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18 minutes | 5 days ago
Kids With Speech and Language Service Needs
Leanne Sherred is co-founder of Expressable, a company that provides online speech language therapy services. In this conversation, Leanne shares what she observes and insights about:Why services for kids with speech and communication challenges are so crucialThe added struggles kids face during remote learningWhat schools should keep in mind as they provide remote service deliveryHow schools can work with parents and families of students receiving teletherapy to better set them up for successMental health challenges relating to communication and language issuesWant more?You got it. Here are some more related resources:Remote Special Education & Related Services Tools. A school’s ability to provide special education and related services remotely is critical during COVID-19. Here are tools to help.Working with Parents in Special Education. Working in special education can be very rewarding, but also challenging. One of the many reasons it can be challenging is working with parents.5 Strategies to Improve the IEP Process with Parent Participation. While there are no guarantees that parents and schools will agree on decisions, the positive impact of parental involvement is well-documented. And so are the challenges! Here are five strategies to increase parental participation in the IEP process and make life easier for all involved.
28 minutes | a month ago
Equity for English Learners
School closures have been tough for everyone. Administrators, district leadership, teachers, and families raced to adapt to new teaching and learning conditions. Students faced an entirely unfamiliar school experience. Already-existing inequities grew starker, and English Learners faced extra hurdles as teachers and families often struggled to communicate.In this podcast, Dr. Jessica Hazzard, an EL specialist at Cape Henlopen School District in Delaware, shares how her district tackled these issues and developed strategies they can continue to use, whether they’re remote, in person, or somewhere in between.The connection between teacher collaboration and equityHow the district carves out time for teacher collaboration during a stressful and busy timeHow reading specialists, grade level teachers, EL teachers use Remote Planning Workshops to collaboratively create lesson plansMore Content You’ll Like:Podcast: 3 Benefits of Restorative Dialogue for English Learners4 Ways to Support Staff Working with English Language Learners
44 minutes | 2 months ago
Are Schools Prepared for the Mental Health Crisis?
Over the past 10 years, anxiety disorders among adolescents has risen 17%. Serious depression has gone up 80%. Suicide attempts are startlingly common. That’s the bad news.The good news is that there is an increasing awareness of the need for student mental health care, a greater focus on the whole child. Schools are taking more steps to provide this kind of care — and more and more, they’re becoming the primary providers of care for those students. But that’s a herculean task, and it raises the question: are schools ready?In this episode of Field Trip, ten experts in roles ranging from school counselors to superintendents share how they see it:Are schools prepared to be the primary providers of student mental health care?What are schools doing well in this area? Where is there room to grow?What do schools need to be better prepared?What will the mental health care landscape look like in 5 or 10 years?And more… Are Districts the Nation's Adolescent Mental Health Care Providers? (Rep.). (2020). Retrieved https://eab.com/research/district-leadership/whitepaper/are-districts-the-nations-adolescent-mental-health-care-providers/More About Mental Health in Schools:3-Step System to Identify Social, Emotional & Behavioral Issues Sooner. This 3-step approach (with examples) can help your school build a system that empowers educators, counselors, and other specialists to collect and interpret behavioral data to find students who most need intervention.10 Best Practices for Improving and Expanding Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Supports. Ten key, interconnected best practices to help you and your team effectively and comprehensively create a system to meet the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of students.5 Strategies to Build Your and Students’ Resilience. How can those on the front lines of education help students, families, and each other navigate this uncertain time?Student Mental Health in Crisis: Are Schools Ready? Go beyond the podcast and see this interview in written and video form.Mental & Behavioral Health Management: Identify patterns, determine trends, simplify documentation and collaborate with staff and parents about mental health issues in schools.
