School Sees ‘Turnaround’ Progress in Just Two Years | Blog

It can be done! Look what an elementary school in Kansas City, Kansas, did. A new principal, some staff changes, a new attitude, and a grant from SIG, the Schools Improvement Program–and a school that went from 45% of students in the  warning area for reading to just 2% low scorers.

Kudos to everyone who made this happen: prinicpal, teachers and support staff, and parents. You made it happen!

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School Sees ‘Turnaround’ Progress in Just Two Years | Blog.


To be honest, I do not understand why more schools did not take advantage of a change model. Sometimes, it takes moving only a few people to make a difference. Get rid of the chronic complainers who make little or no effort to change, and you are left with people who are willing to learn and make changes in their environment that places the students and their needs first. Too many schools that received SIG funds did so by attempting changes through other models. I would be interested to see what progress was made overall by SIG category. Maybe the information is forthcoming…


Summer Learning from Edutopia News | June 20, 2012

The newsletter below has published a list of ways to keep students learning during the summer break. It includes tips on engaging students with technology, learning to use web tools, and even has tips for professional development for educators. You can even subscribe to get your own newsletter emailed to you as it hits the internet.

Edutopia News | June 20, 2012.

I love Edutopia, even though I no longer teach in the K-12 classroom. It always offers a host of ideas that I can share with pre-service teachers and graduate education students. Technology is here to stay, and teachers need to learn how to effectively use it with students.


Focus On: Book Blogs | The Daily Post at

This article may be of interest to anyone who is interested in e-publication. Blogging on your favorite books may be an option for you. If you are a teacher, check some of the sites listed to see if your students found their book reports/reviews online. The blog lists several good book blogging sites. Read on!

Focus On: Book Blogs | The Daily Post at