December 2012

11 WBC Dr. Howard Pitler, McREL

by Steve Wyckoff on December 13, 2012

Pitler_130x140Dr. Howard Pitler, Chief Program Officerr, McREL
As chief program officer, Howard works with schools, districts, and state agencies to improve teacher pedagogy to impact student achievement and has been invited to present at technology conferences throughout the country. He is the lead author of Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Worksand developed McREL’s Power Walkthrough informal observation software. Prior to joining McREL, Howard was an elementary and middle school principal for 19 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University and master’s, specialist, and doctorate degrees from Wichita State University.

McREL is a private, 501 (c)(3) education research and development corporation. Since 1966, when the Mid-continent McRELRegional Educational Laboratory was founded to turn knowledge about what works in education into practical guidance for educators, McREL has grown into an organization with more than 110 employees and a wide array of clients and contracts in nearly 50 states and around the world.

Today, inside McREL’s headquarters in Denver, Colorado, and McREL’s Pacific Center for Changing the Odds in Honolulu, Hawaii, you’ll find experienced researchers and education consultants working together to provide educators with research-based, practical guidance on the issues and challenges facing K−16 education. Our staff creates and delivers:

  • Sophisticated data analyses
  • Rigorous scientific studies
  • High-quality, field-tested products and services
  • Insightful reports, articles, books, and tools

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The Science Leadership Academy is a partnership high school between the School District of Philadelphia and The Franklin Institute. SLA is an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on 21st century learning that opened its doors on September 7, 2006.

SLA provides a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum with a focus on science, technology, mathematics and entrepreneurship. Students at SLA learn in a project-based environment where the core values of inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation and reflection are emphasized in all classes.

10 WBC John Heim, Kansas Association of School Boards

by Steve Wyckoff on December 10, 2012

Dr. John Heim, Executive Director, Kansas Association of School Board.




KASB is a not-for-profit organization located in Topeka, Kansas and dedicated to serving members of governing boards for unified school districts, community colleges, area vocational-technical schools and cooperatives, interlocals and regional service centers.

KASB will…
  • Provide a culture of collaboration and service.
  • Be a voice of public education.
  • Improve student education outcomes.
KASB is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of school board members from throughout Kansas. The Board meets five times each year, with day-to-day operations of the association assigned to the staff.
We believe…
  • All students can learn.Education encompasses lifelong learning.
  • An educated and responsible citizenry is essential to a free and changing society.
  • Universal public education is a fundamental right.
  • Local control of public education is the cornerstone of our democratic system of government.
  • The responsibility for providing suitable and equitable funding rests with the state of Kansas.
  • Public education prepares students for a diverse, global society.
  • Leadership impacts student achievement.
Operational Beliefs . . .
  • Innovation is necessary for continuous improvement.
  • Trust, integrity and honesty are necessary for credibility.
  • Goals are best accomplished through teamwork and collaboration with others.
  • Success depends on an informed, engaged board, membership, and staff.
  • Leadership requires honoring diversity of thought and opinions.
  • Transparency is necessary for integrity.

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Interview with Dr. Randy Watson, National Student Clearinghouse.


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  • Do they go in or out of state, and do they attend a 4-year or 2-year school?
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  • Did any students go on to college who started 9th grade in my high school but did not graduate?

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9 WBC A world perspective, education down under in New Zealand

December 3, 2012

Ali Hughes – CEO With a background in secondary school teaching and management in the UK, and with 10 years experience in tertiary education within New Zealand, Ali brings a wealth of managerial and education experience to her role as CEO of CORE. Ali holds a Masters in Business (MBA), is a member of the […]

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