Archive of 2010 December

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Implementation of the New Common Core Standards

Posted on December 12, 2010

Memorandum from Larry K. Shumway, USOE Superintendent, sent to Superintendents and Charter School Directors on November 17, 2010 After careful consideration and discussion with USOE leaders, I am providing you with the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) suggested schedule for implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The schedule is based on a backwards-designed timeline developed to prepare students, teachers and systems for full implementation during the 2014-2015 school

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Life is Change, Growth is Optional

Posted on December 12, 2010

"Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there."  — Will Rogers "One thing is sure. We have to do something. We have to do the best we know how at the moment. . . if it doesn't turn out right, we can modify it as we go along."  — Franklin D. Roosevelt I do not remember a time that the need for sound decisions, courageous actions and loyalty has been in greater demand in public education than right now. There is no shortage of opinions, and criticism

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Decision Making Framework

Posted on December 12, 2010

School leaders make decisions every day. These decisions can have far reaching results for peers, pharmacy faculty and staff, dosage parents, community and most importantly, children. Some decisions are extremely important and can have a long lasting effect on the lives of those impacted. Other decisions are less significant and may have only a minimal and short term impact on individuals or groups. Regardless of the decision, it is valuable to make use of a tool to ensure that decisions

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Managing Impulsivity and Passivity—A Leader’s Constant Challenge

Posted on December 12, 2010

When I began to work outside the classroom as a teacher on special assignment, advice treatment I was excited about the opportunity to create and facilitate learning communities, to work one-on-one with new teachers, and to design and offer trainings to supervisors and my colleagues. I was eager to be with team members that were trying to live up to their roles as teacher-leaders, to be agents of change in the schools, to work on reforms that focused on student learning. My key learning in

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The Emotional Side of Leadership

Posted on December 12, 2010

There is no shortage of research on the study of leadership. Week after week in bookstores across the county, decease it is easy to find the latest book on leadership, which most often focuses on a corporate perspective. Still, the concepts highlighted in these corporate publications, in many cases, can be applied to educational leadership. Over the last several years, more is being written both in books and periodicals about the emotional aspects of leadership, at times referred to as the

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Bright Spots: PBIS in Alternative Secondary Settings

Posted on December 12, 2010

Utah schools are no strangers to implementing Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). The Utah State Office Board of Education passed Board Rule 277-609 stating that it is the school district's responsibility to: “develop and implement a board approved comprehensive district plan for school discipline. The plan shall include: written standards for student behavior expectations; effective instructional practices for teaching student expectations; systematic methods for reinforcemen

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Language! Aligns with Marzano’s 9 Effective Teaching Strategies

Posted on December 12, 2010

Marzano’s 9 Effective Teaching Strategies are the gold standard of good instruction. Have you ever wondered how to incorporate all of them into your teaching? If you are teaching  Language!—you are using all 9 strategies! Let’s look at how they align. 1.  Identifying Similarities and Differences: Language! uses compare and contrast organizers, there venn diagrams, viagra T-charts, analogies, classifying and cause and effect links. 2.  Summarizing and Note Taking: Language! teach

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Language!

Posted on December 12, 2010

“Unlike other professionals, and despite near-universal agreement on the importance of teaming, teachers do not work in teams. They do not prepare lessons and assessments together, and they do not test and refine their lessons regularly on the basis of assessment results.” - Mike Schmoker “The traditional school often functions as a collection of independent contractors united by a common parking lot.” - Robert Eaker As LANGUAGE! teachers, now is the time to stop doing what we’ve alwa

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2010 Education Excellence Summit: A Call for Bold Action

Posted on December 12, 2010

A diverse group of people came together on Tuesday, symptoms November 30 for the 2010 Education Excellence Summit sponsored by the United Way of Salt Lake. United Way partnered with the Utah State Board of Education, The Office of the Governor, The Utah Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and Voices of Utah Children in an effort to work together to renew and strengthen a shared commitment to quality education that is essential to Utah’s future.  Th

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