March 29, 2018 - 5 Essential Ingredients for School Improvement

 

In Schools, On Schools

What are the Essential Ingredients for School Improvement?

Published on March 29, 2018

The good news is that there are just five ingredients necessary for school improvement.  And, even better, the five ingredients are not rocket science. The bad news is that these ingredients aren’t easy to put put in place, and are even harder to sustain.  This is especially true in high-poverty schools.

 

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At the School Performance Institute, we are studying school design best practices within the United Schools Network and sharing them with others. Join us for our next Study the Network workshop at UPrep-State St. on April 13th to learn how we are working to build and sustain capacity in the five essential areas.

 

Workshop Details

Date: Friday, April 13, 2018
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuition: $500 per person (includes breakfast, lunch and workshop materials)

Location: UPrep-State St. | 617 West State St. | Columbus, Ohio 43215
Registration Deadline: April 3, 2018

 

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March 29, 2018 - Monitor Spanish Language Proficiency Progress with LAS Links Español

Data Recognition Corporation

 

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Join us for a free webinar on LAS Links Español ─ A Research-Based Assessment
for Spanish Language Proficiency


LAS Links Español® measures the speaking, listening, reading, writing, and comprehension skills of K–12 Spanish-speaking students. It helps you identify language deficiencies a student may have in Spanish as well as track and monitor progress in attaining Spanish language proficiency.

Combined LAS Links Español® with LAS Links English to provide a complete linguistic profile for dual-language students. You can use comprehensive data to target instruction to meet each student’s needs throughout the school year and help speed progress toward language proficiency.

LAS Links Español enables you to develop distinct language proficiency learning paths to more quickly close students’ proficiency and achievement gaps and to accurately place them in or out of English learner programs and bilingual programs.

With LAS Links Español, you can:

  • Help educators close student achievement gaps by determining their native language proficiency
  • Create a comprehensive student language profile for planning bilingual or dual language curricula
  • Use students’ linguistic profiles to plan bilingual or dual language curricula
  • Identify students who would benefit from taking assessments in their native language
  • Detect language deficiencies students may have in Spanish

Register for a free informational webinar to learn how districts and schools use LAS Links Español to measure Spanish language proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

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March 27, 2018 - What are the essential ingredients for school improvement?

Study the Network™

This is not your typical workshop.

Learn the tools to purposefully design your school for improvement. Through the Study the Network workshop, you will visit United Preparatory Academy-State St. during a live school day to observe how the school has been purposefully designed to get results in a high-poverty context. Along with direct exposure to proven methods, you will also have the opportunity to discuss concrete ways to apply these ideas in your own school.

Join Study the Network™ to experience an immersive, live learning environment that combines:

  • classroom observations
  • practical videos
  • focused activities
  • time for reflection
  • inside access to our network of high-performing, urban charter schools.

This workshop will be held April 13, 2018 just west of downtown Columbus, Ohio at UPrep-State St. Reserve your spot today or contact us at spi@unitedschoolsnetwork.org or 614.557.1834 for a personalized consultation.

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March 27, 2018 - Early Bird Discount Ending Soon!

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March 22, 2018 - How can you build an intentional culture in your classroom?

Study the Network™

How does Veda build an intentional culture in her classroom?

Team Culture is a 20-30 minute segment in United Preparatory Academy-State St.’s daily schedule used for homeroom-based team and culture-building activities. Common uses for this time include: team meetings, shout-outs, read-aloud for joy of reading, announcing team captains, Friday incentive celebrations, show and tell, treasure chest, and Social Thinking lessons (social/emotional curriculum).

Below are a few reasons this culture practice is so successful:

  • There is a strong transition in place from desk-to-rug which in turn helps facilitate a strong start to Team Culture.
  • The chant during the transition helps students start the Team Culture segment on a positive, upbeat note.
  • The class works together to analyze a weekly GROW our TEAM Report and discusses how students earned and lost points off of the report. Veda uses wait time strategically during the discussion.
  • At the end of Team Culture, the class practices their advisory chant which includes references to Ohio State (all homerooms at UPrep have a college name). Whenever possible, Veda ties Team Culture time back to USN’s college prep mission.

