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Kim Fleming

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Collaborative Inquiry in MNPS. Recently, we had the pleasure of speaking with Margie Johnson of Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) about an innovative approach to collaborative inquiry that the district is implementing. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/collaborative-inquiry-mnps/
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Kim Fleming

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Want to Fix Education? Give a Kid a Tutor. Roland Fryer, a Harvard economist who specializes in education and racial issues, has collected the outcomes of 196 policy experiments and found some consistent lessons. Fryer’s most consistent finding is that high-intensity tutoring is extremely effective. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/want-fix-education-give-kid-tutor/
In the late 1970’s, education research was deemed a pseudoscience by many in the field due to a lack of clear data and results that pointed to effective practice. In response, researchers began designing field experiments to test the effectiveness of programs and practices. In recent years, as concern over U.S. educational performance has increased,[...]
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Kim Fleming

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Policy Change is not the Only Path to School Reform. While public policy can make people do things, it cannot make people do those things well. What happens at the individual level—the level of the teacher and the student—is the most crucial factor in separating failure from success. For more, http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/policy-change-not-only-path-school-reform/
A recent opinion blog, written by Michael J. Petrilli, President of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, discusses the education sector’s exhaustion with policies on education reform. Mr. Petrilli writes: It strikes me, and several others with whom I’ve spoken in recent months, that education reform is at a turning point. It’s not just the new[...]
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Kim Fleming

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Stanford Data Set Reveals Local Education Inequities. Sean Reardon and colleagues at the Graduate School of Education reviewed more than 200 million test scores to spotlight communities with the nation’s worst achievement gaps. The most and least socioeconomically advantaged districts have average performance levels more than four grade levels apart. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/stanford-data-set-reveals-local-education-inequities/
Sean Reardon and colleagues at the Graduate School of Education reviewed more than 200 million test scores to spotlight communities with the nation’s worst achievement gaps. The results show almost every school district enrolling large numbers of low-income students has an average academic performance significantly below the national grade-level average. Reardon and colleagues already have[...]
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Kim Fleming

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What Defines a Good School? The exchange between child and adult is at the heart of it. In a recent opinion piece in Education Week, David Gamberg, superintendent of both the Southold Union Free School District and the Greenport Union Free School District offers some insightful reflections. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/what-defines-good-school/
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Kim Fleming

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Teacher Evaluation and Support Systems: A Roadmap for Improvement. A new report from the Aspen Institute Education & Society Program, spotlights promising practices from a variety of states and districts-including Colorado, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia-and outlines 10 key recommendations to help states enhance their teacher evaluation and support systems. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/teacher-evaluation-support-systems-roadmap-improvement/
The goal of every teacher evaluation system should be strengthening teacher practice to improve student learning. As states assume more autonomy under the Every Student Succeeds Act, they have a significant opportunity to make progress toward this essential goal by taking stock of their evaluation and support systems and refining them for the better. Teacher[...]
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Kim Fleming

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"Agents for Learning" Competition to Spur Teacher Engagement in ESSA Implementation. Educator teams, consisting of three to five current teachers, are invited to submit an application to participate in the competition. The application deadline is June 10, 2016. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/agents-learning-competition-spur-teacher-engagement-essa-implementation/
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Kim Fleming

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Advancing Deeper Learning Under ESSA. Jobs for the Future's new brief, Advancing Deeper Learning Under ESSA: Seven Priorities, recommends ways that supporters of deeper learning can make the most of the rapidly changing policy landscape to further the goal of college and career readiness for all students. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/advancing-deeper-learning-essa/
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Kim Fleming

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Getting Smart: 6 Entry Points for Deeper Learning. In a recent Getting Smart article, Bonnie Lathram and Tyler Nakatsu explore how educators can get started with Deeper Learning. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/getting-smart-6-entry-points-deeper-learning/
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John Liu

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Dear all friends,

This is John from Universal Wisdom Education group. We focus internet international education in China. We bring the world advanced education no matter what subjects to Chinese students through internet. As you know China has a huge number of students for example the number of K-6 students already reaches 135 million how big a market! We are seriously seeking cooperation from teachers as personal or schools. Considering the time zone difference working with us will not conflict with your normal job. We are open flexible and ready to have any kind of discussion with you. Any interest? If so please drop me an email at john.liu@uwegroup.com we will come back to you soonest.

Please to hear with many thanks.

Best regards
John
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Let's use this space to think about how we can energize the K-12 experience. Let's make it a fun, vibrant and enjoyable place to reflect and develop as educators. TWO RULES: 1. Please play nicely. 2. Please +1/comment and SHARE as much as possible as it gives a community energy! Created by Annabelle Howard.

