From the Editor - Spring 2015

For those of us in the school biz, we conclude yet another year of excitement, worry and anticipation. Did 2014/2015 meet your expectations? Did you perform well? Did your team? What changes did you personally make this year to improve the lives of the children whom you serve?

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What Science Should We Teach?

If we tried to teach everything we are asked to teach, very few students would be able learn all the material in a typical grade’s science curricula. This is especially true considering we have only 36 weeks, and would still be true if we had twice that much time. That doesn’t mean we couldn’t teach it. Teachers are pretty good at working under impossible conditions; we can teach anything. The students just wouldn’t be able to learn it all. Which brings me to my title; what science should we teach? Within the vast body of scientific knowledge and skills, what is most appropriate for k-12 students? What is learnable, teachable, important, and relevant? What, out of the teachable and learnable subset, fits into our standards and assessments?

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Finding Help for Failing Schools is Literally in Your Own Backyard

An inner city school of ethnic minorities and working-poor families at the bottom of the test score ladder is probably one of the types of schools we’re talking about in the failing school category. St. Hope in Sacramento, California was a school of that variety when I was asked to speak with them a few years ago. They were struggling with everything — test scores, attendance, behavior, everything, but they had already made some moves to turn the school around. Now they were looking for more.

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Wherever you are, BE there...

As spring comes our way it is imperative that we remind ourselves of the very simple athletic coaches’ axiom above: when on the fields, courts and pools for spring sports, “Wherever you are, be there! Don’t be thinking about homework assignments, quizzes, tests, reports and other school projects while you are playing; you will lose the game, match or meet. Likewise, don’t be thinking about sports when you are in class where teaching & learning is the focus... you may lose your future!” DISENGAGEMENT in our classes every day leads to the challenges we see as we face competition in our global world. 

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How to Make Troubled Schools Better and Keep Successful Schools on Top

When a school gets out of control or its academic results are considered to be insufficient, I’m often the one who is asked to come and help the school turn around. Stealing an image from the Horse Whisperer movie, I think of myself as a school whisperer. I’m good at figuring out what is wrong and how to make it better.

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Protecting Student Privacy in Connected Learning

Already heightened concerns over the privacy of student data hit an all-time high when President Barack Obama proposed student privacy legislation in his 2015 State of the Union Address. Those concerns have grown over the past couple of years, fueled by headlines about the NSA (National Security Agency) eavesdropping on U.S. citizens, the Target credit card breach, the controversial, and now defunct, InBloom, and many more media reports of security and privacy breaches.

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Doing Data Right Lessons in School Data Planning

The State of School Data Use

Educators across the country are largely on board with the premise that data should play a role in understanding and improving school systems and student outcomes.

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Taming Big Data

Data has always been important to a teacher even before it came in the form of a computer printout, an interactive screen, online testing or any of the other numerous ways we obtain and use data today. Maybe that’s why I am not crazy about the term “Big Data.” It makes it sound like it’s something new. We definitely have more of it than we ever had before, but still less than we will have in the future.

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Support Struggling Students Through Personalized Reading

To achieve the vision of higher standards and ensure all students are on track to be college and career ready, schools must develop struggling readers into proficient and avid learners. But reaching them early in their academic journey is key.

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Classroom Data: A Deep and Complex Subject

Data in the classroom focused on student achievement is a very complex issue for education making it impossible to discuss all the issues, usage and purposes in one discussion. A primary issue is that data and its purpose has been a moving target, as education reform movements have changed from a model focused on compliance to a model focused on accountability.

In the past, student achievement data consisted mainly of a collection of historic data points such as grades, periodic progress notes and summary of assessment results. To some degree, the best educators could do was to teach the grade level lesson plan to the entire class and intervene when an exception was noticed. While this method was the best we could expect, now times have changed. We have better technology, better analytics and a better model.

The model of accountability says we should focus on individual student outcomes more than the processes, to identify categories of struggling learners. The challenge with the accountability model is that we have to collect progress artifacts of data, publish the results, analyze the data, compare against expectations or norms, and then act upon the data analytics by prescribing educational interventions focused on best practices. Additionally, the challenge of performing this process for individual learners, not just categories of struggling learners, has added another layer of complexity.

