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Technical Bulletins are specific strategies for implementing reforms. Each Technical Bulletin is limited to a narrow topic that targets a concern raised by the network membership. Network school leaders whose schools are featured in a Case Study are typically presenters. In writing for the network they offer additional insight into the topics that make them a Model School. Through technical bulletins, these schools offer another opportunity to learn best practices from people who implement them on a daily basis in their school. These bulletins also offer additional tips, concerns, and questions for continuing the conversation beyond the bulletin. Members can blog about them, connect via the social networking features, and rate the bulletins as part of the SPN feedback process. Topics have included: iPhone Apps for AP Economics; A Gap Analysis of a School’s Instruction; High Expectations in an Elementary Classroom.



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13 August, 201013 August, 2010
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
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
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
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
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
13 August, 201013 August, 2010
For better or worse, exams are a fact of life for students. Class or standardized tests come in all shapes and sizes. Following are some test-taking strategies that can contribute to student success.
13 August, 201013 August, 2010
Considerable attention has been paid recently to various instructional strategies, models, and reforms that teachers can employ with students. Little attention, however, has been devoted to the ways assessment might improve student performance. Fortunately, educators are beginning to recognize that they should not focus on just instruction or just assessments, but rather to consider both areas together in order to enhance student learning and achievement.
13 August, 201013 August, 2010
A high school diploma is the minimum requirement for nearly all jobs today. Yet, dropout rates continue to be a critical issue for schools across the country.

There are effective research-based steps, however, that schools can take to identify likely dropouts as part of prevention measures, according to the report, Approaches to Dropout Prevention: Heeding Early Warning Signs With Appropriate Intervention, recently released by the National High School Center.

The first step toward an ...Read more
13 August, 201013 August, 2010
As a follow-up to last month’s bulletin on test-taking strategies, here are some key terms to help students understand how to answer essay questions.
16 May, 201016 May, 2010
Classroom observation is a vital link among the student, teacher, and principal. It brings
the principal closer to the real action — instruction and learning. It places the principal in a
resource role in which his or her ideas can really affect teachers, students, and learning.
The following questions are helpful in classroom observation. Principals may also want to
conduct brief interviews with the teachers in order to answer each question fully.

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