February 27, 2018 - How can a simple procedure help promote student success?

Rug-to-Desk Procedures

Every Minute Matters

Efficient classroom transitions preserve learning time. United Preparatory Academy's Rug-to-Desk transition is a critical component of an overall vision to get students on the path to college.

 

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An effective rug-to-desk transition can save 20 additional minutes for instruction daily.  In the video, second grade teacher Veda Chokshi teaches her students how to transition from the rug to their desks during the first week of school. This transition is incredibly important because it happens up to five times per day.

What are the elements of an effective transition in Veda's classroom?

  • There are a reasonable number of steps (3-5) to the procedure, and they are easy to remember.
  • Students are taught the Rug-to-Desk procedure explicitly early in the year.
  • During the first part of the procedure, she has students do it again. Immediately redoing a procedure the right way is the most effective way to close the feedback loop.
  • Veda positions her body so that she always sees the majority of the class.
  • There is strong pacing to the procedure. Going too fast would defeat the purpose and lead to a less systematic transition. Going too slow would frustrate students.

UPrep's vision for classroom procedures:

  • Having strong procedures are critical components to student learning.
  • There is repeated practice built into using the procedure consistently, which in turn helps build strong culture.
  • Teachers are able to teach from the start of the class to the end. With an efficient rug-to-desk transition, teachers can gain up to 20 minutes of additional instructional time each day.

 

Students don't have a moment to waste on the path to college. Make every minute count.

 

 

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Through the Study the Network™ workshops, you will study elementary or middle school classrooms during a live school day to observe how United School Network schools have been purposefully designed to drive achievement in a high-poverty context.  Workshop participants will also discuss concrete ways to apply these ideas in their own schools.

 

 

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February 21, 2018 - Shaping the Future of Education in Ohio: Review and Respond to Ohio s Strategic Plan

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Shaping the Future of Education in Ohio:
Review and Respond to Ohio’s Strategic Plan

Engage in community conversations to provide input on Ohio’s Draft Strategic Education Plan, which will create a unified system that results in success for each student.

The plan will be Ohio’s roadmap for taking innovative approaches to meet the state’s major education challenges. It identifies a clear, statewide goal for preK-12 education, along with enabling strategies and tactics that explain how the goal will be achieved. The ultimate outcome: creating a unified system that results in success for each student.

During the last six months, the State Board of Education and the Ohio Department of Education have engaged more than 150 partners from preK-12, higher education, business, philanthropy, community and the state legislature to craft a comprehensive strategic plan for education. This is the first prepared by the state in more than a decade.

Philanthropy Ohio, in partnership with the State Board, will host 11 regional stakeholder meetings to review the plan and receive targeted feedback that will inform the final draft of the plan.

These meetings are an opportunity to gather valuable input from various perspectives, including local educators, funders, parents, students and community members. The meeting will include an introduction from State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria, a brief overview of the draft plan and group discussions around specific provisions and options.

Register now to attend a local meeting by clicking on the specific meeting location below.

Please share this invitation with others who may be interested in attending. Questions? Contact Samantha Fallucco at Samantha.Fallucco@education.ohio.gov.

February 15, 2018 -2018 OAASFEP Title I Spring Conference Registration 2/15/18

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Registration is Now Open

 

2018 OAASFEP Title I / Federal Programs Spring Conference

Supporting Student Learning

Hyatt Regency Greater Columbus Convention Center

April 30 - May 2, 2018

The conference begins with a buffet dinner on Monday evening, April 30, 2018, and ends at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, May 2nd. Register early as some sessions are limited to 50 participants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February 15, 2018 - 2018 National Forum to Advance Rural Education: Call for Presenters Now Open

We’re Seeking Dynamic Presenters!

 

We believe that collaboration helps to elevate the voice of rural districts, uplift and empower isolated educators, administrators, and students, and leverage limited resources to tackle big issues.

If you share our vision and are looking to share your research, stories, and impact around innovative rural leadership, practice, research, and policy, this is THE event for you! Take advantage of the opportunity to engage with hundreds of national experts, leading researchers, K-12 and higher education practitioners, policymakers, and philanthropic leaders from around the country.

Sound like you? If so, Battelle for Kids and the National Rural Education Association (NREA) encourage you to submit a proposal to present at the 2018 National Forum to Advance Rural Education and 110th NREA Convention and Research Symposium on October 11-13 in Denver, Colorado.

Together, we can unite and inspire people to action!

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February 14, 2018 - Registration Open: 2018 Educators Connect for Success

Registration is Now Open!

We are excited to announce that online registration for the 2018 Educators Connect for Success conference is now open!

This year’s theme is Shaping Future-Ready Learners

As educators, we are charged with ensuring students have educational experiences that prepare them for success in college, in careers, and in life. Now more than ever, these experiences must not only provide for the acquisition of rigorous academic content, but must also be more intentional in cultivating skills, mindsets, and literacies essential for students to become lifelong learners and contributors in this complex, rapidly changing world. 

