Bear Creek Elementary School in Pinellas County, Florida has shattered expectations over the past few years, having quickly moved from a “D” to an “A” in the state accountability system. Principal Willette Houston’s leadership is at the forefront of the progress. On December 12, we had the pleasure of hosting
By Carla Moore For years, we’ve had a serious problem in education. The heavy emphasis on high-stakes testing has prevented teachers from getting timely, actionable evidence of student learning. Ultimately, when a test score, issued after a student is no longer in a given classroom, indicates that the student did
By Dr. Dylan Wiliam Embedding Formative Assessment, which I wrote with Siobhán Leahy, is designed specifically to help individual teachers develop their practice of formative assessment on their own or with small groups of colleagues. Here are some suggestions for practical techniques you can try in your classroom right now.
The relationships you build with students will impact their performance. The six pictures activity can help you get to know them while increasing student engagement and enhancing your instruction. This versatile strategy helps students: Consider multiple aspects of the content Organize and remember information Distinguish key information from supporting details
Thanksgiving might be the best holiday to harvest for learning opportunities (no pun intended), but many teachers default to having the students draw turkeys using their hands or making pilgrim hats out of construction paper. That’s a waste. The theme of Thanksgiving is, of course, gratitude. That falls clearly within
By Dr. Merewyn “Libba” Lyons In Part 4 of this series, we talked about the process of applying for state and federal grants. We hope your major take-away was to read the agency’s request for grant proposals very carefully. It might surprise you to learn that grant proposals are often turned
By Dr. Merewyn “Libba” Lyons In Part 3 of this series, we talked briefly about seeking state or federal grants. Before we launch into the specifics of developing applications for these government grants, here are a couple tips to ensure that you stay informed about upcoming and currently announced grant opportunities.
By Dr. Beverly Carbaugh In our travels around the country, we’ve seen districts embracing the Marzano Focused Teacher Evaluation Model with a lot of enthusiasm. Principals and teachers like the emphasis on just 23 powerful core competencies—elements of teacher pedagogy and practice that research has shown get the most dramatic
By Dr. Merewyn “Libba” Lyons We’ve discussed the purpose of grants and how to develop your concept paper as you begin the grant application process. Now, you’re ready to start searching for funders. Where should you begin? Start Close to Home Grants Department – If your district has a grants department, they
By Scott Sterling When adopting a STEM approach or creating a makerspace, acquiring a 3D printer is high on the wish list. They tend to be the most popular efforts on education crowdfunding sites, especially as prices come down. The problem is that not too many people understand a 3D