37 minutes | 6 months ago
While schools are wrestling with how to re-open in the fall, Robin Cogan says there’s one perspective that is especially critical to consider: that of the school nurse. Robin is a school nurse in Camden, NJ and the author of the blog The Relentless School Nurse. She joined us to talk about:Questions schools need to answer as they consider reopeningWhy school nurses are a vital part of any school’s communityAll of the things school nurses do that most people never seePlus, how administrators can tap into the expertise their nurses bringYou may also like:White Paper: “Mitigating COVID-19 Risk: How Schools Can Help Reopen the Economy Safely”On-Demand Webinar: Top 5 Legal Strategies to Manage Student Mental Health During COVID-193 Ways Districts Can Better Handle Student Health Records
44 minutes | 7 months ago
When Stephen was in school, his hand was always raised. A mind brimming with ideas, a packed schedule because he wanted to be involved in everything, an appetite for challenge. Today, Stephen is in college, pursuing a career in aerospace engineering — and we’re speaking with him and the teacher of his elementary gifted program, about what such programs can offer students.Why such programs are so helpful for gifted studentsWhere things get tough for gifted students — and where such programs fit in as schools work to serve students of all academic abilitiesA look at one district’s gifted program and the difference it continues to make in Stephen’s life, years after graduation
19 minutes | 8 months ago
School... at Home
Right now, schools are closed across the country, as we all try to stay safe and healthy. But we all know that for educators and for parents, this doesn’t mean more downtime on the couch.You’re still hard at work, because learning goes on, at home and online. This shift has been a huge effort for schools, administrators, teachers, and staff.So today, something a little different. Normally, we bring you stories from schools around the country. Today we’re doing the same thing — sort of. Join us as we check in with the schooling that’s taking place in the living rooms and home offices of some of us at Frontline, and offer heartfelt appreciation for the work that educators are doing during this time.
37 minutes | 9 months ago
Observations & Conversations
“You could have a great conversation with somebody, you could talk about [teaching practice] and then, all of a sudden: ‘Okay, what was my rating?’ ‘Well, you got a ‘2’ in this area.’ And that would defeat the entire conversation.” - Jason Smith, Principal, Anna Reynolds Elementary SchoolAt Newington Public Schools, teacher evaluations look different these days. Rather than a process that focuses primarily on the nuts and bolts of generating a score, the district changed how administrators and teachers approach the observation process. They trained administrators to ask questions that help teachers reflect and be self-directed in their learning. This has made a huge difference in how teachers engage in the evaluation process and hone their practice as a result.For further reading:[INFOGRAPHIC] Key Building Blocks for a Culture of Trust in Teacher Evaluations[WHITE PAPER] Building a Culture of Trust in Teacher Evaluations[WHITE PAPER] Feedback That Matters: Using formative feedback and meaningful conversations to grow teaching practice and foster a collaborative educational environment
36 minutes | 9 months ago
Substitutes In the House
The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System used to outsource their substitute teacher program. But in 2014, they decided to bring it back in house — no small thing for an office of just four people, in a district with 36,000 students. But… it’s a success.A savings of over $300,000 in just the first yearA higher fill rate (99% the first year!)Over 800 substitutes hired into permanent positions since the program beganReclaimed instructional timeA culture that values and recognizes substitutes as an integral part of the teamToday, we’re speaking with Melissa Izatt, Director of Educator Quality, about the why and how behind bringing the substitute program back under their own roof.More substitute management resources:[VIDEO] Low substitute fill rates? Your substitutes might not be accepting jobs.A Roadmap to Substitute EngagementThe Substitute Teacher Shortage: What’s behind it? What can be done about it?[PODCAST] No Substitute for Customer Service
43 minutes | 9 months ago
Equity, Part 3: Special Education is an Equity Issue
Racial equality is an important factor in ensuring every student has access to the general education curriculum. But equity in special education goes deeper yet.What does equity in special education mean? What does it look like? Today we’re speaking with Dr. Dorothea Gordon, Executive Director of Special Education at Grand Prairie ISD in Texas. Dr. Gordon helps to set a baseline definition for equity in special education, shares some highlights of GPISD’s program that have proven effective, and looks at some of the pressing issues facing educators working in special education in today’s world.Professional learning that special educators need to be effectiveThe challenges that racial minorities – often African American and Hispanic males – face in schools, especially in disciplinary situationsThe most important factors when considering how to provide equitable access to education for all students
45 minutes | 10 months ago
Equity, Part 2: Fifty Years Later
In Louisiana, 1969: “separate but equal” is a thing of the past – in theory. In practice, schools are largely still divided along racial lines. Eileen Sanchez was a white teacher who taught in the “black school,” at least until the day students and staff were told the school was closing.In her book Freedom Lessons, Eileen details that tumultuous year and what it was like for her, the students and the other teachers. We spoke with Eileen about her experience:What she learned about race and diversityThe impact it has had on her career as a teacher and ultimately, as a district administratorWhere we are today, and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of education in 2020 and beyondHow teachers, administrators and department leaders like HR and C&I can work toward equity in their school systems
44 minutes | 10 months ago
Equity, Part 1: One District, Two Communities
Note: This episode is a rebroadcast, and originally aired on July 20, 2018.A few miles east of Cleveland, Cleveland Heights University Heights School District serves primarily white community of Cleveland Heights, as well as the much larger and more diverse city of University Heights. We spoke with Dr. Talisa Dixon, who at that time was the Superintendent, about her years leading the district and working for equity:The unique opportunities and challenges faced when two very different communities share one school districtWorking with the school board to enact policies that will outlast any one personWhy equity mattersCreating change through persuasion, not forceField Trip is a podcast from Frontline Education.
