Tag Archives: Students

Strategies to Encourage Summer Reading

Summer. The word alone conjures images of the pool, beach, sand, sun, relaxing with a good book…

Unfortunately, summer break often means a vacation from reading for many students.

Summer Reading Loss Research

The importance of summer reading is well documented in educational research. Studies confirm that summer reading loss perpetuates the achievement gap between low-socioeconomic communities and more advantaged communities. However, Jimmy Kim (2004) found Continue reading Strategies to Encourage Summer Reading

Top 5 Sessions for Admins at PLCON 2017

“Personalized learning is intended to facilitate the academic success of each student by first determining the learning needs, interests, and aspirations of individual students, and then providing learning experiences that are customized—to a greater or lesser extent—for each student. To accomplish this goal, schools, teachers, guidance counselors, and other educational specialists may employ a wide variety of educational methods, from intentionally cultivating strong and trusting student-adult relationships to modifying assignments and instructional strategies in the classroom to entirely redesigning the ways in which students are grouped and taught in a school.” (Glossary of Education Reform, 5/14/15)

On May 3rd, Kent ISD will host The Personalized Learning Conference (PLCON). This conference is beneficial to all educators who want to learn more about personalized teaching and learning.

Leaders in education have a unique opportunity to create organizational priorities and values that support personalized learning for every student.  Administrators can maximize time and teachers to create student success! Continue reading Top 5 Sessions for Admins at PLCON 2017

How to RAISE Yourself as a Leader

There are many responsibilities that the principal has throughout the year.  Principals are the instructional leader, motivator, assessment coordinator, many times counselor, behavior specialists among many other roles.

As you continue your growth this year as a principal, we want to offer you some strategies that will assist you to RAISE your leadership.  The topics we will be sharing are around Relationships, Assessments, how to Inspire, Shared Leadership, and how to Elevate.  It is essential to foster your own growth, so in turn you can support the growth of your students and staff. Continue reading How to RAISE Yourself as a Leader

Will ESSA Impact You? Yes!

“With this bill, we reaffirm that fundamentally American ideal—that every child, regardless of race, income, background, the zip code where they live, deserves the chance to make of their lives what they will.” — President Barack Obama

New Education Law

In 2002, No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was put into effect to help educators identify when students were making progress and recognize when they needed additional supports without discriminating based on race, income, language, etc.  Over time, we found this act was not helping us all reach the goals of fully preparing all students for success in college and careers.

On December 10, 2015 President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  This new law reauthorizes the 50 year old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which is a national law that gives equal opportunity to all students. The new law will build upon NCLB and ESEA to fully prepare ALL students for success in college and careers.

But the real question is, how will these changes impact us as teachers, administrators and students? And exactly how will it impact the classrooms and schools? Continue reading Will ESSA Impact You? Yes!

Looking for Money?

New school standards and a focus on project-based learning means investments are needed for equipment and materials to help bring learning to life. In some classrooms, even the basics of education are in short supply.

“Teachers spent an average of $487 out-of-pocket to purchase items for their classrooms during the 2015 – 2016 school year — only a slight $3 decrease since last year. The number of teachers who spent $200 or more increased 6% over the previous year to 77%. A majority of the money teachers spent went toward purchasing classroom supplies and instructional materials.” Agile Education Marketing

Is it any wonder then that educators, students, administrators, parent groups, and other community-based organizations are on the look-out for new, creative ways to raise money to support critical educational initiatives in their communities? Continue reading Looking for Money?

Opportunity for Curriculum Networking and Resources

There are nearly 15,000 English Learners in Kent County schools.  Nationally, 1 in 4 students is an English Learner.

How are you supporting English Learners (EL) at your school in Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts?

EL Coaching Network (ELCN)

Last year participants from 20 districts came together to learn, discuss, and devise action plans to increase the achievement of their EL students. The 2016/2017 EL Coaching Network will focus on support for ELs in the K-12 content areas. EL teachers, EL staff, and content teachers are welcome to join.

Did you know that Kent ISD has other Curriculum focused networks?

Not only can your district participate in our EL Coaching Network, the Teaching and Learning department at Kent ISD has created the opportunity for all Kent County districts to network and obtain resources related to each specific content area. Continue reading Opportunity for Curriculum Networking and Resources

Want to Enhance Your Classroom Library?

For the Love of Reading!

Creating a culture of readers centers around the classroom library. The classroom library provides students with access to a wide range of high-interest fiction and nonfiction texts. Developing the classroom library most often is left to the teacher, diminishing school budgets, and sometimes through donations.

Research supports what teachers have always known, students who read more achieve more.

Teachers can support student’s reading habits by Continue reading Want to Enhance Your Classroom Library?

5 Tips for School Improvement Plan Success

Spring is a time for renewal – a time to renew your School and District Improvement Plans!  As your building/district teams continue the work of school improvement, keep the following tips in mind Continue reading 5 Tips for School Improvement Plan Success

Deep Thinking about Character: A Starting Point for Writing Fiction

Fiction. Certainly this is one of the most popular genres to read for students and adults. Realistic fiction, fantasy, mystery, and legends, among others, are popular with readers of all ages. Yet, while this type of writing is fun to read, it can be very challenging to write, particularly for young writers.

In the past, many of us have used planning sheets for fiction writing that are, quite frankly, ineffective. These sheets Continue reading Deep Thinking about Character: A Starting Point for Writing Fiction

Make Your Thinking Visible

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“Wow!  That is so cool!  I wish I could do that!  Too bad I am a terrible artist and I can barely draw a stick figure…”

This was just part of my thoughts this summer when I was introduced to the concept of sketchnotes.  Super cool, very interesting, BUT…I could never do anything of the sorts as I am not an artist and DEFINITELY can’t draw.  I was drawn to the concept and the potential it had for supporting student learning though, so I loaded up on books from the library and scoured the internet for ideas, tutorials, and any examples I could find.

What I discovered is that I definitely CAN sketchnote, despite my lack of experience with drawing.  The big idea that I came to realize is Continue reading Make Your Thinking Visible