Ultimate Purpose of Smart Data Collected in the Classroom:

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ConnectED Classrooms: How to Assess the White House ConnectED Offers

In June 2013, President Obama travelled to Mooresville, North Carolina, where he praised Mooresville Graded School District’s integration of technology into the classroom.

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Managing School Instructional Data: Knowing the Right Questions to Ask

I started researching instructional data integration because some school districts and states are starting to impose data standardization requirements on application providers. We are also compelled because data standardization and integration are a significant part of my company’s research goals.

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What Educators Need Most

More and more districts are asking themselves the same question: Why buy a Student Information System (SIS) from one company, a Special Education System from another company, a Data and Assessment Management System from yet another company, and then transfer data back and forth between them? For districts that have discovered Illuminate Education, there is a very simple answer – they no longer have to.

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Why CTE Matters for All Students

The 2016 budget plan that President Obama proposed last month allocates funding for new programs that could advance career and technical education (CTE), including a $200 million CTE Innovation Fund and a $125 million competitive grant program to promote high school redesign. This is just the latest indicator that CTE education needs to be revamped to align with the 21st century workplace and future job demands, and that it’s increasingly a priority for education leaders at the highest level. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 10 of the 20 fastest growing occupations require an associate's degree or less, and of the 20 occupations with the largest numbers of new jobs projected for 2018, 13 require on-the-job training or an associate's degree.

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Causal Analysis Missing Piece of the Data Puzzle?

Data can illuminate, clarify, and empower, but it can also overwhelm, confound, and lead users down the wrong path if they don’t take the time to ask the right questions. Albert Einstein said, “If I had an hour to solve a problem, I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and five minutes thinking about solutions.” 

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Turning Around Turnaround Getting Comfortable with Complexity

Education leaders and policymakers have spent more than a decade trying to wrestle the complexity of school turnaround into simple, predictable submission. The related student achievement metrics and school turnaround models have made the project more accessible for parents, practitioners, and policymakers, but the final results have been underwhelming. Some schools still struggle to prepare students for college and the workforce. Others have seen temporary gains in student achievement but have failed to sustain these improvements for more than a few years. 

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Transform Your District’s iPads into a Laptop Replacement

Superintendents, school boards, technology directors and others are at a technology crossroads. Textbooks are rapidly being replaced with digital curriculum, and most districts are somewhere in the process of supplying devices for every learner, teacher and staff member.  

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TRANSFORMING LEARNING FOR ALL YOUNG PEOPLE

(This is part one in a three part series.)

An Era Shift for Education

My three-year-old daughter Chloe gravitates toward anything with an engine — buses, construction vehicles, or trains. She also loves to wear costumes year round and stage plays with her plastic figurines. She’s a typical kid, and she’s entirely herself.

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School Improvement A PROCESS TO USE AT THE DISTRICT/CAMPUS LEVEL

For any school improvement process to work in the complicated, crisis environment of the public school, it must have these characteristics:

  1. Use a simpler process involving more people that takes less time.
  2. Achieve critical mass of the staff in a short amount of time — so that everyone is moving in the same direction.
  3. Have a method of monitoring each student for his/her learning progress.
  4. Focus on calibrated student work* and the evaluation of that student work.
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Developing great teachers through talent management: A guide for principals

The start of a new school year always brings a rush of excitement, a little nervousness, and a determination to succeed – not just for students, but teachers as well. For teachers starting at a new school, there’s not just the thrill of meeting students, there’s also new co-workers and school buildings to get to know.  
It’s also a great opportunity for school principals and HR managers to help those new teachers get accustomed to their new school’s culture and values. A talent management system can help you create a strong, supportive culture, increase employee engagement and set up a system of onboarding that outlines and enforces your school’s values.  It also gives staff visibility into how their individual goals support the school district’s strategic plan. 

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Data Essentials: “Must Haves” for a Next Generation Comprehensive Assessment System

The Common Core education movement has been accompanied by a rapid and widespread interest in the use of standards-aligned, research-supported comprehensive assessment systems to help guide local educational decision-making. This interest has created a pressing need for the development and implementation of a new generation of technological tools capable of integrating standards-based assessment with instructional decision-making. In turn, these tools can provide data required to inform the many types of decisions confronting educators and administrators in today’s schools.
Because different types of decisions require different types of data, a technology-based comprehensive assessment system must be composed of different types of assessments. Each type serves a different central purpose, and each type may require variations in test characteristics and assessment procedures in order to serve its central purpose. 

