Category: Educational Leadership

As the 2017-18 School Year Comes to an End. . .

As schools and districts across the U.S. are closing out another school year, many of us can look back and celebrate the joy and pride we have experienced at our school campuses and classrooms.  I am proud of the celebrations I have experienced and…

Innovative Staffing in Today’s Schools and Districts

Chicago International Charter School (CICS) West Belden, managed by Distinctive Schools, successfully implemented personalized learning (PL) within its classrooms.  The journey began with research and gaining knowledge on personalized learning, planning and designing implementation, piloting PL in classrooms, and then scaling personalized learning throughout…

Does it work for Kids?

Why so many Marginalized Students are left out of Gifted Education

A preliminary giftedness test given to all second-graders at a Broward County, Florida school has proved incredibly beneficial for the improving the academics of all students. The traditional system relied on nominations from teachers and parents, giving students who come from families with more…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Tips for Increasing Interactive Learning

Link to an impressive list of “non-negotiables” for improving interaction and engagement with students.  Article and headers indicate these tips are good for turnaround situations and for underperforming students.  This list is actually good for all students.  Kudos to Cochrane Academy in the Charlotte…

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…

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