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As the 9th largest school district in the state of Ohio, the Hilliard City School District serves more than 15,500 students in grades K-12, through three high schools, three middle schools, two sixth-grade schools and 14 elementary schools.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

March 19, 2012

Single-District Virtual Ed. Seen Growing Fastest

"Single-district online learning programs were the fastest-growing sector of virtual learning in the United States in 2011. Whether it is to provide more options for students, keep more students from seeking virtual learning options outside the school district, or simply to move toward 21st-century teaching and learning, many districts are launching and sustaining their own virtual learning programs."

This is an interesting read about school districts establishing their own virtual coursework for students.  This is clearly a growing trend and is right in line with our direction and vision.

Why be an Administrative Tweeter

My selection this week comes from administrator Jeff Delp.  Delp briefly explains his journey on Twitter, and how its utilization has become an essential piece to his ongoing professional develop.  Delp states “Twitter can be customized to create individualized professional learning opportunities.”

Whether you’ve not yet created a Twitter account, have just started an account, or you’re a veteran, I encourage you to seek out some of the many “Connected Principals” that are out there to increase your PLN.  Oh, and don’t forget to follow @connected_leadr.  Enjoy!

The Challenge of Challenging Text

As Hilliard City Schools implements the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts, we recognize the attention given to literacy skills in science and social studies.  Teachers of these content areas need to be explicit at teaching students how to navigate the unique text of their disciple.  Often we hear content teachers express concern because their college training did not teach them how to "teach reading".  

This week's article, "The Challenge of Challenging Text" could be valuable for any teacher of high school, middle school, or upper elementary students. It explains components of text that cause difficulty for readers:  vocabulary, sentence structure, coherence, organization, and background knowledge.  The authors help teachers know what to do about text complexity.

In Schools, Self-Esteem Boosting is Losing Favor to Rigor, Fine-tuned Praise

Educational research over the last ten years has revealed that unearned praise to students actually interferes with the learning process.  With the emphasis on rigor today, words like “persistence”, “risk taking”, and “resilience” can lead to much higher achievement that the warm, fuzzy feelings that boost self esteem.

Praise should be related to objective standards.  Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck says that “it is important to be clear with children about what a proficient or a gold medal performance looks like so that they know what to strive for”.  The Habits of Mind discussed in this article make way for invention, creativity, and life-long learning.

In Schools, Self-Esteem Boosting is Losing Favor to Rigor, Fine-tuned Praise

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