Landmark College: An Integrated Approach to Teaching Students Who Learn Differently

While many colleges offer special programs for students with learning disabilities (LD) and other learning challenges, Landmark College is one of the only accredited colleges in the United States designed exclusively for students who learn differently, including students with learning disabilities (such as dyslexia), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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What’s Your VISION?

Sixty years ago, teachers and students were imagining what the world would be like in the future. I think they envisioned space travel, visiting distant galaxies, living the life of the Jetsons. In 2017 what comes to mind as you create your future school. What will education look like in 40 to 60 years from now?

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Make SEL a Habit in Your Classroom

Make SEL a Habit in Your Classroom

When I started my first teaching job, I was thrown into the deep end. I went immediately into a demanding, intense setting in which I taught children with extreme behaviors who had been diagnosed with emotional disabilities and conduct disorders. 

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A SEVENTH GRADER STANDS UP FOR WHAT SHE BELIEVES

I was at a late-season Mets game, eating in one of the clubs, when the national anthem started playing on the video monitors. The hundreds of people who were chatting, eating, and drinking beer immediately went silent. All you could hear in the club was the scraping of hundreds of chair legs against the floor as everyone pushed back their bar stools and stood respectfully.

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THE FUN OF BEING A SUPERINTENDENT

I can speak from most positions in education from teacher’s aide to superintendent, so this is a fun topic. I spent 12 years as a county superintendent with 11 other superintendents in my county and on a policy council with me.

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TAKING THE LONG VIEW A Turbulent Path Toward 2042

The way we work, teach, live, and learn is changing at an exponential rate. By 2042 the education landscape could look considerably different than it does today. Regional learning ecosystems could supplant standalone school districts. 

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PowerGistics Towers for a seamless transition in modern classrooms

PowerGistics Towers simplify secure charging and storage of iPads, Chromebooks, and Laptops alike.

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CREATING FUTURE-FOCUSED SCHOOLS

Today’s students will live in a world that is challenging to predict. The current notions of college and career readiness are often rooted in prior models of work and post-secondary education that may not hold true when seeking to prepare students for their own futures. 

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2040 VISION Looking Back at the Emergence of Competency Based Learning

The bureaucrats were the worst. They dug in their heels and clung to the control model that included long lists of content standards to be “covered” and standardized tests designed to give percentile scores that sort students, schools, and teachers into winners and losers.

Looking back from the year 2040, it’s easy to see how educators were shackled to a system that was never designed to help all kids succeed in school or become lifelong learners. Almost everyone knew it was not meeting the needs of most students in the information age, but still most schools clung to the familiar patterns. 

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THE FUTURE READY ARE AMONG US

For many years, there has been a narrative that school librarians are out of date and out of place in an increasingly digital education landscape. But there is a different storyline in which librarians are leading, teaching and supporting innovation and digital transformation in schools. This has been my professional story and is becoming a national narrative among education leaders. In my TEDx Talk, I challenged both librarians and educational leaders to change the conversation about libraries. Based on my experience as an educator, a district leader and now national advocate, school librarians are logical leaders as schools seek to support future readiness in students. In my talk, I pose the question: “We are very good at associating librarians with the past. Do you see them as part of the future?” Increasingly, educational leaders are saying “Heck yeah!”

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Robotics and Artificial Intelligence The Present and Future Opportunities for Personalized Learning

How we can transform pedagogy with big data, artificial intelligence and social human robotics?

The opportunity for education to lead rather than follow innovative, breakthrough applications of technology is within reach. Educational leadership can leverage these technologies to advance teaching and learning for each learner.

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THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE AGE OF SYNTHETIC INTELLIGENCE

There are very serious people today imagining and considering the implications of a “world without work,” with algorithms performing cognitive tasks once thought only humans could perform. Derek Thompson, writing in The Atlantic, observes:

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3D PRINTING’S EVOLUTION FROM LUXURY TO CLASSROOM MAINSTAY

The maker movement has taken instruction and classroom design by storm. Makerspaces are expected to reach increased classroom adoption in less than one year according to the K-12 Edition of the New Media Consortium Horizon Report.

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The Elements of Teaching

The periodic table reveals an almost miraculous regularity. In it, the haphazard truths —observed piecemeal by so many individuals day-to-day, over centuries across the world— serendipitously fall in line. In its elemental predictability, a reassurance of order beneath the chaos.

