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Technical Bulletins are specific strategies for implementing reforms. Each Technical Bulletin is limited to a narrow topic that targets a concern raised by the network membership. Network school leaders whose schools are featured in a Case Study are typically presenters. In writing for the network they offer additional insight into the topics that make them a Model School. Through technical bulletins, these schools offer another opportunity to learn best practices from people who implement them on a daily basis in their school. These bulletins also offer additional tips, concerns, and questions for continuing the conversation beyond the bulletin. Members can blog about them, connect via the social networking features, and rate the bulletins as part of the SPN feedback process. Topics have included: iPhone Apps for AP Economics; A Gap Analysis of a School’s Instruction; High Expectations in an Elementary Classroom.

 

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  • 24/7 accessibility, sharing, networking, and learning
  • A school improvement, implementation focused, resource
  • Promotes a culture of learning that contributes to innovation
  • Aligned to rigor/relevance resources as they are implemented by schools

 We welcome submissions of ideas, tips and tools from Member schools. Please email them to Ashley@spnet.us

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18 September, 201318 September, 2013
As educators, we know that literacy skills can make or break academic performance. It’s up to us to instill good literacy habits in our students, but first, we must assess our own habits—that is, how we teach good literacy skills. With the increased literacy expectations of the Common Core State Standards, it’s essential to readying our students for college and career. Reflecting on standards and aligned writing strategies is a great first step to implementing a literacy initiative.
18 September, 201318 September, 2013
Some educators have embraced technology while others have shied away for as long as possible. We are at a pivotal point in education where new standards call for use of technology, and rightfully so—to fully prepare students for college and career. But the onus should not be on teachers to learn technology alone. Some may need A to Z instruction, while others may be comfortable with technology but need help to reach their full capacity in using it in the classroom. Charles R. Grable, Assist...Read more
14 September, 201214 September, 2012
The purpose of the morning meeting is to provide an opportunity for students to get to know one another and develop positive relationships. Morning meetings have proven to be effective in many elementary schools to help create a more comfortable learning environment for students and build a sense of community. Additionally, these meetings can reinforce academic and social skills and give students daily practice in respectful communication. While typically thought of as an elementary strategy,...Read more
14 September, 201214 September, 2012
The purpose of this activity is to help staff look at technology as a tool and recognize that how technology is integrated influences the level of rigor and relevance.
14 September, 201214 September, 2012
When teachers learn about the Rigor/Relevance Framework™ the question asked most often of Next Network is “how do I move from the A Quadrant to the D Quadrant?” This can be a daunting task for a teacher who has spent the majority of their educational time focused in the A Quadrant and ensuring that their students had basic understanding and recall of the content presented. The use of a simple activity and discussion surrounding how to move from the A Quadrant to the D Quadrant can be us...Read more
9 August, 20129 August, 2012
Public education is faced with a huge dilemma. Reduced funding has forced school and district administrators to balance the budget, cutting programs, staff positions, and services; yet, there is a growing need to provide at-risk students with support. The old adage “Times are tough, and money is tight” is never truer than now in public education. In this time of declining resources, what choices are schools left with to reach at-risk students?

There is one excellent choice that provid...Read more
19 June, 201219 June, 2012
For most schools, August and September bring teachers a challenges in figuring out their students’ strengths and weaknesses and to design appropriate learning activities. A growing number of SPN schools are investigating the benefits of looping techniques to reduce lost instructional time devoted to gathering information about new students. Simply stated, looping is the practice of teachers following their students to the next higher grade thus enabling them to capitalize on on-going relat...Read more
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18 June, 201218 June, 2012
Rigor refers to academic rigor — learning in which students demonstrate a thorough, in-depth mastery of challenging tasks to develop cognitive skills through reflective thought, analysis, problem-solving, evaluation, or creativity. Rigorous learning can occur at any school grade and in any subject. Rigor means that critical thinking takes place on a regular basis. Instruction should engage students in challenging coursework that stretches them to go beyond just understanding. Instructional...Read more
16 May, 201216 May, 2012
Infographics is a whole different type of digital literacy. It promotes the rigorous and relevant representation of carefully considered information. It is a way to conceptualize, solution, create, analyze, evaluate, and report in depth.
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Public Resource 23 February, 201223 February, 2012
Next Navigator is built with a database of more than 300 Next Generation Assessments (NGAs) aligned to the Common Core State Standards. New sample NGAs are in production and will continue to be added to the database as they are completed, but one of the best ways to fully understand what an NGA is and to use it is to create an NGA yourself. The task of developing a new assessment can be daunting for new and veteran teachers alike. Next Navigator is designed with a series of tools to support a...Read more


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