Could you integrate this practice into your classroom to help build a strong culture?
Join us at the Study the Network
workshop to learn how.

Through the Study the Network workshop, you will visit UPrep-State St. (K-4) during a live school day to observe how the school has been purposefully designed to get results in a high-poverty context.  Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss concrete ways to apply these ideas in their own schools.

The Study the Network™ workshop will be held April 13, 2018 just west of downtown Columbus, at UPrep-State St.  Reserve your spot today or contact us at spi@unitedschoolsnetwork.org or 614.557.1834 for a personalized consultation.

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March 22, 2018 - You Can’t Run Your Multimillion-Dollar Organization Without These...

Hi James Leonard,

How effective is your charter school board? Are your board’s trustees bringing the skills needed to run a multimillion-dollar public enterprise? Do you have enough trustees with enough of the right skills to have substantive, strategic committee work in between board meetings?

The expertise of your board should provide your staff with decades of life experience in key non-academic areas. Your board should feel like an organizational strength, not a necessary burden.

BoardOnTrack has worked with over 500 charter school boards across the United States. This experience directly informs the tips and insights offered to you in this free guide.

This exclusive guide, previously available only to BoardOnTrack members, details the most crucial skills for an exceptional charter school board, from finance and fundraising to educational and legal expertise. In addition, you’ll find our proprietary Board Composition Matrix. This self-guided assessment will help you to gain a clear picture of your board’s compositional strengths and identify the urgent gaps needing to be filled.

You can download the guide here and feel free to share it with your fellow board members.

Of course, I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have about BoardOnTrack and how we can help your charter school board. Schedule a call with me now or email me: kyle@boardontrack.com

Sincerely,

  

Kyle McCarthy

Member Specialist
Mobile: 857.302.3792

 

March 22, 2018 - Special Education Updates

03-22-2018

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Jon Peterson Scholarship 5 Year Rule Review 

Public Comment Period

This notification is being sent to those who may have an interest in Ohio Administrative Code 3301-101-01 through 3301-101-13 Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program Rules.

The rules listed below have recently been reviewed by the Ohio Department of Education. View the rules on the Department’s website. You may provide comments about this rule by email to rulecomments@education.ohio.gov no later than April 20, 2018

The Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program Rules 3301-101-01 through 3301-101-13 are being reviewed pursuant to the five-year rule review. The following reflects the proposed amendments:

 

OAC 3301-101-01, titled “Definitions,” is being amended to align with Ohio Revised Code and clarify requirements for modifying services. “Primary provider” also is being added to clarify which provider is responsible when a child has more than one provider providing services.

 

OAC 3301-101-02, titled “Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship program established,” is being amended to remove duplicative language.

 

OAC 3301-101-03, titled “Eligibility to receive a scholarship,” is being amended to align with the appropriate Ohio Administrative Code rule, remove duplicate language and clarify the compulsory attendance requirements.

 

OAC 3301-101-04, titled “Application for a scholarship,” is being amended to align with the changes to Ohio Revised Code 3310.52 and to remove the application deadlines.

 

OAC 3301-101-05, titled “Responsibilities of the school district of residence and the school district that the student is entitled to attend,” is being amended to add clarity to school districts’ requirements.

 

OAC 3301-101-06, titled “Awarding scholarships,” is being amended to align with Ohio Revised Code 3310.52 and to remove application deadlines.

 

OAC 3301-101-07, titled “Transfer of scholarship,” is being amended to clarify the transfer requirements.

 

OAC 3301-101-08, titled “Termination of eligibility,” is being amended to clarify the termination requirements and to provide the scholarship recipient an opportunity to respond to a notice of intent to terminate eligibility to continue receiving the scholarship.  