The world is a different place for today’s graduates, requiring school systems to
ENVISION, EMPOWER, and ENGAGE

For more detailed information, download our Registration Brochure

 

Register by March 31, 2018 and take advantage of the early bird rate!

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Discounted rates are available at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris hotel, the event venue. Book your hotel room early to ensure availability. To book your hotel room(s), click here.

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February 13, 2018 - Invitation to the AdvancED Missouri Join the Journey: Spotlighting STEM Conference

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AdvancED Missouri Join the Journey: Spotlighting STEM Conference

 

We educate future generations so they can survive and thrive in a world where innovation and systematic problem solving is integral to their success. Trendy ideas such as virtual reality, hydroponic farming and autonomous vehicles are now a reality. Ideation spawned a growing workforce characterized by critical thinkers and paradigm-shifting creators. These qualities are most readily achieved when education systems embrace the impact of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
 
The AdvancED Missouri Join the Journey: Spotlighting STEM Conference dives into the world of STEM education. How can a school stay true to its institutional mission while embracing the multiple ways STEM further sets students up for success in today’s world? With multiple STEM Schools being built anew, what are the practical steps existing schools can take now? How does an AdvancED STEM Certification serve and support all content areas? These questions and more will all be addressed to help schools learn how to implement STEM best practices in ways that engage all stakeholders.

This year’s theme, Spotlighting STEM, places an emphasis on how a strong STEM focus can accelerate your institution's student impact. Dig into design-thinking and makerspaces; identify the root of STEM learning to design a high-quality curriculum; learn how to facilitate creativity in STEM classrooms; and bridge lessons to opportunities beyond the classroom to make adult-world connections. The conference also will offer an opportunity to take your commitment even further by learning about the AdvancED STEM Certification process.
 
Focusing on STEM is our promise to today’s learners that they will be equipped to create the world they envision. Join the Journey and register today! 

Register today!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 8:00 AM to 
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 4:00 PM
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February 13, 2018 - Hurry, registration for our Study the Network workshop ends today!

 

Just a reminder, sign up today!
STUDY THE NETWORK™


Join our workshop to learn how you can put your students on the path to college.
 

Registration ends today!
 

 

 


One participant said, "This was one of the best and definitely the most thought out PD I've been a part of. It seemed to be as meticulously planned as the school culture, curriculum, and procedures of the school we were in."

 

Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn concrete ways United Preparatory Academy-State St. has worked to close the achievement gap and put its students on a college prep path.

Workshop Details
 

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuition: $500 per person (Includes breakfast, lunch, & materials)

Location: UPrep-State St. | 617 W. State St. | Columbus, Ohio 43215
Registration Deadline: February 13, 2018

 

Study the Network™ is an immersive experience that engages participants in a live learning environment combining structured observations, practical videos, focused activities, time for reflection, and inside access to our network of high-performing urban charter schools.

Through the Study the Network™ workshop, you will study UPrep-State St. during a live school day to observe how the school has been purposefully designed to get results in a high-poverty context.  You will also discuss concrete ways to apply these ideas in your own schools.

 

 

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February 11, 2018 - What Do Exceptional Boards Do?

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“Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.” 

- Jim Collins, From Good to Great

“What does an exceptional charter school board look like?” is a question we’re often asked as national charter school experts.

At BoardOnTrack, we help to take the guesswork out of charter school governance.

We’ve summarized the work of an exceptional board in a simple methodology we call the “3 P's”, shown below.

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February 9, 2018 - Special Education Updates

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Joint Guidance on Project SEARCH

The Ohio Department of Education and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) have issued joint guidance on Project SEARCH job readiness training programs. The agencies are working collaboratively to: plan and coordinate quarterly Project SEARCH meetings; ensure OOD participation in transition planning and IEP meetings; develop tools to assist students and families in making informed decisions about services; and be involved in decisions regarding the development of new programs.

To read the full joint guidance letter issued by Director Kevin Miller and Superintendent Paolo DeMaria, please click here.

Comment period now open for revisions to Ohio’s Learning Standards in Science and Social Studies – Extended

The Ohio Department of Education invites Ohioans to submit suggestions, as part of a periodic update process for Ohio’s Learning Standards in Science and Social Studies – Extended. Through the feedback, the Department can ensure the extended standards reflect the experience that Ohio educators and parents have gained with the extended standards during the past five years since they were first adopted. Through this periodic review, our state aims to better prepare students for the changing expectations of their options after high school.

All Ohioans can share their thoughts about the standards through March 12, 2018, through a survey available here.

February 8, 2018 - 5 School Culture Tools for Principals

 

STUDY THE NETWORK™


Join us on February 18th
 to learn how you can put your students on the path to college!
 

