Tagged “College Career And Citizenship Readiness”

Klea Scharberg

Throughout November: Teacher Evaluation

Teacher quality is the most important in-school factor influencing student learning and achievement. Research shows that students with high-performing teachers can progress three times as fast as students with low-performing teachers and each student deserves access to highly effective teachers in every subject. In turn, all teachers deserve a fair and accurate assessment of their skills, how they perform in the classroom, and how they can improve. Teacher effectiveness is dependent on accurate and fair evaluations, based on multiple measures, including—but not solely based around—their students' performance in the subjects they teach.

Teachers should be evaluated based on their performance in their own subject area using a range of criteria, including observations, peer reviews, parental or student input, and analysis of agreed-on student learning evidence. Join us throughout November as we take a look at models of effective evaluation that produce results that truly benefit students, schools, and educators.

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Efrain Mercado

Transform Principals into Instructional Leaders

Fulfilling the Promise of the Common Core State Standards - ASCD

ASCD has released a new report titled Fulfilling the Promise of the Common Core State Standards: Moving from Adoption to Implementation to Sustainability that illuminates activities educators and policymakers at all levels can undertake to successfully implement the Common Core State Standards across the United States, including "transform principals into instructional leaders."

Until now, principals have been the overlooked constituency as states have sought to gain acceptance of the standards from rank-and-file classroom teachers while simultaneously working with district-level leaders to create systemic supports and reforms aligned to the standards.

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Klea Scharberg

High Schools at Work: Creating Student-Centered Learning

With a good education comes the responsibility of teachers to show students how to become responsible and active citizens. Through various activities, such as mock trials and lessons on democracy, students can learn valuable lessons that help shape who they become in life.

In this video, see how one high school collaborates with different organizations in its community. Edcouch-Elsa High School uses a variety of approaches to encourage students’ civic involvement and help with postsecondary education needs. Learn more with ASCD Express.

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ASCD Whole Child Bloggers

Student Advisory: A Model for the 21st Century

William J Tolley

Post written by William J. Tolley, instructional coach and head of history at the International School of Curitiba in Brazil. A graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University, he is a member of the current cohort in the Johns Hopkins/ISTE Supervision and Administration graduate certificate program. Connect with Tolley by e-mail at idealjetsam@gmail.com. This post was originally featured in ASCD Express.

"Advisory" is often a catch-all phrase for a space and time set aside for faculty and staff to help students face academic, social, psychological, and perhaps physical challenges. Unfortunately, schools seldom give such programs the space, time, and resources needed to accomplish all this. Moreover, advisories are often ill-defined or poorly designed and end up as well-intentioned tangents to the school mission. Nonetheless, the need for effective advisories is especially important in the 21st century because, as never before, students with different abilities and intelligences all need to know how to learn without us and build their shared future. A 21st century advisory is the perfect place to help them do this.

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ASCD Whole Child Bloggers

Engaging Students in Politics

Post written by Jill Bass, director of curriculum and teacher development for Mikva Challenge's Center for Action Civics. Connect with Bass by e-mail at jill@mikvachallenge.org. This post was originally featured in ASCD Express.

Every teacher has at least a handful of moments with students that make him or her think, "This is why I became a teacher." One such moment for me was on a campaign trip with about 60 students in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2007.

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Melissa Mellor

Kids Need More Than Reading and Math, Argues ASCD Executive Director in CNN Commentary

"We can't narrow the focus of our schools into just math and reading and still expect to graduate students who are ready for college, a career and citizenship," writes ASCD Executive Director Gene Carter in his special commentary for CNN's Schools of Thought blog. "A comprehensive education provides students the opportunity to discover what they excel at and inspires a boost in overall student performance and confidence across all subjects."

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Whole Child Virtual Conference

Your Summer PD: Whole Child Education and Society

2012 ASCD Whole Child Virtual Conference

ASCD conducted its second Whole Child Virtual Conference in May 2012. This free conference showcases schools, authors, and research about implementing a whole child approach for a worldwide audience. View and share archived session recordings, presenter handouts, and related resources at www.ascd.org/wcvirtualconference.

Gain insight into the role of education in society, the purpose of schools in that society, and what we all can do to ensure that each child, in each school, and in each community is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged through these presentations:

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ASCD Whole Child Bloggers

Enlightening Minds: Preparing Critical Thinkers for Life After High School

Post written by Karen McDaniels, an associate regional executive director for the Florida Department of Education where she provides literacy support to the most struggling schools in the South Florida area. Connect with McDaniels by e-mail at Karen.mcdaniels@fldoe.org. This post was originally featured in ASCD Express.

One of the greatest joys for parents is to see their child graduate from high school and head off to college. However, realizing their child's first semester of college is provisional and may consist of remedial courses may rob a parent of their joy, not to mention their dollars. Unfortunately, for many high school graduates, remediation, at least, is the short-term reality: "One out of every three college freshman in four-year institutions needs remedial classes" (Goldman, House, & Livingston, 2011, p.3). As K–12 educators, we have an obligation to adequately prepare students to meet the demands of college upon entering. High schools especially must create a scholarly climate where sophisticated thinking is routinely stimulated through reading, writing, and discussion.

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ASCD Whole Child Bloggers

Educators Strive to Provide Students a Well-Rounded Education

Post written by Matthew Swift and originally featured in Policy Priorities.

Teachers, students, and administrators are aware that any major changes to ESEA could have a huge effect on their school districts. Issues such as common core state standards and waivers are among the many policies that could be affected. Even without reauthorization, ESEA (currently known as No Child Left Behind, or NCLB) affects districts across the nation in numerous ways. Despite the issues ESEA presents, educators are still doing their part to ensure students get a good education.

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ASCD Whole Child Bloggers

Comprehensive Education > Reading, Math, and Science

ASCD and more than 25 other major education organizations (including several whole child partners), representing a wide array of subject areas, are promoting consensus recommendations for how federal education policy can better support subject disciplines beyond reading, math, and science. The recommendations are a response to proposals that could threaten schools' and districts' ability to provide students with a comprehensive education that prepares them to graduate from high school ready for success in college, careers, and citizenship, and that narrows the definition of such readiness to only the Common Core State Standards.

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