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Williamson, Ronald – Education Partnerships, Inc., 2012
Where to locate the 7th and 8th grade is a perennial question. While there are many variations, three approaches are most often used---include them in a 7-12 secondary campus, maintain a separate middle grades campus, or include them as part of a K-8 program. Research says that grade configuration is inconclusive at best and there is no research…
Descriptors: Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Grade 8, Academic Achievement, Educational Environment
Williamson, Ronald – Education Partnerships, Inc., 2012
It's easy to dismiss social media as a fascination of young people but to do so minimizes one of the fastest growing trends in technology. The Pew Internet and American Life Project recently found that over 71% of teens have a Facebook profile and 75% of adults have one too. Social media tools have become the way for a school or business to…
Descriptors: Internet, Video Technology, Web Sites, Electronic Publishing
Williamson, Ronald – Education Partnerships, Inc., 2012
Cyberbullying has emerged as one of the fastest growing issues faced by school leaders. It involves the use of technology to bully another person and can occur through the use of e-mail, instant messaging or texting, blogs, postings on websites, or through social media. The most common definition of cyberbullying is that it includes repeated,…
Descriptors: Aggression, Bullying, Internet, Web Sites
Williamson, Ronald – Education Partnerships, Inc., 2011
21st Century students need a complex set of skills to be successful in a digital environment. Digital literacy, similar to traditional definitions of literacy, is a set of skills students use to locate, organize, understand, evaluate and create information. The difference is that it occurs in an environment where a growing set of digital tools…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Internet, Computer Literacy, Academic Standards
Williamson, Ronald – Education Partnerships, Inc., 2011
Virtually every school district in the country is dealing with the need to reduce their budget. The process used to make those decisions varies from state to state but almost always includes a combination of short and long-term approaches. In many school districts the emphasis is on reducing individual budget line items and not filling vacant…
Descriptors: School Districts, Educational Finance, Budgets, Retrenchment
Williamson, Ronald – Education Partnerships, Inc., 2010
The growing use of social media by students and adults is impacting schools. A recent Pew study found that 73% of teens use social-networking sites to connect with others. Social media includes blogs, wikis, and podcasts as well as sites such as MySpace, Facebook, and Linkedin. While such sites promote connection with others, their use has created…
Descriptors: Internet, Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Social Networks