This last week I received a tee shirt from a friend. Across the front were the words ALLEGEDLY RETIRED. That’s very true for me. When I left my position as superintendent of a county school system, I lasted all of 20 minutes. Then it was time to get on with what I had come to believe was one of the most important things we can do — engaging families.
I realize that’s not what most of us signed up for. We all thought we were going to teach high school math, middle school science, or kindergarten. We like the age of the kids or the subject(s) or both and this is what we’d planned to do. Our university instruction gave us a couple of hours in one class on families so clearly it wasn’t a high priority. At least that’s what I thought.
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The H.E.R.O. Program is designed for public schools, charter schools, private schools, after school programs and community organizations.
Based on the increase in violent events threatening the children in our country, it is evident there is a pressing need for a survivability program that can be taught in a non-threatening manner to children as young as five years old.
The new school year is always a good time to make a fresh start in so many ways. Here, at SEEN, we thought one of the most basic ways to make a fresh start and an impact at the beginning of the school year was to focus on something we, as people, rarely do well: talking.
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Don’t confuse me with the facts; my mind is already made up! How many times have you seen someone act as if they’re thinking that?
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Turn on the radio, and you’ll hear Andy Williams sing about how it’s the most wonderful time of the year—thanks in large part to the parties, sweet treats and festivities of the holiday season. But as a middle school science teacher for the past 10 years, my rationale is a bit different. This is the most wonderful time of the year because I can begin to see the growth in my students and have developed a stronger understanding of how to best support each student’s individual learning over the coming months.
When starting a new school year, every administrator thinks about how to bring about positive change. We hear a lot about making data-driven decisions, and yes, I’ll bet every school district waits for those all-important standardized test scores to arrive and begin to analyze what is going well and what needs to change. Schools, in general, seem to align themselves in terms of excellent, high performing schools, low performing schools and all the rest that fall somewhere in the middle.
When my children started elementary school, my wife and I wanted to make sure their school had all the tools and resources needed to help them and their classmates succeed.
We didn’t have all the answers and needed guidance in navigating the school community to help meet the individual needs of each of our children.
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As educators we are, by the nature of our work, faced with many opportunities to have difficult conversations. These occur with students, with parents, and sometimes even with each other. Our job is, at its core, to help people grow and learn. To do this we have to be able to address and talk about things that might be uncomfortable. In this article, we are going to explore the idea of having difficult conversations: It’s my hope that by the end of this you have some new tools to do so.
What is trauma? How may trauma affect my student’s academic performance? What can I do as a teacher to help students who have experienced trauma? What are ACEs and how do they affect my students? These are commonly asked questions by teachers and professionals working with school-aged children.
For individuals with disabilities, the success of intervention depends on many variables. Providing evidence-based effective treatment, ongoing staff training and feedback, and identifying appropriate goals, for example, all influence the extent to which meaningful progress might occur.
I started teaching at a nationally recognized high school in Fairfax, Virginia. Our test scores, graduation rate and college acceptance numbers were strong. Yet the only time faculty members gathered outside of their departments was on lunch duty, in assemblies and momentarily in the tiny teacher’s lounge.
On February 14, 2018, the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida became the spark that once again ignited a national conversation about violence in schools.
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Even with the unprecedented amount of money available in the 2018/2019 academic year for school safety and security, most schools will not reach a level of sustainable safety.
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As a parent, I am grateful that my daughters not only received a great education but had no major safety issues throughout their years in school. However, as a security technology professional, I recognize that our school campuses are woefully in need of a major security facelift. While school incidents have been on the rise, funding has typically not been allocated to school security investments over the past few years.
In a post-Parkland America, state lawmakers have earmarked over $250 million in school safety grants in states along the Southeastern coast line from Virginia through Florida alone.
In what has become a standard three-year code cycle at a national level, the International Code Council (ICC) and its supporting committees revise and update the International Codes and standards to evolve with industry trends in design, manufacturing and safety practices. Every three to six years, the time comes for all 50 states to review the new code changes provided by the ICC.
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Quality learning environments have been found to exert a positive influence on students’ educational performance. Research indicates that it is not important if the school building is old or new, but that it provides a comfortable, well-lit, healthy learning environment. So, it is important to take care of existing buildings and make sure the learning environment is optimized.
The start of the school season brings the start of the fall and winter sports. Many of us equate fall sports, especially, with one word: football. While this is a natural and correct assumption, there are other fall and winters sports that people are just as excited about like: soccer, volleyball, wrestling and, of course, basketball. You can find fans split between all sports in upcoming months – cheering and lamenting on the sidelines for their teams and players. While fans are enjoying the games, they may notice some changes in the way high school games are played this season:
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One of the biggest keys to my success in life has been physical activity — on a daily basis. I attribute my success in life to a P.E. teacher and his class back in my hometown of Wrightsville, Georgia. Back then, P.E. was a life changer for me and it can be for children today. Sadly, physical inactivity is one of the biggest issues negatively affecting life in the U.S. right now. And, one of the big age groups which physical inactivity is impacting is children who are aged six to 17.
Since 1946, the USDA Child Nutrition Programs has maintained a mission of providing healthy school meals to children all across America in grades K12. Today, this federally funded program serves lunch to 31 million children and breakfast to 14 million children every day. Although the program was created to provide nutritionally low-cost or free school meals to children in need, students and their families from diverse socio-economic backgrounds are realizing the value a healthy school meal can offer for their students mental and physical performance.
