Don’t Wait… Schedule Your Curriculum Mapping Camp Now

You have to have a map to reach your destination! Think. Work. Achieve. Your turn… Upcoming Conference Presentations: ASCD Empower19 Conference; TASSP Summer Conference;  NAESP Summer Conference; NASSP Summer Conference; Fundamental 5 National Summit (Keynote)  Follow @LYSNation on Twitter and Lead Your School on Facebook.

Book Your Summer Curriculum Mapping Camp Today

Dates for Summer Curriculum Mapping Camps are filling up fast. Call LYS now to book yours! Think. Work. Achieve. Your turn… Upcoming Conference Presentations: ASCD Empower19 Conference; TASSP Summer Conference;  NAESP Summer Conference; NASSP Summer Conference; Fundamental 5 National Summit (Keynote)  Follow @LYSNation on Twitter and Lead Your School on Facebook.

Instructional Rigor: What Does “Creating” Look Like – Part 2

Note: First read the 1/24/2019 post “Instructional Rigor: What Does Creating Look Like – Part 1.” Once it dawns on instructional leaders the daunting and rare nature of “Creating” level rigor, the protests begin… “Well how is that supposed to occur in a (insert any grade / content) classroom?!” My response is, “Why should it?” This…

It’s All About The Test… And It’s Not About The Test At All

Yesterday’s post, “School Performance Drivers – Instruction,” addressed the need to provide teachers with a scope and sequence that is aligned to tested accountability standards. That is fact.  However, that fact releases a torrent of emotions and opinions about testing. On one side, people arguing that education is not about a “TEST.” On the other…

School Performance Drivers – Instruction

The first two school performance drivers (Segregation and Life Experience) are outside the control of the educators working in the building. The last two school performance drivers (Instruction and Motivation) are in our control. Today, will discuss instruction.   The instructional program is completely in our control as educators. We control what we teach, when we…

Overwhelming Change

I work with a lot of principals that have accepted jobs at schools that are struggling.  Without fail, someone at Central Office will give them the unwanted advice of, “Don’t overwhelm the staff with too much change.”   But when the only positive practice occurring on campus is that daily operations resemble school, not overwhelming…

A Reader Writes… A Common Scope and Sequence

A LYS Assistant Principal shares the following:   SC, You recently presented in our district on The Foundation Trinity. It should be required training for every school administrator in the country.  But specifically, it was your explanation of why a school must have a Common Scope and Sequence that changed my entire way of thinking.…

Top LYS Tweets – June 4, 2018

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS tweets from the past week when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list.   The fact of the matter is we can’t trust Lt.…

A Reader Asks… A Common Scope and Sequence

A LYS Principal asks the following:   SC,   We have all heard / been told, “A scope and sequence is a living document.”    But I don’t think, “The scope and sequence is a living document that can be changed,”should be anyone’s justification for not following it at any given time.   Before I…

Curriculum Sources

Recently, I was meeting with a school board to provide some training on the practices of effective school districts. I was pointing out the providing teachers with a common scope of sequence is a leadership responsibility, and to not do so is a failure of leadership.  This board instantly understood the logic of this and…

Scope and Sequence Implementation

The problem with scope and sequence implementation is that essentially, at scale, no one implements their scope and sequence. Don’t protest, this is common knowledge. But here is the deal, when it comes to scope and sequence implementation, campus leadership has three choices.  In rank order these choices are: 1. Commit, train, support and monitor…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of June 4, 2017

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of June 4, 2017 when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list. 1. The biggest fallacy in education: Good teachers…

A Check List for School Improvement

The Quality of Delivered Instruction Is No Longer Enough. I’ll repeat that. The quality of delivered instruction is no longer enough to ensure adequate student performance.  But why?  The brutal, yet consistently ignored truth is that the expert delivery of the wrong content will not produce improved student performance.  Which means that student success is…

