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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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  • 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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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.
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
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
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
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
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.
24 January, 201224 January, 2012
Many teachers provide “target papers” for students to see what an outstanding learning product looks like and then they are compelled to “aim” for that “target.” Similarly, when teachers are learning new approaches to preparing and delivering instruction, they benefit from seeing a strong classroom environment that elicits thought and quality work from students. While videos and workshops are valuable, there is no better way to experience quality in student learning than to expe...Read more
15 October, 201015 October, 2010
When engaging students in meaningful conversations about learning, it is important to ask the right questions. This is also true for parents who ask their children, “What did you do in school today?” A common response from many children is “nothing” or “I forgot.” When administrators, teachers and parents, ask more specific questions, targeted at what really matters – depth of understanding and relevance to the world outside of school – more meaningful conversations can be ge...Read more
20 July, 201120 July, 2011
This professional development activity is appropriate for administrators and teachers to introduce them to concepts surrounding the Rigor/Relevance Framework and the utilization of the Gold Seal Lesson database.
Objectives:
• To model the components of a Gold Seal Lesson
• To identify the components of an effective lesson plan that leads to academic achievement for all learners.
• To demonstrate how to expand learning using a relevant lesson. (Quadrant D)
• To practice creati...Read more
13 August, 201013 August, 2010
In some classroom, Quadrant D experiences are integrated into daily practice through short, quick activities. These instructional activities raise the level of rigor (thinking) and relevance (application) and are aligned with the Rigor/Relevance Framework.
Although the best strategies are in Quadrant D of the Rigor/Relevance Framework, a skilled teacher moves among the four quadrants seamlessly during a lesson. In order to accomplish this effectively, teachers need ideas that are easy to rep...Read more


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