Top LYS Tweets – August 6, 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.   Sitting in a leadership chair doesn’t magically endow the occupant…

Common Sense is not Common Practice – No Finals Exeptions

This is a great time to set in motion a better, common sense practice to replace an all too common bad practice… Exempting students from finals.   “But Sean, we have to exempt students from finals so BLAH, BLAH, BLAH.”   I’ve heard it all.  And in all cases, the school is willing to sacrifice…

A Reader Asks… Campus Administration Survival Skills

A LYS Assistant Principal asks the following: SC, What knowledge or skills help a campus leader move through a range of demands and decisions required to efficiently and effectively manage operations and resources? SC Response Great question that has a two-part answer. Part 1: Experience.  The principalship represents the greatest learning curve in education.  To…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of September 24, 2017

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of September 24, 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. Excited and proud to announce our partnership…

Common Bad Practice – Finals Exemptions

Though I find it mind boggling, exempting students from finals is now more common, than not. If you are doing this, STOP. It is bad practice.  And don’t give me the “It’s a student motivator or it gets kids to come to school” excuses. That is lazy and weak.  You are better than that. So…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of June 11, 2017

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of June 11, 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 do love some Fundamental 5! (By…

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…

Top LYS Tweets form the Week of March 26, 2017

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of March 26, 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. Want to know what a church believes?…

Top LYS Tweets from the Week of March 12, 2017

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of March 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. Do not underestimate the value of example,…

A Principal’s Field Report… It’s Happening!!!

A LYS Principal share the following: SC, I just completed a formal observation on one of my teachers.  I’m darn near giddy! The teacher embedded the Fundamental 5 throughout her lesson. This wasn’t for show, it was completely natural. In our PLC meeting teachers are talking about their two deepest holes. Not as a complaint…

Just Measure It

A lot of the school leaders and educators that I work with are new to concept of constant, incremental growth.  Quick side notes: 1) Slow and steady progress beats the “Lightning Bolt” nine times out of ten. 2) Lighting bolts happen once. If you get one, great! That gives slow and steady a head start.…

A Reader Asks… Checkpoint Data

A LYS reader asks the following: SC, I have a question for you. This summer I heard you say in a presentation that teachers should not use checkpoints to sort students.  So, what should we use to decide who should go to remediation? SC Response I didn’t exactly say that (though it takes a while…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of December 25, 2016

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of December 25, 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.     PowerWalks Report Building allows SISD leadership to…

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,…

Five Principal Hacks

A couple of Old School LYSers were recently talking about things we should share with rookie principals. Here are our top five hacks. 1. Get in the classrooms, EVERY DAY. 2. Talk about instruction more than anything else. 3. Attend (for the entire time) and participate in every training that is provided for your staff…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of August 7, 2016

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of July 31, 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. Greatness is about committing to the process…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of April 17, 2016

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of April 17, 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. You create an environment where everyone has…

A Reader Asks… So Why are We Collecting Data

A recently relocated LYS Teacher asks the following: SC, “Are we (the campus) using data to help our students improve or are you (leadership) using students to gather more data for your use?” Here’s the background to the above question (which I was “smart” enough to say out loud). In a planning meeting with leadership,…

A Superintendent Writes… Common Assessment Reflection – Part 1

In response to the 1/16/2015 post, “Common Assessment Reflection,” a old school LYS Superintendent writes: LYS Nation, What to do with common assessment data?  What a question.  And a good answer was provided.  But I think Cain’s response can be substantially expanded.  First, keep in mind there is a big difference between data and information. …

Checkpoints and the Un-informed Leader

Sometimes I’m in a district and I witness leadership making a huge mistake. Today was one of those days. Today, I heard a Superintendent tell his Principals that if their checkpoint scores didn’t improve then their jobs would be at risk. Definitely a case of backwards thinking. Checkpoint scores are about providing the following information:…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of November 22, 2015

If you are not following @LYSNation on Twitter, then you missed the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of November 22, 2015 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. As educators, we are in position to…

Field Notes From The Fundamental 5 Summit – Part 2

Last week, the 3rd Annual Fundamental 5 Summit was held in Austin, Texas. Over 300 educators from across the country attended and participated.  Here are some more of the highlights of from the Summit, as reported on Twitter. Planning practices need to focus on the “How,” not the “What.” (By @ptpeabody) The closing gives teachers…

A Reader Writes… Data Crunching – Part 1

In response to the 10/15/15 post, “A Reader Asks… Data Crunching – Now What,” a LYS Principal writes: SC, Really, the administrator should be coaching the teacher on what to look for… Just sayin’. The conversations should grow to be teacher-led and occur collaboratively within the content team. Over time, the administrator (hopefully sooner rather…

A Reader Asks… Data Crunching – Now What?

A LYS Assistant Superintendent asks the following: SC, The following question was asked during a Principals’ meeting.  What would have been your answer? “Once the teachers turn in their checkpoint analysis forms to their principals on Friday, and administrators have a chance to look at the information… What should the principals do with the field analysis to…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of June 28, 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 June 28, 2015. 1. “Texas public schools are fully funded.” A lie…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of January 18, 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 January 18, 2015. 1. Fighting for public education isn’t about what party…

A Reader Asks… Common Assessment Reflection

A LYSer asks the following: SC, I have attended a number of your conference sessions over the past several years and always feel that your information is very pertinent and valuable.  Our campus will be conducting 3-week common assessments this year and I am curious about your thoughts on the reflective process following these assessments.  What are your recommendations…

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,…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of November 16, 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 November 16, 2014. 1. The reason we look at data is to…

Lesa Cain Writes… How You, the Principal, Should Use Your Data

The following is some advice LYS Coach and Common Assessment Pioneer, Lesa Cain, shared with some of the Principals that she mentors. Good morning all, I cannot say this enough, you must pre-plan for your data meetings. That means plan for when the meeting will occur, who will attend, what will be discussed and what…
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