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It’s All in the Game

She was perplexed. Around her other student’s creations were sprouting colorful sunflowers but her plant stubbornly refused to grow. Turning to her friend playing on the next computer, she asked for help. Together they diagnosed that she hadn’t put enough roots down early in the game. Her plant was incapable of getting the nutrients it needed. I smiled and moved on to the next group of students. With new insight, her next sunflower would turn out a radiant success.  

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Developing great teachers through talent management: A guide for principals

The start of a new school year always brings a rush of excitement, a little nervousness, and a determination to succeed – not just for students, but teachers as well. For teachers starting at a new school, there’s not just the thrill of meeting students, there’s also new co-workers and school buildings to get to know.  
It’s also a great opportunity for school principals and HR managers to help those new teachers get accustomed to their new school’s culture and values. A talent management system can help you create a strong, supportive culture, increase employee engagement and set up a system of onboarding that outlines and enforces your school’s values.  It also gives staff visibility into how their individual goals support the school district’s strategic plan. 
Before your teaching staff heads back to class, let’s take a look at how performance management can make your next school year a successful one for both new and returning teachers.

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Blended Learning: Emerging Classroom Models Blended Learning: Emerging Classroom Models

As technology flows into more and more classrooms, teachers are inventing new ways to blend technology-based learning with off-technology learning to create rich educational experiences for their students. At School 21 we’ve watched how teachers have innovated, and discovered several models for how to most powerfully implement blended learning in the classroom. Not surprisingly, we’ve noticed that teachers are developing a range of models that strive to mix the best of what technology has to offer with more traditional — though still very powerful — human-to-human interactions to create the optimal blend.

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Pedagogical Strategies for Enhanced Learning and Retention

Have you ever attended a class or lecture to listen to someone speak on a topic? Perhaps a continuing education class or even a simple information session. I’d like you to think of one time where you participated in something of this nature, where you were really excited about learning more on the subject matter. Now I want you to compare the feeling you had when you arrived, prior to the talk, to the feeling you had when you left. Were the feelings comparable? Did you feel just as excited about what you learned or less?

 

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Helping Persistently Failing Schools

Throughout my years as an educator — English teacher, counselor, principal, superintendent, and for the last 13 years, president of the Institute for Student Achievement (ISA), a non-profit high school redesign organization — persistently failing schools have often appeared to be an intractable problem, impervious to any number of reform efforts.

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BUILDING A BETTER STEM CURRICULUM

If you are an educator, then you have likely encountered the “STEM” acronym. While STEM is quite well known in education and policy circles, there continues to be a lack of agreement about what STEM is and why it matters. Since Sputnik, policymakers, business leaders, educators, and the public have been grappling with possibilities and challenges associated with improving education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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BUILDING NEW CURRICULUM, INSTRUCTION AND ASSESSMENT SYSTEM

(Editor’s Note: This is the final installment of a three part series.)

As we all struggle to meet the challenges of CCSS — or whatever new standards your state may have adopted — the new assessment system, and whatever new challenges lay ahead. The reality is that we must first have a system to address ANY issue that we face. Your district may have had a system to meet the old challenges of state standards and state assessments, but with the new CCSS and whatever assessment system ends up upon us, we must change our system to address these new challenges. So let’s spend some time talking about systems and how we go about creating a new system to meet the new challenges.

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CHOOSING MATERIALS FOR A BLENDED OR ONLINE COURSE

As reported last fall in the Keeping Pace Annual Report, there are now 26 states with state virtual schools and in those schools there were almost 740,000 course enrollments . With more school districts offering online and blended course options for students, teachers need to know how to find and choose the right mix of instructional materials in order to reach students where they are. Textbooks alone won’t cut it anymore. All stakeholders need lessons comprised of instructional materials that are of good quality, and engaging.