Kim Fleming

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Disconnect Between Parents' Perceptions of Child's Performance Versus Achievement Data. A new national survey reveals large disconnects between how well parents believe their children perform academically and their actual performance. It also finds that parental aspirations for their child to go to college are much higher than data on the percentage of children who get to and through college. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/disconnect-parents-perceptions-childs-performance-versus-achievement-data/
A new national survey reveals large disconnects between how well parents believe their children perform academically and their actual performance. It also finds that parental aspirations for their child to go to college are much higher than data on the percentage of children who get to and through college. Results from the survey, which was[...]
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Joshua Elliott

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There are many ways that Google Apps can be used to streamline your teaching.  For this post, I wanted to narrow my list to just Google Docs because the list would have to be extremely long to cover the possibilities for all Google Apps in any real depth.…
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Kim Fleming

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How to Get a First-Rate Teacher in Front of Every Student. When a system focuses on building teacher expertise through collaborative, research-focused professional learning and at the same time provides a meaningful career progression that reinforces and rewards the building of teacher expertise, systems see great results. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/get-first-rate-teacher-front-every-student/
A recent Education Week blog by Marc Tucker examines what it truly takes to get a first-rate teacher in front of every student, and compares the United States systems to the rest of the world. Some experts estimate that half of those who start a career in teaching are gone in five years, and those whose[...]
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Kim Fleming

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A High School Student on Education Reform. Regardless of how many times you’ve watched a TED talk pop up on education reform, or read a depressing Washington Post article on how American students score on tests, you probably haven’t heard a whole lot from the perspective of students themselves. Jonah Steele, a current high school student, speaks eloquently about this debate. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/high-school-student-education-reform/
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Kim Fleming

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ESSA: Time for States to Seize the Initiative. ESSA, the new federal education legislation that replaced No Child Left Behind, requires states to break out of the compliance mindset and take advantage of new flexibilities offered under the law. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/essa-time-states-seize-initiative/
A recent article from Education Week, by Marc Tucker, criticizes the way states are handling the implementation of ESSA. The hottest item at the recent meeting of the Council of Chief State School Officers was ESSA, the new federal education legislation that replaced No Child Left Behind, but the big question on the minds of[...]
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Kim Fleming

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Advice for New Teacher Leaders. Sarah Brown Wessling, high school English teacher in Johnston, Iowa and 2010 National Teacher of the Year recently offered advice for teacher leaders in Education Week. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/advice-new-teacher-leaders/
Sarah Brown Wessling, high school English teacher in Johnston, Iowa and 2010 National Teacher of the Year recently offered advice for teacher leaders in Education Week. An excerpt of her post appears below: As many of our systems work to make space for elevating the profession by calling on the wisdom and expertise of our[...]
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Kim Fleming

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Beyond Teacher Quality. In British Columbia, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore, teacher effectiveness is not something fixed that individual teachers do or don’t possess. In these high performance systems, the whole (school effectiveness) is greater than the sum of its parts (individual teacher effectiveness). For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/beyond-teacher-quality/
The Shanker Institute recently published commentary on the Beyond PD: Teacher Professional Learning in High-Performing Systems report from the Learning First Alliance and the International Center for Benchmarking in Education at the National Center for Education and the Economy. This blog covered that report here (http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/more-teaching-less-learning/) and here (http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/professional-devel...
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Kim Fleming

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Core Education has released its April Issue Brief. In this month’s issue brief, we explore best practices related to teacher collaboration, both the face-to-face and the online varieties. For more, see http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=a4ae2b1b129b9f8a29d50b80f&id=eb48822820&e=[UNIQID]
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Kim Fleming

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Shifts in the National Assessment Landscape. An Education Week survey of states’ testing plans in English/language arts and math found that states have continued in 2015-16 to drift away from the tests designed by the assessment corsortia, the PARCC and Smarter Balanced tests. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/shifts-national-assessment-landscape/
An Education Week survey of states’ testing plans in English/language arts and math—the two subjects covered by the Common Core—found that states have continued in 2015-16 to drift away from the tests designed by the assessment corsortia, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, and Smarter Balanced tests. Here’s how[...]
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Kim Fleming

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Evaluation Systems as Tools for Professional Development. A recent report released by New America called Beyond Ratings examines state teacher evaluation systems and evaluates their usefulness as tools for teacher growth. For more, see http://www.coreeducationllc.com/blog2/evaluation-systems-tools-professional-development/
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