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Davis Vanguard
Commentary: What Will New AIM Identification Process Mean For Diversity?

Nov 12, 2015
Commentary: What Will New AIM Identification Process Mean For Diversity?

Last Thursday, Tom Adams made the observation that the “single point of contention it seems at this point is – is it 96 or 98? To me that is the question.” To that point he added, “Keep in mind, this district has not a consistent cut score. As the report lays out in 1995,...

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Davis Vanguard
In Their Own Words: Susan Lovenburg’s Comments on AIM

Nov 11, 2015
In Their Own Words: Susan Lovenburg’s Comments on AIM

By Susan Lovenburg I also had some notes from the schools I visited, I will just say briefly it was Da Vinci, Willet, King High and North Davis. I think all of the issues that were surfaced in those conversations, have been surfaced already. I think there is support for the recommendations but there...

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Banana Moments
Good advice for the modern family: ‘Wherever you are, be there’

Nov 10, 2015
Good advice for the modern family: ‘Wherever you are, be there’

A recent article in the Setonian features the dangers of texting while walking on campus, including bumping into walls and other people, tripping and falling and walking into oncoming traffic. In this way, with the advent of mobile connectivity, I have learned that being present is something that we take for granted, as if...

Banana Moments
Transforming a learning disability into an academic strength

Nov 10, 2015
Transforming a learning disability into an academic strength

Nationally 7 out of 10 students are below grade level…7 out of 10 students are not proficient in reading, writing, and math…and these are not just the struggling or learning challenged kids. These are national statistics – so out of every 10 kids, only 3 are at grade level or above grade level. They...

Davis Vanguard
In Their Own Words – Barbara Archer’s Remarks on AIM

In Their Own Words – Barbara Archer’s Remarks on AIM

By Barbara Archer I want to clarify my point on the data point, what I was saying is of course we want to collect data over multiple years. I’m positive that it might be impossible to examine data and have a different cut off every year. Of course we need to examine multi-year data....

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Davis Vanguard
Analysis: Where the Enterprise Editorial Gets It Wrong on AIM

Nov 4, 2015
Analysis: Where the Enterprise Editorial Gets It Wrong on AIM

From the start, most of the changes to the AIM program which focus on tweaks to the assessment criteria, most people can live with. The key question is that of the size of the program and the admitted lack of educational or research-based justification for raising the qualification criteria from the 96th percentile to...

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Davis Vanguard
Analysis: School District Should Be Wary of Voter Angst

Nov 3, 2015
Analysis: School District Should Be Wary of Voter Angst

In the months following the volleyball scandal, the community seemed to have lost trust in the schools district. For some it was the failure of the school district to recognize the inherent conflict, for some it was the amount of money spent to investigate the original complaint, and for many it was the way...

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Davis Vanguard
Does Revised Proposal Clarify Differentiated Instruction?

Nov 2, 2015
Does Revised Proposal Clarify Differentiated Instruction?

On June 4, the Davis School Board passed a motion 4-1 that in part, “(directed) the Superintendent to have staff review and recommend assessment protocols to be implemented in screening students beginning in the 2015-16 school year. The focus of assessment will be to identify students whose needs cannot be met in classrooms which...

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Banana Moments
Tips to help teens find their identity & fit into the social network

Nov 1, 2015
Tips to help teens find their identity & fit into the social network

Featuring his new book, Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today's Teenagers, Clark addressed the social, cultural and biological dynamics of growing up in today’s world and offers insights for parents whose own development experience cannot compare.

Davis Vanguard
Sunday Commentary: Did the Superintendent Successfully Thread the Needle on AIM?

Nov 1, 2015
Sunday Commentary: Did the Superintendent Successfully Thread the Needle on AIM?

There are people who will undoubtedly want an even smaller AIM and there are those who will argue for a larger AIM, but on an issue as divisive as AIM has been for as long as it has been around, the proposal that the Superintendent has put forward may work for now. There are...

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