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August 18, 2017
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3 projects for real-world learning
3 projects for real-world learning
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Learning may be most effective when there are real-world applications, asserts Suzie Boss, a project-based learning advocate. In this blog post, she shares three projects to try with students during the school year.
Edutopia online (8/17) 
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How Boston Public Schools are improving student learning
When Boston leaders needed high-quality customized formative assessments paced to multiple curricula and aligned to state standards, they turned to Measured Progress. Read how Boston's program has led to data-driven instructional feedback, and how the new assessments help support student learning and equity across the district. Get the case study.
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Transformational Leadership
Why broad strokes are ineffective in reform
There is no single approach for successful education reform, asserts Patrick Kearney, facilitator for teacher leadership in Johnston Community Schools in Iowa. In this commentary, he notes that all schools face different challenges, making it difficult to identify a "silver bullet" for education reform.
District Administration magazine online (8/18) 
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Texas school overhauls approach to discipline
Students' emotional needs need to be met as part of a personalized-learning approach, asserts Courtney Egelston, co-founder and assistant principal at a school in Dallas. She discusses the model and how restorative practices can help support that effort.
EdSurge (8/16) 
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Grading for Learning Webinar with Dr. Douglas Reeves
Our Webinar will start you on your path to transform your grading practices to provide valuable feedback, increase student agency, and engage students in their own learning. Register here.
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Technology in the Classroom
Report considers how to protect student data
Report considers how to protect student data
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Education-technology companies should take better care to safeguard students' data, according to a report from researchers at the University of Colorado's National Education Policy Center. Researchers assert in the report that there should be greater transparency and accountability for the companies' algorithms.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (8/17) 
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Managing Budgets
Schools scramble for funds in states lacking approved budgets
School districts in Connecticut, Illinois and Wisconsin are scrambling to locate funding as the school year begins without an approved state budget in place. Some districts are tapping into financial reserves or borrowing money, while others are eliminating jobs or starting the school year with substitute staff.
Reuters (8/17) 
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Pa. district invests $1.2M in social workers
Students in the School District of Philadelphia will have access to more than 20 new social workers when the school year begins. The $1.2 million initiative is intended to help educators meet students' behavioral needs.
The Philadelphia Tribune (8/17) 
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Policy Watch
DeVos weighs in on Charlottesville demonstration
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in an email to her staff spoke out against the racist views demonstrated at the recent rally in Charlottesville, Va. In the email, she wrote: "Violence and hate will never be the answer. We must engage, debate and educate."
U.S. News & World Report (8/17),  Education Week (tiered subscription model) (8/17) 
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Faculty Lounge
Fresno, Calif., middle schools get new hydration systems
A $90,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente will provide all 17 Fresno, Calif., middle schools with a new hydrating system so students can fill their water bottles with filtered water during the day. Food Service Director Jose Alvarado said the system counts how often students fill their water bottles, which will help show how many plastic bottles are not going to the landfill.
KSEE-TV (Fresno, Calif.) (8/16) 
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ASCD News
Digital leadership in a digital world
Because we live in a technology-driven world with social media accessible at the tap and swipe of a smartphone, I thought, why not use it to promote and rebrand my school? Using social media as a tool was not something I considered until I became an administrator. In fact, when I went into education, I didn't think about the benefits of social media and using it to enhance my classroom or school culture. With Twitter, I was somewhat ignorant to its purpose, thinking it was meaningless pontificating, and, as a result, I was ignorant about its benefits as well. I suppose part of me was afraid of taking the risk of putting myself out there.
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