15 April Advocate

15 April Advocate

Kentucky School Advocate

Kentucky School Advocate
April 2015
 
With shrinking budgets and increasing pressure to improve student achievement, more districts are using instructional coaches to support their teachers in hands-on ways, from helping them analyze data to modeling teaching strategies.
 
When a school loses a teacher to another school or district, the fallout can be far-reaching, affecting both the bottom line and student achievement – especially in low-performing schools. How can school board members determine whether their district has a problem hanging onto good teachers?
 
Some school districts are trying out new ways to retain teachers by giving extra support for newly certified staff and by keeping veteran teachers happy. The Carroll County and Shelby County districts have come up with different ideas.
 
In legal lingo, it’s the “bright-line test,” meaning a clearly defined rule. But for schools facing cyberbullying issues, the line is often less clear. But there are ways that school leaders can protect their students from cyberforces outside the school building.
 
                          Trying to stay ahead of students 
 
In an off-year legislative session made even shorter by a couple of snow days, education bills were plentiful, from measures to close achievement gaps to snow day waivers, though plenty of bills also bit the dust.
In this Issue 
 
 
 
 
 
Crittenden County Elementary School instructional coach LaVanda Holloman works with a third-grade student as teacher Mandy Perez, in the background, works with other students in the language arts class. The role of instructional coaches differs from district to district, but research shows they have an impact on student achievement and are a good investment for districts. 
 
About the magazine
The Kentucky School Advocate is published 10 times a year by the Kentucky School Boards Association. Copies are mailed to KSBA members as part of their association membership. One additional issue each year is published exclusively on KSBA’s website.
 
Executive Director
Mike Armstrong
 
Member Support/Communications Services Director
Brad Hughes
 
Advocate Editor
Madelynn Coldiron
 
Publications Coordinator
Jennifer Wohlleb
 
Account Executive
Mary Davis
 
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