Suggested Reading From Our NDPC Fellows
Guardian of Democracy: The Civic Mission of Schools
provides a comprehensive look at the role civic learning plays in maintaining our democracy; examines the major problems confronting civic learning; shows six proven practices in effective civic learning; and provides recommendations for policymakers, educators, and all citizens.
Are bored students just stressed out
? A published study links student boredom to feelings of stress. Even with a stimulating and engaging environment, students might have some internal emotion or frustration causing their boredom. "We know when people are stressed it makes it harder to focus and pay attention at a very basic, fundamental level," said John D. Eastwood, lead author of the research. (Education Week
The College Readiness Indicator System
initiative has developed a menu of signals and supports of students’ academic progress, tenacity, and college knowledge at the student, school, and district levels.
Register to participate in a free Webinar - From Research to Action: Demonstrated One-to-One Solutions that Work
. Participants will see examples from schools that have successfully implemented 1:1 technology, and will also learn to use key assessment and planning tools essential for successful implementation. Thurs., Nov. 8, 2:00 pm EST.
College and Career Readiness Webinar Series by National High School Center:
The Complexity of College and Career Readiness
College and Career Readiness and Linked Learning
College and Career Readiness and Students with Disabilities
Free Webinar: Help for Struggling Middle School Readers. Learn how new techniques researched at the Universities of Iowa and Rochester have been implemented in Sioux Falls, SD. Thurs., Nov. 8, 2:00 pm EST. Register Now
Free Webinar: How do they make the new academic expectations understandable to parents
? Wed. Nov. 7, 2:00 pm EST.
General Powell discusses college and career readiness with Tom Brokaw
(NBC News Education Nation
Think College: A Documentary
Educators at Some High Schools Tout Benefits of 4-Day Week
. School officials in districts across the country are moving to 3-day weekends in order to battle budget constraints. (eSchool News
Restorative Practices: Discipline But Different
Article from Ed Week
outlining alternatives to suspension.
Finland Pioneers Successful Science-Based Bullying Prevention Program
. Educators implemented an anti-bullying program that reduced victimization and improved student connectedness. (Education World
Career and Technical Education
Middle-school students learn to live in the real world
. In this project, students select career paths, cities to inhabit and other biographical data, and tackle questions related to jobs and pay. (The Greenville News
Building Blocks for Change: What it Means to be Career Ready
explains that career readiness is a process of connecting "education and employment to achieve a fulfilling, financially-secure and successful career" and lays out next steps for policymakers, high school teachers, leaders, and counselors; business and industry; higher education; parents and students; and communities. (Career Readiness Partner Council
High-school program connects academics to careers
. Students enrolled in a new school in Wyoming will be placed in an academy focused on a career path, so academic lessons are taught with consideration of students' career interests. (Star-Tribune
, Casper, WY)
includes best practice articles, research reports, podcasts, Webinars, policy papers, and presentations that address strategies CTE programs have used to successfully improve high school graduation rates. (Assoc. for Career and Technical Education
CTE: Making the Difference
is a high-energy, 3-minute video highlighting the many ways CTE is working for America by improving high school graduation rates, lowering dropout rates, and increasing the number of students going on to college.
Implementing New Programs
. All materials—guides, handouts, videos, etc.—for training are included free on this site. Other modules include:
Leadership Teams and Quality Instruction
Using Data Effectively
Common Formative Assessments,
Implementing New Programs
. (Success at the Core
Seeing positives in challenging students can change lives
. Brian Nichols was characterized by his second-grade teacher as having "something wrong" with him, and the label stuck until sixth grade, when Mrs. Kaufman saw his potential. "Almost always, to reach those students on a personal level, it's necessary to abandon negative perceptions and assumptions in favor of identifying student strengths and abilities to build on," she writes. (Educational Leadership
A FAIR way to deciphering classroom behavior
. Nancy Rappaport, a child psychiatrist, and Jessica Minahan, a behavior analyst and special educator, created a plan to decipher and change inappropriate classroom behaviors called FAIR: F is for understanding the function of the behavior, A is for accommodations, I is for interaction strategies, and R is for responses. (ASCD Educational Leadership
Students with Disabilities
(Accelerated Career Counseling and Employment Support Services) is a school-based initiative designed to promote positive post-high-school outcomes among students with disabilities through collaboration between teachers, vocational rehabilitation counselors, and parents. A wide variety of lesson plans are provided at this site.
Oregon Youth Transitions Program
is building skills for better outcomes after high school.
Funding sources are available on the NDPC/N Web site
Resources & Tools
—Online books, writing prompts, interviews with storytellers, etc.
—Add free visual fun to student writing.
Schools offered free access to Microsoft Office
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