From Teach Thought - "Schools for Hope is a new, free educational curriculum that was developed by The International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred) to prevent youth suicide by giving students, educators and parents the necessary learning tools to find and maintain hope."
From Harvard Business Review
from the Wall Street Journal with some interesting data to back ti up - "analysis shows how family structure, parenting practices, schooling and health habits correlate with diminishing opportunities for poorer children."
From Terrance Ross in The Atlantic - "Nearly every school in America has some form of Internet connectivity—but that alone doesn't mean all kids have equal access to the web."
Another Must Read - More on student privacy from Audrey Watters - prompted by Pearson's monitoring students' online activity during PARCC exams.
Warning bells for me: this was the second story in a row in which Braun had disclosed the personal information of a female edu employee of the state of New Jersey. And in this second story, it wasn’t just work info; it was a home address. Her deets. Her documents. Her dox.
Some great tips from Brendan Schneider about using social media tools to help manage your priorities
From Time - Social media site celebrates birthday with a round-up of influential moments and milestones
From Bonnie Lathram on Getting Smart - "This checklist is for parents who want to ensure that the school is student-centered. A student-centered classroom and school helps create deeper levels of engagement through a more personalized learning environment and allows for learners to thrive- by putting them in the driver’s seat."
From Teach Thought
Research shows how to make your employees happier and more productive http://t.co/TTOq9bBPse http://t.co/Cj3NNj8oUg
Highlighted sections of ELL Requirements for Principals
ELL students must participate in allMCAS or PARCC tests scheduled for their grades regardless of the language program and services they are receiving or the amount of time they have been in the United States. The one exception applies to first-year ELL students who enrolled in U.S. schools after March 1, 2014.
ELL students, including those who have been identified as LEP in the past, but are no longer reported as LEP, may use an authorized bilingual word-to-word dictionary and/or glossary on the following MCASand/or PARCC tests:
Sad story about students being disciplined for opting out of PARCC testing.
Are you using Google Hangouts on Air? Do you want to know how to set up for live YouTube streaming?
A good overview of Constructivism
An app for learning grammar and building sentences
Allows teachers to create a custom search for their students
That’s how we think of it. If we can get out of the way, our guests can create more memories.
It also allows Disney to optimize employees. The goal was to create a system that would essentially replace the time spent fiddling with payments and tickets for moments of personal interactions with visitors.
“move past transactions, into an interactive space, where they can personalize the experience,”
In fact, it’s called the paradox of choice: You make people happier not by giving them more options but by stripping away as many as you can
Such a great read! Worksheets vs. iPads - The Surprising Truth http://t.co/TxFnChCnIr #gafesummit #iossummit
On today's open thread - Player Development is human development masquerading as a baseball endeavor. http://t.co/LXMSrhLBMt
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Patrick Larkin is the Assistant Superintendent for Learning of Burlington Public Schools in Burlington, MA and the former principal of Burlington High. He blogs about education at www.patrickmlarkin.com.