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Common Core State Standards Initiative

Governors and state commissioners of education from 48 states, 2 territories and the District of Columbia committed to developing a common core of state standards in English-language arts and mathematics for grades K-12. This is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs.
Common Core State Standards: A New Foundation for Student Success

The Hunt Institute is leading the movement to transform American education. The institute supports state and national policymakers to drive educational reform. This resource is a link to a series of videos about the Common Core and the Smarter Balanced Assessment.
Conducting Focus Groups

Is a Focus Group the right solution for your information gathering need? Assembled by a PhD, this site provides valuable information about how to run a focus group, what goals can be achieved, and pitfalls to avoid.
Cool Cat Teacher Blog

This blog provides educators great resources, ideas, and inspiration. Created by Vicki Davis, a teacher an IT director Georgia, Vicki shares her passion for helping students learn through project-based learning.
Cornell Computational Synthesis Laboratory

The Computational Synthesis Lab comprises researchers from the various disciplines of engineering, computer science, physics, math and biology. They look at self-organization and evolutionary phenomena, and their application to both engineering design automation and understanding the emergence of complexity in natural systems. This site includes research information, videos, publications, and outreach.
CoSN's Value of Investment Leadership Initiative

Technology costs a lot of money, and every expenditure on technology is money not spent on something else. The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) has developed online tools you can use to give thoughtful and systematic consideration to whether or not the technology expenditures you are thinking of making will pay off--that is, provide the value on investment (VOI) you anticipate.
Council of the Great City Schools

The Council of the Great City Schools is an organization of the nation's largest urban public school systems which advocates to improve K-12 education in inner-city schools. The council is governed by superintendents and board of education members from 58 cities across the country.
Creating Conversation Using a Principalís Blog

In this Radio TICAL episode, Jim Scoolis, principal in San Luis Coastal Unified School District and TICAL cadre member has recently started a blog at his school to help create conversation regarding homework, school policies, and other school related topics. Steve Kay, professor of educational leadership at San Jose State University speaks with Jim about his new medium of pushing his school through the 21st century. Jim shares the simple way he started and how he is trying to stimulate conversation amongst all stakeholders in his school.
Dangerously Irrelevant

Scott McLeod is the coordinator of the Educational Administration program at Iowa State University. In his blog, Dangerously Irrelevant, McLeod addresses a variety of issues that impact school leaders. Not all posts are specifically technology based, but all deal with the challenges faced by 21st century school administrators.
Data Management and Analysis -- SuperTECH News May 2007

The May 2007 issue of the BLE Group SuperTECH News focuses on Data Management and Analysis tools. The newsletter defines three levels of data solutions and analysis sophistication with a summary of current trends. The products and solutions review covers: Excelsior Software, 3H Technology, Edusoft, Achieve! Data Solutions, Cal Data,, SchoolNet, Oracle, Cognos, eScholar, TetraData, and SAS Institute. A profile of Lake Washington School District highlights the hard work required to get good, clean data into the system and the readiness of teachers and administrators. Excellent item for your data-driven decision making reading list!
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