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  • Teaching Matters Presents Fourth Annual Summer Forum for Principals with a Focus on the Common Core State Standards | Teaching Matters
    the Common Core State Standards on curriculum and assessment Bena Kallick co author of Assessment Strategies for Self Directed Learning will facilitate an interactive conversation entitled Learner at the Core How Common Core Reshapes our Thinking about Assessment The forum will take place on Monday July 11 2011 at 475 Riverside Drive at 1 30PM Following the talk the first annual Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for School Innovation will be awarded to one of the five finalist schools chosen from a field of over 100 nominations Elizabeth Rohatyn a champion of public education in New York City will be on hand to present the Prize to the principal of the winning school The recipient of the Rohatyn Prize will receive a one time award of 15 000 to support sustain or further an innovative school learning environment program or practice that promotes academic rigor and has the potential to be replicated by other schools The Summer Forum for Principals is one component of Teaching Matters Innovative Principal Program The Innovative Principal is a unique series of leadership institutes and forums designed for and led by principals and leading practitioners At sessions offered throughout the year school leaders have the opportunity to interact with other educators who share both the common and emerging challenges related to creating a 21st century school Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for School Innovation Finalists Academy Street Elementary Bayport Long Island Project Using tablets with developmentally delayed students across the curriculum Bell Academy Q294 Queens NY Project Expanding video conferencing to support the school s project based learning philosophy make classroom walls become invisible Chester Park PS 62 Queens NY Project Using Google Apps for sharing practices in and out of school impacting instruction for both teachers and students Peekskill Middle School Peekskill NY Project Implementing a wide range

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  • VOTE NOW for Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize Finalists | Teaching Matters
    News Press Contact VOTE NOW for Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize Finalists Submitted by Lynette Guastaferro on Wed 06 15 2011 12 17pm There are only three days left to cast your vote for one of the eleven semi finalists for the Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for School Innovation Click here to see the list of semi finalists and participate in the voting via Facebook Voting is open from June 10th to June 17th The top five schools will move on to the final round We encourage you and your school community to support your candidate by casting your votes online The first recipient of the Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize will be announced at the Teaching Matters Annual Principals Forum on July 11th 2011 About the Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for School Innovation The first annual Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for School Innovation a 15 000 award will go to a New York metropolitan area public school principal whose leadership results in an academically rigorous and technologically innovative learning environment The award can be applied to any of the following Equipment Materials Human resources including staffing consultants release and or common planning time View the discussion thread Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize Lynette Guastaferro s blog Tweets by

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  • Teaching Matters Announces Eleven Semi-Finalists for First Annual Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize | Teaching Matters
    recipient of the Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize will be announced on July 11 2011 at the annual Teaching Matters Principals Forum Funding is made available by contributors to the Elizabeth Rohatyn Innovation Fund The semi finalists were chosen by an esteemed selection committee including Marilyn Reznick Executive Director Educational Leadership AT T Public Affairs Lisa Belzberg Founder and Executive Chairperson of PENCIL Bill Tally Senior Researcher and Designer Center for Children and Technolog y Ron Thorpe Vice President and Director Education WNET Thirteen and Gideon Boateng former NYC student and current college student at Rochester Institute of Technology To learn more about each semi finalist and cast a vote for your favorite please visit http teachingmatters org rohatyn entries Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for School Innovation Semi Finalists in alphabetical order Academy Street Elementary Bayport Long Island Project Using tablets with developmentally delayed students across the curriculum Baruch College Campus High School Manhattan NY Project Placing learning in the hands of students through the development of individualized learning plans incorporating 21st century skills Bell Academy Q294 Queens NY Project Expanding video conferencing to support the school s project based learning philosophy make classroom walls become invisible Brownsville Academy High School Brooklyn NY Project Supporting over aged under credited students in preparing for college and careers through online self paced instruction Chester Park PS 62 Queens NY Project Using Google Apps for sharing practices in and out of school impacting instruction for both teachers and students John J Pershing IS 220 Brooklyn NY Project Using Google Apps for parents and students to access student work and homework from school and home as part of the NYC Connected Learning grant David A Boody IS 228 Brooklyn NY Project Using iPads and Google Apps for data analysis and collaborative inquiry in the English Language Arts

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  • Measure What You Treasure: Soccer Goals, Factory Lighting, and Monitoring Plans | Teaching Matters
    successfully defend Grenada s goal The game went into overtime and Barbados won 4 2 You would think that it would have taken a great deal to get these players to go against years of training and experience to want to score on their own goals but all it really took was a momentary change in their accountability system We ve seen a similar effect this year in New York City middle schools Due to budget constraints there was no 8th grade social studies exam this year Predictably as the statewide math and ELA tests drew closer social studies teachers found themselves facing more and more disruptions to their schedule Nobody made a conscious decision to abandon social studies instruction It s just that as the clock ticked down schools didn t mind scoring on their own goal in social studies if it meant buying more time to score a Golden Goal in the areas where they would be held accountable Sometimes even just the perception of accountability is enough A study conducted in the 1920 s and 30 s attempted to determine whether changing the lighting in the Hawthorne Works factory near Chicago would affect worker productivity Researchers were surprised to see that productivity increased regardless of how they changed the lighting After the study was over productivity went right back down As it turned out the presence of the researchers measuring productivity motivated the workers more than any lighting change could Today we call this the Hawthorne Effect and it has wide ranging implications You can see it in practice almost anywhere you look and sometimes you can see it precisely because you ve looked How can we who use data formatively take advantage of this effect As a part of the TERC Using Data process teams create

