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Superintendent Jara:
Learning
from the
Pandemic
Superintendent Jara:
Learning
from the
Pandemic
Volume 1 Issue 3
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Superintendent Jara:
Learning
from the
Pandemic
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Stuart Udell
Chief Executive Officer
Kevin Baird
Chief Academic Officer
Rob Bruno
Technology Officer
Meg Roe
Senior Vice President, Marketing
Jon Swan
Creative Director
Rebecca Salem
Senior Marketing Manager
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Transforming
Education
to be More
Student-Centered,
Equity-Focused
and
Forward-Reaching
By Stuart Udell
Transforming
Education
to be More
Student-Centered,
Equity Focused
and
Forward Reaching
By Stuart Udell
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iven the imperative decisions school districts are making due to the challenges and opportunities in today’s public education landscape, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, in partnership with an array of stakeholder organizations, has created a coalition to develop recommendations on transforming education to be more student-centered, equity focused and forward reaching.

The
Equity Agenda
Means Moving
Beyond Sameness
By Kevin Baird
T

he Equity Conversation has risen to the top of many district agendas, with greater urgency and volume. That is the good news, in my view. However, over time, the weight of “the system” often brings the conversation back to the “same old, same old” – test more, place kids in tiers, treat each tier according to a set of protocols, test again.

The Equity Agenda
Means Moving
Beyond Sameness
By Kevin Baird
T

he Equity Conversation has risen to the top of many district agendas, with greater urgency and volume. That is the good news, in my view. However, over time, the weight of “the system” often brings the conversation back to the “same old, same old” – test more, place kids in tiers, treat each tier according to a set of protocols, test again.

Can You Hear Me?
Special guest column by Janis Effner
T

he stresses of living during a pandemic affect us all. Shifting our ‘normal’ as we long for old routines is hard. As I work remotely with teachers across our nation, I see the resiliency of teachers who refuse to give up despite constant challenges. But it was when I started working with students online that I realized in order to keep sane, teachers must breathe, laugh, and take a nap — make that naps.

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Navigating the Pandemic
with Flexibility, Patience, and Grace
By Superintendent Jesus F. Jara, Clark County, NV
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remember when we had our first case of COVID in Clark County; I had just landed in Reno for a meeting with state leaders. Immediately, I was called back — we were faced with trying to figure out how to keep our staff safe and maintain a feeling of calm. It was an enormous challenge to prepare for, as we had to consider much more than students’ basic educational needs. How could we continue to feed the students who depend on us for three meals a day?

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Differentiated Virtual Literacy Instruction for Students Learning English
By Danielle Murray
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mong Gilbert Spruance School’s 1,400+ students, there are 39 languages spoken. This has led to a unique opportunity for our literacy department. As a school-based teacher leader of literacy, I am responsible for ensuring that I equip teachers to provide students with individualized support and a solid literacy foundation, whether they are learning at home or in school.

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The New ABCs of Teaching: How to Increase High-Quality Student Motivation
By Stephen Tonks, PH.D.
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have been teaching current and future teachers for 15 years at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and a top concern among most current and future teachers is lack of student motivation in the classroom. Throughout the pandemic, online and hybrid schooling has made it even more challenging to motivate students.

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Howard County
Public School System:
Case for
Success
Howard County
Public School System:
A Case for Success
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ancy Czarnecki is the curriculum coordinator for Secondary Language Arts in Howard County, MD. She works with all the English teachers in grades six through 12 and the reading specialists who work with students in those grades as well.

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Our Journey to a
Data-Informed
School Culture
What secondary school leaders can learn from the challenges and triumphs experienced by New York Public School 171
By Dimitres Pantelidis
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ational education policy over the last decade has emphasized college and career readiness standards. This translated to states and school systems exploring novel ways to support students, while reporting on accountability measures. At my school, New York PS 171, the focus on readiness sparked a journey into data-driven instruction.

Our Journey to a
Data-Informed
School Culture
What secondary school leaders can learn from the challenges and triumphs experienced by New York Public School 171
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By Dimitres Pantelidis
N

ational education policy over the last decade has emphasized college and career readiness standards. This translated to states and school systems exploring novel ways to support students, while reporting on accountability measures. At my school, New York PS 171, the focus on readiness sparked a journey into data-driven instruction.

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A Conversation with
Kweku
Mandela Part Two
Mandela
Part Two
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ditor’s Note: Kweku Mandela is the grandson of Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa and anti-apartheid hero. This is part two of an interview conducted at the National Literacy Summit with Kevin Baird, chief academic officer for Achieve3000. To read the first part of the interview, click here.

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