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Continuity Takes BOLD Planning

Emergency and continuity plans have always been vital to the well being of a school district or university, but prior to 2004, the tools and methodologies available were not entirely adequate. Specifically, there were no viable web-based planning tools that could lead large, complex organizations like districts and universities through the long-term process. 

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Cleanshake: The Best Ingredients Or Nothing SHAKING UP THE PROTEIN DRINK INDUSTRY

There’s a new protein drink on the market. In a sea of false promises and ‘filler’ poducts, CleanShake is a company that guarantees products with 100% organic ingredients, which contain absolutely no soy, gluten, artificial flavors, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, fillchemical additives, preservatives, sucralose or maltodextrin.

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The Paperless Office: Myth or Reality?

Today, schools are mired in paper records. When the process of filing paper started decades ago it might not have seemed like a problem. However, the mountain of documents has only grown and for most districts it has become unmanageable. That’s where a Document Management System like etfile comes into play.

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An Institutional Answer to the Peanut Allergy Issue For Schools

The SoyNut Butter Company, we strive to deliver natural, great tasting products that can be enjoyed by all. We are committed to meeting consumers’ needs by offering a variety of delicious and healthy alternatives to make mealtimes and snacks enjoyable, safe and nutritious.

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Improve School Culture for Better Teacher Retention

Over the past eight years, Eklund Consulting has surveyed thousands of in-service teachers. Only 25 percent of those surveyed reported that they would recommend teaching as a career to young people. According to Founder and President Nathan Eklund: “Most educators who leave the profession love ‘teaching’ but are dissatisfied with their ‘job.’ 

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School Uniforms With a Lifetime Guarantee

Schoolbelles is a family owned school uniform business that treats everyone like family. That’s not just a marketing slogan or a catchy motto; Schoolbelles treats all their customers as though they were doing business with their own family members. 

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PESG: Substitute Solutions for School Districts

Every school district wants to make wise financial decisions.
But in a field where budget deficits, funding cuts, healthcare compliance costs, and layoffs are becoming even more commonplace, many districts are faced with difficult choices that affect the educational opportunities they can offer, and ultimately the students themselves.

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Is Your School Transition Program Stuck in the 1980’s?

Nearly every school in the country does some sort of orientation for their incoming students. But in many schools this consists primarily of a tour of the building, counselors discussing course options and administrators lecturing students on school rules and regulations.

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It’s Time To Engage In The War Against Cyber Abuse

With cyberbullying on the rise and the potential consequences of this cowardly intimidation ever more worrisome, it’s time to engage in the war against cyber abuse.

Cyberbullying and abuse is a global plague wreaking havoc all over the world! Combined with the proliferation of social media in today’s society (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, just to name a few), the cause for concern about bullies online is at an all-time high. 

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Using Teacher Reflection To Improve Professional Practice

Great teachers develop and engage in a regular practice of reflection. Don’t have one yet? Need to help a struggling teacher develop one? Feel too bogged down to engage in reflection? Take a moment to read on and discover what’s missing in typical teacher-reflection articles. I’ll show you the way to develop a sustainable, meaningful reflection practice.

Hint: Just like painting a room successfully, the outcome depends on the prep-work.

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Providing A Classroom Management Guide For Beginning Teachers

A primary requirement for all beginning teachers is knowledge of classroom management strategies. School districts are hiring thousands of new teachers annually. However, these teachers do not have adequate readiness to manage student behavior. Until pre-service certification training is radically improved, this vulnerability will continue to seriously impact teachers’ professionalism. Our national agenda to address student achievement is dependent on teachers’ classroom management skills, especially for those starting their educational careers. This is particularly urgent with the looming teacher retirements predicted during this decade.

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The Invention of IBlock

Like many districts, systemic implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI) snuck up on us. We had been building our toolbox of one-on-one interventions for quite some time, but as Wisconsin’s new law pertaining to Students with Learning Disabilities came closer and closer to implementation, we realized that we did not have a systemic structure in place to meet all student needs. So began our journey with what we call “iBlock.”

