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21 August, 201221 August, 2012 Successful Practices Successful Practices
Deming High School implemented interdisciplinary Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) with their teachers beginning in January 2011. This Share-a-thon event was an extension of the high school’s PLCs. The PLCs were designed to increase teacher collaboration for student learning. The groups, made up of at least one teacher from the core subjects and non-core subjects, met every other week and the Share-a-thon was the culminating project for each of the eight PLCs. Each PLC was responsib...Read more
Components of School Excellence:
  • Empower Leadership Teams to Take Action and Innovate
  • Clarify Student Learning Expectations.
  • Adopt Effective Instructional Practices.
Learning Criteria:
  • Foundation Academic Learning
  • Learner Engagement
  • Personal Skill Development
Additional Connections:
  • Retention Rate
  • Attendance
  • Partnerships
  • High Expectations
Public Resource 25 August, 201025 August, 2010 Research Research
Folder: Adult Education
Nearly a decade ago, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) presented states with a daunting mix of challenges that supported the creation of statewide standards and assessments and rigorous accountability requirements. Yet, as a nation, the United States still lags behind other countries in student academic achievement and in preparing its young people to succeed beyond the classroom. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Education expects the gap between American students and students from top performing co...Read more
Public Resource 24 June, 201224 June, 2012 Gold Seal Lessons Gold Seal Lessons
Careful Construction Company (CCC) has recently conducted an annual review of their performance and progress to goals. Based on this data, they have become aware that they are not completing projects on time which prevents them from staying within budget due to the additional labor costs. CCC has contracted with the Get it Right engineering firm to create a machine that will assist them with lifting some of the heavy loads required to complete projects in a timelier manner by reducing the a...Read more
Grades: 3-5
Subjects: Science, English Language Arts, Math
Essential Skills: E1, E6, E9, M12, S1, S3, S4, S12, S15
Submitted By: Venola Mason, SPN Campus
24 August, 201224 August, 2012 Webinars Webinars
This webinar is # 5 in our continuing series "Connecting Classroom Practice to the Common Core"
24 June, 201224 June, 2012 Gold Seal Lessons Gold Seal Lessons
After examining various items about the topic of cell phone usage in school, students will write a letter to their principal giving clear reasons why they should be able to bring cell phones to class. All reasons will be supported with textual evidence.
Grades: 6 - 8
Subjects: English Language Arts
Essential Skills: E2, E3, E5, E6, E7, E9, E10, E12, E13, E16
Submitted By: Denise White
3 December, 20123 December, 2012 Webinars Webinars
"Flipping the class" is one of the most exciting New Practices. In a flipped class, the lecture is delivered outside class time in videos students view as homework. Class time is used to apply the lecture content in problem-solving, project-based activities, with one-to-one small group tutoring by the teacher. Students can watch the short lectures as many times as they wish to grasp the content and come to class ready to work on collaborative projects. This session webinar provides leading ex...Read more
27 September, 201227 September, 2012 Webinars Webinars
Embedded in the math and English language arts standards is the expectation to integrate technology into daily lessons. Among other things, students are expected to analyze information from various forms of print and digital sources, to include multimedia components into presentations and "produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products." Join us as we discuss how to effectively embed these standards into daily lessons and explore various valuable online resources.
17 September, 201217 September, 2012 Videocasts Videocasts
Ron Rix, Principal
South Middle School, Westfield, MA

2012 Model Schools Conference

Duration: 2:37 Minutes
Public Resource 22 November, 201122 November, 2011 Research Research
Folder: Adult Education
As schools and districts work to improve student learning outcomes, demand has grown for information on efforts to promote formative assessment and strategies that support its implementation. Formative assessment has been defined by a national group of education leaders and researchers as an ongoing instructional process rather than a discrete event. Using formative assessment, teachers collect feedback daily and systematically with students to inform adjustments to instruction to help studen...Read more
Public Resource 7 January, 20137 January, 2013 Videocasts Videocasts
Lin Kuzmich
SPNetwork / ICLE Consultant

Model Schools Conference 2012

Duration: 4:32 Minutes

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