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Chapter 6 Creating a Results Orientation in a Professional Learning Community

DuFour, Richard Solution Tree Press ePub

When Aretha Ross was hired as a new superintendent of the Supreme School District, the board of education made it clear that its strategic plan for school improvement was the pride of the district. Every five years, the board engaged the community and staff in a comprehensive planning process intended to provide a sense of direction for the district and all of its schools and programs. A committee of key stakeholders oversaw the creation of the plan during a six-month development process. Each member was responsible for reporting back periodically to the group he or she represented to ensure accurate representation and ongoing communication. The committee held a series of community focus groups to solicit feedback from hundreds of parents, analyzed quantitative data, and generated qualitative data through a series of surveys to community, staff, and parents. The district mission statement provided the foundation of the document:

It is the mission of our schools to provide a rigorous academic curriculum in a safe, caring, and enjoyable learning environment that enables each and every child to realize his or her potential and become a responsible and productive citizen and lifelong learner fully equipped to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century.

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Chapter 6: Commitment to RTI: A Framework for Success

Douglas Fisher Solution Tree Press ePub

THE SUCCESS OF ANY response to intervention model rests on two key factors: accurate assessments and effective instruction and intervention. Of course, clear definitions of these terms, and staff members who understand these definitions in the same way, are integral to success as well. In this book, we have defined effective instruction for EL students and offered a model of instruction that encompasses Tier 1 core curriculum, Tier 2 supplemental instruction, and Tier 3 intensive intervention. We have proposed a process for assessment that can be used to determine the student’s response to instruction and intervention and to inform instructional planning. Finally, we have discussed the ways a special education system dovetails with other supports in the school.

The common vocabulary that comes from a focused, schoolwide RTI system has benefits that extend beyond English learners. Our work with elementary, middle, and high schools that have implemented this model has demonstrated to us that supporting students with diverse learning needs is possible. It does, however, require that the school be committed to identifying and meeting those needs—that it be “responsive to intervention.” While most schools have mission statements declaring this commitment, practical concerns get in the way of full implementation.

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Shaping the Nature, Focus, and Future Direction of the Journal of School Leadership

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers ePub

Jay P. Scribner—Editor, 2005–2008

Shaping the Nature, Focus, and Future Direction of the Journal of School Leadership

The Editor’s Challenge

My opportunity to work with others on the Journal of School Leadership (JSL) was generously afforded to me by editors Paula Short and Rick Reitzug. Serving as an associate editor under these mentors gave me invaluable insights into the field of educational leadership. Subsequently serving as editor of JSL from 2005 through 2008 extended those insights even further.

As editor, it is tempting to say that my goal was to take the journal in a new direction, but under the guidance of Drs. Short and Reitzug, JSL was already ahead of its time. In addition to the traditional approaches to research and mainstream questions facing school leadership, JSL has always proactively sought out new or underinvestigated topics and emerging methodological approaches. As such, JSL has always been about moving those manuscripts into publication that represent a growing diversity of topics and methodologies. My goal as editor was to continue this proud tradition by encouraging new lines of inquiry and deepening our understanding of more established bodies of literature.

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Canadian High School Athletics and the Saga of Continuing Gender Discrimination

International Journal of Educational Ref Rowman & Littlefield Publishers ePub

Paul T. Clarke

ABSTRACT: In most Canadian jurisdictions, high school athletics are still governed by outdated and sexist views about participation. The author argues that the current approach is discriminatory and violates human rights laws. In addition, a careful analysis of the jurisprudence reveals a host of specious arguments that keeps athletically talented female athletes from competing with the males. A more progressive response to the current situation is required that embraces an ethic of inclusion and excellence.

On May 8, 2010, one of Canada’s national newspapers, The Globe and Mail, carried the following article in its sports section: “The Struggle for Girls Who Can Play With the Boys.” Its author, Hayley Mick, depicts a less-than-flattering portrait of how sport bodies in Canadian provinces, including high school athletic associations, have responded to girls expressing a desire, for competitive reasons, to play with the boys in such sports as soccer and hockey. In fact, according to the article, Manitoba and Ontario are the only two Canadian provinces to allow females to compete on boys’ teams—and this participation has only come grudgingly and as the result of protracted legal proceedings.

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7. Out of Class, into the Street

Charis Boutieri Indiana University Press ePub

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Out of Class, into the Street

On my way home yesterday, I decided to walk along the main avenue. It was dusk, I guess it was around 7 p.m. The avenue was full with demonstrators, you know, the unemployed ones. There were so many of them, even women! One of them was pregnant. Some of the demonstrators clashed with the police and others ran away to seek refuge in the side streets. I got really scared. I thought, what if a policeman mistakes me for one of them and arrests me or, even worse, hits me? I started walking faster but not too fast, trying to look like I minded my own business. Suddenly I stopped because a crowd blocked the sidewalk. Passers-by had gathered around an injured guy. He had been stricken on the head and there was blood all over his face, he just lay there semi-conscious…. I made my way through the crowd to get closer even though it was risky to stand on the street. As soon as I saw him, tears came to my eyes, the people next to me were shaking their heads, everyone was really upset…. And then we heard this man screaming just a few steps away. We all turned around. He was holding his two-year-old son by the hand cautioning him: “Do you see? This is why I’ll never take you to school! You’re better off selling fruit in the market; you’re better off riding a bicycle! As a matter of fact, I will get you a bicycle first thing tomorrow and you can start practicing!” The man was clearly shaken by the scene, and I swear to God he was being serious, but he made me want to laugh. I wanted to laugh and cry at once.

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