and poor nutrition choices are habits that continue to increase obesity rates. What is most alarming is how quickly obesity has become a national epidemic.

The evening news, headlines, and agendas across the country confirm young people in the United States are getting heavier and heavier. The issue of obesity is daunting, no doubt. Before we review what is being implemented to address obesity, let’s look at the current trajectory of this issue.

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Is It Possible to Get Kids Excited About Nutrition?

Childhood obesity and child nutrition have been making headlines over the last few years. As people in the United States have seen their waistlines expand, significant focus has been placed on school meals and children’s health. The evidence of the role good nutrition plays with learning and development as well as long-term disease risk reduction is clear. Nevertheless, while many of the mandated changes sound good on paper, challenges abound.

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GETTING AMERICA FIT AGAIN

As leaders in the American education system, you are welcome to join the more than 100 leaders from organizations in the sports and fitness industries — from Franklin to Nike to Rawlings to Under Armour — as well as a number of well known celebrity athletes on March 4, 2015 in Washington, D.C. to meet with the U.S. Representatives and Senators to request support for federal legislation to help reverse the “inactivity pandemic” and “Get America Moving.” 

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ABINGDON is your GATEWAY to SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

The site of present-day Abingdon is located on a well-traveled wilderness route called the “Great Road,” which many pioneers traveled through the Blue Ridge Mountains on the way to settle the new American frontier. In 1748-1750, the land was surveyed by Dr. Thomas Walker, who would later be partners with Peter Jefferson, father of Thomas Jefferson in the Loyal Land Company. The area was named Wolf Hills by Daniel Boone in 1860 after his dogs were attacked by a pack of wolves.

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SCIENCE AND NATURE ARE “HANDS-ON” AT THE VIRGINIA LIVING MUSEUM

At the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, students experience STEM science discoveries that simply can’t be duplicated in a school classroom.

The Virginia Living Museum is the mid-Atlantic region’s premier science education facility where science and nature really come to life. Nowhere else can your students explore all of Virginia’s physiographic regions in a day and encounter more than 250 living native species of animals and plants exhibited in their natural habitats.

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Mariners’ Museum Educational Experiences in History, Science and Language Arts

Ever wondered what life was like for sailors aboard Christopher Columbus’s ships? Or what it would sound like if you were in the middle of a Civil War naval battle? Every year, thousands of students discover the answers to these and many other questions while visiting The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia.

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Colonial Connections: Your Virginia Connection

The important story of our nation’s beginning starts in Virginia’s Historic Triangle — from the first permanent English settlement and first legislative assembly at Jamestown to the ideals of freedom and independence fostered in Williamsburg to the decisive and most pivotal battle of the American Revolutionary War at Yorktown. 

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Nauticus and the Battleship Wisconsin

Located on the downtown Norfolk waterfront, Nauticus is a maritime science museum that explores the economic, naval, and natural power of the sea. Nauticus features hands-on exhibits, marine life, 3D movies, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, and the awe-inspiring Battleship Wisconsin. Nauticus is also home to Sail Nauticus community sailing center, the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center, and Victory Rover Naval Base Cruises.

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LAUNCH AN INSPIRING ADVENTURE IN HAMPTON

Centered in coastal Virginia and located a short drive from Williamsburg, Hampton offers students an experience that spans from the Sea to the Stars. At 400 years and counting, Hampton is rich in history and the city showcases its heritage through its multifaceted attractions and tour sites.

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South Carolina Aquarium: Connecting Students to Water, Wildlife and Wild Places

South Carolina is one of the most ecologically diverse states in the country, and there’s only one place classes can go to experience all of its amazing habitats in the same building: the South Carolina Aquarium. As students journey through the aquarium, they learn about the many distinct ecosystems found in South Carolina — from the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains to the vast Atlantic Ocean — through fun, hands-on activities that bring lessons to life.

Brian Thill, Assistant Director of Education at the South Carolina Aquarium, leads a team of staff and volunteers who encourage young people to engage with the natural world in innovative ways.

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER - LIKE NO OTHER PLACE ON EARTH KENNEDY SPACE CENTER VISITOR COMPLEX IS THE PLACE FOR SPACE

There’s only one place on Earth where you can touch a moon rock, walk under the largest rocket ever flown, actually stand nose-to-nose with Space Shuttle Atlantis and feel what it is like to launch into space. This very special place is Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, just one small step from Orlando.

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BERKELEY COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA Where Education meets Adventure

Berkeley County is the ideal place for students seeking adventure and education in non-traditional forms. Paddle the blackwater swamps at Cypress Gardens while spending the day learning about wildlife from butterflies and beetles to turtles and alligators. Visit the Heritage Room, which features unearthed artifacts from Dean Hall Plantation dating back to the 1700s. 

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DISCOVER Louisiana’s Lafayette Science Museum

The Lafayette Science Museum (LSM) and Planetarium invites you to explore this world — and worlds beyond. That’s because the museum is designed, quite literally, to satisfy your curiosity.

Its location, a repurposed historic department store in the heart of downtown Lafayette, Louisiana is an architectural gem with plenty of room for knowledge seekers of all ages. 

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TENZI - THE WORLD'S FASTEST GAME.

IT'S A FUN, FAST FRENZY!

Our Goal: to reinvigorate the spirit of American education.  The Southeast Education Network, through SEEN Magazine and www.SEENmagazine.us, presents resources, ideas and techniques to help educators become more effective while growing personally and professionally. SEEN Magazine is dedicated to educators, school administrators, and the education community.

Did You Know?

Technology in the Schools
14.1 million — Number of computers available for classroom use in the nation’s 114,000 elementary and secondary schools; that works out to one computer for every four students.

Languages
9.9 million — Number of school-age children (five to 17) who speak a language other than English at home. These children make up nearly one-in-five in this age group. Most of them (7.0 million) speak Spanish at home.

Teachers and Other School Personnel
6.5 million — Number of teachers in the United States. The bulk of them (2.6 million) teach at the elementary and middle school level.

School Enrollment
40% — Percentage of elementary and high school students who are minorities (i.e., people who are non-Hispanic white). This compares with 21% in 1970, when the crest of the baby boom was enrolled at this level of school.