The Superintendent’s Corner… C-Scope

A LYS Superintendent addresses some concerns about C-Scope (note: C-Scope is an vertically aligned scope and sequence used by hundreds of school districts). I was recently asked a question concerning C-SCOPE and admittedly, gave a poor response.  Luckily, because of the blog, I get a re-do, so here goes… Most professions have sub-specialties within the…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of January 7, 2013

Though the blog went on hiatus for the Christmas Holidays, the LYS Nation Twitter Feed just kept on going.  Today’s post is the last highlight review, so now we are caught up. Here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of January 7, 2013. 1. Congratulations to LYSer, Dewitt Smith! He is the…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of November 11, 2012

And we’re back… I hope everyone had a safe and restful Thanksgiving Holiday. Before we roll into the posts we’ll catch up on LYS Tweets, which continued during the break.  If you don’t follow @LYSNation, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of November 11, 2012. 1. If your students repeatedly can’t,…

A Superintendent Submits… The Common Assessment Process

An LYS Superintendent shares the following: SC,  A superintendent and a teacher asked me essentially the same set of questions yesterday – two different districts, two different roles, but the same dilemma. Both districts have just completed a testing cycle of “curriculum based assessments” with seemingly poor results. The following are my thoughts. 1. Great…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of August 12, 2012

Here’s a shocker… students are using bootleg technology to cheat on assignments.  Oh, the horror. Quick, ban the cell phones and throw the bootleggers into ISS.  I may be making to light of this, but students have been finding ways to cheat since the first test was administered at the first school in human existence. …

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of November 6, 2011

In regards to bootleg technology I often get the question, “Where should we start?” Here’s an idea: Ask some students.  If there are expert bootleg technology users on your campus the odds are that they are students, even at the elementary level.  So create a ‘Principal’s Emerging Technology Advisory Committee.’  Populate the committee with students…

A Reader Asks… Maintaining the Course

A long time LYS’er asks: SC , I am having some struggles getting my new principal on board with a few LYS strategies because they don’t jive with AVID, which is her major push. I think AVID is great for college readiness for struggling and disadvantaged students but I do not think it addresses school…

A Reader Writes… (Curriculum Myth – Part 2)

In response to the 12/10/2010 post, “Curriculum Myth,” a LYS Principal writes: Sean did a good job of fielding this one. Let’s look at your opening statement: Shouldn’t curriculum, instruction and assessment all be standards-oriented, research-based and data driven? The answer to this question is “YES” From a curriculum theory standpoint, you have the taught…

A Reader Writes… (Urban School Myth – Part 2)

In response to the posts relating to, “Urban School Myth,” an old school LYS Principal writes: “It is always good when Brezina likes a post. Of course, I know there are scores of problems that make the job of education exceedingly difficult. I also believe that many of those problems are self inflicted. In rural…
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