November 1997, Volume 1.3
Strategic Studies e-News
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Message From The President

The Survey Says

Change

Student Achievement

e-tutor.com

Lesson Plans Wanted

Helpful Links

Message From The President

November has come all too soon. As the days get shorter, I find that no matter how hard I try there is just not enough time in each day to do what I want to do. We are constantly reminded that there is so much to do and so little time to do it. Our commitment to education reminds us that although the task is huge, we must not waste our time.....our children do not have the time to waste. Our energies should be directed at improving the education of our youth. This does not mean that what we have been doing is wrong or not beneficial, merely that education, as all we do, should be continually reviewed and improved upon. And so, as the days seem to dwindle and the hours shorten, we need to work faster and smarter to accomplish the one task we cannot waste our time on, educating our children. Happy Thanksgiving.M Angulo

The Survey Says ..

Thanks to your survey participation about the student accountability for the performance of standards. The survey results show
  • 1% - Do not hold students accountable for the standards.
  • 12% - Hold students accountable for standards in all major learning areas.
  • 87% - Hold student accountable for selected standards in selected learning areas.

 

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Message From The President

The Survey Says

Change

Student Achievement

e-tutor.com

Lesson Plans Wanted

Helpful Links

Change

"There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things."

Niccolo Machiavelli, "The River"

Among the impacts of radical change is fundamental uncertainty, a knot-in-the-stomach feeling that what we normally do might not work this time. Fundamental uncertainty makes it easy to visualize a youngster, standing at the chalkboard with his hands in his pockets, completely stumped by the problem before him.

To complicate matters further, fundamental uncertainty has a companion malady ...... uncertainty of role. In addition to not knowing what to do, many are beginning to question whether we should be doing (or not doing) what we’re doing (or not doing).

America’s schools are not immune to the forces of radical change and the uncertainty it’s causing. In fact, some school people appear numbed by the magnitude of the events driving radical change. Like the young student, they’re stuck at the chalkboard, uncertain of what to do next.

William J. Banach, 1994, Banach, Banach & Cassidy.

 

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Message From The President

The Survey Says

Change

Student Achievement

e-tutor.com

Lesson Plans Wanted

Helpful Links

Student Achievement

In Illinois, October is the month when Achievement Scores for schools across the State are released to the public. The levels of student achievement have continued to decrease despite increases in the school resources applied to the learning process.

Some perspective is needed in interpreting the significance of these trends. Few educators would argue that standardized tests are the best measures of school effectiveness. Also, there are many technical issues involved in the tests themselves and how the scores are reported and analyzed.

However, the reality is that the test results are concise and appealing to the public..... hence important to the school. They also are consequential for individual students, who need good scores to qualify for high school graduation, colleges, and scholarships. So, new approaches to assessment and better tests may be needed in the long run, but in the short run it would be of benefit simply to achieve higher scores. Two effective means to this end currently are available. The first focuses on the test scores directly, while the second reaches beyond the tests to each school’s curriculum and preparation of students to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

There has been some debate concerning the effectiveness of test-coaching programs. On balance, the research indicates gains across programs, with impressive results from programs designed for specific student groups and settings (Coffin, 1987).

Another effective approach is to develop the study skills which facilitate the learning process.....skills which are not covered in most school curricula. The deeper issue behind raising test scores is the instructional effectiveness of the school. Improvements here mean better-prepared individuals, lifelong learning, and progress for society. An important part of this improvement process involves assessing the needs in various aspects of the school and classroom operation, then evaluating the progress which results from improvement efforts.

Research for Better Schools (RBS)

 

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Message From The President

The Survey Says

Change

Student Achievement

e-tutor.com

Lesson Plans Wanted

Helpful Links

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Technology is being adopted at a rapid rate in school districts throughout the United States. Many lessons are available on the Internet and schools are preparing more. However, our research has determined that there are no programs which give students immediate feedback about their work, that are customized to students progress, that provide a report of progress, that honor parent input, that are consistently linked to national standards, that provide lessons for students from Kindergarten to High School and that asks students to use multiple Internet links in order to complete a lesson. We were unable to find any meaningful structure to assist students in maneuvering through the vast resources on the World Wide Web.

E-tutor.com is a sophisticated Internet site that uses the power of the World Wide Web for learning. It is a new and exciting on-line learning site with a twist. It is a web site that engages students in their own learning in five curricular areas: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Integrated Studies. E-tutor.com provides lessons for students in primary, intermediate, middle school/junior high, and high school. The web site is the brainchild of Strategic Studies.

Strategic Studies sought to determine how students can harness the vast resources of the Internet to increase learning. E-tutor has been developed to increase the knowledge base of those students who use the lessons provided at their levels. On-line tutoring fully implements the educational promise of technology as a strategy to assist students in learning. E-tutor is a valuable and innovative new type of education. Trial lessons for e-tutor will be available December 1, 1997.

 

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Message From The President

The Survey Says

Change

Student Achievement

e-tutor.com

Lesson Plans Wanted

Helpful Links

Lesson Plans Wanted

Strategic Studies needs teachers to prepare lesson plans which can be used in conjunction with the Internet. Lessons are being sought in all curricular areas and all grade levels from primary to high school. You may want to visit

(http://www.strategic studies.com/lessonPlans)

to view a model lesson plan.

For more information about lesson plans, please call (847) 318-7110 (M-F, 9 AM to 5 PM, CST)

Helpful Links

  • http://www.aboutwork.com AboutWork provides advice on succeeding in your current job and also provides resources for starting your own business.
  • http://www.healthscope.org By using consumer surveys, statistics on medical procedures and other measurements, this site tries to help consumers make informed choices on managed-care plans.
  • http://www.photo.net/photo/ Do you like to use a camera? This site will tell you more than you really wanted to know. It is one of the most complete photographic resources on the Web.

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