OAC 3301-101-09, titled “Participation by providers,” is being amended to add clarity and provide additional requirements to assist private providers in demonstrating fiscal soundness.

 

OAC 3301-101-10, titled “Payment of scholarship amounts,” is being amended to align with Ohio Revised Code 3310.52 and Ohio Revised Code 3310.62.

 

OAC 3301-101-11, titled “Entities designated to file applications,” is being amended to include the newly defined term, “primary provider.”

 

OAC 3301-101-12, titled “Dispute resolution and due process requests,” is being amended for a grammatical edit and to clarify which office in the Department receives written complaints.

 

OAC 3301-101-13, titled “Program administration,” is being amended to add clarity by including a deadline for summary reports and noting where procedures are located.

March 18, 2018 - The Healing of Trauma in Schools

 

Dear Friends,

Endorsed by Oprah last Sunday on 60 Minutes as the most important concept she’s ever encountered, the Trauma-Sensitive School movement is a program we are introducing in New York City schools where we train teachers and administrators in this revolutionary new approach along with Nonviolent Communication.

Help us bring our program into thirty at-risk schools in New York City. Every one $100 dollars allows us to give a school counselor our curriculum, every $500 allows to give a series of trainings which can change the climate and culture of any school.

 

 

The Relationship Foundation (TRF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit that implements relationship education into the learning process. All donations are tax-deductible. 

Thank you for all your support! TRF

 

 

 

New York, New York, 10009

 

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March 15, 2018 - How Good is Your Board, Really?

Hi James Leonard,

Hopefully you have a great plan in place to complete an end-of-year CEO Evaluation that your leader will find helpful, and actually thank you for completing.

If not, we can help. Our state-of-the-art, charter school-specific evaluation tool is ideal for this critical task. You can learn more here.

But what about evaluating your board? How effective is your board at financial oversight? Academic oversight? Finding and recruiting trustees? Setting and achieving goals? And running great meetings?

We’ve built an easy-to-use Board Assessment Tool that will show you how you compare to your peers across the country, and give you concrete action steps to improve your game. This comprehensive tool aligns with the national charter school board standards we’ve developed after working with more than 500 boards across the United States.

You can learn more with Mike Mizzoni, our Director of Leadership & Governance Training, down below:


Onwards,

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Marci Cornell-Feist
CEO/Founder

PS: If you’d like to get a more in-depth look at our annual CEO Evaluation and Board Assessment Tools, click this link and a member of Team BoardOnTrack will be happy to walk you through them.

March 14, 2018 - Learn powerful school improvement methods

Study the Network™

Purposefully design your school for improvement.

Through the Study the Network workshop, you will visit United Preparatory Academy-State St. during a live school day to observe how the school has been purposefully designed to get results in a high-poverty context.  Along with direct exposure to proven methods, you will also have the opportunity to discuss concrete ways to apply these ideas in your own school.

Join Study the Network™ to experience an immersive, live learning environment that combines:

  • classroom observations
  • practical videos
  • focused activities
  • time for reflection
  • inside access to our network of high-performing, urban charter schools.

This workshop will be held April 13, 2018 just west of downtown Columbus, Ohio.  Reserve your spot today or contact us at spi@unitedschoolsnetwork.org or 614.557.1834 for a personalized consultation.

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March 14, 2018 - NWEA Webinar:  Get data that helps you move student learning forward

NWEA Webinar

Webinar: Accurate, Real-Time Data to Drive Instruction & Measure Growth

 

Dear Leonard,

Join NWEA® for a complimentary webinar introducing you to our MAP® Suite assessment system. This collection of purpose-built measures from NWEA illuminates every student’s learning needs, helping teachers to target instruction and administrators to make well-informed system-wide decisions.

