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Helping Students Navigate the Path to College: What High Schools Can Do

I just received the following email from Berhseril Bailey at Learning Points Associates (formerly known as NCREL.) Learning Points Associates is a national education consulting firm that is currently "on contract" with the MDE. I found a lot of great information in this publication so I thought I would post it here. Thanks, Bersheril!!!

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The Value of Negative Learning by Alfie Kohn

The current edition of Education Week contains a commentary by Alfie Kohn, a longtime national advocate of alternative education. If you are not familiar with Mr. Kohn’s writings, you may find them inspiring … or provocative, depending on your outlook.

Mr. Kohn’s current Education Week article explores what it takes to make a good alternative educator. When you have a spare couple of minutes, you may want to follow this link for a quick sample of Alfie Kohn’s ideas.

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Over a year ago I heard the Gates Foundation people tell of their switch of focus to get the message to the students. is it. The site states, “Get schooled is founded on the belief that our nation can be made stronger by strengthening the minds and improving the skills of every American….Everything is connected to education…We will work to connect and engage all those who care about education and are actively working toward change.”

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Finally! We have all of our keynote speakers for the Annual Convention. And, we have really good ones. Timely will be the best word to describe all of them.

Mike Flanagan, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, will open the convention Sunday evening. He has always been a crowd favorite. Several of his presentations to us have earned standing ovations. With all the policies swooshing around in education right now I’m confident he will have enlightening comments. He always gets us to focus on why we do what we do.

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Replace the principal

In your MASSP Weblines this week was a summary of the School Improvement Grants published by the U.S. Department of Education. Reading this summary gets me to squirming. I am so frustrated that every solution to improve, turn-around, or, transform starts with the dismissal of the building principal. It just affirms the statement – the principal is responsible. But, few ever consider if the principal has the authority to reach the goal.