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Sep 21, 2017 by Nicole Lanoue

How to Combat Churn When Implementing NGSS

Every year, teachers move. Sometimes they move within their schools to teach a different grade or subject matter, and sometimes they change schools entirely.

Called churn, this is a very real issue in public schools. This is common with both administrators and teachers, and it affects both the speed of implementation and student achievement levels.

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Topics: NGSS, School Climate and Culture, Blog, Implementing NGSS

Feb 24, 2016 by Francis Vigeant

How Closed-Loop Communication Helps Teaching and Learning Science


Communication is the No. 1 place leaders lose focus and buy-in. Being clear, consistent and open is a must. 

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Topics: NGSS, classroom challenges, teachers, School Climate and Culture

Feb 3, 2016 by Francis Vigeant

Similarities and Differences Between NGSS and CCSS

While both Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards offer direction for curriculum design and student learning in the classroom, there are some significant differences both in the manner of their fulfillment in the classroom and in the tone behind their development and rationale.

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Topics: NGSS, Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Standards, Policy, School Climate and Culture, Leadership

Feb 2, 2016 by Francis Vigeant

Communication in School Tribal Cultures

We've been talking about tribes (the five stages of tribes, and how this applies to your school) and David Logan's findings in researching what makes a good corporate environment work well.

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Topics: Tribal Leadership, School Climate and Culture, Leadership

Jan 31, 2016 by Francis Vigeant

An Introduction to Tribal Leadership, Part 2

Previously, we wrote on researcher David Logan's concept of tribal leadership. (If you missed the first post, click here.)

Here's how the five stages map into K-12 education, science and leadership.

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Topics: Tribal Leadership, School Climate and Culture, Leadership

Jan 31, 2016 by Francis Vigeant

An Introduction to Tribal Leadership, Part 1

When we think of a “tribe,” the image of indigenous peoples often comes to mind: a group of people who are distinctly different from the general society. Or, as anthropologist David Corry suggested, tribes are made of people who “have followed ways of life for many generations that are largely self-sufficient, and are clearly different from the mainstream and dominant society.”

However, as researcher and USC professor Dr. David Logan and his colleagues discovered, we are all members of tribes. In fact, we're each members of several tribes. We may belong to a political tribe that favors one party or another. We may be a member of another tribe defined by its religious belief, its preference for a particular sports team or one's chosen profession—soldier, factory worker, teacher or lawyer.

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Topics: Tribal Leadership, School Climate and Culture, Leadership

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