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2017 Using Needs Assessments for School and District Improvement
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This resource is guide was created by CCSSO and WestEd's Center for ...

This resource is guide was created by CCSSO and WestEd's Center for School Turnaround as a comprehensive resource. Topics covered include:
-What is a Needs Assessment
-Types of Needs Assessments
-Designing a Needs Assessment (which includes: elements of a needs assessment, importance on stakeholder engagement, steps in a needs assessment, and methods of data collection)
-Improvement Process (which includes: improvement cycle theory of action, planning and implementing change, working with frameworks)
-Key Decision Points

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Other
Author:
Wendy Savaske
Date Added:
02/26/2018
5 Key Shifts in Thinking and Practice for Educators in a Personalized Learning Environment
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This post explores a teacher-facing view of personalized learning. Specifically, what implications ...

This post explores a teacher-facing view of personalized learning. Specifically, what implications does a personalized learning environment have on instructional practices? In a personalized learning environment, there is a fundamental shift to the relationship between learner and teacher. Learner and teacher are repositioned and their relationship becomes interdependent.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Other
Provider:
Institute for Personalized Learning
Date Added:
05/31/2016
5 Shifts to Learner Roles in a Personalized Learning Environment
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This posts focuses on learners and the shifts in role they experience ...

This posts focuses on learners and the shifts in role they experience as learning becomes a personalized, purposeful experience for them. An important change in role is a shift towards working on a customized learning path with the intent of achieveing proficiency.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Other
Provider:
Institute for Personalized Learning
Date Added:
05/31/2016
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Teaching Support Kit Resource
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This resource may be reproduced free of charge for use and study ...

This resource may be reproduced free of charge for use and study within schools but they may not be reproduced (either in whole or in part) and offered for commercial sale. (Copyright Random House Australia 2010)

This kit contains an introduction, notes on genre, structure and style, pre-reading, background notes, themes, motifs and symbols, character analysis, and activities for "Absolutely True Diary of a Pary-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Other
Author:
Mary Kuhl
Date Added:
03/01/2018
Addressing the root causes of disparities in school discipline
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Stage 1: Digging Into the Data addresses the question “Do disparities in ...

Stage 1: Digging Into the Data addresses the question “Do disparities in school discipline exist in our school or district?” The guide provides a set of tasks to help determine your data needs, harvest the data you already have at your disposal, identify additional data you may need, disaggregate and analyze your data, and then develop preliminary findings.

Stage 2: Getting at the Roots of Disparities addresses the question “What are the root causes of our disparities in school discipline?” You will learn how to dig deeper and conduct a root cause analysis to understand why disparities exist in your discipline outcomes.

Stage 3: Creating an Action Plan addresses the question “How will root causes of disparities in school discipline be addressed?” This stage walks you through developing an action plan for eliminating the disparities discovered in your root cause analysis that can be implemented, monitored, and continuously improved over time.

The guide includes a Disciplinary Disparities Risk Assessment Tool to aid in data gathering and analysis. The tool contains a series of Microsoft Excel–based worksheets, with detailed instructions on the kind of data to gather and how to analyze your results using a set of key questions. The tool automatically generates visual data displays to enhance analysis. This tool can be used as-is, modified, or serve as a model for designing a tool that can integrate with or import data from an existing school or district database or student management system. The tool also can be used in concert with existing data collection efforts, such as those connected with positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS).

The guide also includes the following:
• Templates to help plan and facilitate communication among stakeholders;
• Real-world examples from schools and districts already experiencing success;
• Sidebars and tip sheets to extend knowledge;
• Links to useful resources;
• Strategies for doing a thorough job without getting bogged down; and
• Tips for undertaking tough conversations.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Other
Author:
Wendy Savaske
Date Added:
02/26/2018
Adobe Spark Video Tutorial
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Adobe Spark Video is a free, simple video editing online program. It ...

Adobe Spark Video is a free, simple video editing online program. It allows you to add videos and pictures while putting text or narrating over them.

Ideas for uses:
- Create visual stories
- Short flipped learning videos
- Create an engaging presentation
- Commercials
- Celebration & highlight videos
- Create a documentary
- Biographies
- Showcase

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Business and Information Technology
Material Type:
Other
Author:
Allison Holtzer
Date Added:
02/14/2018
Building a DNA Model
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This resource is useful as a kinesthetic activity to reinforce the content ...

This resource is useful as a kinesthetic activity to reinforce the content on nucleic acids.  Students can create a model that shows the three dimensional aspect of DNA and understand the helix shaped molecule and its components.  

Subject:
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Learning Task
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Rubric/Scoring Guide
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NA
Author:
Constance J. Rauterkus
Date Added:
03/28/2018
Contested Places
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Contested Places is a Siftr-based activity that engages students in exploring their ...

Contested Places is a Siftr-based activity that engages students in exploring their school, neighborhood, or city as a contested place. You can view and comment on other people's examples or upload your own. 
In this activity your task is to locate places and spaces that are contested. You might ask: How do different people view and use this place? What uses cause conflict? How are these conflicts enacted and resolved? Who has power in this place? Who and what is excluded from this place? You may want to look at how people behave or act in the place, but don't forget to also pay attention to what you don't see.

Subject:
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Social Studies
Civics and Government
Economics
Geography
Sociology and Anthropology
Material Type:
Interactive
Learning Task
Lesson Plan
Other
Provider:
Field Day
Date Added:
02/29/2016