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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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  • 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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Public Resource 22 December, 201022 December, 2010
The year 2014 will arrive much quicker than expected and at that point, schools across the country will need to implement the Common Core State Standards. It is not a task to be taken lightly and one where the transition needs to begin sooner rather than later. In this bulletin, an overview is included of the Common Core State Standards Gap Analysis provided by the International Center for Leadership in Education. Network members in Desoto County, MS are currently working through this process...Read more
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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
Public Resource 17 August, 201017 August, 2010
In our continued effort to serve our members and provide you with access to research, resources, best practices and networking opportunities we’ve redesigned our website. The website allows for increased search capabilities, social networking, and access to new and relevant resources.
25 August, 201025 August, 2010
Finding appropriate and relevant websites for use within the classroom has become increasingly difficult with the vast amount of information available. The Network has reached out to our team of coaches, consultants and content editors across the country to ask them about their favorite websites to use in the classroom and to prepare lessons. We’ve compiled the answers received below in no particular order. It is not a comprehensive list of all that is available, as the internet and website...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
13 August, 201013 August, 2010
Vocabulary should be integrated into every lesson, regardless of the content area being taught. Structuring every lesson to incorporate content vocabulary is as simple as having a word of the day. For this strategy to be effective, it needs to be utilized every day by placing the word prominently in the classroom and reviewing it at the start of each class. The teacher should spend about five minutes defining the term with the entire class. Ideally, this word is used and reinforced throughout...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
25 May, 201125 May, 2011
Kyle DaVault, a senior at Ottawa Township High School in Ottawa, Illinois, as part of his independent study project, helped teachers integrate technology through the use of an iPad. His action research project revolved around providing teachers with rigorous and relevant applications that could be used in the classroom immediately.

Kyle articulated his reasoning for this project as, “The iPad provides teachers with a tool that can help increase student engagement. Using the iPad can hel...Read more
13 August, 201013 August, 2010
The International Center for Leadership in Education believes that a curriculum needs to prepare students for the world beyond high school, not just for the next level of education. To accomplish this objective, the curriculum must reflect what the community as a whole – administrators, teachers, parents, the business community, and other stakeholders – believes students should know and be able to do when they graduate from high school.

In 1998, the International Center for Leadership...Read more
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


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