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Digital Microlearning in the Classroom

Forward-thinking educators have long sought to integrate digital literacy into grade school curricula with uneven results. Students are using digital tools in school, to be sure, but the skills training that is accompanying them is often less complete than is ideal for a 

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Divergent Learners The Brain, Personality and How We Learn

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

He might be a divergent learner if ... he is warm, outgoing, kindly

She might be a divergent learner if ... she is affected by feelings, emotions

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Back to School Transforming Commercial Buildings to Alleviate Overcrowding

As millennials (born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s) grow older and have children, we will begin to see a changing dynamic in our culture. Many studies show that this age group has an affinity for living in dense urban environments. As children of millenials become school age, school districts will see an influx of students. Urban school districts will be unprepared for the influx of children, and will be faced with overcrowding. 

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DESIGNING MODERN CLASSROOMS STEP 1:<br>Transforming the Traditional Classroom into an Engaging Learning Environment

(This is part one of a two-part series on designing the modern classroom.)

Technology rich classrooms offer incredible benefits for both students and instructors. From fostering blended learning environments through collaboration, critical thinking and practical problem solving to flipped rooms centered on student engagement; the classroom that was focused on traditional teaching has evolved into active learning.

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The Future of Global Learning? It’s Already Here

In the previous issue of SEEN magazine, I argued that it was time for a Moore’s Law in global education. Where Moore’s Law holds that processing power for computers will double every two years, I suggested that we should expect the number of students with access to global learning to double every year in America’s K-12 public schools. I made the point that this aggressive timetable is possible even with our existing capacity. 

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THE BOTTOM LINE THE TOTAL COST OF RISK IN YOUR DISTRICT

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

Last issue I covered what effective risk management is and who should be involved in the process. The second and perhaps most important part of understanding risk management in schools is understanding how elements or categories of risk and the total cost of risk affect the budget and bottom line for every school district. 

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3 Essential Components to a Successful District-Wide Transition to Paperless Processing

Whether motivated by green initiatives, storage challenges, cost savings, or efficiency improvements, K-12 school districts are discovering the value of transitioning to paperless processing. It’s no secret that paper creates obstacles associated with records management, disaster recovery, legal risk and process inefficiencies. The ability for staff to find the information that they need with the click of a mouse improves morale for your workforce and other stakeholders. It dramatically reduces processing errors, and helps counteract the deluge of paperwork that often diverts focus away from the needs of students.

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Next Generation Fundraising for Schools

Mobile fund-raising is poised to transform the way schools and foundations raise money and communicate with students. Never before has it been easier for principals, districts, program directors, coaches, teachers, parents and kids to raise donations and make an impact. Each group can now collect secure donations and full contact information from the convenience of a mobile device. Mobile fundraising should be easy for donors to use, secure, and simple for schools to setup.

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In Fund-raising, Don’t Underestimate the Value of What You Have to Sell

Districts and schools strapped for money may have an untapped resource right outside their doors. While booster clubs have solicited sponsors of athletic teams for years, schools and districts have generally under-valued this resource and lacked the expertise to tap regional or national sponsors. That landscape is changing and it’s time to take a fresh look at this potential revenue stream.

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Talking about Alcohol: The Role of Teachers

It’s sometimes easy to lose track of time. One minute you’re assigning homework, the next you’re focused on teaching an important concept while managing your classroom.
It’s important to take your role as a teacher day by day. Seizing teachable moments and making sure with each instance you’re yielding the most impactful and positive experience. These teachable moments come in all shapes and we’re here to give you the tools to spot these moments and have the facts you need to have those tough conversations, especially about alcohol.
You’re not alone. Studies show parents are the biggest influence in their kid’s decision to drink or not drink alcohol. However, for teachers, parents and kids alike, beginning a conversation about alcohol can be awkward. Or scary. But like any other discussion, this one can start with a simple “hi”, “hello” or “how’s it going?”

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Three Strategies to School Emergency Response Preparedness

As schools around the nation, and the people within their walls, continue to be the target of violence, school districts are increasing spending on school safety and security. For example, Baltimore County (MD) Public Schools plans to spend $9.8M over the next three years to make school buildings more secure. 