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IMPROVE Conference Attendance

Promote your conference to more than 100,000 interested administrators and educators in our special Conferences, Seminars and Professional Development issues. Coming in November and March, these editions of The Southeast Education Network Magazine will feature articles and an educational conference directory highlighting recommended conferences.

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Dazzle Your 1st Graders with Fraction Sense

The intelligent use of visual and concrete mathematics materials can enable young students to grasp mathematical concepts and thus not have to rely upon memorization. I would like to illustrate this principle with a few fraction activities, especially since fractions are a topic that students tend to find particularly confusing. These activities are appropriate for average students of ages six and seven, and for gifted students of age five.

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Teaching-n-Learning: EFFICIENT OR/AND EFFECTIVE?

Too many school organizations have neglected to properly address their most important responsibility: effective Teaching-n-Learning. While no one will argue that teaching and 
learning takes place in our schools, many in the public believe the Teaching-n-Learning is ineffective.

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EXPLORING THE 21ST CENTURY LITERACIES

Dating back to the one-room schoolhouses, being literate has always meant the ability to read, write, speak and listen. As the world changes culturally, technologically and physically, so too does our ever-broadening definition of literacy. In recognition of this change, we must empower our students to explore and embrace the 21st century literacies.

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Classroom Management Teachers’ Misconceptions

Schools with historically depressed academic performance are especially impacted by this scenario. This pattern of coping with challenging school conduct reflects teachers’ inadequate certification training and collegial mentoring, a dilemma that requires remediation.

School administrators must respond to this problem proactively to diminish teachers’ reliance on reactive practices that result in frustration and emotional conflict.

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Creating a Strong School Board-Superintendent Relationship

With the average tenure of a school superintendent being only 3.2 years, it’s possible that a school board member could go through hiring a superintendent during every four-year term they serve.

Turnover is more usual than not. So how do a superintendent and the school board develop a successful working relationship? And how is that successful relationship maintained? After years of working with school boards and district leaders, we’ve compiled the best research and anecdotes for successfully fulfilling these vital roles.

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FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION Making the Case for High Reliability Education Systems

What should schools have in common with hospitals, commercial airlines and even nuclear power plants? All of them should strive toward higher reliability, or toward becoming high reliability organizations (HROs).The characterization of a “high reliability organization” was developed coincidently in the 1980s by Karl Weick from the University of Michigan and Karlene Roberts from UC Berkeley to describe their observations of flight operations on a nuclear aircraft carrier.

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The Second Lever of Success for Superintendents Principal Coaching and Supervision

I recently wrote an article arguing that superintendents have three key levers for improving the quality of schools and increasing student achievement:

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REIMAGINING, RETHINKING & REBUILDING AMERICA’S SCHOOLS An Architect’s Perspective

In a recent interview with NPR, Ted Kolderie, a leader of the charter school movement, stated, “If students don’t want to learn, you can’t make them. So any effort to improve learning must begin with improving student motivation. I challenge people to explain how a conventional school is designed to maximize student motivation. They can’t.” While Kolderie’s statement may be strong, many would agree that student motivation is a key contributor to success. When we consider the aging and ailing schools most students attend, and the outdated infrastructure that awaits them, the idea begs genuine reflection. 

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THOUGHTS ABOUT REBUILDING AMERICA’S SCHOOLS

Among the first questions school board members and administrators often ask regarding aging facilities are: “What will it cost to bring our schools up to date?” and “Should we remodel or demolish and start over?” Attempting to answer these questions at the outset of your planning is leaping way ahead of the basic information required to make sound decisions about the future of your facilities.

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JOIN US IN 2017 FOR THE YEAR OF THE LEARNER

This year, our entire focus will be on America’s learners and the resources we will need to give every learner in America the tools to learn and succeed in the global world of tomorrow.

Volume 19, Issue 1
Summer 2017

Learning and the Brain

New Technology Showcase

The Changing Face of Higher Education

Teacher Leadership

Making Learning Personal

Travel – The Carolinas

Learning about History

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Choosing the Right School Furniture Supplier

The pace of change in today’s education landscape is unprecedented. Schools face different and more complex challenges and must keep up with the demands of 21st century learning environments, technologies and teaching methods. Today, a classroom’s physical environment is considered a major player in the learning experience. In fact, some researchers and educators have dubbed the physical space of a classroom the “third teacher.”

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School Security Gets Its Head in the Clouds Deploying Modern Video Surveillance in Educational Institutions

Schools, universities and colleges have always viewed safety as a high priority. These institutions are the keepers of our society’s most valuable asset, our future. Keeping students and staff safe is crucial to an exceptional educational experience. Like every other part of society, educational institutions are not immune to crime and violence. 

