Education Leader Network Professional Development eBulletin
December 4th, 2013
for Leaders in Education 

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In This Issue
Common Core State Standards Focus On Critical Thinking Amid Political Debate
What works best for raising student achievement?
A Little Humor Goes a Long Way...
RTI and New Standards Annual Conference
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.

Common Core State Standards Focus On Critical Thinking Amid Political Debate

Remembering the plot of a short story is no longer good enough in teacher Amy Lawson's fifth-grade classroom.

Today's students are being asked to think more critically. For example, what might a character say in an email to a friend?

"It's hard. But you can handle this," Lawson tells them.

Welcome to a classroom using the Common Core State Standards, one of the most politicized and misunderstood changes in education for students and their teachers in kindergarten through high school.

What works best for raising student achievement?

Free one-hour webinar from Corwin
December 6th at 3:00pm PST/6:00pm EST

The Visible Learning research shows that 95% of what teachers do has a positive impact on student learning. However, some practices have a higher effect than others.

Register for this free Visible Learning webinar to learn which practices make the greatest impact on student learning.

Click here to learn more!

A Little Humor Goes a Long Way...

Kids React to Viral Videos: Batdad

RTI and New Standards Annual Conference

January 25-26, 2014
Dena'ina Convention Center
Anchorage, AK

New standards have been adopted in Alaska, and similar standards have been adopted nationwide with the Common Core State Standards.  What are the implications within a RTI system? How do you align the new standards with evidence-based interventions?

Join us for the third annual Alaska RTI conference for a discussion of how to move forward with RTI and the new standards in your classroom, school or district.

The Leadership
Challenge of a Lifetime

BLEgroup Thought Leadership Network

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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