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Apr 5, 2016 by Francis Vigeant

Closed-Loop Communication: Key for Successful Transition to NGSS

A smooth transition to next generation science standards requires the basic NGSS hands-on materials, professional development, and curriculum alignment to be in place, specifically effective support for teachers around Next Generation Science Standards and a system of closed loop communication, which keeps all stakeholders on the same page and focused on effective STEM instruction. 

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Topics: Closed-Loop Communication, System-Level Alignment

Mar 10, 2016 by Francis Vigeant

Leading Effectively: Recovering from Mistakes, Closing Communication Loops & De-Escalation

Preventing and recovering from mistakes will form a huge component of successful NGSS STEM integration. It is necessary to revamp the idea of failure from minor or even major setbacks. These are not failures. Failure, rather, occurs when we walk away, or when we discover there is absolutely no chance for success. As educators, we are truly unlikely to encounter the latter, and we have a choice in the former. Let’s move away from fear of failure and start moving forward from mistakes wherever and however possible. 

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Topics: classroom challenges, Closed-Loop Communication

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