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University of the Ozarks TRANSFORMING LIVES

At University of the Ozarks, degrees are handcrafted, in intimate classes that allow professors to get to know each student and help them find their passion.  Ozarks empowers students not just to imagine, but to fully inhabit their dreams.

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Bring Competency Based Learning into Your District

In theory, the choice is simple.  We can continue to utilize a time-bound, age-based, one-size-fits-all curriculum-driven instructional model or choose to develop a personalized competency based learning system which identifies crucial learning outcomes, gives students the instruction and practice they need at their level of readiness, and monitors and adjusts instruction for as long as needed until competency is fully achieved. 

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The desired long-term impact of STEM: Grow skills and boost the local economy

Science. Technology. Engineering. Mathematics.

Just hearing these words individually can cause concern in many students. However, bring the subjects together under the STEM umbrella, and students’ ears begin to perk in curiosity.

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STEM: Do we need another acronym?

I love acronyms. TESOL, OT, PTA, SPED, AP, ELL, SEI, RTI and the list goes on.

As a teacher, my love for acronyms may be rooted in a deep desire to help make things easy to remember, simple to understand and clearly applicable. My favorite acronym is STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

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Language Variation What’s an Educator to do?

You are an educator and the students in your classroom come from diverse backgrounds. You notice many of your students use forms of English that are “nonstandard,” even though they are native English speakers. For example, a student says, “He big!” instead of “He is big!” Another says “mouf” for mouth, and “aks” for ask.

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DIFFERENT Languages, DIFFERENT Cultures, DIFFERENT Approaches

What makes instruction different for English Language Learners? Well, the learners themselves, of course. English Language Learners (ELLs) are not all the same. They represent different cultures, different learning styles and different levels of English language knowledge. Attending to these differences involves utilizing some differentiation strategies.

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WHAT EVERY TEACHER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

As more children with autism are served in public school classrooms, teachers need skills to meet their needs. Autism is a highly variable disability, which makes it difficult to train teachers how to best support students with autism in inclusive educational contexts. However, the common learning characteristics of students with autism make certain accommodations, supports and strategies extremely relevant.

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Fires on the Water

In the late 1960s, a fire on the Cuyohoga River in Cleveland as a result of industrial pollution became a galvanizing image in the environmental movement and was credited in part with garnering the support to create the EPA. This led in 1972 to the Clean Water Act. The river was a local problem; it would burn more than a dozen times before capturing national attention when Time magazine made it a cover issue, but it had been the crucible for national action.

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The Role Nutrition Plays in Fitness for Students

In this high tech world, necessary activities such as gym class and playing outside are disregarded for video games and computer time. Cheap and convenient fast food and sugary snacks are abundant at school and home. Living a fast food, gadget-filled lifestyle decreases energy levels resulting in lack of motivation. Metabolically, the insulin fluctuations from consuming processed flours and sugars regularly promotes fat storage/ weight gain and overall inflammation. This metabolic catastrophe only increases cravings for sugar and decreases overall energy, resulting in a reduced ability to focus and perform in fitness related activities. 

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Colonial Williamsburg

You don’t need a DeLorean to travel back in time! The past comes alive at the world’s largest living history museum, Colonial Williamsburg. Take your students on a trip to colonial America, to a time where there were no smart phones, computers, or TVs, and Patriots and Loyalists debated the idea of starting this new place called the United States of America.

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Plan for an Adventurous Getaway in Galax

It’s a great time to begin planning an adventurous spring getaway for you and your family. Many people enjoy leaving the hustle-bustle of large commercial destinations behind for a relaxing and more authentic experience in a smaller community. Galax, Virginia might be just the place you are looking for.

Blue Ridge Parkway

With easy access from the heart of Galax, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a great place to begin your weekend or mini-vacation. A day’s drive on the scenic byway offers a wealth of activities that all in the family will enjoy.

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Pocono Mountains

Adventurous, authentic, and natural, visit the Pocono Mountains for an easy access and affordable student trip. Make our 2400 square miles your outdoor classroom where you can explore the terrain and expand the mind.The Pocono Mountains Region is nestled in Northeastern Pennsylvania only 90 minutes west from New York City and 90 minutes north of Philadelphia.

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THE PERFECT EDUCATIONAL GETAWAY

Visitors to Lackawanna County in Northeast Pennsylvania are going to discover that there is an educational adventure awaiting them any day and every day!