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  • Citifari Supports Teaching Matters | Teaching Matters
    on this exclusive opportunity to photograph some of New York s most unique landmarks Together with a small group of no more than 10 people a citifari guide will lead you through a 2 1 2 hour walking tour through several of the city s most scenic destinations To learn more about this exciting offer and sign up for your free tour go to http citifari eventbrite com discount TEACHINGMATTERS

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  • Google Marketplace: Will Educator Choice Increase Innovation? | Teaching Matters
    easy access to digital tools they can use in the classroom In general platforms such as the Apple App Store The Android Market and the Google Apps Marketplace have enabled smaller vendors with cutting edge products to reach a wider audience What differentiates the Google Marketplace from other App platforms is the inclusion of comprehensive software offerings that may cover a school s entire subject area and curricular needs With Google Apps Marketplace teachers and administrators can access well engineered easily deployed products and in some cases test drive new products with their students before purchasing them At one New York City middle school where Teaching Matters implemented Google Apps for Education as a centerpiece for school wide collaboration and communication teachers discovered BuzzMath on the Apps Marketplace Unlike smaller apps found on the Apple App Store BuzzMath is a comprehensive NCTM standardized math curriculum designed to engage middle school students and provide immediate feedback about their understanding of math concepts A program like this would typically be purchased by a principal or school district and could run a school upwards of 10 000 for a site license BuzzMath offers their product for 15 per student for one class allowing classroom teachers to use the software with a small group of students before deciding whether it was the right fit for the entire school population During the testing phase math teachers had ideas about how they wanted to view student data and shared their suggestions with the product s developers Two weeks later the developer had integrated new features into the program to help teachers meet their data analysis needs Essentially the teachers became a focus group for the creation of a new product and their input will be of lasting benefit for other educators who choose to use it

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  • The Portico Problem: In Praise of Item-Level Data Analysis | Teaching Matters
    the skill described by the performance indicator Perhaps the Social Studies question contained a distractor answer that caught students attention Maybe an ELA question required students to notice a part of a passage that sneaked out on the top of the second page Or even a Math question could have required literacy skills the students may not have had Until the teachers who work with these students every day have a look at the questions we won t really know why students got them wrong In one middle school in Queens the data team I was working with found that several problems that students seemed to be having with geometry were actually academic vocabulary problems One of these issues was with the term vertical angles which refers to a pair of angles that are opposite each other across a vertex You might even call them opposite angles In fact that s exactly what the teachers in this school had done Concerned that students might be confused by the term vertical angles teachers taught the concept of opposite angles Students learned what opposite angles were they learned that opposite angles are equal they did problems involving opposite angles they were assessed on their understanding of opposite angles and they successfully demonstrated comprehension of opposite angles Then an exam question asked them to identify a pair of vertical angles and they were lost The issue here was not a lack of mathematical understanding The problem was that the vocabulary being used in the classroom was not aligned with the statewide assessments Once you realize that it s easy to fix Another item level examination revealed a very different vocabulary issue Teachers deconstructed a question in which students were given the length and width of a rectangular portico and asked to find the

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  • Game Changer | Teaching Matters
    having enough bandwidth to do anything that would be considered close to 21st Century The 2 problem is not enough hardware or broken hardware The 3 4 and 5 problems are not enough training support lack of good content software Take numbers 1 and 2 out of the equation and doors open Not to mention allowing the devices to go home with a stable Internet connection built in see NYC Connected Learning Creating the Digital Village in Urban America 2 Cloud 2 0 Teachers how much more productive would your students be if it didn t matter which laptop they used and they always had access to their files assignments and all the software programs they needed to run What if the machines in your classroom could run for 8 hours turned on instantly and always had a stable internet connection How much more time in your class could you devote to teaching and learning The Google laptop truly is a cloud experience A forced one This isn t a regular laptop with Word Excel an email client maybe a widget for using Dropbox or some Adobe Air applications here and there Everything is cloud based All applications are run through your browser in fact your browser is the only local application it s the whole OS there are no applications to minimize If you want to edit video you have to go to the chrome store and play around with a few apps until you find the one you like The good news is there seems to be a rich variety of utilities and productivity apps to do most anything you would want to do with a traditional local application But cloud OS isn t really new right Again for individuals maybe not but for education it is another game changer especially because the hardware is designed for the software The Google Laptop boots in 10 seconds No joke I timed it many times It shuts down in 4 and comes back on from sleeping in 1 second it is instant And it is fast When you first boot up you have to login with your google account or school s Google Apps account if you re a student Then you take a photo using the webcam and your profile is saved Then you login to your school s google apps domain check your email your docs your sites maybe you go to one of your school s apps that was setup through the marketplace an LMS or SIS system Or if you need to do something more advanced than google docs offers simply click on the home button and launch your app Perhaps Prezi for an advanced presentation or Jaycut to edit movies or ShiftEdit for webdesign If your school can t swing a 1 1 environment at the end of class signoff and put the laptop back in the cart for the next student to pull out and sign in all your docs and apps are saved

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