39 minutes | a year ago
Lawsuits and Allergies and 504 Plans, Oh My!
DISCLAIMER: Frontline Education does not provide legal advice. Please consult your district’s legal counsel before taking action on anything discussed in this podcast.Peanut butter and jelly: a staple for children everywhere, right?Maybe when we were kids… but today, schools increasingly have to reckon with a rising number of students with allergies, many of whom now have 504 Plans that lay out in detail what accommodations must be made.We’re speaking with attorney John B. Comegno II, president and founder of the Comegno Law Group, about:How Section 504 applies to students with allergiesDoes a medical diagnosis require a 504 Plan?What is – and what may not be – required of schools under Section 504Why it’s important to be careful with language when agreeing to 504 PlansHow schools should work to ensure students with allergies have access to the same opportunities as other studentsGet More Info:See our in-depth video series with John Comegno: Understanding Section 504
32 minutes | a year ago
It’s All About Your People
Indian Hill Exempted Village School District is not large, but it has a great reputation and a culture of achievement.Like any fruitful organization, the central pillar of that success is the people at Indian Hills. Today, Superintendent Kirk Koennecke and Assistant Superintendent Mark Ault discuss how their hiring, onboarding, and ongoing professional development all contribute to teacher quality and student achievement.What the hiring process looks like from a candidate’s perspective – even when that candidate is applying for the position of superintendentHow culture plays a vital role from an employee’s earliest days at the districtThe role of community, students, and parents in creating that cultureWhat individualized professional development looks like
22 minutes | a year ago
The Data Speaks: Why Teacher Evaluations Are More Accurate Today
No Child Left Behind… Race to the Top… the Every Student Succeeds Act. All have had significant impact on teacher evaluations. Over time, have such laws led to an increase in the quality of teaching our schools?This year the Frontline Research & Learning Institute looked at the data around teacher evaluation scores. We speak with Sarah Silverman, Ph.D., of Whiteboard Advisors, the firm that partnered with Frontline to analyze the data and the author of the report, “Bending Toward Accuracy: How Teacher Evaluations Are Evolving.” We look at:Teacher evaluation scores over a 5-year period and where the data comes fromWhy those scores indicate that teacher evaluations have gotten more accurate over timeWhat you can do with teacher evaluation data in your own schools to foster growth in teachingRead the full report: “Bending Toward Accuracy: How Teacher Evaluations Are Evolving”
22 minutes | a year ago
Mentor Teachers, Align!
In the early 2000’s, Greece Central School District in New York had 25 full-time mentor teachers. After the 2008 financial crisis, that number dropped down to one, plus a handful of part-time staff.Now, the program is thriving again. Director of Professional Learning Marguerite Dimgba shares why she’s so proud of their teacher mentoring, how it fits into their broader professional learning program, and why this form of job-embedded professional learning is so crucial.How Greece Central offers individualized professional learning for every teacher that’s also aligned to the district’s strategic goalsHow they decide the areas in which they focus professional learningTips for any district that wants to take its teacher mentoring program to the next levelCited Sources:Ingersoll, R. M., Merrill, E., Stuckey, D., & Collins, G. (n.d.). Seven Trends: The Transformation of the Teaching Force – Updated October 2018. Retrieved November 6, 2019, from https://repository.upenn.edu/cpre_researchreports/108/.Primary Sources: 2012: America's Teachers on the Teaching Profession. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.scholastic.com/primarysources/pdfs/Gates2012_full.pdf Related ContentVIDEO: Best Practices in Professional Learning: Greece Central School District“Professional Development Program Evaluation for the Win! How to Sleep Well at Night Knowing Your Professional Learning is Effective”
41 minutes | a year ago
Be a Buffalo: Growing Leaders in School Systems
What is the single biggest thing that school leaders can do to impact student outcomes? According to Ted Neitzke, it’s to create the conditions that enable everybody in the school system to take on leadership roles.Ted is the CEO of CESA 6, a consortium that serves school districts in Wisconsin. He is also the host of the Smart Thinking Podcast. Today, Ted shares what he means by leadership, why it’s so important that every employee has the chance to pursue leadership opportunities, and he shares several extremely practical ways leaders can improve schools and help others do the same.How to recognize people and create processes that will set the stage for people to take on the mantle of leadershipPrinciples of improvement to apply in your school systemQuick and easy practices that can have a huge positive impact on meetings and working relationshipsYou may also enjoy:White Paper: “The Power of Failure: Encouraging Teachers to Take Risks in a Risk-free Environment.” Download Now.