A Reader Asks… Principal Coaching – The Low Performing Campus

A LYS Assistant Superintendent asks the following: SC, I have a Principal with potential whose campus is struggling with student performance.  I will be the coaching this principal but don’t want to waste the principal’s time and effort. Any suggestions? SC Response With the underachieving campus, the initial focus must be on The Foundation Trinity…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of April 23, 2017

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of April 23, 2017 when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list. 1. I’ve never seen “Free Day Friday” on…

Unaligned Assessments

It’s time for another episode of LYS Uncomfortable Truth. I have been on more than one campus recently that are administering assessments that are not aligned to the district scope and sequence.  And when I ask who set this up, the answer runs the gambit from Central Office, to the Principal, to yes, even the…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of February 12, 2017

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of February 12, 2017 when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list. 1. I’m confused. Welfare for poor people (food…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week January 22, 2017

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of January 22, 2017 when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list. Kindness: The attitude with which we should treat…

I Taught Better, Now What (A)

A lot of educators share the following common concern with me, “I know I’m teaching better, how come my results aren’t better.” There are three basic answers.   Here is the first and most critical reason.  If the teacher is not following an aligned scope and sequence with a significant degree of fidelity, the quality of…

The Power of the Aligned, Common Scope and Sequence

In Texas, the Old School LYSers know the power of implementing a common scope and sequence that is aligned to state accountability tests. We were the pioneers and early adopters that moved the common scope and sequence from a good theory to standard operating procedure in Texas.  But to be honest, the school years go…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of October 2, 2016

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of October 2, 2016 when they were first posted.  And if you are on Twitter, you might want to check out the Tweeters who made this week’s list. 1. “If you want to be a leader…

The Embarrassment of “Low” Common Assessment Scores

So you buy into the concept of short-cycle common assessments but the embarrassment of “low” scores are causing teachers to freak out.  Calm down, take a deep breath and repeat after me, “All low scores are not equal. And all low scores are not bad.” If fact, if your common assessment score are too “high,”…

Use Your Data Better This Year

Most schools and educators use student performance data to sort students.  The students take some sort of assessment (it doesn’t matter at what level, classroom to entire state), the school gets the results and teachers start sorting.  You know the groups… Super Stars, Above Average, Average, Below Average, Maybe With Devine Intervention. Here’s the thing,…

PLC Schedule

A LYS Principal asks the following: SC, This summer I heard you mention that PLCs should operate on a predictable schedule and meeting topic cycle.  This has become a brain-worm.  Please explain this to me. SC Response First, I am a PLC proponent.  Second, I would argue that PLCs on most campuses are a waste…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of February 15, 2015

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of February 15, 2015. 1. Congratulations to LYSer, Dr. Chris Granger! He is…

Quit Doing Things That Don’t Matter

I just met with the leadership team of a campus I am coaching.  The campus trails its peers when it comes to student performance and is working to catch up.  Today was a process check-up meeting.  I asked how things were going and the report was: 1. Common assessment scores are a significant concern, with…

A Reader Asks… The 13 Question Final Exam

A LYS campus instructional leader calls me out. SC, A 13-question final better than what we already have?  Empty boast or the real deal? SC Response My goals with a comprehensive final are to: 1. Assess student mastery of the content. 2. Determine if the scope of the content was covered. 3. Determine which concepts we,…

A Reader Writes… But I Want a Full Benchmark – Part 1

In response to the 12/9/2014 post, “I Want a Full Benchmark,” a LYS Curriculum Director writes: SC, Thank you for the excellent information / explanations in your recent benchmark posts. Your posts support what we are trying to implement in our district. It’s good to have some backup ammunition when on the front lines, fighting…

A Reader Asks… Lesson Framing in the Self-contained Classroom

A LYS Assistant Superintendent asks the following: SC, The training that you provided this past summer was great and our staff has worked this semester implementing the Fundamental 5.  With that implementation, we some have questions.    What is the best way to manage “We will” and “I will” statements for grade levels that are…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of June 8, 2014

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of June 8, 2014. 1. Congratulations to LYSer, Helen Smith! She is the…
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