Category Archives: Middle School

Remaking the Classroom

Source: Edutopia, Aug 2013 Part 1 of 3 Part 2 of 3 Part 3 of 3   Related Article: 8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom

Continue reading

School Size Impact upon Student Achievement

Source:  University of South Carolina website, 2005 Researchers have found that parental involvement tends to be greater in smaller schools than in larger schools (Meier, 1996; Walberg, 1992). Walberg (1992) argued that small schools tend to have greater physical and psychological proximity to students’ homes than do larger schools, and that such proximity increases parental involvement because parents …

Continue reading

No Middle School for the Buena Vista Woods Community

Source: OCPS 2013-2014 budget, p. 48 Though OCPS has set aside 25 acres for a middle school by the Parkside Meritage development,  the OCPS 2013-2014 budget reveals no middle school is being planned for that piece of land for the next 10 years.  Guide to reading the table    Line 40 (for example) the first number: ?, …

Continue reading

Leadership – Selected Excerpts

Source: http://vimeo.com/47731421

Continue reading

NBC Education Nation: Carpe Diem

Source: NBC Education Nation website, Sep 2012 Related Readings: Innosight report, May 2011 Huffington Post, Sep 2012  

Continue reading

OCPS Considers Gifted School

Source: Orlando Sentinel blog, Feb 2013 (cached copy since the original is not available) Several board members said they know families who have removed their children from Orange public schools because their children weren’t being challenged. It was in that context that board members discussed the idea of a gifted academy for kindergarten to grade 8. …

Continue reading

K8 achievement vis-a-vis middle school

Source: Stuck in the Middle, Fall 2010 What we found bolsters the case for middle-school reform: in the specific year when students move to a middle school (or to a junior high), their academic achievement, as measured by standardized tests, falls substantially in both math and English relative to that of their counterparts who continue …

Continue reading

7 Principles of Innovative Learning

Source: Mindshift KQED, Feb 2013   Learners have to be at the center of what happens in the classroom Learning is a social practice and can’t happen alone Emotions are an integral part of learning Learners are different Students need to be stretched, but not too much Assessment should be for learning, not of learning …

Continue reading

Preparing Students for Success in the Global Creative Economy

We focus upon students who want to succeed in the Global Creative Economy.  Thus our name Be G.R.E.A.T (Globally Ready to Excel and Achieve Today) reflects our focus upon helping students succeed globally. This presentation was shared in Feb 2013 with SW Orlando parents, and now reflects their feedback. BTW, if you have any questions …

Continue reading

Elite Private Schools Shift to a Homeschool Model

Source: Penelope Trunk blog, Sep 2012 The top private k-12 schools in the U.S. charge just under $40,000 per year in tuition. They are important to watch because they are not constrained by budget or standards in public schools or even typical private schools. Instead, they are geared toward getting students into top colleges. The problem is …

Continue reading