Instructional Leadership Category

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 resource an unfair advantage over their just as intelligent, but marginalized […]

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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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Superintendents as Instructional Leaders

In my work, I am finding it more and more rare that school superintendents are actually engaged in instructional leadership. Here is a SHINING positive example. Dr. Michael Bregy, newly appointed superintendent of the North Shore school district 112 in IL, has been a long-time client and friend. Now that he is on his second […]

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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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To Serious Educators–Assessment Matters! (and so does what happens after the testing period)

It’s that time of year, when mostly every K-12 student is assessed on his or her academic progress.  For those of us who believe that a balanced approach to assessment is appropriate, we know that “that which gets measured gets done”.  Not too much testing and using the best assessments are also key. Very important […]

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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 Mecklenburg (NC) Schools.  Link Below:

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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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