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MARY BAKER EDDY LIBRARY

The Mary Baker Eddy Library is a unique cultural institution that strives to engage all who visit, including student and youth groups. A visit to the library combines history, geography, architecture, women’s rights and journalism, creating a one-of-a-kind experience. Standing in the center of the Mapparium — a three-story, stained-glass globe — leaves many awe inspired and can expand a student’s view of the world. 

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The Citie of Henricus: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF POCAHONTAS

Henricus Historical Park, a living history museum located on the James River 20 minutes from downtown Richmond, Virginia, re-creates both Colonial and Indian history of the early 17th century. Educational programs are available to both children — grades Pre-K-12 — and adults. Our programs focus not only on social studies and history, but also incorporate the sciences, technology, engineering and math – STEM Education — of that era. How could one fully appreciate the history of colonial Virginia without also understanding the Scientific Revolution that made it possible; or the mathematical calculations and the technological innovations that allowed explorers to sail the seas from England to Virginia. 

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The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad

The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad offers Mountain Rail Adventures in some of West Virginia’s most rural mountain regions. Experience the wilderness from on board one of our historic, fun-filled train adventures. Whether you’re hiking along the High Falls of the Cheat after de-training from the Elkins-based New Tygart Flyer or learning about 20th century logging on the Cass Scenic Railroad, we have the pefect student group opportunities for you.

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Unleash Your Curiosity at the Atlanta Science Festival

The annual Atlanta Science Festival is a week-long celebration of local science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. 

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Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum preserves Parks’ lasting legacy

More than 60 years has passed since the Dec. 1, 1955 arrest of Rosa Parks that sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, but Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum continues to preserve the legacy of the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.”

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La Nouba - Cirque Du Soleil

A door opens and two worlds collide. Enter the attic of make-believe, where the mundane meets the marvelous. Dreams and nightmares intertwine. La Nouba, which calls on both individual and collective memory, is an unforgettable journey into a world at once threatening and exhilarating, frightening and familiar. La Nouba beckons to us, challenges us to uncover passions we thought we had lost long ago; to frolic in our childhood dreams and enter a place where the extraordinary transforms and overcomes the ordinary.

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Are You Looking for an Adventure?

Grand Western Tours prides itself on the best educational travel experience for 14 to 16 year-old students. Each trip is carefully planned to give your child a complete and delightful tour of outstanding points of historical and picturesque interest in the United States. Every effort is made to make each tour a memorable one for the students.

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Brainy Teachers Working with Brainy Parents Change the World

One of the major things I have come to understand both as an educator and a parent is the hugeinfluence parents and teachers have on brain development. I don’t like to burst anyone’s bubble- especially an educator’s bubble- but the parents are first. Parents have more influence than we as educators do, however, we come in a close second. Children model what their parents do. Parents are the adults. They are the god for a child at least while the child is young. By middle school, the response is usually a bit different, but those early years are critical.

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Letter to Leaders

As a leader you may be asking yourself- “I signed up for this?”  The answer is yes and many are glad you did.  As a superintendent or building principal you have the talent, desire and disposition to lead others.  You accepted this challenge and responsibility as a servant leader and your task will not be for the faint of heart.

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Reading Achievement: Breaking the Barriers to Success

Reading is a complex skill and so it’s not unexpected to find that different groups of experts focus on different aspects of the behavior. Among the specialists in this field, there are those who concentrate on ways to teach reading and those who study non-reading skills, such as language and cognition, which correlate with reading achievement.Unfortunately, the two groups rarely combine forces. However, were their expertise to be integrated, the consequences for improved reading success would be dramatic.

 

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Looking Back in Order to Look Forward

Long-term capacity planning is successful when leaders have a keen eye on demographic changes. When executed consistently, school districts are better able to keep operating costs lower and educational programs optimally funded over the long haul. 

Operational inefficiencies that result from inconsistent facility planning and their adverse effects on academic programs are quite avoidable when districts develop a comprehensive, fact-based approach.  This approach must include respecting capacities of existing schools (looking back) and incorporating realistic expectations of long-term demographic changes (looking back and forward).

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PowerGistics Towers for a seamless transition in modern classrooms

PowerGistics Towers simplify secure charging and storage of iPads, Chromebooks, and Laptops alike.

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TENZI - THE WORLD'S FASTEST GAME.

IT'S A FUN, FAST FRENZY!

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