 

 


This is not your typical workshop.

 

Study the Network™ is an immersive experience that engages participants in a live learning environment combining structured observations, practical videos, focused activities, time for reflection, and inside access to our network of high-performing urban charter schools.

 

Join SPI Director & Chief Learning Officer John A. Dues to experience how United Preparatory Academy-State St. has worked to close the achievement gap and put its students on a college prep path.  Nearly 100% of UPrep-State St.’s students are economically disadvantaged, but they have consistently out-performed their peers in more affluent schools. 

 

Through the Study the Network™ workshop, you will study UPrep-State St. 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 discuss concrete ways to apply these ideas in their own schools.

 

 

 

Workshop Details
 

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2018
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuition: $500 per person (Includes breakfast, lunch, & materials)

Location: UPrep-State St. | 617 W. State St. | Columbus, Ohio 43215
Registration Deadline: February 9, 2018

 

And don't forget to check out the recent article about School Performance Institute in the November issue of Columbus Monthly!

 

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In Schools, On Schools

5 School Culture Tools for Principals

Published on February 8, 2018
 

 

A written plan and shared language are key components of the school culture systems at the four schools that make up the United Schools Network (USN). Without a shared language, it’s impossible to set goals and continuously improve our culture systems. The tools described below are used by our school leaders to train teachers on our systems, and live on as foundational resources through leadership transitions.

 

#1 Culture Manual

Each school at USN has a Culture Manual. It’s akin to a football team’s playbook (with the Super Bowl this past weekend, I figured a football analogy was well-timed) and includes a description of all of the most important culture, discipline, and management systems used at USN schools. It also outlines a shared language for all things culture, so that teachers and school leaders can speak effectively and efficiently about our systems. Writing down our culture plan is the first step to ensuring we have consistent management from classroom-to-classroom in our schools.

SPI Resource: Culture Manual

 

#2 Big Goals

The Culture Manual at each USN school includes big goals for school culture. Here’s an example: At least 75% of our students will maintain STRIVE Paycheck averages of 70 dollars or above and 90% of our students will maintain STRIVE Paycheck averages of 60 dollars or above as tracked and measured by trimester. USN has developed a weekly STRIVE Paycheck system as a communication tool between school and home. A student’s weekly STRIVE Paycheck total is impacted by his/her fulfillment of behavioral, academic, and attendance expectations. The STRIVE Paycheck system makes it simple to quantify, measure, and track progress toward meeting this big goal. Big goals like this create a shared sense of purpose and an improvement mindset within the school community.

SPI Resource: The STRIVE Paycheck

 

#3 Shared Language: The STRIVE Paycheck

When Tom Brady called a play in the Patriots huddle this past weekend, it sounded something like this, “Let’s go G BROWN RT 74 HOSS X-FOLLOW on two.” It’s like a foreign language to you and I, but every player in that huddle knew exactly what it meant. Similarly, when you talk STRIVE Paychecks at USN middle schools, every student can tell you how they earn and lose money off their paycheck and how it relates to their school’s STRIVE values. Every staff member can tell you the role that STRIVE Paychecks play in their school’s management system. Teachers and students have a shared language around the paycheck system, and can often be heard working together on ways to ensure that paychecks remain high.

 

#4 Culture Communication: Culture Calendar

At USN schools, the Dean of Students maintains a comprehensive Culture Calendar for student life and culture events. While it’s a living document, the Culture Calendar is created before the school year begins, so that teachers know of any events that could impact their lessons. The sample calendar from CCA-Main St. outlines some of the key culture-building events that occur on a regular basis. One of the core components of our culture is a weekly grade-level Morning Meeting during which the Spirit Stick is presented to a student who has best embodied the school’s values. The calendar ensures that we are intentionally building school culture throughout the year.

SPI Resource: The Culture Calendar

 

#5 Culture Communication: UPrep Weekly

All USN school leaders send either a weekly or daily email to their staff to communicate a number of important culture items. At UPrep-State St., School Director Ben Pacht sends his UPrep Weekly to staff members every Saturday morning. The Weekly is packed with mission-aligned messages, bright spots, instructional and cultural data points, and professional development focus items. Many of the items in the weekly also play a role in staff huddles and professional development sessions.

SPI Resource: UPrep Weekly

 

More on USN’s Best Practices

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 February 22nd to learn how the school uses the culture tools described in this blog to get results in a high-poverty context.

John A. Dues is the Director of the School Performance Institute and Chief Learning Officer for the United Schools Network in Columbus, Ohio. The School Performance Institute is the social enterprise division of the United Schools Network. Send feedback to jdues@unitedschoolsnetwork.org.

 

 

 

Workshop Details
 

Date: Thursday, February 22, 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: February 13, 2018

 

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