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IPSI Works to Improve Professional Development - One District's Approach Written by Dr. Daryl Michel, Julie Koepke and Miles Smith

IPSI Works to Improve Professional Development - One District's Approach Written by Dr. Daryl Michel, Julie Koepke and Miles Smith

Reacting to requests from the field, The Institute recently initiated a project to design a professional development process focused on language and literacy instruction for disadvantaged students. Recognizing that a successful process would need to consider students’ needs throughout their educational experiences, needs for practices from early childhood through high school were included. This paper summarizes the results of two years of progress in successfully implementing a fully integrated, vertical professional development program.

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College and Career Ready Student Programs- Debra Erhart

College and Career Ready Student Programs- Debra Erhart

The Texas Legislature made a promise to students and businesses by passing HB5. Now districts have to ensure that students have the necessary skills to enter college and/or the workforce. Although this may seem like something new and an impossible feat, there are schools and programs in Texas and throughout the nation that model successful college and career ready programs. Early College High Schools (ECHS) are examples of college ready campuses. The next step is to look at ECHS campuses that also prepare students for the workforce. Presently, the college and career ready ECHS campuses have three things in common: engaged partners, endorsement supported curriculum, and teacher focused endorsement supported professional development. Since each campus is unique due to the strong bond between the school and their partners, there are several successful models available for campuses to replicate, learn from and get inspiration from while creating their own unique college and career ready campus. HB5 supports businesses hiring Texas students and encourages educators and businesses to merge or work together to support and provide the skills our students need to be both college and career ready.

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From the Desk of Dr. Darv Winick - Keep the Stores, but Change the Customer

From the Desk of Dr. Darv Winick - Keep the Stores, but Change the Customer

There is little question that how and where we shop has changed in recent years. The rapid growth of big box, discount stores and online shopping has eliminated the need for many traditional retail outlets. While we may sympathize with “no longer competitive” merchants, it is unlikely that many of us would suggest a return to neighborhood butcher shops and door-to-door milk delivery.

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From the Desk of Dr. Darv Winick - How About a Trip to Finland?

From the Desk of Dr. Darv Winick - How About a Trip to Finland?

The current volume of pronouncements on how poorly US students do on international academic assessments pushes us to anticipate a pending decline in our country’s economy unless we emulate the school systems of allegedly higher performing foreign school systems. Quickly, off to Finland or Singapore to find out how to educate students successfully, we are told.

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Replacement is Not the Answer - Dr. Darv Winick

Replacement is Not the Answer - Dr. Darv Winick

One of the less heralded successes of the accountability movement in public education is the elimination of the replacement theory in measuring and reporting student performance. Some of us can remember when the champion marching band and winning football team were publically touted as school successes and poor academic achievement was hidden from the public and rarely discussed.

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Clever Idea - Dr. Darv Winick

Clever Idea - Dr. Darv Winick

Of course, it is disturbing whenever individuals in positions of trust abuse that trust. It is most disturbing when the abusers are educated, supposedly knowledgeable individuals. Recent scandalous examples are disappointing; ranging from college officials who placed football reputation ahead of children’s’ safety, corporate officers who report bogus profits, bank officials who ruined clients they had committed to protect and educators who falsified student performance records to advance their own careers.

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They Are Not Going to Let Them Fail - Dr. Daryl Michel and Teresa Tipton, M.A.

They Are Not Going to Let Them Fail - Dr. Daryl Michel and Teresa Tipton, M.A.

Educators might agree that middle school presents its own unique challenges, especially with today‘s expectation that schools bring all students to high levels of achievement. Adolescent illiteracy is quantified each year in ―The Nation‘s Report Card‖—the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)—which reports that more than two-thirds of the nation‘s eighth graders read below the proficient level, with approximately a quarter unable to read at even the most basic level (NAEP 2009). What can we do to turn these dismal statistics around and help all students reach common curriculum standards?

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