The tale of how Nelson Mandela — through persistence, ingenuity and guile — transformed a limestone rock quarry into “the University.”
The Lockport City School District data driven instruction process flow chart is simple and clear.
Newly hired superintendent Lesli Myers wanted to kick off her tenure at the Brockport City School District with a new vision, mission, core beliefs, targets, strategies and priorities — and she wanted to do it in two sessions over four days. So she contacted Prism Decision Systems. “This strategic planning process could not have occurred […]
A recent post on this blog asked: “Has the era of the super teacher arrived? Will the role of the traditional teacher be turned upside down? Are we on the cusp of complete disruption to the standard educational model? Two emerging technologies – free massive open online courses (MOOCs) and interactive, “flipped” classrooms – suggest […]
In a recent local appearance, Olympic gold medalist Shannon Miller touched on the critical importance of target setting: “Are you training for a 5K? Set your goals. Are you working toward a promotion? Set your goals. Battling cancer? Set your goals, see them through.” At Prism, we couldn’t agree more: goal setting must be a […]
Has the era of the super teacher arrived? Will the role of the traditional teacher be turned upside down? Are we on the cusp of a massive disruption to the standard educational model? Are we witnessing an educational tsunami? Two emerging disruptive technologies — free massive open online courses (MOOCs) and interactive, “flipped” classrooms — suggest that the answer to each of these questions is a resounding, Yes. Read on at https://prismdecision.com/two-innovations-that-will-disrupt-education-as-we-know-it
Race to the Top has school improvement teams working especially hard to improve performance. With the the New York State Center for Rural School’s official release of the innovative SchoolBenchmarker™ it’s a perfect time to ask: How can I use benchmarking as a school improvement tool? Read on at https://prismdecision.com/benchmarking-as-an-improvement-tool
In a post titled Early identification getting easier ? but must come with compassion and hard work, the folks at NoDropouts.org capture the essence of CohortTracker™ and the roll it plays in promoting successful, on-time graduation.
Increasing graduation rates and reducing dropout rates has proved an intractable challenge for many schools districts. Progress is generally slow or stagnant. But not for all districts. The Lockport City School District is a case study of how data-based decisions, focused strategy and a lot of really hard work by dedicated professionals can have a dramatic effect on graduation and dropout rates.
Bill Gates Ted Talks presentation describes the structural funding challenges facing our K-12 education system. The trade-offs are dire and civic conflict looms. Will we continue to fund growing health care costs at the expense of educating our children? Will we educate our children at the expense of teachers? pensions? Are we entering an era that pits the dreams of the young against the past promises to the old? If you are a student, parent, educator, taxpayer or politician, you should view Gates? short, provocative March 2 presentation at https://prismdecision.com/how-state-budgets-are-breaking-us-schools