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Summary: This guide is designed to help parents and students become effective advocates in planning the student's special education program. By using this manual and by working with school staff, you will learn how to draft an educational program that helps students to lead independent and productive lives.
Summary: A Year At Mission Hill is is a 10-part series, which chronicles a year in the life of one of America's most successful public schools.
The Guiding Question for Chapter 1: What characterizes a great school, and how do schools sustain greatness over time?
Summary: Chapter 1 in a series of short videos aligned with "A Year at Mission Hill' in which UK Filmmakers Visual Influence explore what it feels like to go to a great school, from a child's perspective.
Summary: Allie Kauffmann is a high-school senior who dislikes standardized tests. Sam Kauffmann is a filmmaker who thinks the world of Allie, his daughter. These conditions inspired the following video, a nine-minute gripe about standardized tests and their role in college admissions. Watch as Allie explains the struggles and injustices regarding the achievement of high test scores on ACT and SAT tests and explains how and why wealthy people are just more likely to succeed in taking these tests.
Summary: This is a clip from Alfie Kohn's DVD: "NO GRADES + NO HOMEWORK = BETTER LEARNING" (http://www.alfiekohn.org). In this short clip, Kohn discusses the grave implications of rewarding students for getting good grades. Research and analysis shows definitively that rewarding students for good grades stifles students' intrinsic desires to learn, and motivates their desires to get good grades for the sake of being rewarded.
Summary: This is an extensive introduction to financial management for those new to leading organizations and nonprofits (or those who want a refresher course). New nonprofit leaders and managers have to develop at least basic skills in financial management. Basic skills in financial management start in the critical areas of cash management and bookkeeping, which should be done according to certain financial controls to ensure integrity in the bookkeeping process. New leaders and managers should soon go on to learn how to generate financial statements (from bookkeeping journals) and analyze those statements to really understand the financial condition of the business. Financial analysis shows the "reality" of the situation of a business -- seen as such, financial management is one of the most important practices in management. This topic will help you understand basic practices in financial management, and build the basic systems and practices needed in a healthy business.
Summary: AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS is a feature-length documentary that includes biographical elements, but it is not a biopic. Grace is less a protagonist than a conduit for ideas and this is a film about the power of ideas and the process of building community. It's also a film that will channel the elusive spirit and energy of a woman who has given herself over completely to ideas, community and revolution. The driving narrative is how one person traversed the major social movements of the last century - from labor to civil rights, to Black Power, feminism, and beyond - and emerged with a philosophy that is almost radical in its simplicity and clarity: revolution is not an act of aggression, but a series of dialectical conversations. It is a willingness to change tactics, reevaluate strategy, and embrace contradictions.
Summary: In this six and a half minute long video, Dan Brown discusses how and why teaching students facts in today's day and age just isn't preparing people for living successfully in the real world. Dan has just recently dropped out of college because he felt that his college "education" was interfering with what he considers a real education. Today we have plenty of free access to information via the internet alone, so why are schools still teaching us facts when they ought to be teaching us how to succeed, innovate, and creatively contribute to our societies?
Summary: "Big Ideas in Science Education", a blog post from Teaching Science presents Principles and Ideas of Science Education, a great informal resource for teachers of young scientists who want students to know what real science looks like.
Summary: CAST is a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.
CAST's work is inspired and informed by the learners who often get pushed aside in traditional education settings. In other words, "the future is in the margins," as Founding Directors David Rose and Anne Meyer write.
Summary: Challenge Success works with schools, parents and youth to develop and implement action plans to improve student well-being and engagement with learning.
Summary: A TED talk where Chimamanda Adichie tells her story and along the way raises awareness about our tendency to create or not examine the single stories we are told about Africans, Mexicans, or any social construct. She talks openly about literature, power, and media in a personal and deeply compelling way.
Summary: Lending circles, self-help groups, and study circles are all examples of one of the oldest and most effective tools for creating personal and social change. Leveraging the potential of Circles requires a clear understanding of what they are and how they work.
Summary: The Classroom Climate Assessment Instrument, created by the Alliance for the Study of School Climate, is a broad assessment of classroom climate, including sub-focuses on learning, culture, student interactions, and discipline. There are different surveys for each constituency: general, teacher, and student surveys.
Summary: Crotty's Kids follows six Black and Hispanic debaters from the Eagle Academy for Young Men in the South Bronx, whose lives are transformed by Eagle's unlikely coach, who, amidst a midlife crisis brought on by the death of his parents, seeks to prove that any kid, from any background, can compete with the city's best and brightest.
Summary: Engaging and clear visual animation with author Dan Pink about motivation and the importance of autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Although mostly from a workplace orientation, this video is a highly relevant and engaging way to think about the importance of intrinsic motivation in learning and education.
Summary: The Education for Liberation Network is a national coalition of teachers, community activists, researchers, youth and parents who believe a good education should teach people, particularly low-income youth and youth of color, how to understand and challenge the injustices their communities face. The Edlib Lab is an interactive database to find, share and discuss liberatory educational materials.
Summary: "The Facilitator's Guide provides a full set of models and tools to enable an organization to reap the benefits of a well facilitated, participatory decision-making process. Having seen Sam's methods in action, I can attest to their power and effectiveness." - Pierre Omidyar, founder and chairman, eBay and Omidyar Network
Regarded by some as the bible for good ideas on how to move a group to better understand each other and make decisions that can stand, Facilitator's Guide provides many great suggestions, methods, and tips on bringing a community of collaborators to fully recognize their potential as cooperative change-makers in society.
Summary: This comprehensive financial management book is designed to help future or current human services or social work administrators manage programs and agencies more effectively. The book includes information on various budgeting systems (line-item, performance, and program) and other financial management tools, including program structures and responsibility centers; financial accounting and the interpretation and analysis of financial statements; the forecasting of revenues, expenses, and caseloads; service costing and the linking of costs to performance (output, quality, and outcome) measures; fee setting; government contracts, and more. For anyone interested in financial management for human services, social work, or nonprofit organizations.
Summary: The Freechild Project Youth Engagement Workshop Guide features 24 workshop outlines designed to help learning groups explore different aspects of Youth Engagement. All exercises are hands-on, interactive, and focused on practical applications. The workshops are designed for learners of all ages, including youth-only and adult-only groups. There is also a great introduction on how to facilitate youth engagement workshops, as well as detailed directions for leading every workshop! Available as a free PDF at http://www.freechild.org/FPYEWG.htm