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How a Large & Diverse District is Making Data-Driven Decisions

How a Large & Diverse District is Making Data-Driven Decisions

Ascension Public Schools is a large public school district in southeastern Louisiana, between the cities of Baton Rouge and New Orleans. With more than 22,000 students, the district serves the diverse communities of Donaldsonville, Dutchtown, Gonzales, and Prairieville. In 2017, the district was awarded its sixth consecutive “A” rating from the Louisiana Department of Education, … Continue reading How a Large & Diverse District is Making Data-Driven Decisions

Star Climate Ratings for Georgia Schools: How to Make Your School a 5-Star School

Star Climate Ratings for Georgia Schools: How to Make Your School a 5-Star School

Since 2014, the climate of each public school in Georgia has been rated annually on a scale of 1-5. School climate, according to the National School Climate Center, refers to a school’s “quality and character,” based on the “patterns of students, parents, and school personnel’s experiences of school life.” Factors that affect a school’s climate include its values … Continue reading Star Climate Ratings for Georgia Schools: How to Make Your School a 5-Star School

9 Informal Assessments to Help You Pinpoint What Your Learners Need

9 Informal Assessments to Help You Pinpoint What Your Learners Need

The great thing about informal assessments is they help us gauge students’ understanding during the learning process instead of after. Informal assessment also changes teachers’ relationship to student learning. Through informal assessment, a teacher becomes a guide throughout the learning process, rather than the judge of the student’s final product. While committing to formative—or informal—assessment … Continue reading 9 Informal Assessments to Help You Pinpoint What Your Learners Need

3 Lessons Around Finances For Your Students

3 Lessons Around Finances For Your Students

News from late December 2017 showed that the average American owes $15k in various personal debts. Much of this can be attributed to financial illiteracy. In earlier decades, it was difficult to simply step into so much debt with the options restricted and the need lessened. Modern students simply aren’t aware of the risks. There … Continue reading 3 Lessons Around Finances For Your Students

School Spotlight: It’s that Time of Year…SIP at Two Rivers Middle Prep

School Spotlight: It’s that Time of Year…SIP at Two Rivers Middle Prep

This post was originally published on Feb. 2017 and can be found here. With our latest temperatures, one would say that spring is in the air. It’s also that time of year that School Improvement Planning (SIP) for the 2017-2018 school year takes place. I was excited and honored to work with Two Rivers Middle … Continue reading School Spotlight: It’s that Time of Year…SIP at Two Rivers Middle Prep

Teacher Resiliency: Five Lessons Learned from Starting a Revolution

Teacher Resiliency: Five Lessons Learned from Starting a Revolution

“Attention passengers: in the event of an unexpected change in pressure from administrators, parents, students, colleagues, or school district officials, please assist yourself before assisting children and those around you. Remember to breathe.” The messaging onboard airplanes is the exact same messaging my fellow educators need to hear: self-care isn’t selfish, self-care is survival. The … Continue reading Teacher Resiliency: Five Lessons Learned from Starting a Revolution

Fighting Teacher Burnout & Fighting for Equity

Fighting Teacher Burnout & Fighting for Equity

Teacher burnout is a pandemic impacting just about every country with an established system of education. More than 41% of teachers leave their jobs within five years of starting (Ingersoll, Merrill, and Stuckey, 2014), and 15% of teachers leave the profession each year (Haynes, 2014). However, the latter statistic rises significantly to an annual loss … Continue reading Fighting Teacher Burnout & Fighting for Equity

Teacher Resiliency: Keeping Teachers Motivated, Supported & Fired-Up

Teacher Resiliency: Keeping Teachers Motivated, Supported & Fired-Up

Early January is a time for renorming, turning last fall’s skills into actionable habits and building a classroom community that kids will remember for years to come. The question is: How do we keep our vitality through the winter and spring of 2018, and why is this critical from an equity lens? In public schools … Continue reading Teacher Resiliency: Keeping Teachers Motivated, Supported & Fired-Up

The General Status of Student Mental Health in Our Schools

The General Status of Student Mental Health in Our Schools

Mental health disorders in our K-12 schools affect many of our youth and directly impact classroom learning and social interactions, both of which are critical to the success of students. Mental disorders among children is a critical public health issue because of their early onset, frequency, and impact on schools, families, and the community at … Continue reading The General Status of Student Mental Health in Our Schools

The Importance of Multiple Measures in Educating Today’s Learners & ESSA

The Importance of Multiple Measures in Educating Today’s Learners & ESSA

What if we thought of student performance in the same way prospective buyers thought about purchasing a home? For the home buying process, many consumers perform a ton of research related to the prospective home, including relevant details about community, the quality of neighborhood schools, and the city’s crime rate. This is all completed before … Continue reading The Importance of Multiple Measures in Educating Today’s Learners & ESSA