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HOW TO PREVENT LIABILITIES, IMPROVE SCHOOL CLIMATE AND ENSURE BETTER CYA

Given the choice, wouldn’t you rather prevent liabilities like active shooter incidents, suicides or other tragedies in your school instead of reacting to them? If it were possible, wouldn’t you rather prevent a lawsuit, negative headlines and invasive media grilling related to an incident instead of reacting to the situation? Though all of us would choose to prevent accidents, lawsuits, negative headlines, media grilling and tragedies — every day we see more and more headlines about incidents, lawsuits and tragedies in schools across the country where prevention efforts failed.

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Broaden Participation in STEM The whole is greater than the sum of its parts

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, Jeramie Strickland, a young African American male and wildlife biologist,stood before a group of over 100 diverse high school students at the annual American Geophysical Union fall meeting to share his story of rising from a difficult childhood of poverty and challenge in Chicago to a successful career with the U.S. 

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SQUEEZING THE FUN AND ENJOYMENT BACK INTO LEARNING

This is Boring

As educators, one of our greatest challenges is to make learning relevant and fun. This is particularly true in the earth sciences, an integral part of STEM learning. One activity that took the college learning community by storm, and is now being utilized in K-12 is a high-tech treasure hunt of sorts, an activity called Geocaching. Geocaching teaches students, and their teachers, how to use signals from GPS satellites to locate and use objects, or information hidden at fixed positions. Today, GPS technology is widely used in everything from daily driving to mapping demographic information to determine a school district’s personnel needs.

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From Classroom to Career: TEACHING CREATIVE AND CRITICAL-THINKING SKILLS THROUGH STEM

Colleges and companies want people who have it. Workers overestimate their competency in it. Employers lament that they do not have enough of it in their workforce. What is “it”? Critical and Creative Thinking.

Ask professionals to explain what “critical thinking” means, and their answers vary widely.

Let’s begin with an academic definition. Is there consensus among academics? 

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BUILD PROTECTION AGAINST RISKY BEHAVIOR

Where would we be without goals? When we are convinced things in life happen to us and not by us, we surrender to the choices and priorities of others. Without claiming a stake in our own future, we become drones obediently consuming information to populate a worldview designed by others. This is not to suggest malice on any party, but instead, without a thoughtful consideration of what we are exposed to, we assign ourselves to follow the tune of the piper. 

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Social Emotional Learning to Build Intentional Communities

Over the past decade America has identified a glaring problem in our education systems. Reams of statistics reveal that far too many American public schools are failing our students, teachers and parents — particularly in urban areas.

Initiatives such as common core, PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports), or character education are sweeping the field, in an attempt to diagnose and shift the situation. Is the problem how we teach? Is the problem behavior management? Is the problem the character of our young people, so many of who seem unmotivated to learn?

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Helping Students with Disabilities Make Good College Choices

When high school students begin to consider postsecondary options, some of them find an almost limitless field of undergraduate choices. These are the students with grades, test scores, and/or athletic ability that make them prime candidates for generous scholarships from a wide array of institutions. It can also be the students whose families have the financial means to fund whatever type of institution in whatever locale the student might choose and be accepted to. Other students, however, are not as fortunate. 

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Flipping the Equation on Challenging Behavior

When you decided to become a teacher, did you envision changing young people’s lives for the better and coming home each day with a glow of satisfaction? Sadly, the reality can be vastly different! When a classroom is filled with students engaging in challenging behavior, it can begin to feel like a war zone. It can be stressful and lack reward. How is a person supposed to teach when one or more students are being noncompliant, disruptive, and distracting other students? There are some simple strategies that can empower a teacher to turn all of that challenging behavior around and get back to the business of teaching. First, we need to see behavior clearly for what it is: Communication. It is never random; it always has a purpose. If we can begin to recognize the pay-off a student is getting from engaging in the behavior, we can affect great change. There are four main “usual suspects” that are the underlying causes of nearly all challenging behavior in a classroom setting.

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SOS - why do I read slowly and can’t remember it?

How often have you heard someone say, “I read slowly” or “I have trouble remembering what I read?” These two statements are more common that most people realize. Recent research in cognitive processing has identified a hidden group of learners that have difficulty with the sequencing steps involved in interpreting information in a logical and organized manner as it flows from our eyes to the brain; i.e.,visual processing. Not surprisingly, at the top of the list that requires effective visual processing skills is reading.

