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EdTech and Measuring Efficacy

Education Research and Development Institute (ERDI) recently announced the launch of its new podcast Radio:ERDI. On Radio:ERDI, I have the opportunity to sit down with education leaders and discuss hot topics, trends and the current state of education. Currently, ERDI’s capacity is 104 school…

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…

Personalized Learning ROI

Regarding problems with Personalized Learning ROI, lack of results is oft times where practitioners make this about the device. Devices do not create personalized classrooms. Relationships between students and their teacher along with good student-as-agency practices and personalized pedagogy make personalize learning effective. The…

Waffle House Shooting: A White Shooter, a Black Hero, and White Presidential Silence

Great writing by John Pavlovitz. This has all gone way too far as a new normal. Waffle House Shooting: A White Shooter, a Black Hero, and White Presidential Silence — Read on johnpavlovitz.com/2018/04/23/waffle-house-shooting-a-white-shooter-a-black-hero-and-white-presidential-silence/

It Doesn’t Just Happen at Starbucks. Teachers Need Racial Bias Training Too.

It Doesn’t Just Happen at Starbucks. Teachers Need Racial Bias Training Too. — Read on educationpost.org/it-doesnt-just-happen-at-starbucks-teachers-need-racial-bias-training-too/

U of Chicago-CPS partnership pays off in big ways for district

http://www.educationdive.com/news/u-of-chicago-cps-partnership-pays-off-in-big-ways-for-district/521395/

Innovative Staffing at CICS West Belden

I am always proud of the work at Chicago International Charter School (CICS) West Belden, and some of the great work begins with a staff that is dedicated to the mission of Distinctive Schools – “To support each child in becoming an engaged and…

“Something very good is happening in Florida”

Nation’s report card: ‘Something very good is happening in Florida’ – Orlando Sentinel — Read on http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-0s-florida-naep-test-scores-20180409-story,amp.html Now it is time to bring the levels of pay UP substantially for FL teachers. It is also time to substantially increase funds for innovation, infrastructure, and…

CICS West Belden Personalized Learning Journey Case Study

I am proud of our students and staff at Chicago International Charter School (CICS) West Belden and celebrate them with the launch of their case study that shares CICS West Belden’s Personalized Learning Journey. In 2011, CICS West Belden became operated by Distinctive Schools,…

What’s going on in Oklahoma

Here’s a great analysis of what’s going on in the State of OK. Seems like these lawmakers need an attitude adjustment. Just what the teachers seem to giving them. And, it seems like kids in OK are low on the list of priorities of…

‘Students have just had enough:’ Walkouts begin across the nation one month after Florida shooting – The Washington Post

Where do you stand on this issue? A good bit more civil action, even unrest can be the way to change. Hopefully, you stand WITH kids across America who invested 17 minutes to honor those who lost their lives and to help get attention…

Shameful Connection to the Parkland School Shootings

See the NYT article/link below. It is shameful that the President made this connection between Obama school policies and the Douglas HS shootings. It makes no strategic sense so it has to be all politics. What a horrible disservice to the victims. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/13/us/politics/trump-school-shootings-obama-discipline-policies.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news 

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