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12 May 2016

May 2016 Tip of the Month: “Oh, that is what you mean!”

May 2016: "Oh, that is what you mean!" Whenever I get the privilege of speaking to a group of educators I always make a point to ask one simple question, “What are teachers doing from within the classroom that most directly impacts student learning and achievement?”  The responses always vary but one classroom strategy is always...
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11 Apr 2016

Organized Binder Helps CPM Mathematics

A High School Principal Visits a Math Class:  "I was in Nicole’s math class watching her lead her Algebra 1 students through a complicated (to me) process involving graphing calculators. What struck me was how well the CPM model of group work and the student talk that accompanies it worked with Organized Binder. When I...
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11 Apr 2016

April 2016 Tip of the Month: Subjects Not Objects

April 2016: Subjects Not Objects All too often throughout the school day education is going on around students instead of with students. One report notes students spend just minutes of the school day engaged in Academic Learning Time. If we have a starting routine students can predict and be successful in, then we draw them into their...
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20 Mar 2016

Students Achieve at a County and Community School

"In order to be a successful student, one needs to see him/herself as a student first. I witness that happen through Organized Binder each day and with each new student who comes to camp." -Abbie Korman Stendahl SCHOOL PROFILE School: County and Community School | Northern California The school and students featured in the March 2016 Newsletter must remain anonymous for...
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16 Mar 2016

Reflections From Incarcerated Students

The school and students featured in our March 2016 Newsletter must remain anonymous for student privacy and security, therefore we will not name the students who wrote the following letters. What we can tell you is these students are incarcerated and living in a residential County and Community School. Student 1: His teacher said this about him, "This is from an 11th...
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16 Mar 2016

March 2016 Tip of the Month: Do You Believe Students Can Achieve?

March 2016 NEWSLETTER Do You Believe Students Can Achieve? In this month's newsletter we are highlighting great work happening at an alternative education center in Northern California, so I thought it would be a good fit to tell you about a recent visit to a continuation school that has implemented Organized Binder. A significant number of...
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15 Feb 2016

Harbor High School Wins Gold Ribbon Award

SCHOOL PROFILE School: Harbor High School | Santa Cruz | California Two years ago Harbor High School implemented Organized Binder:Teacher. The effort, lead by principal Dick Davis, has been the model of a faculty committing to a reform initiative. All of the teachers who have participated in Organized Binder have committed to trainings, follow-up sessions, and implementing the system...
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15 Feb 2016

February 2016 Tip of the Month: Be Dependable

February 2016: Be Dependable To help your students succeed, employ a simple starting routine in which students can be successful—and continue using it every single day of the year! I am on my way to my English class during my senior year of high school. The classroom is at the back of the campus and the walk...
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21 Jan 2016

January 2016 Tip of the Month: The Opportunity To Reteach

January 2016 NEWSLETTER The Opportunity To Reteach A few years ago I was helping Helen, a teacher at an Organized Binder school, who was swamped by a very large exam she had to grade. I offered to help her record the scores and file some papers while she finished the grading. I overheard her talking to herself...
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