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A Fruitful Endeavor

The march to provide healthier lunches in schools has been a rocky one. From the school lunch lady to the first lady herself, opinions vary on how to best improve the nutritional intake of America’s children. However, lost in the web of restrictions and guidelines is an often over looked aspect of dietary theory – consumption.

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Superstars of Sports Share the Benefits of Sports, Fitness, & P.E.

(Special exclusive to SEEN Magazine)

Physical Education is on “life support” in too many American schools, which is impacting quality of life and overall health in this country. When school administrators cut expenses to balance their budgets, P.E. is often one of the first classes to be cut. It should be the opposite.

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GAME ON!

Your class has earned a coveted All-Access Pass to the hallowed halls of college football. On your field trip, you and your students will experience the science, history, rivalries, and pageantry that have made college football one of the most beloved sports in America.

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What to Do Before Student Travel Goes Awry

Imagine 110 of your students stranded roadside after a bus breakdown. Or nearly 40 arriving in Germany without their luggage because of a volcano. These are real stories. But, thanks to travel insurance, these travel troubles didn’t ruin the trips and didn’t cost students and school districts hundreds to thousands of dollars.

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The ‘Main Event’ in Downtown Atlanta

The Center for Civil and Human Rights is an engaging cultural attraction in downtown Atlanta that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to Global Human Rights Movements of today. “TheNew York Times” called The Center the “main event” in downtown Atlanta’s renaissance due to its unique architectural design, multimedia displays, compelling artifacts and interactive activities.

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EXPERIENCE A REFRESHING TASTE OF EDUCATION

Plan your Georgia field trip around a visit to The World of Coca-Cola. Experience the fascinating story of the world’s best-known beverage brand in a dynamic, multimedia attraction that is educational as well as entertaining.

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A New Kind of Adventure

Our schools continually seek unique ways to educate. Learning is more than just head knowledge. It is actual application of that knowledge into real life situations.

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Honor Thy Music at any Age

Whether students are aspiring songwriters, vocalists, instrumentalists, history buffs, or just ardent fans of music, their teachers findthe Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is a must-see fieldtrip destination for all ages. Education is central to the museum’s mission. The galleries, filled with items from the museum’s unparalleled collection, provide unique learning experiences. The Taylor Swift Education Center (TSEC) enables the museum to offer hands-on programs that expand the stories told by the museum’s exhibitions. 

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Experience Sharks at Your Fingertips

Throughout history, sharks have often exuded a somewhat mysterious and elusive persona. Sure, one might see a nightly news report during the summer months that features the eerily familiar scene of sharks swarming near a seemingly joyful group of swimmers and beach goers. Rarely, however, does one get the opportunity to view sharks outside of their natural environment.

The instinctual curiosity of these amazing creatures is apparent every year. Weeklong shark week celebrations gain national attention and become the topic of office water cooler conversation. 

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MEDIEVAL TIMES DINNER & TOURNAMENT Take A Field Trip To The 11th Century

Imagine an engaging and interactive history lesson presented by a king and his noble knights of the realm, set within the walls of an 11th century-style castle. Every detail is painstakingly recreated as your students take a personal journey back in time.

The student program at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament greatly enhances your classroom lesson by providing an educational and entertaining program for students of all ages – a learning experience students will enjoy and remember.

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Having Fun & Learning Too!

Learning should be fun. In Florida alone, you can find a variety of attractions that offer children educational opportunities and the chance to make memories.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort

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TAKE A BITE OUT OF LEARNING AT GATORLAND

For more than 60 years, Gatorland has been creating Fun, Smiles, and Special Memories for millions of visitors who have entered through its world-famous gator mouth entrance.

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Let learning SOAR

Education will reach new heights when you take your students to Universal Orlando® Resort for a Universal Studies program. Universal understands your goals as educators, which is why our programs are designed to support national standards in education.

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Colonial Williamsburg That the Future May Learn from the Past

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation operates the world’s largest living history museum in Williamsburg, Virginia—the restored 18th-century capital of Britain’s largest, wealthiest, and most populous outpost of empire in the New World. Here they interpret the origins of the idea of America, conceived decades before the American Revolution.

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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.