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Volume  2,   Issue 1            January 2016
Oklahoma Dept. of Education: 

 
Congratulations to Jenniffer Callaway with Jenks Alternative Center for being 1 of 12 finalists for Teacher of the Year 2015. We are proud of you! 
View Jennifer's Teacher of the Year video here.

The Superintendent Who Turned Around A School District
Dr. Tiffany Anderson is credited with turning around the school system in Jennings, Mo
 
We often hear about school districts who struggle with high poverty, low test scores and budget problems. But one district has faced all of these and achieved remarkable results.

In just over three years, Superintendent Tiffany Anderson, who oversees the Jennings School District in Jennings, a small city just outside St. Louis, has led a dramatic turnaround in one of the worst-performing systems in Missouri.

Anderson has embraced a holistic approach to solving the problems of low-performing students by focusing on poverty above all else, and using the tools of the school district to alleviate the barriers poverty creates.

"We serve the whole child," Anderson tells NPR's Michel Martin. "The leverage point for me is the school system."

The school district of 3,000 students has taken unprecedented steps, like opening a food pantry to give away food, a shelter for homeless students and a health clinic, among other efforts.
 
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NAEA Board
Kay Davenport, President
Jacqueline  Whitt, Vice President
Edward Lowther, Secretary
Pat Conner, Treasurer
 
Denise Riley, John E. Holmes, Richard Thompson, Adrienne Lacey-Bushell, Ja’net Bishop, Pam Bruening, and Joel Shutte, Board Members
 
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Differentiated Instruction -
A Primer
 
 
In this 2014 photo, 6th graders Willyum Oliver and Michael James (from left) discuss a math performance task during class at Whittemore Park Middle School in Conway, S.C.. The software students are using helps teachers at Whittemore Park differentiate instruction.
—James Jason Lee for Education Week

 
How can a teacher keep a reading class of 25 on the same page when four students have dyslexia, three students are learning English as a second language, two others read three grade levels ahead, and the rest have widely disparate interests and degrees of enthusiasm about reading?

What is Differentiated Instruction?
“Differentiated instruction”—the process of identifying students’ individual learning strengths, needs, and interests and adapting lessons to match them—has become a popular approach to helping diverse students learn together. But the field of education is filled with varied and often conflicting definitions of what the practice looks like, and critics argue it requires too much training and additional work for teachers to be implemented consistently and effectively.
 
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Tennessee - 
Smyrna Fire Department, Smyrna West Alternative School, and Smyrna-Lavergne Food Bank all working together to make our community a better place for all.
Schools of Opportunity
IDENTIFYING & RECOGNIZING EXCELLENCE
The National Education Policy Center seeks to identify and recognize excellent public high schools that actively strive to close opportunity gaps by engaging in practices that build on students’ strengths, thereby creating engaging and supported learning opportunities for all their students.
 
The Schools of Opportunity that we recognize will serve as models, informing and inspiring the efforts of educators and communities throughout the US to become high schools that promote both excellence and equity.
 
We are inviting you to nominate your school. The application is open to any school serving at least grades 10 through 12. All schools are encouraged to apply, and we strongly encourage applications from schools serving communities of color and communities with higher rates of poverty. Click here to view a video about applying for the Schools of Opportunity Recognition Program.
 
 
 
10 Qualities That Make School Work Engaging
Pamela L. Bruening, Ed.D.
 
In his book, Shaking up the Schoolhouse (2001), Phillip Schlechty describes the need to focus the efforts of educators from ends of education to the business of education, that of “inventing tasks, activities, and assignments that students find engaging and that bring them into profound interactions with content and processes they will need to master to be judged to be well educated” (p. 53).  To that end, he describes ten qualities that make school work engaging (p. 107):
 
  1. Content and substance – clear expectations of learning, interests of students, relevance to students’ lives
  2. Organization and knowledge – helps students to make connections in learning, appeals to student interests through variety of presentation methods, contains real problem solving and application experiences, logical order of ideas, depth of substance
  3. Product focus – assignments and activities have substance and value to students, clearly connected to learning, challenge student thinking
  4. Clear and compelling product standards – students clearly understand how their work will be measured
  5. Protection from adverse consequences for initial failures – students provided multiple opportunities for success in learning without penalty
  6. Affirmation of the significance of the performance – activities involve others in students’ lives and performance is given importance
  7. Affiliation – opportunities for collaboration with others in problem-solving, products, and performance, as well as opportunities to judge the work of others
  8. Novelty and variety – wide range of activities as well as tools for use in preparing products and completing activities
  9. Choice – student choice in what they do to learn and how they illustrate their learning; standards dictate what they learn
  10. Authenticity – learning activities have meaning and relevance to students
 
 
Schlechty, P. (2001). Shaking up the school house: How to support and sustain educational Innovation. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Inc.
 
 
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2016 At-Risk Youth National FORUM
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