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Parent engagement in the classroom is all the rage in the EdTech market. Most recently, the conversation in schools has shifted from, “we’re doing everything we can” to “what we’re doing isn’t working” and “how do we make it better?”
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Augmented Reality appears to have gone “mainstream” for the first time. Augmented reality superimposes information on our world through the use of technology. When I say mainstream, I am referring to the use of Augmentation in our modern world. Remember the video game, Pokémon? Millions of children — and adults — ran around their neighborhood looking for Pokémon characters.
Having spent my entire career in education, a career spanning nearly 50 years, I have seen many changes impacting how instruction is delivered. And in those 50 years, nothing has impacted change more than technology and the Internet. As with most change, there have been both positive and negative outcomes. But I acknowledge that whether a given change is positive or negative will often depend on one’s own perspective.
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Over a career that has spanned 40-plus years, I have worn a variety of hats in the education arena. First as a rural educator, then inner-city urban educator (where most of my teaching years were spent), higher education leader, director of teacher preparation programs, and charter school leadership, among others before landing at my current position in research and evaluation.
Main Idea (Summative) Comprehension
This complex skill happens to have a large role in reading comprehension overall. Instruction in main idea comprehension has been identified as one of the instructional practices with greatest impact on reading comprehension by many leading experts in the field. Main idea comprehension also appears frequently in instructional practices (such as close reading) and reading assessments.
In academia, buzzwords and acronyms are everywhere. Research, educational policy, politics and media help shape the terminology and rhetoric. Some terms trend and others seem to fade away. The term or concept of “Data” has been trending since the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and continues to be highly referenced.
This writing between my daughter and me probably looks quite familiar to you. Most likely, you have engaged in this type of writing many times over the last few years. Though it might not resemble the type of writing that left your fingers aching, required many trips to the pencil sharpener or came back to you with red marks indicating a multitude of mistakes, it is writing nonethelessÂ—writing that has been changed by technology.
Currently, according to the results of the latest round of international tests, over half a million American students leave school each year without the literacy they need to participate effectively in society, and more than 700,000 lack the math skills to make even the most basic financial decisions.
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If you work in the district curriculum office, this statement may be what keeps you up at night: Districts and schools have worked diligently to implement the College and Career Standards.
Maybe you are still on the hunt for that perfect job, maybe you have just secured your first teaching position, or maybe yet, you are a veteran teacher with many years of classroom experience. Graduate school has crossed your mind, but you have yet to make a commitment.
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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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Mac Bogert received his Masters of Education from the University of Virginia and worked as a Teacher Specialist for Anne Arundel County Schools providing staff development services before founding AZA Learning in 1994. He provides custom design, innovative training and interactive collaboration to 180 organizations nationwide.
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Professional development for faculty is critical to their success both in the classroom and in their scholarly pursuits. In general, professional development activities are an important part of any career. Professional development opportunities provide professionals with strategies and examples of how to grow as a person and advance their careers in a positive direction.
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EdSurge Fusion: October 2 – 4, 2018 in San Francisco, CA
National Forum on Character (Character.org): October 4 – 7, 2018 in Washington, DC
NSTA Regional Conference (National Science Teachers Association): October 11 – 13, 2018 in Reno, NV
Close It Summit: October 16– 17, 2018 in Austin, TX
AMLE Annual Conference for Middle Level Education (Association for Middle Level Education): October 25 – 27, 2018 in Orlando, FL
Score a touchdown with your students by taking them on a trip to The Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame this school year! Our 45-yard indoor playing field and over 50 state-of-the-art interactive exhibits make the top-rated Hall of Fame the perfect place to engage your students and experience the greatness of the game.
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Located at the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the National Civil Rights Museum chronicles key episodes of the American Civil Rights Movement, examines today’s global civil and human rights issues, provokes thoughtful debate and serves as a catalyst for social positive change. The National Civil Rights Museum is the only museum devoted to a comprehensive overview of the American Civil Rights Movement from 1619 to the present.
The Carolina Renaissance Festival is a cornucopia of sights, sounds and experiences, bringing to life the ambiance of an early European village celebration. The Festival will open on three special weekdays to accommodate students and teachers who wish to enjoy a very distinctive field trip opportunity.
The colonial Virginia-era “Citie” of Henricus began as a military fort in the early fall of 1611 when 300 men and boys sailed 80 miles upriver from the first permanent English colony of Jamestown, debarking at a site high above the James River.
Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay is a 63-acre theme park in Louisville, Kentucky with more than 70 rides and attractions, including five thrilling roller coasters, lots of thrill rides and family classics, and a large selection of children’s rides. The Hurricane Bay water park boasts two wave pools, two rivers, two children’s activity pools, a water coaster, and oodles of water slides.
Clarksville, Tennessee is first and foremost a river city. The Cumberland and Red Rivers merge in the heart of the town, very near where the city was founded in 1784, 12 years before Tennessee became the nation’s 16th state. Today, a fully-developed Cumberland RiverWalk adorns this significant juncture, and an enclosed RiverCenter illustrates Clarksville’s history from that vantage beginning with pre-settlement days through modern times.
On Dec. 1, 1955, the act of one courageous woman sparked a movement that brought change not only to the city of Montgomery, Alabama but throughout the United States.
As summer slips away, cooler temperatures and colorful foliage takes its place—a sure sign of autumn splendor! A train ride is a unique way to take in that fantastic fall color.
New Orleans is a city of allure. Generations have been enchanted by its deep culture and rich traditions. The character of the historic French Quarter, the noble Faubourg Trem©, and the breathtaking Garden District make walking tours a popular and affordable way for visitors to enjoy the city.
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