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PARCC Field Test: Recap of “Lessons Learned” – by Julie C. Lyons

parcc field test

Summer is winding down, and at this point you may have mixed feelings about the approaching start of a new school year. On one hand, you may be ready to welcome a bit more structure into your child’s days, but on the other, you may dread the flurry of activity that September brings – from homework, to back-to-school shopping, to after-school sports and hobbies. To make the transition from the lazy days of summer to the structured school schedule a bit more manageable, check out these five tips
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Parents, Are You Ready for September? Back-To-School Ideas to Prepare Your Family For the New School Year – by Julie C. Lyons

Summer is almost over

This past spring, more than one million students took part in the PARCC field test with the purpose of helping to “ensure the assessments are valid, reliable, and fair.” Now, with the testing completed, PARCC has had the opportunity to review the feedback from teachers, students and technology coordinators via surveys, Twitter comments, and phone calls. To keep educators and other stakeholders abreast of this feedback, PARCC has been releasing its findings throughout the summer, and these articles will eventually become part of a larger “Lessons Learned” Report that will be available to the public.
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Beating the Brain Drain Through Computing: Webinar Recap with Printable Activity Sheet – by Julie C. Lyons

Beat the brain drain through computing

This past week, Lumos Learning hosted its second webinar in the “Beating the Brain Drain” series. During this interactive workshop, students were given many practical ideas and tips for keeping their math skills sharp in the summertime.
To review the webinar content, use this chart with your child to reinforce his or her math skills. Work together to select ideas that appeal to your son or daughter.
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Summer Reading: Questions To Ask That Promote Comprehension – by Julie C. Lyons

Summer Reading

Students are at risk of losing academic ground during the summer months, especially with respect to their reading level, spelling, and vocabulary. One of the best ways to prevent this “brain drain” for literacy is to have your son or daughter read each day during the summer break.
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Make the Most of Summer: Ideas for Teachers – by Julie C. Lyons

Ideas for teachers

It’s hard to believe, but the summer is halfway over, and unless you teach year-round, the summer break is the largest block of time all year that you have to yourself. If you’re like most teachers, you approach summer with anticipation, planning activities and excursions that you might not have time for from September to June.

Take a few moments today to reflect on your summer thus far, and use that information to ensure that you spend the next several weeks following through with your plans – so you return to the classroom this fall refreshed and invigorated!
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Maximize Your Summer: Ideas for Principals (Part II) – by Julie C. Lyons

Maximizing Summer for principals

With August just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to reflect on how well you’ve managed your schedule so far during the summer. Last week we provided you with several ideas to make the most of your time, including: making staffing decisions early, revising safety procedures if necessary, networking with colleagues, using technology to your advantage, and taking staff input into account.
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Maximize Your Summer: Ideas for Principals – by Julie C. Lyons

Maximizing Summer for principals

The students are home. The teachers are on vacation. The front office phones have stopped ringing off the hook. Yes, your workday as a principal may be much quieter now, so take advantage of the summertime to become more efficient, increase your skills and prepare for September with renewed enthusiasm. Here are some ideas for making this happen:

•Make staffing decisions early.

•Brush up on safety.


•Get tech-savvy.

•Hear them out.

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Make the Most of Summer: Ideas for Curriculum Supervisors – by Julie C. Lyons

Ideas for Curriculum Supervisors

Some people might mistakenly think that when the school year is over, there’s nothing left for a curriculum supervisor to do… but you know the truth: the summer is a time to organize and facilitate professional development activities, oversee summer programs, work with curriculum committees, and put everything in place for the upcoming school year. At the same time, you may find more quiet moments without the pressures of traveling to different schools for meetings, teacher evaluations, etc.
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Beating the Brain Drain Through Literacy: Webinar Recap with Printable Activity Sheet – by Julie C. Lyons

Webinar recap

Here’s a handy chart with the ideas from the webinar, ready for you to post on your refrigerator. Let your child pick and choose the activities that appeal to him or her. Of course, reading should be nonnegotiable, but the list below provides alternatives for reluctant readers – or for those who just don’t enjoy reading a traditional fiction novel. The first set of activities touch upon ideas that reinforce writing skills, while the second half addresses reading skills. There is also room on the chart to date or check off activities your child has completed.
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What Do Students Remember? By Julie C. Lyons

What Do Students Remember?

Think back to your own childhood. Who were the teachers you remembered most? What did they teach you that still remains a vivid memory? Even if your desire to remember did not stem from an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, certain lessons and ideas may “stick with you” based on a story, novel method of teaching or mnemonic device.
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