Instructional Leadership

1 : 1 Tablet Learning Initiative

Tracy Platt and Troy Pritchett

Lack of access to individual technological tools may inhibit students opportunities to develop 21st century  skills that will be required for college and in life.

What is the process our district will follow to implement a 1:1 tablet learning initiative?

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Balanced Assessment for Instructional Decision Making

Rich Powers

Annual high-stakes state assessments, although informative and necessary, are not the only source for student achievement data. (AQuESTT) The future of assessment in Nebraska will involve a balanced approach using multiple data sources, including classroom-based assessments to give a complete picture of the academic performance of students.

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College and Career Readiness: Using Individualized Student Performance Data to Drive Systemic Instructional Decisions

Jake Moore and Allyson Olson

As educators, our goal is to prepare each student for post-secondary success, regardless of what path each may choose.  How can we best prepare students for the future, when the only thing we can be certain of is that the future will involve change and opportunities that we may not yet even be able to envision?

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Empowering teachers by developing a systemic approach to analyze and utilize data to guide instructional decisions

Jackie Nielsen and Carol Oltman

Many teachers, especially at the secondary level, are overwhelmed with data and are unsure how to evaluate, identify, and analyze the critical information. As Dr.

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Identifying Priority Time for Instructional Leaders

Scott Siegel

How a principal utilizes his or her time has a great impact on the direction of the school they lead. The role of the principal has expanded significantly is recent years. With the increased number of demands, it can be difficult for any principal, especially one that is new to the profession, to effectively prioritize their time as an instructional leader.

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IMPROVE STUDENT READING COMPREHENSION: Through Instructional Strategies and Student Engagement

Jessica Rice and Fran Connor

In looking at district and state data, our school’s reading comprehension scores consistently fall 15% below other schools.

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Instructional Improvement Through the Use of Effective Data Teams

Stephanie Kastrup and Terri Nelson

How can schools effectively use data teams to improve instruction and increase student achievement?


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Meeting the Unique Needs of Spanish Heritage Language Learners - Cubriendo las Necesidades de los Estudiantes de Español como Lengua de Herencia

Montessa Muñoz and Janine Theiler

Spanish Heritage Language education is an emerging field.  There exists little research dealing with training instructors of heritage languages (UCLLLT, 2002, p. 5), and there is no established theoretical or pedagogical base for the teaching of heritage languages.

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Personalized Learning

Father Ben Holdren and Medea Boguslaw

Personalized learning occurs when high school students assess themselves and their community in order to design learning opportunities that fit their own aspirations, talents, and interests—while they also gather evidence to show that they are meeting academic expectations.  (Clarke, 2003)

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Strategies for Effective Early Childhood Programs

Lindsey Keller and Me-Anne Del Rosario

In the White House paper entitled, Knowledge and Skills for the Jobs of the Future (2013), it stated that the expanding access to high quality early childhood education is among the smartest investments that the government can make.

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Teacher Mentoring to Enhance Instructional Competency

Fr. Jonathan Haschke (St. Cecilia High School)
Fr. Steven Mills (Pius X High School)

Veteran teachers within a school have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the classroom that can benefit novice teachers. Our project seeks to capitalize on this knowledge and experience by establishing mentor relationships between veteran teachers and novice teachers in their first three years of teaching.

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Using Peer Coaching to Increase Teacher Effectiveness: Enhancing Traditional Performance Evaluation

Sally Shepherd and Erin Stutzman

Using peer coaching as a support to traditional teacher evaluation methods can help to increase teacher effectiveness and increase student achievement.  Standard teacher evaluation methods used in most schools today may not always provide essential feedback in a timely manner to encourage and support teacher effectiveness.  In order to increase both quantity and quality of evaluative

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Using School-Wide Leadership Initiatives to Promote Student/Staff Success

Major Jeff Searcey

Leadership is an over-encompassing umbrella that can be a concept applied to the entire school from the top down and back up. Through a 1 year development initiative, a school can lay the foundation for a specific Leadership identity that will be constructed solely by their own team (Team Building in the process).

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