Motivation Monday- Highlight on George Couros.



    Motivation Monday- Highlight on George Couros.

    Posted by Kristina Clecak on Feb 27, 2017


    Motivation Monday! This week’s SchoolCity’s BLOG is dedicated to sharing a little 411 around a professional in the Educational Community that is capturing audiences across Canada and the US.  Recently, I had another opportunity to hear George Couros speak at a Key Note and he is one of those educational advocates that has a room full of Educators laughing, thinking, reflecting and truly formulating an atmosphere to ponder our own Mindset and Movement into Excellence in Education and Innovation with Technology. Yes, he is so captivating that I was determined to hear him speak again during a conference in San Francisco. To see more on George, a Principal Leader and Consultant, check out his information here:

    Ready to gather some contagious education humor and daily reality? Check this out, he tells it like it is.  Here is a small Ted Talk with George.

    Interactive Opportunity. Share some thoughts with us:

    • What is your ideal next step with Technology in your School environment?
    • In your opinion, what is necessary to make movement?
    • What is getting in the way of your Innovative Movement for Students?
    • What can you share that is working in your school? Share away!

    Lastly, as an advocate myself for ALL students, ensuring students success and mastery for all skills and standards and claims, I find it imperative to have easy to use, easy to construct and easy to establish actionable items, with quick assessments, etc. Get creative with the assessment platform on SchoolCity. While Common Formatives Benchmarks can be established amongst the District, personalized assessments can be created across a school in a powerful way!

    Imagine taking ONE target/Claim and creating a conversation ACROSS the grade levels to understand what mastery looks like in each grade level. Then, establish a 5 question quick check with various TEI items, DOK, and rigor at each grade level to determine student’s mastery. Let’s do it! Purposeful, direct, and meaningful innovation to keep the learning moving forward while attaining a cohesive scope across grades.



    Let’s inspire each other and share.

    Topics: motivation

    Written by Kristina Clecak

    Kristina has been in public education for nearly 20 years. Serving as Lead Principal, Equity Data Instructional Coach and Classroom teacher at various grades. Her skills set and laser-like focus of Instructional pathways, mindset and data-driven goals have been at the heart of her work. Awards winning practitioner who holds multiple Masters degrees and Nationally Board Certified & Recognized in K-12 Literacy, she is no stranger to on-going, life time learning. She will continue to say her greatest accomplishment and purpose remains with equitable and cultural responsive and enlightened instruction for ALL students. Inclusive opportunities and the greatest expectations, along with support for all students, is her daily drive. She serves as the Senior Account Manager and Educational Innovation specialist for SchoolCity, Inc and continues her passion for Student Success, Quality of Instruction and Digital Platforms that reach all Students in their learning.

    Imagine a dynamic, equitable and effective "city" full of innovation, collaboration, educational drive and inclusivity for all, while overlapping with digital brilliance. Welcome to SchoolCity Suite, a place for all professional learning communities to thrive and make an impact.




    Did you know...

    SchoolCity continues to replicate and mimic current academic technology tools and make on-going adjustments, with various Technology Enhanced Items (TEI). Thus supporting students all year round to better prepare for true mastery of all skills and standards in a given grade.
    • Constructed Response (CR Items) - Requires a written response from the students and is scored with a rubric.
    • Evidence Based Selected Response (EBSR) - Requires students to answer a two part question in which Part B provides textual evidence for the answer in Part A.
    • Explicit Constructed Response (XCR)- Requires students to type / write an exact response to a question which is then automatically scored by the system in the online assessments. (aka short answer)
    • Hot Text (HT) - Require the student to select words, phrases, or sentences within a given text to answer the question.
    • Inline Choice (IC) - Requires the student to select the correct answer from a drop down menu. Answers are automatically scored by the system.