by Angela Maiers The involvement of parents and families in schools is often cited as one of the most important ways to improve education. High levels of parental involvement correlate with :  improved academic performance  higher test scores  more positive attitudes toward school  higher homework completion rates  fewer placements in special education  academic perseverance  lower dropout rates  fewer suspensions” (The School Community Journal, 2008, Vol. 18, No. 2, p.53).With four decades of powerful,empirical evidence, few dispute that the connection between home, school, and community is beneficial for all.  And yet, most educators and parents have...


Rebuild or Remodel, that is the question. There are many schools today who are asking this question in a number of contexts. This question pops up in the area of facilities, curriculum development, relationship building, technology infrastructure etc. We live in an era where our current world is changing so fast those not able to keep up are holding on desperately to the past. This is understandable, as being cautious was an advantageous trait in terms of surviving not so long ago. Those who took risks in the past were more often than not reviled as heretics. of course there ...


This week is the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) conference and several ideas have been running through my head as I have scanned my RSS feeds and worked on my presentation. As an educational leader and an occasional speaker I want to understand the dynamics of my own learning. The questions I am asking are: Why do I/we attend conferences? Do I/we lead by example? Am I an "Open Educator", whose professional, thinking, learning and reflecting are transparent? How does professional development support and encourage transformation? I look for the conference experience to be an inspiration and catalyst ...


[This post was co-authored by Greg Farr, Principal, and Randy Rodgers, Instructional Technologist] My family owned The Farr Best Theater in Mansfield, Texas. My grandfather opened the theater in 1917. When Gone with the Wind was first released in 1939, my grandfather, Milton May, refused to show it. He objected to the vulgarity it contained. Pressure from his nine children (my dad, my aunts and my uncles) finally convinced him to show the movie. As it turned out, Gone with the Wind was the theater's highest grossing film for all of 1939 and 1940 combined. What does this have to ...


I have said, "We must be explicit about what we want students to know, understand and be able to do." What some heard was, "You are not doing a good job." I have said, "We will be more effective of we collaborate and work together to figure out how to best meet the needs of our students." What some heard was, "You are not doing a good job." I have said, "The responsibilities of public education have changed; we can learn together how to be successful in this new environment." What some heard was, "You are not doing a good ...


Of course, many people do do well in their schools and love what they have to offer. But too many graduate or leave early, unsure of their real talents and not knowing what direction to take next. Too many feel what they are good at isn’t valued by schools. Too many think they’re not good at anything. (Sir Ken Robinson, The Element, p. 225) Have you ever wondered how people become good at something they like to do? The “something” could be anything; fishing, for example, or acting, playing pool or flying the space shuttle, painting water colors, ...


From a teaching and learning perspective providing every student with some type of computer device makes complete sense and the positive results of this approach have been well researched and documented. More widespread access to computers makes it possible for students and teachers in schools to transition from occasional, supplemental use of computers for instruction to more frequent, integral use of technology across a multitude of settings (Roschelle & Pea, 2002). Ubiquitous, 24/7 access to computers makes it possible for students to access a wider array of resources to support their learning, to communicate with peers and their teachers, to ...


I am writing this post from the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) conference in New Orleans. I am here at this conference with a close friend who is a principal in a district about 10 miles from my school. Andy (Yes, that is his real name; no need to protect the innocent.) is on my list of the top five brightest educators whom I know. Aside from being an outstanding teacher and instructional leader, he has become quite the expert on the PBIS intervention system, and he has used this to turn his school into a top performer ...


This is not going to be the usual philosophical vision, mission, goals, kind of post. I am going to share a tool that I started using this year called “The Notebook Method.” I am pretty tech savvy but there are some things that are just better with paper and pencil. Yes, I have tried every organizational tool/recording method there is and I am pretty happy with this one. (Please excuse my image layout as this is my first post with the edweek version.) Get a 5 subject notebook. (I work in a K-4 building so there is a section ...


As we all know, we are in the midst of a massive economic downturn. Every month is accompanied by reports of additional, large-scale layoffs. People are losing their jobs in significant numbers. And yet, despite claims that job losses are being felt throughout all areas of the economy, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data clearly show that the impacts of this recession are being felt more heavily by some rather than others. For example, employees with a 4-year college degree or higher are losing their jobs at a much lower rate than other workers [click on image for larger ...


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