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  • Opening the Can on Your Canned Curriculum

    by Courtney Jacobs and Steve Sell Why bother creating performance-based assessments if I have a set curriculum? Also, a state-wide accountability system? At the heart of these questions is a concern about the lack of engagement and...

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  • How Educational Equity Benefits All Students

    by Andi Summers In a nation that claims to believe in educating all children to become engaged citizens, this practice of failing so many students of color, or tracking them based on implicit bias, or pushing them...

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  • Meetings: Painful or Productive?

    by Jean HaegerWe’ve all been in meetings that are painful: the same predictable voices drone on and on; discussions go in circles, leaving everyone scratching their heads; decisions get made and no one is quite sure...

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  • Four Moves to Start Every Meeting Right

    by Reed DyerEducators never have enough time to collaborate, so when we do get together, we should do whatever we can to make the meetings worthwhile. Unproductive meetings need to go the way of the mimeograph...

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  • Much Ado About Mastery-Based Transcripts: What Schools Need to Know and What They Can Do

    As more and more schools across the United States make the transition to proficiency-, competency-, or mastery-based systems of instruction, assessment, grading, and academic reporting, one question often comes to dominate conversations in community after community: How will mastery-based grades and transcripts impact students when they apply to college? In fact, this question can become so emotionally urgent for some students and families that it can render all other issues—including all the many advantages and benefits of mastery-based learning—effectively invisible.

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  • Bowler Receives GSSA President’s Award

    Recognition given during state superintendents association’s conferenceHENRY COUNTY, GA – Henry County Schools Superintendent received a prestigious award recently during the Georgia School Superintendents Association’s (GSSA) Spring Bootstrap Conference in Savannah.The President’s Award was given to...

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  • The Rhode Island Department of Education and The Great Schools Partnership Kick Off Rhode Island Learning Champions Program

    Today, educators from around the state came together as part of the Rhode Island Learning Champions program, a joint initiative by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) and Great Schools Partnership. The 90 Learning Champions come from 24 school districts, as well as charter schools, and represent a diverse array of educational programming, including early childhood, special education, after-school programs, and adult education.

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