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Tools for Schools, August/September 2002, Vol. 6, No. 1

Tools for Schools, August/September 2002, Vol. 6, No. 1 Newsletters Think outside the clock: Create time for professional learning By Joan Richardson Teachers at Addison Elementary School in Marietta, Ga., work in a school district that provides substantial opportunities for staff development. But Addison teachers wanted more: They wanted to work together in study groups…

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Tools for Schools, April/May 2002, Vol. 5, No. 5

Tools for Schools, April/May 2002, Vol. 5, No. 5 Newsletters Take a closer look: Reflection gives educators a chance to tap into what they’ve learned By Joan Richardson Watch yourself the next time you rush past a full-length mirror. What do you see? Perhaps you get a quick impression of the color of your clothes…

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Tools for Schools, February/March 2002, Vol. 5, No. 4

Tools for Schools, February/March 2002, Vol. 5, No. 4 Newsletters Reach for the stars: Individual learning plans allow teachers to take charge of their own learning By Joan Richardson One-size-fits-all may be a workable concept in the dressing room. But itís hardly the best plan for ensuring that every teacher in a district learns what…

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Tools for Schools, December 2001/January 2002, Vol. 5, No. 3

 Tools for Schools, December/January 2002, Vol. 5, No. 3 Newsletters Meeting expectations: Turn staff gatherings into learning opportunities By Joan Richardson When you look out over a sea of tired faces, you know something’s not quite right,” said Greig Christian, a principal in Alberta, Canada. Alternatives to staff meetings If you have to identify, in…

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Tools for Schools, October/November 2001, Vol. 5, No. 2

Tools for Schools, October/November 2001, Vol. 5, No. 2 Newsletters Seeing through new eyes: Walkthroughs offer a new way to view schools By Joan Richardson In 1998, educators at Haas Middle School in Corpus Christi knew they needed to change: 47 per cent of the students were being retained in their grade each year and…

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Tools for Schools, August/September 2001, Vol. 5, No. 1

Tools for Schools, August/September 2001, Vol. 5, No. 1 Newsletters Learning teams: When teachers work together, knowledge and rapport grow By Joan Richardson After a three-year leave of absence, Anne Jolly returned to her Alabama classroom with ìmore enthusiasm and anticipation than I felt in my first position. Learning plan Use this form to help…

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Tools for Schools, April/May 2001, Vol. 4, No. 5

 Tools for Schools, April/May 2001, Vol. 4, No. 5 Newsletters Learning where you are is the first step in establishing your direction By Joan Richardson Stop to look at a map in any large shopping mall and you’ll find that your position is marked with a large X and the words “you are here.’’ Once…

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Tools for Schools, February/March 2001, Vol. 4, No. 4

Tools for Schools, February/March 2001, Vol. 4, No. 4 Newsletters Group-wise: Strategies for examining student work together By Joan Richardson Examining student work has always been part of a teacher’s job. But, in recent years, that practice has moved from being a solitary activity to being a more collaborative effort in which teachers learn about…

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Tools for Schools, December 2000/January 2001, Vol. 4, No. 3

 Tools for Schools, December 2000/January 2001, Vol. 4, No. 3 Newsletters Support system: School improvement plans work best when staff learning is included By Joan Richardson Schools seem to have little trouble setting goals for themselves. And, with the current wave of interest in standardized testing, few schools lack information about student achievement. Seeing the…

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Tools for Schools, October/November 2000, Vol. 4, No. 2

Tools for Schools, October/November 2000, Vol. 4, No. 2 Newsletters The Numbers Game: Measure progress by analyzing data By Joan Richardson If a district or a single school has a vision of what it wants to be, the use of data can be a powerful tool to measure its progress along the way. Student data…

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Tools for Schools, August/September 2000, Vol. 4, No. 1

Tools for Schools, August/September 2000, Vol. 4, No. 1 Newsletters Smart moves: Achieving your vision depends on follow-through By Joan Richardson The vision statement has been finalized. The banners have been hung and Tshirts have been ordered. The school newsletter has been revised to prominently include the vision statement. Making our future closer This chart…

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Tools for Schools, April/May 2000, Vol. 3, No. 5

Tools for Schools, April/May 2000, Vol. 3, No. 5 Newsletters The parent factor: Schools embrace parental involvement By Joan Richardson As a parent, Bianca Ochoa was frustrated with the lack of information she received about her sons’ progress in school. As a teacher, she wanted parents of her students to understand more about what their…

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Tools for Schools, February/March 2000, Vol. 3, No. 4

Tools for Schools, February/March 2000, Vol. 3, No. 4 Newsletters Teacher research leads to learning, action By Joan Richardson As a teacher in a Madison, Wis., middle school with a changing enrollment, Ginny Kester wondered how a sense of belonging affected the achievement of African-American students. Starting points This exercise will aid participants in thinking…

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Tools for Schools, December 1999/January 2000, Vol. 3, No. 3

Tools for Schools, December 1999/January 2000, Vol. 3, No. 3 Newsletters The never ever of workshop facilitation By Peggy A. Sharp Much has been written about planning effective workshops and staff development sessions. Many of these articles provide specific ways to increase the effectiveness of the session. These articles have generally suggested “what works” in workshops….

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Tools for Schools, October/November 1999, Vol. 3, No. 2

Tools for Schools, October/November 1999, Vol. 3, No. 2 Newsletters Harness the potential of staff meetings Almost any teacher or principal would agree that faculty meetings are one of the most dreaded and ineffective parts of the workweek. Alternatives to staff meetings Every organization must find ways to share information with large groups of employees….

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Tools for Schools, August/September 1999, Vol. 3, No. 1

Tools for Schools, August/September 1999, Vol. 3, No. 1 Newsletters Norms put the Golden Rule into practise for groups By Joan Richardson Lillian always arrives late and thinks nothing of chatting with her seatmate while someone else is trying to make a point. Arthur routinely reads a newspaper during each meeting. Barbara can’t wait until…

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Tools for Schools, April/May 1999, Vol. 2, No. 5

Tools for Schools, April/May 1999, Vol. 2, No. 5 Newsletters Making workshops work for you: Here’s how to ensure those new ideas get put into practice By Joan Richardson Has this happened to you? You enthusiastically sign up to attend a conference session or workshop on a topic that interests you. You scribble page after…

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Tools for Schools, February/March 1999, Vol. 2, No. 4

Tools for Schools, February/March 1999, Vol. 2, No. 4 Newsletters Engaging the public builds support for schools By Joan Richardson The scenario has been played out again and again in schools. Usually, it goes something like this: A parent learns about a change in the curriculum from her child’s classroom teacher. The teacher is not…

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Tools for Schools, December 1998/January 1999, Vol. 2, No. 3

Tools for Schools, December 1998/January 1999, Vol. 2, No. 3 Newsletters Conflict resolution: Common goals override individual interests By Joan Richardson The school improvement team is tussling – again – over the issue of how to create more time for teachers to meet together. One of the teachers on the team is hunkered down in…

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Tools for Schools, October/November 1998, Vol. 2, No. 2

Tools for Schools, October/November 1998, Vol. 2, No. 2 Newsletters Successful meetings: Well-constructed agendas lead to effective meetings By Joan Richardson Groans seem to be the universal first reaction to the announcement of yet another meeting. Agenda input   Agenda format An agenda is a road map from which you consciously deviate. — David Straus…

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