47 minutes | a year ago
Working with Families in Special Education
As a parent, learning your child has a learning disability or other special need comes with a whirlwind of emotion. “Who will take care of them when I’m not here? How will I make sure they get the supports they need?” Fear and anxiety rear their heads. Everything you pictured about your child’s life is suddenly in doubt – including what school might look like.Today, we’re speaking with three current and former administrators – and for two of them, parents of a student with special needs – to step into the shoes of these families.What parents go through when their child receives a diagnosisHow these challenges are especially compounded when a family is new to the educational system in the United StatesWhy school and district leaders need to be thinking about this issue – not only to avoid litigation, but to achieve more productive outcomesStrategies for supporting families as they navigate their new realityDIG DEEPERWe think you’ll enjoy this article, too! 5 Strategies to Improve the IEP Process with Parent Participation
53 minutes | a year ago
Conflict & Leadership: Shattering the Status Quo
Paul O’Neill and Dennis Griffin, Jr. are principals in schools hundreds of miles apart — yet they regularly encourage and challenge each other through #EduGladiators, an online community of learners.The principal’s world includes plenty of conflict. And while conflict is never easy, it’s not always bad. Today, Paul and Dennis talk about leadership and conflict, and how when conflict arises, school leaders have a huge opportunity to encourage growth, impact school culture, and create a better educational landscape for students.How leaders can channel conflict toward productive outcomesWhat happens when leaders simply try to avoid conflictFostering transparency and building relationships that lead to positive growthHow to deal with conflict when taking leadership at a new schoolBig, burning questions to wrestle with as leadersFor further reading:Get our eBook: “The Power of Failure — Encouraging Teachers to Take Risks in a Risk-Free Environment.” A look at helping teachers develop a growth mindset.
33 minutes | a year ago
Beating Teacher Burnout
Adam Brown, Ed.D. is an assistant principal for Virginia Beach City Public Schools. As a new teacher, there were days he wanted to call it quits — but he had great support, and got through those tough times. And his research into what causes teacher burnout is packed with insights for teachers, leaders and mentors. Today, we speak with Dr. Brown and with Basil Marin, also an assistant principal, about their experiences dealing with teacher burnout and what administrators can do to fight it in their schools and give teachers the support they need — whether they’re new teachers or have been in the classroom for decades. What this issue looks like for novice teachers and for veteran teachers What the research says about the causes of teacher emotional exhaustion The impact it has on teacher recruiting and retention How principals, mentors, coaches and other leaders can support teachers through challenging times Dig Deeper Concerned about teacher retention? Check out these resources: Calculator: How much does teacher turnover cost you each year? Data sheet: Special Education by the Numbers. When districts struggle to fill positions, special education teachers are often asked to do more with less.
31 minutes | a year ago
How to Tell If Your Professional Development Is Working
Sheila B. Robinson, Ed.D., has spent decades in education, as a classroom teacher as well as working with adults in professional learning and program evaluation. Today, we ask Sheila about: Frequent challenges in professional learning How to collect and analyze data to understand if a professional learning program is meeting teachers’ needs and moving the needle on classroom practice How to ask questions of teachers that yield actionable insight into your PD program What to be careful of when analyzing the data Take a Deeper Dive: Want to take a deeper look at program evaluation? Be sure to download Sheila B. Robinson’s eBook, “Professional Development Program Evaluation for the Win: How to Sleep Well at Night Knowing Your Professional Learning is Effective.” It’s a detailed overview of program evaluation, including how to engage stakeholders, crafting quality evaluation questions, and collecting, analyzing and reporting on data around your professional learning program.
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