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 -  We’ve reached the midpoint of a remarkable year in education. In this issue, you’ll find resources that will help you meet your challenges for the remainder of this year and well into the 2014 – 2015 school year. Reading SEEN Magazine places you wit...
FROM THE EDITOR - Winter 2013

Charles Sosnik | 12/18/2013

We’ve reached the midpoint of a remarkable year in education. In this issue, you’ll find resources that will help you meet your challenges for the remainder of this year and well into the 2014 – 2015 school year. Reading SEEN Magazine places you within a large and diverse group of educators. Whether you’re a superintendent, a school board member, a college president, a building principal or one of our classroom teachers, we bring you proven solutions from many of the best minds in North America. Read More...

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 -  Author’s Note: A special thank you to Brad Witzel, my co-author on Rigor for Students with Special Needs, who was instrumental in the completion of this article. Approximately three to six percent of all school-aged children and adolescents are beli...
Rigor for students with special needs

Barbara Blackburn, Ph.D. | 12/18/2013

Author’s Note: A special thank you to Brad Witzel, my co-author on Rigor for Students with Special Needs, who was instrumental in the completion of this article. Approximately three to six percent of all school-aged children and adolescents are believed to have developmental reading disabilities. In fact, almost 50 percent of children receiving special education have learning disabilities. Just because a student is labeled learning disabled or at-risk, it does not mean he or she is incapable of learning. Students with learning disabilities have average to above average intelligence. Therefore, their success in school is not a matter of inabi... Read More...

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 -  Persistence is doing something again and again until it works. It sounds like “pestering” for a reason. Tenacity is using new data to make new decisions to find new pathways to find new ways to achieve a goal when the old ways didn’t work. Telemarke...
TENACITY is not the same as PERSISTENCE

Larry Biddle | 12/18/2013

Persistence is doing something again and again until it works. It sounds like “pestering” for a reason. Tenacity is using new data to make new decisions to find new pathways to find new ways to achieve a goal when the old ways didn’t work. Telemarketers are persistent, Nike is tenacious. This spot-on insight from Seth Godin captures the essence of The Palmetto Academy for Learning Motorsports Charter School, located across from Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina. Tenacious local visionaries, Annie Lou Spivey and Mack Sarvis discovered that many students were dropping out of schools to work on their cars — so why not create a unique scho... Read More...

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 -  I love technology. I am what geeks call an early adopter, the person who tries the newest technology before others even hear about it. But, I am also a teacher, and while the brave new world of electronic professional development is fast and fantast...
Your guide to High Tech and No Tech teacher professional development

Dr. Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. | 12/18/2013

I love technology. I am what geeks call an early adopter, the person who tries the newest technology before others even hear about it. But, I am also a teacher, and while the brave new world of electronic professional development is fast and fantastic, it is most definitely not a wholesale replacement for a live human being standing right in front of you just a few yards away. There are pluses and minuses to each professional development option. Here at Youth Change Workshops we offer all the high tech choices, but we really think our teaching shines the most in person. Read More...

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 -  The push for college and career readiness for all students, educator evaluations tied to student growth, and the turnaround of our lowest-performing schools has resulted in a myriad of new programs and practices aimed at improving student achievemen...
MANAGING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT EFFORTS For a school improvement initiative to succeed, education leaders must do more than adopt a new program and train staff.

Jason LaTurner and Dale Lewis | 12/18/2013

The push for college and career readiness for all students, educator evaluations tied to student growth, and the turnaround of our lowest-performing schools has resulted in a myriad of new programs and practices aimed at improving student achievement. Many of these efforts will fail to produce the desired results. This failure is not necessarily because the program or practice was inherently flawed — although there are plenty of programs with scant evidence of effectiveness — but because those charged with overseeing the improvement effort were unable to effectively manage the implementation process. Read More...

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 -  If you want your professional development (PD) to be successful, make these three powerful tweaks: Know the needs of your teachers. Support the professional development. Provide assimilation time and follow-up.
SUCCESSFUL Professional Development

Wynn Godbold | 12/18/2013

If you want your professional development (PD) to be successful, make these three powerful tweaks: Know the needs of your teachers. Support the professional development. Provide assimilation time and follow-up. Read More...

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CCSS Pushback—Is It Well-Deserved or a Misunderstanding?

Joe Crawford | 02/27/2014

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 -  Recently, I found myself humming along to a familiar tune, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” For the life of me I could not remember the artist. So I took the time to look it up on the intent. To my surprise, Bobby McFerrin, according to Billboard 100, was a...
The GENIUS of a LEARNING ORGANIZATION A CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT CYCLE FOR PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

Dr. Shawn K. Smith | 12/18/2013

Recently, I found myself humming along to a familiar tune, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” For the life of me I could not remember the artist. So I took the time to look it up on the intent. To my surprise, Bobby McFerrin, according to Billboard 100, was a “one-hit wonder” — artists who reached number one in their first and only chart appearance. I couldn’t help but think of the parallels to professional development (PD) in education. I have spent 15 years in education and have seen on numerous occasions a one-hit wonder PD. Often times these random, isolated PD sessions have no connection to the real work teachers are faced with every day in their... Read More...

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 -  There is no doubt that the number of teachers participating in online professional development is on the rise. The same principles that make 21st century teaching and learning engaging to students is what often makes it appealing to educators.
The benefits of online PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Jeffrey A. Elliott | 12/18/2013

There is no doubt that the number of teachers participating in online professional development is on the rise. The same principles that make 21st century teaching and learning engaging to students is what often makes it appealing to educators. Read More...

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Make plans to attend these conferences

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 -  Darrell, age eight, was given a list of “jobs” for each of his classes. The list was placed on his desk each period and was intended to help him stay on task.
Late Developing Executive Function Perhaps it’s a gift rather than a cure in a bright child

William Dickerman | 12/18/2013

Darrell, age eight, was given a list of “jobs” for each of his classes. The list was placed on his desk each period and was intended to help him stay on task. Read More...

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 -  Have a child that just won’t sit still? Having difficulty getting that one student to stay on task? Wondering why that child has a meltdown every day? Understanding the body’s sensory system and its impact on learning and behavior may be one of the ...
SENSORY SOLUTIONS IN THE CLASSROOM

Cecilia Cruse, MS, OTR/L | 12/18/2013

Have a child that just won’t sit still? Having difficulty getting that one student to stay on task? Wondering why that child has a meltdown every day? Understanding the body’s sensory system and its impact on learning and behavior may be one of the keys to promoting success for all. Read More...

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