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NYSMSA’s e-blast

The Office of State Assessment at SED has posted some of the administration directions for the 3-8 tests: 
·         School Administrator’s Manual (SAM) 
·         Guidance about untimed tests 
·         Teacher Directions 
·         Educator Guides and Background Information

Who refuses to take state tests? It turns out there’s a pattern across the country.

The Atlantic magazine wonders whether teacher evaluation will change as we move from NCLB to ESSA.

This column does a nice job of explaining sleep and the needs of our children. Of course, school starting times comes up.

This story about kindergarteners involved in a project provides a great example of Project-Based Learning right from the beginning of school. This example connects literacy, community, research, and action!

The Buck Institute for Education is teaming up with OCM BOCES to offer a four-day conference on the research-driven success of Project-Based Learning. The one-of-a-kind event embraces the Maker Movement and offers a long list if inspiring speakers and workshops aimed at bolstering your understanding and success with student-centered, inquiry-based learning. Don’t miss out on this chance to connect with fellow educators, renowned experts, and PBL trailblazers for an event guaranteed to spark creativity, collaboration, and innovation in the classroom.

This report documents the success that students from deeper-learning high schools have over students who attend traditional high schools. If we want students to be ready for college and to succeed in college, our traditional high schools have to evolve.

This short column describes the power of student choice. It also gives a few suggestions for providing choice, including the use of menus.

DuFour and Reeves define “real PLCs” in this publicly available article from Kappan. They urge us to stop using the PLC label inaccurately and to focus on what works and what matters.

The identification of your essential learning targets doesn’t make them essential. Until you act like they are essential, they are still just “nice-to-know.”

Here’s some advice for preparing students to think globally and to be global citizens. It starts in elementary school.

This list of articles about standards-based grading can help you find the research or experience to help you make the transition.  There’s even a top ten list!