Dan Levin, President and Founder of EducAide Software, demonstrated how to turn ordinary skills-based questions into the kinds of multi-step questions and tasks which are at the heart of the Common Core math standards. The discussion was practical and based on real-world examples
School leadership can be challenging, and leadership at a virtual school can present its own set of challenges. Whether it’s working with remote faculty members or statewide enrollments, evaluating the performance of virtual instructors, or partnering with hundreds of brick and mortar schools – being a virtual school leader can be a much different experience than leading at a traditional school.
When students participate in the decisions that impact their lives, something incredible happens. Elevating student voice can reduce absenteeism, enhance school climate, promote civic engagement, and build leadership and character amongst all students.
Across the nation, foundations, non-profits, school districts, state, and university programs are working to institutionalize school gardens. These “Regional Support Models” work to provide funding, empower garden champions, build partnerships, and lay the foundation for long-term sustainability of school garden programs.
The Developmental Writing Scale (DWS), which ranges from emergent writing (scribbling) to cohesive and coherent paragraph level writing, serves as the anchor measure and was developed to be sensitive to small changes in writing quality in beginning writers.
Students need to be learning 2,000 – 3,000 words a year to keep up with expected levels of vocabulary growth. Teaching 10 words a week is only going to add up to 300-400 per school year. The major way to grow vocabulary is to teach students a process for figuring out what words mean as they confront unfamiliar words in text.
One of the main ways to engage students in class projects is to let them pick a topic they’re passionate about!