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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Dear Hannah: Just Love


 

Dear Hannah,



To love is to seek the greatest good for yourself and others. It is an action - not a feeling.

Love is also the absence of fear. Fear is the absence of love.

If you have fears, conquer them through love.

Love everyone in your midst - even those who may do things that you do not like, or those with whom you disagree.

Receive love from everyone in your midst.

Most of all, though, love yourself. You will only be able to love others to the degree that you love yourself.

Here's my favorite song about love ...

Just Love
Brian Courtney Wilson

Spoken:
Man I've been to a lot of beautiful churches
And they were filled with so many beautiful people
It was a pleasure to be there
But there's just this one church in Houston, Texas
I had to write a song about
Cause they love me
They would say

Vocals:
You can run, you can run, you can run, you can run
But there's no hiding place
You can't deny it
Don't try to fight it

Cause we love you and there is nothing you could ever do, about it
If you get off track, turn around and come right back
Because we love you and there is nothing you could ever do, about it
If you lose your way, you still got a place to stay, so

Touch somebody and
Find out that they understand
When you tell 'em what you've been through
Who you are, what you had to do
Believe it when you hear them say
That the God we serve has made a way
For you to lay your burden down
Rest and make a joyful sound

Because we love you, there is nothing you could ever do, oh no, about it
If you get off track, turn around and come right back
Because we love you and there is nothing you could ever do, about it
If you lose your way, you still got a place to stay, so

Hug somebody now
Hold tight til you let it out
Somebody's gonna stand right here
And wipe away every tear
And if you need a friend
Don't you wait outside, you can come on in
So even if you take your time
Don't rush, it will be alright

Because we love you and there is nothing you could ever do, about it
If you get off track, turn around and come right back
Because we love you and there is nothing you could ever do, about it
If you lose your way, you still got a place to stay

So just love (love), no fear (no fear)
Just love (love), no fear (no fear)
Just love (love), love (love)
Just love, (love), love, (love), love, (love), love

Ooh Child, you look like my sister on my father's side
Ooh Child, you look like my brother on my father's side
Come closer, let me look at you
Ooh Child, you look like my sister on my father's side
Come closer, let me look at you
Ooh Child, you look like my brother on my father's side
You know him, you know him like I do
That's why we love, no fear




Love,

Daddy

Copyright © 2013 Derrick  Brown. All Rights Reserved.

Big Ideas About Data Analysis: 2013 CRCT Performance Index Honor Roll

By Derrick Brown (follow on Twitter @dbrowndbrown)


2013 CRCT Performance Index Honor Roll

We have analyzed and synthesized school-level results from Georgia's 2013 Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT).

The Georgia DOE published results from its system-level analysis on June 25, 2013.


Our Approach

We analyzed all 1800+ Georgia schools whose students took the CRCTs using the following two measures:

Performance Index = Sum of schoolwide "meets & exceeds" rates for each of the 5 CRCTs (English & Language Arts, Math, Reading, Science, and Social Studies)

Gain (Loss) = Sum of the increase (decrease) of schoolwide "meets & exceeds" rates for each CRCT


Data => Information

Several key findings regarding independent startup charter schools emerged from the data ...

Performance Index (Overall)

1. 4 independent startup charter schools ranked among the top 100 schools in Georgia in 2013 CRCT overall performance index (SEE TABLE 1 BELOW):

LAKE OCONEE CHARTER (7)
Museum School Avondale Estates (40)
Fulton Sunshine Charter Elementary (43)
Charles R. Drew Charter School (93)

2. 10 independent startup charter schools ranked among the top 100 schools in Georgia in 2013 CRCT performance index comparison (difference between school's performance index, and the average performance index for other schools in its local comparison district) (SEE TABLE 2 BELOW):

LAKE OCONEE CHARTER (4)
Museum School Avondale Estates (9)
Charles R. Drew Charter School (20)
Neighborhood Charter School (21)
Kipp Strive Academy (29)
DeKalb PATH Academy Charter School (32)
Kindezi (33)
KIPP West Atlanta Young Scholars Academy (42)
DeKalb Academy of Technology and the Environment Charter School (48)
Pataula Academy (74)

One-Year Gain (Overall)

3. 6 independent startup charter schools ranked among the top 100 schools in Georgia in one-year CRCT performance index gain (SEE TABLE 3 BELOW):

Heritage Preparatory Academy School (5)
Lanier Career Academy (17)
KIPP VISION (23)
Georgia Connections Academy (49)
Ivy Preparatory Academy for Girls at Kirkwood (94)

4. 5 independent startup charter schools ranked among the top 50 schools in Georgia in one-year CRCT performance index gain comparison (difference between school's one-year performance index gain, and the average one-year performance index gain for other schools in its local comparison district) (SEE TABLE 4 BELOW):

Heritage Preparatory Academy School (5)
Lanier Career Academy (15)
KIPP VISION (21)
Georgia Connections Academy (35)
Ivy Preparatory Academy for Girls at Kirkwood (44)

Two-Year Gain (Overall)

5. 4 independent startup charter schools ranked among the top 50 schools in Georgia in two-year CRCT performance index gain (SEE TABLE 5 BELOW):

Lanier Career Academy (1)
KIPP VISION (18)
Coweta Charter Academy (24)
Fulton Leadership Academy (28)


6. 4 independent startup charter schools ranked among the top 20 schools in Georgia in two-year CRCT performance index gain comparison (difference between school's two-year performance index gain, and the average two-year performance index gain for other schools in its local comparison district) (SEE TABLE 6 BELOW):

Lanier Career Academy (2)
KIPP VISION (7)
Coweta Charter Academy (11)
Fulton Leadership Academy (13)


The Details

We present detailed independent startup charter school results in several "Top 10" lists below. Reply and let us know what these numbers tell you!



Table 1. Performance Index (Overall)


Table 2. Performance Index (Compared To Local District)
 

Table 3. Total One-Year Performance Index Gain (Loss)

 

Table 4. Total One-Year Performance Index Gain (Loss) (Compared To Local District)

 

Table 5. Total Two-Year Performance Index Gain (Loss)




Table 6. Total Two-Year Performance Index Gain (Loss) (Compared To Local District)


Sincerely,

Derrick Brown – Principal Consultant
KnowledgeBase
Cell:  678.467.1256 | Email: 
derrick.s.brown@att.net



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