Monday, December 15, 2014

• Measurement and Assessment in Teaching.. Summary

A summary of the book “Measurement and Assessment in Teaching” by Robert L. Linn & M.David Miller,
Questions and answers

Chapter 1: Educational Testing and Assessment: Context, Issues, and Trends
Briefly describe the major components and requirements of No Child Left Behind. Be sure to include the goals of the legislation that must be met by 2014 and what might be done regarding schools. 

The testing required by the NCLB Act is used to hold schools, districts, and states accountable for student achievement. The law requires states to set performance standards that are used to establish annual "adequate yearly progress" targets that ensure that all students will perform at the "proficient" level or above by the 2013-2014 school year. Schools that do not meet yearly goals two years in a row are placed into a "needs improvement" category. Tutoring, expanded time for instruction either after school or during the summer, and public school choice may be provided to students in low-performing schools. When initially identified as "needs improvement," schools must develop improvement plans, and districts must provide public school choice. Schools that continue to be identified are subject to more severe sanctions, leading finally to restructuring and the replacement of teachers and school administrators.

NCLB is intended to include all students. Describe the special needs and/or accommodations that are allowed under NCLB to allow that all students meet proficiency goals.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

• Writing a Mission Statement

·        A Mission Statement is an agreed upon set of declarations concerning the purpose of an organization.
·        Mission statements vary in length and format, and although your team is welcome to approach this task in any way they want, this primer will walk you through a process that should produce a mission statement that will both serve the school and simplify the accreditation process.
·        To create your Mission Statement, this primer will suggest a process that starts with 1) brainstorming components, followed by 2) prioritizing and finalizing these components, 3) choosing a format, 4) writing the mission statement, and ultimately gaining consensus from the school community.

I- Brainstorming Activity – The brainstorming activity is nothing more than the mission writers responding to the following four questions until they exhaust favorable ideas:

• Approaches & methods for institutional analysis

Approaches & methods for institutional analysis
How to use the hub model
         List the agencies
         Identify the functions that they do / should do (enabling, service provider, client)
Ø this may mean separating a whole agency into parts by function (eg: Min of Ag)
Ø Consider the nature of the relationships between the functions: what are they, what should they be?
         Try drawing them on the triangle
         Include flows of funds with arrows
How to use the 4Rs

Thursday, December 11, 2014

• Introduction to Western Methods of Policy Analysis, Diné Policy Institute

What is Policy?
§  “advice that relates to public decisions..” which are also “informed by social values.” (Weimer and Vining, p.23)
§  “Policy Analysis is client-oriented advice relevant to public decisions and informed by social values.” (Ibid. p.24)
§  “Policy analysis goes beyond personal decision making.” (Bardach, Intro)
§  Policy analysis is a social and political activity. (Bardach, Intro)
§  What is Policy?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

• Reactive and Proactive approaches in Strategic Planning in Education

Strategic planning is the process by which managers of the firm analyze the internal and external environments for the purpose of formulating strategies and allocating resources to develop a competitive advantage in an organization that allows for the successful achievement of organizational goals.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

• The Quest for Arab Knowledge Cities

            Humanity s awareness of science and the world changed as ages changed. Scientists have been describing ages according to the major innovation that occurred in it: the printing age, the machine age, the Industrial Revolution age, the technology age, the computer decade, the atom age, the Internet age, up to the ages of measuring extremely short time scales in the femtosecond, robot artificial intelligence and smart phones.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

• The Legend of Tangier A New History with the Mediterranean Port

After an initial lightning tour of Tangier, my mind was filled with what I had read about its most well-known writers: Muhammad Shukri, Altaher bin Jalloun, Paul Bowels, Tennessee Williams, etc., I saw more than a single city in one place with buildings carrying the styles of different periods of history.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

• The Arab Media between Guidance and Credibility

            The turbulent events which the Arab region has witnessed in recent months played a major role in making the Arab old and young once again interested in the Arab media, which is now required to present lively scenes of what is taking place.

• The Arab Youth: How do they think? Why do they Revolt?

After a year which was characterized mainly by change demanded by millions of young men and women who sparked off a wave of uprisings and even sacrificed their lives for it, many voices were heard giving descriptions, making analyses and comparisons and drawing conclusions.

Monday, September 16, 2013

• The Culture-Oriented Country... the Larger Identity

Looking at the conflicts small and big alike which engulf the world today reveals that they, without exception, are provoked by ideological, sectarian, ethnic and linguistic differences, as well as the widening gap between the identities living in one particular country

• Jakarta The Capital Of Indonesia

capital with a population of twenty thousand million. Tall minarets; wide, clean roads; countless cars and motor-cycles driven by young and old men and women in a predominantly Muslim developing society, representing the largest Muslim population in any one country, amounting to 205m out of a total population of 230m. However, they are an example of respecting others, bearing a noble, unique slogan: Unity in Diversity , which is the source of the power of this society. But the picture usually looks hazy, and our task was to adjust the picture and present it in its natural colours. The starting point was Manila airport.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

• The Yellow Media

The term yellow press appeared in the late 19th century when a media war was waged between two American press tycoons: Joseph Pulitzer, owner of New York World, and William Randolf Hurst, owner of New York Journal.