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A Handy Guide for Annual Recognition

Recently, another educator used a really great metaphor about taking time to “mow the lawn” now and again. Mowing the lawn is perhaps one of the least hated chores that we have to do. Maybe it’s because freshly cut grass smells so nice or because we also get in a little workout, but very likely it is due to the sense of instant gratification we feel when we take a look back at our progress.Read More

Book Briefing: The Other Side of the Report Card

In honor of School Library Month, this E-Hint is inspired by a new book: The Other Side of the Report Card: Assessing Students’ Social, Emotional, and Character Development by Maurice Elias, Joseph Ferrito and Dominic Moceri (2016). As curriculum developers, we know that academic learning should be thoughtfully planned, and that instruction and assessment should be carefully aligned to standards. However, we may occasionally ask ourselves, “What about the other aspects of development, for example, self-management and social awareness?Read More

Transformational Change with the CLI Model

As an educator, you are often called upon to lead change efforts within your district. Even if you have not implemented the CLI Model, you know that all educators can be change agents and you have most likely already determined that in education, change is sometimes the only constant as you attempt to find new ways to reach students, manage buildings, and serve communities.Read More

Choosing a School Improvement Strategy

Whether your district is already working with CLI, or is considering that possibility, it is important to know why CLI is the right choice in this new era of school improvement. CLI’s comprehensive and multi-dimensional Pathways to School Improvement Model fits nicely with all new and emerging recommendations for meeting standards and expectations.Read More

There’s Something To See Here

Full of hope and excitement, we once again find ourselves at the beginning of a new school year! As reality hits and task lists grow, the excitement may soon fade; however, there are still spectacular things happening all over the country in education, as Jay Harnack, Superintendent in Sublette County School District #1, Pinedale, Wyoming reminds us in his recent blog (reprinted here with his permission). Are you celebrating your fireworks? Read More

Checklists to Begin the School Year

Welcome back! The start of another school year is rapidly approaching and it’s time to plan for success! All faculty members have responsibilities that impact the rest of the district. Whether you are a CCC or SAC member, administrator, teacher, or district office staff, the school improvement process involves you! The following checklists will help keep you on track from the first day of school through the last. Curriculum Coordinating …Read More

End-of-the-Year Checklists

Here it is! The end of the school year is looming large on the horizon ahead of us. The push is accelerating to make sure tasks and documents are complete before teachers leave for the summer, and that everything is arranged so that planning and organizing can occur for the next school year.Read More

CLI Checklist for Administrators

Sometimes administrators are unable to serve as members of the Curriculum Coordinating Council or Subject Area Committees. In these cases it is important to remember that their assistance in the curriculum development process is essential. The following checklist details what all administrators should be doing within each year of the CLI Model.Read More