Monthly Archives: June 2011

The High-Tech Journey from Engagement to Achievement (via Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice)

I think the author has a misunderstanding of the role of technology in the classroom or even as the classroom. Technology is a means, not an end. Educators use technology to deliver instruction, which can lead to higher levels of student engagement. But any tool, be it computers, textbooks, etc will never replace quality instruction provided by a teacher, regardless of how it is delivered, electronically or otherwise. I am a firm believer in the use of technology but I am first a believer in quality instruction.

Look at ads for software for schools and you will see words that promise student engagement and improved academic achievement (see, for example: Dell Computers: 2011-western-heights high school). Like hot dogs and mustard, Harry and Sally, the upbeat words about software and new mobile devices engaging students, raising test scores of minority students and closing the achievement gap are joined like Siamese twins. "Schools powered by (put in your … Read More

via Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

Excellent Leaders Build Excellent Schools | StudentsFirst.org

Excellent Leaders Build Excellent Schools | StudentsFirst.org.

Distributed leadership is important for school improvement. Everyone plays a roll in knowing what needs to be done and doing it.

Learning to read continues

Students can have “late emerging” reading difficulties after third grade. DOI:10.3102/0013189X10378400