MAP® Growth™ adapts to each student’s learning level. That built-in flexibility means they empower every teacher to personalize instruction, every school to maximize student growth and achievement, and to lead change in their community.

MAP® Skills™ is a skills mastery and progress monitoring assessment that helps teachers drill down to the specific skills each student needs to learn. Use it between MAP Growth administrations to see exactly what struggling students are missing and advanced students are ready to take on—then adjust instruction in the moment and monitor student progress.

This webinar is appropriate for both schools who do not currently partner with NWEA as well as our current partners. Schools new to NWEA will learn how the built-in flexibility of our MAP assessments empower every teacher to personalize instruction and every school to maximize student growth and achievement.

For schools currently partnered with NWEA, this webinar will serve as an introduction to MAP for new staff or a refresher for staff who have previously administered the MAP assessment.

Register now to see how more than 1,300 charter schools across the U.S. are successfully using NWEA assessment tools to set goals and drive results for their students.

Register now »




Webinar Date & Time:

Tuesday, April 10
8:30 PT l 9:30 MT
10:30 CT l 11:30 ET

March 09, 2018 - Special Education Updates

03-09-2018

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Ohio's IDEA Part B Application Available for Public Review

All states making application for funds under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are required to publicize their application packet for those federal funds. These funds support provision of special education services to children ages 3 to 21 in Ohio. The Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children has developed their draft application packet for this fiscal year and by this notice is making the application available for review on the Department’s website here.

OSPA Conference

Celebrating 75 Years of School Psychology in Ohio: Past, Present, and Future, will be held April 18-20 at the Columbus/Polaris Hilton Hotel and features NASP President John Kelly, Ph.D. and William Pfohl, Psy.D. April 19 presentations focus on Integrating Social and Emotional Learning Within Multi-tiered Systems of Support; and April 20 focuses on Recognizing and Helping Students who have Experienced Crisis and Trauma. Early registration prices are good through March 19. Please peruse the website or conference brochure and contact the OSPA Office if you have any questions.

The Ohio Center for Deafblind Education (OCDBE) and the University of Cincinnati Systems Development & Improvement Center are Offering - Intervener Basics: An Introduction to Intervener Services

This is a one-day, free training using the Open Hands Open Access (OHOA) Intervener Modules created by the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB). It will include excerpts from several modules with discussions and hand-on learning experiences.

For:  Parents, educators, paraprofessionals, OT, PT, SLP
Date:  April 18, 2018
Time:  10:00-3:00 p.m.
Location:  Ohio School for the Deaf, 500 Morse Rd. Columbus, OH 43214
Registration Deadline:  April 9, 2018

Contact Kathy Richards (Kathryn.richards@uc.edu) to register.  

March 02, 2018 - Five Year Forecast Stakeholder meeting

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Dear Community School Treasurers and Sponsors,

The Ohio Department of Education will host a Community School Five Year Forecast Stakeholder meeting for school treasurers and sponsors on Friday, March 9, 2018.

To help us better understand the stakeholders’ perspective the Department invites you to attend this meeting to share your comments and suggestions.  The meeting will be an opportunity for community school treasurers and sponsors to provide feedback to the Department on the current forecast template and its review criteria.

To register, please log into the STARS system through your SAFE account and register for this meeting by searching for “OCS”. If you do not have a SAFE account you can sign up for one here: https://safe.ode.state.oh.us/portal

The meeting will be held at the Ohio Department of Education, 25 S. Front Street; Columbus, Ohio 43215. The meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 9, 2018 at 10 am until 12 noon.

Registration is limited to 40 attendees. You must provide identification to allow for check in at the security desk in the lobby. Please note that no backpacks are permitted in the building. We ask that you arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the event to allow the meeting to begin on time.

Should you have any questions please contact Deneice Cooper at Deneice.cooper@education.ohio.gov or by phone at 614-387-2244

Thank you,

Colleen D. Grady
Executive Director, Office of School Options
Ohio Department of Education 

March 2018

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