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14 December, 201114 December, 2011 Research Research
Folder: College Readiness
This study, Access to Algebra I: The Effects of Online Mathematics for Grade 8 Students, found that algebra-ready students in schools offering online Algebra I scored higher on an algebra test and were more likely to participate in an advanced mathematics course sequence in high school, compared to algebra-ready students in schools that did not offer the online course. The study also found no evidence of negative effects on non-algebra-ready students attending schools where online Algebra I w...Read more
"The Money Smart Computer-Based Instruction (CBI) is a friendly and easy to use learning tool that teaches the 10 modules of the Money Smart curriculum through a computer. The CBI can complement formal classes or enable people to study independently at their own pace."

"Each module generally takes between 20-30 minutes to complete. Students receive ongoing feedback and, upon successful completion of each module, can print out a personalized certificate of completion. "

"The CBI is avail...Read more
Additional Connections:
  • Partnerships
  • Multiple Pathways
For the past two years, we have found funding for a Pre-Planning workshop. The workshop, held in the days leading up to the beginning of school, invites math, reading and science staff to review FCAT data from the past year, review present teaching assignments, and begin to plan for a successful year. During the three days, speakers are brought in to address whole group needs. Part of the time is also spent in small, content specific sessions focusing on establishing goals and plans for each ...Read more
Components of School Excellence:
  • Inform Decisions Through Data Systems.
  • Clarify Student Learning Expectations.
  • Adopt Effective Instructional Practices.
Learning Criteria:
  • Foundation Academic Learning
Additional Connections:
  • Meeting AYP Reading
  • Meeting AYP Mathematics
  • High Expectations
20 September, 201220 September, 2012 Videocasts Videocasts
Dr. Mimi Dyer & Nan Lanford
Kennesaw Mountain High School
Kennesaw, GA

2012 Model Schools Confernece

Duration: 7:53 minutes
16 January, 201016 January, 2010 Gold Seal Lessons Gold Seal Lessons
Students will research and develop an oral and visual presentation in the targeted language to support their environmental beliefs They will participate in a mock demonstration about environmental issues. In small groups (2-3) students will research an environmental topic relevant to their everyday lives and that of their peers. (Water waste, recycling, local lakes/land, animal protection, etc.) They will provide statistics and facts to prove that their cause. The groups will make visuals...Read more
Grades: 10 - 12
Subjects: French
Essential Skills: E2, E4, E6, E10
Submitted By: Kirstin Thompson, Green Lake Schools, WI
13 August, 201013 August, 2010 Technical Bulletins Technical Bulletins
The International Center for Leadership in Education believes that a curriculum needs to prepare students for the world beyond high school, not just for the next level of education. To accomplish this objective, the curriculum must reflect what the community as a whole – administrators, teachers, parents, the business community, and other stakeholders – believes students should know and be able to do when they graduate from high school.

In 1998, the International Center for Leadership...Read more
13 August, 201013 August, 2010 Technical Bulletins Technical Bulletins
The co-teaching model has emerged as a significant tool for including students with disabilities in the general education classroom. The re-authorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 1997 and the authorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in 2001 both contributed to renewed interest in co-teaching. NCLB focused attention on improving education results for all students and required highly qualified teachers in core content areas. Similarly, the 2004 re-authori...Read more
13 August, 201013 August, 2010 Technical Bulletins Technical Bulletins
As a rich schoolwide culture of student engagement emphasizes and cultivates the beliefs, feelings, and behaviors that create success in school, students will have a greater appreciation of the steps required to be successful in school and ultimately throughout life.

To further help educators dig deeper into the process of student engagement, the International Center has developed three psychological domains, which are interdependent components that contribute to the process that we call ...Read more
13 August, 201013 August, 2010 Technical Bulletins Technical Bulletins
Over the past three years, Van Meter High School in Iowa has worked to develop an adapted version of the International Center’s Rigor/Relevance FrameworkTM as its personalized method of school reform.

“The model has become an integral part of the culture at Van Meter,” says Principal John C. Carver. “Teachers challenge students with increased rigor, are benefited from real-world application of lessons developed as a result of the staff’s analysis of the model, and thanks to an ...Read more
13 August, 201013 August, 2010 Technical Bulletins Technical Bulletins
Setting goals, prioritizing tasks, and staying focused allow people to accomplish more with reduced effort and less stress. Learning time management skills gives students control over their lives. So much is happening in their world that it is easy to make quick decisions that waste time and effort. To take control of their lives, students need to:

• identify goals and the steps to reach them
• prioritize their tasks
• remove time-wasting activities
• overcome procrastination
...Read more

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