Educational Directions Blog

Ed Directions coaches and leadership team encounter lots of educational challenges in the schools we partner with.  Read more about how to overcome some of the more common challenges that we have helped schools overcome.

Planning to Prevent School Violence

In a recent community forum the focus of the discussion was school violence. The audience was enthusiastic and involved, but the discussion varied from speaker to speaker and from focus area to focus area. As the last speaker on the panel I tried to focus on a practitioner’s view of

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After the Test – What Do We Do With the Rest of The Year?

Frank DeSensi | Founder/CIOEducational Directions I will admit that as an assistant principal, I did not consider the academic potential for learners when I planned for the weeks remaining after the end-of-year test. As result, while we were able to end the year without serious casualties, clear the classrooms and

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The Rhythm of the Learner Year: Opening of School

When we started working with schools as an external change agent, we immediately noticed a problem with school calendars. In a nutshell, most of the school calendars are scheduled around adults.  This adult-centric schedule mandates when the district checks for student progress, how districts develop student curriculum, and what pace

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Another Lesson Learned – Probing Beyond Raw Test Scores

A revelation came at a school where it appeared that very few students understood science. In the process of probing beyond raw scores, we again found something that forced us to drastically change our approach to analyzing test scores. In this school, we helped the school leadership team probe into

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High Stakes Testing Conundrum – Turnaround Programs

Our book Turning Around Turnaround Schools is intended for those who work in or with turnaround schools, though the approach to education presented works with any type of school (public, private, charter, and so on) at any level (struggling, passing, blue ribbon, and so on). We hope to share the

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Educational Thinking – Moving From Inputs to Outputs

Our book Turning Around Turnaround Schools is intended for those who work in or with turnaround schools, though the approach to education presented works with any type of school (public, private, charter, and so on) at any level (struggling, passing, blue ribbon, and so on). We hope to share the

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