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Treat, Carol Rava – Principal Leadership, 2013
Hundreds of middle level and high schools are trying new strategies to improve attendance as an important path to improving achievement; graduation rates; and in many states, funding. Celebrity wake-up calls are just one of the tactics that school administrators are turning to as they look to leverage their own mix of sizzle and substance to…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, High Schools, Student Motivation, Attendance
Small, Dennis – Principal Leadership, 2011
Schools in Washington State had a smattering of computers that were used for instruction and were mostly disconnected from any network when the author joined the state's K-12 public education agency in 1989. It was clear that state educators needed to see beyond the dazzle of slide decks produced by seven-year-olds and reconceptualize the use of…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Technology Integration, Academic Standards, Educational Technology
Gates, Claire; Barton, Rhonda – Principal Leadership, 2010
The Kent School District in Kent, Washington, adopted the use of video study groups (VSGs) during the 2008-09 school year to help teachers apply research-based strategies to support struggling math students. This form of embedded professional development has been around since the 1960s but is getting renewed attention because video equipment is…
Descriptors: School Districts, Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Educational Practices
Barton, Rhonda; Reed, Bracken – Principal Leadership, 2010
The historic 2008 presidential election provided unprecedented opportunities to engage young people in civic education--including heated classroom debates on contentious issues, social studies lessons on the electoral process, and opportunities to volunteer for national and local campaigns. Civic engagement can take many forms, including…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Community Involvement, Service Learning, Volunteers
McPherson, Kate – Principal Leadership, 2010
Culminating projects offer a sharp contrast to predominant practice in civics education. Although many schools require students to volunteer for a certain numbers of hours, most leave it up to the student to find a broadly defined "community application" of their learning, and students seldom inform their action with rigorous research.…
Descriptors: Civics, Citizenship Education, Student Projects, Service Learning
Barton, Rhonda; Stepanek, Jennifer – Principal Leadership, 2009
This article discusses a three-tiered, differentiated curriculum in a response to intervention (RTI) framework that has successfully raised achievement at all levels, but is particularly successful with ninth-grade students. Walla Walla (Washington) School District implemented the three-tiered intervention program as a series of differentiated…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Pilot Projects, Supplementary Education, Curriculum Design
Kassissieh, Julia; Barton, Rhonda – Principal Leadership, 2009
Although practitioners have been asked to make fundamental shifts in their beliefs about reaching all students, the structures of high schools to support that work have not changed appreciably. Teachers teach in isolation, departmental silos lack curricular and instructional coherence across core subject areas, and few teachers share students in…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Effectiveness, Professional Development, Secondary School Teachers
DiMartino, Joseph; Clarke, John H. – Principal Leadership, 2008
Successful advisory programs have a number of things in common across a wide variety of schools. They all divide the student body into small groups, usually of 20 or fewer students, that meet regularly with an adult in the school community. In addition to this basic element, successful advisory programs have five other elements in common: (1) They…
Descriptors: Rural Areas, Program Implementation, Resource Allocation, Alignment (Education)
Gering, Steven; Watson, Wnedy; Schulhauser, Travis – Principal Leadership, 2008
Raising student achievement is at the heart of school improvement efforts at North Central High School in Spokane, Washington. Because of the diversity of the student body at North Central, students do not all receive the same message from their families about taking a rigorous course of study that will give them options after graduation. The…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Constructivism (Learning), Educational Change, Teaching Methods
Jones, David – Principal Leadership, 2007
When a survey of students at Eisenhower Middle School in Everett, Washington indicated that they spent a good part of the school day feeling tired and hungry, that they felt unsafe in some areas of the school, and that worn-down facilities left many of them feeling depressed, the author and his staff concluded that, in order to improve the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Wellness, Program Development, Program Implementation
Davis, Deborah; Barton, Rhonda – Principal Leadership, 2006
Erin Rogers is on a mission to change teachers' minds. As a literacy coach at Skyview High School in Vancouver, Washington, she advises other teachers on how to infuse literacy into lessons across the curriculum. It's not an easy job: many secondary school instructors see themselves as content experts and believe that teaching reading is best left…
Descriptors: School Districts, Reading Skills, Reading Instruction, High School Students
Jacobsen, Mike D.; Polin, Marcie R. – Principal Leadership, 2006
There was a time in U.S. education when good management might have sufficed. If administrators balanced the budgets, hired adequate staff, and purchased the established instructional curricula, they did enough. However, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) changed that dramatically. Today, districts are accountable for the academic proficiency of…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Environment, Academic Achievement, School Role
Fedore, Heidi – Principal Leadership, 2005
In 2002, with pressure on students and educators mounting regarding performance on standardized tests, the author, who is an assistant principal at Skyline High School in Issaquah, Washington, and some staff members decided to have a little fun in the midst of the preparation for the state's high-stakes test, the Washington Assessment of Student…
Descriptors: Publicity, Standardized Tests, Assistant Principals, Academic Achievement