Education Leader Network Professional Development eBulletin
November 6th, 2013
for Leaders in Education 

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In This Issue
4 Important Ways To Make The Common Core Transition Easier On Students
Michael Fullan presents Change: Making it Happen in Your School and District
A Little Humor Goes a Long Way...
Professional development: Let's work together.
The Leadership Challenge of a Lifetime

Create Powerful and Effective Professional Learning Communities Within Your District!
Deep Implementation: Change Practice, Get Results

21st Century Professional
Development By Design

No two districts are the same, that's why JK Thomas can customize your professional development and overall district improvement plan to your district's specific needs, budget, and circumstances. We provide you with all of the options, platforms, experts, resources, and guidance you need to implement and support your PLCs - and you choose what you want to use.

Ten Things that
Matter from
Assessment to Grading
by Tom Schimmer

Ten Things that Matter from Assessment to Grading
outlines the big ideas of assessment so teachers can prioritize where to refine their practice. Structured in standalone, quick-read chapters, its flexible approach lets readers choose the material that matters most to them. Chapters tackle concepts such as descriptive feedback, differentiated instruction, student ownership and grading accuracy.

Instructional Leader on the Go...

Each PD eBulletin gives the busy district or school-level leader brief, practical, free, high quality learning opportunities in a variety of media formats.

4 Important Ways To Make The Common Core Transition Easier On Students

Like killer bees, the Common Core Standards have been coming for what seems like decades now, and with a similar tone of doom and despair. (Or hope and interest, depending on your perspective.)
Most of the adjustments discussed are focused on curriculum and technology, but there is the matter of the students.
  • What do they think of the standards?
  • What are their concerns?
  • What should their role be in the formation of curriculum and subsequent lessons?
  • And how should "spin" the changes students will see?

Michael Fullan presents Change: Making it Happen in Your School and District

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Achieving excellence begins with hard work at the ground level. There is no question that the stakes have been raised and that school leaders have more pressure-and more opportunity-to make a bigger difference than ever before. Award-winning author and educational reform expert Michael Fullan takes leadership to the next level by showing how to put change into practice at the local and systemic levels.

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A Little Humor Goes a Long Way...

Teens React to Viral Videos:
Ylvis - The Fox

Professional development:
Let's work together

Blog post by Tom Murray

It was sitting at a breakfast meeting three years ago with a colleague in a neighboring school district and my close friend, Rich Kiker (@rkiker) that it hit me. Rich and I were discussing needs in our home districts, plans moving forward, effective aspects of our professional development, and how to continue to improve on our already successful programs. As we sat there eating our eggs, we began to see clearly, how through a few simple steps, we could continue to help transform professional development in our districts.

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The Leadership
Challenge of a Lifetime

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By the Spring of 2015 school district leaders across the nation will need to have achieved the most significant shift in educational practice in our lifetimes.

EVERYTHING needs to be revised . . .
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Instructional Practice
  • Assessment
  • Technology - Curriculum Integration

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