Principal Leadership Category

Congrats! CICS West Belden Featured in EdSurge

Using technology in the classroom is now the standard, but teachers and schools must decide which tools to use and how to implement them. Distinctive Schools‘ CICS West Belden is among the schools interviewed about technology in the classroom for a recent EdSurge article. In conjunction with LEAP Innovation, West Belden has been narrowing down tools […]

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USA Majority-Minority Country by 2044

While graduation rates have been observed at an all time high minority students still lag behind. The U.S. is projected to become a majority-minority country by 2044. Latino students are the fastest growing student population, projected to account for 30% of all students by 2044. 86.6% is the average for white identified students, where as, […]

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Teachers Lying about their Teaching?!

WOW. This new article in the Atlantic is a must read: http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/07/why-teachers-lie-about-their-classrooms/375099/ Last paragraph is most pertinent. “It’s no easy task for teachers. But I think we owe it, to ourselves if to no one else, to tell the most honest stories that we can. I’ll only advance as a teacher, and offer something of […]

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Texas-worse than pathetic?!

Link below is an ad.  The contents of the ad are not important.  What IS important is this snapshot of latest Texas achievement gap-actually now a chasm.  Texas, known for standing behind lowest tier academic standards in the Nation-with their Governor enthusiastically rejecting Common Core State Standards, continues to demonstrate what we know to be […]

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Pre-K and Prisons

Great article from Nicholas Kristof today in NY Times.  Do we invest in Preschools or Prisons.  We’ve known the research on how funding and operation of quality preschool programs is one of the (maybe the most) effective tool for eradicating poverty and propelling economic growth.  It also has a lot to do with how many […]

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Specific Drivers that Motivate Dropouts to Reconsider Their Options

As a result of statistical analysis, nationwide research, student surveys and student testimony, the following actions appear warranted as interventions before a student drops out: 1. Establish Behavioral, Academic and Attendance Drop Out Indicators at the Middle School Level or Earlier. Behavioral, academic and attendance indicators provide very clear early warning signs of impending abandonment […]

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On the Path Towards Building Awareness

Possibly the most costly and detrimental decision a student can make is to drop out of school.  The evidence is simply overwhelming of the value of a career and college ready diploma.   So much so, that we’re dedicating this blog to help students and school districts make informed decisions about developing career and college pathways […]

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Solving the Drop-Out Crisis: One District at a Time

When we consider 8000 students dropout daily and the class of 2013 had in excess of one million dropouts, it’s no wonder that President Obama called this an epidemic. Atlantic Research Partners completed a thorough analysis of dropouts by surveying 2000 students who had dropped out of high school and conducted research and a literature review […]

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Why Do Students Drop Out?

No child enters elementary school with the ultimate desire to drop out before reaching adulthood.  Regardless of ethnicity, race, socio-economic status or gender, early elementary school students statistically evidence a desire to belong, to fit in, to please.  So what happens on the journey from kindergarten to dropout point? The bottom line is: there is […]

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Dropout Research

Atlantic Research Partners wanted to develop a deeper understanding of the specific factors influencing a student’s decision to drop out of school.  We compiled existing nationwide data, then conducted a survey of over 1,100 students across 12 states; students who had dropped out but who were at the time of the survey attempting to attain […]

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