Report: How to support "superdiverse" learners | Study considers best model for middle school | School sets sights on supplying Amazon workforce
February 23, 2018
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Report: How to support "superdiverse" learners
Report: How to support "superdiverse" learners
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English-language learners are coming from more diverse linguistic backgrounds, which is a challenge for educators who want to support these students, according to a report from the Migration Policy Institute. The report's authors suggest recruiting a more diverse early-childhood workforce, improving tools to assess dual-language learners and doing more research on how to improve outcomes in "superdiverse" classrooms.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (2/22) 
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Study considers best model for middle school
Study considers best model for middle school
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There are potential downsides to eliminating middle schools in favor of K-8 models, according to a study published in the Journal of Urban Economics. The researchers assert that K-8 schools are shown to have negative effects on the elementary students.
Chalkbeat (2/22) 
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School sets sights on supplying Amazon workforce
School sets sights on supplying Amazon workforce
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A high school in Illinois is working to prepare students for jobs at Amazon, if Chicago is chosen as the location for the company's second headquarters. The school has doubled the size of its manufacturing and engineering lab, in part, because of Amazon's use of robots.
WBBM-TV (Chicago) (2/21) 
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Making science stick
Hands-on learning in the science classroom sets objects and concepts within a real-world context. Students connect theory to experience and learning sticks. Get more insights on effective science instruction from the Smithsonian's Carol O'Donnell in this SmartFocus on Hands-on Science.
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Transformational Leadership
Idaho district uses PBIS to support students
Educators in an Idaho school district have adopted the positive behavioral intervention and supports program, which aims to help students develop better relationships. Central Elementary principal Tami Vandeventer says the program also can help to support students who experience trauma and those who feel "invisible."
KTVB-TV (Boise, Idaho) (2/22) 
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STEAM PD Ignites Educator Creativity
STEAM-focused PD from creatED explores techniques and tips for classroom-based STEAM learning as a path to grow students' critical thinking, creativity and problem-solving skills. It's professional learning that's visibly different. Schedule your free Preview Session now.
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Technology in the Classroom
Google's AR helps expand learning opportunities
Google's AR helps expand learning opportunities
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Middle-school students at a Pennsylvania school are using Google's Expeditions AR to view -- through augmented reality -- things they would not otherwise have access to in their classrooms. Recent lessons have taken students to the eye of a tornado, ancient Rome and a coral reef.
Ellwood City Ledger (Pa.) (2/23) 
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Managing Budgets
DeVos wants school choice for military families
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is supporting the expansion of school choice for military children. She proposed that families on active military duty get access to federal funds to pay private-school tuition fees or other educational services.
The Associated Press (2/23) 
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Policy Watch
Teachers' strike shutters W.Va. schools
Teachers' strike shutters W.Va. schools
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Public schools in West Virginia were closed Thursday amid a statewide teachers' strike. The state ranks 48th in the country in teacher pay, and teachers are protesting a recent pay hike that they say doesn't keep up with the cost of living.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (2/22),  USA Today (2/23),  United Press International (2/22) 
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Other News
Do you ever wonder if other teachers feel the same way you do about guided reading—that it's not working the way it should? Preventing Misguided Reading provides 27 teaching strategies that clarify misunderstandings—including the teacher's role, reading levels, balanced instruction, and assessment. Get details now!
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Faculty Lounge
Va. Senate committee supports bill to ban lunch-shaming
The Senate Education and Health Committee in Virginia voted unanimously in favor of a bill to ban shaming students if their meal account does not contain enough money. Schools would be required to talk directly with parents or guardians about student lunch debt.
The Associated Press (2/23) 
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ASCD News
2018 Global Leadership Summit
Looking for innovative and effective ways to prepare all students to thrive in college, careers, and as citizens in our diverse, globally-connected world? Attend the Global Leadership Summit on March 23, 2018, in Boston, MA for thought-provoking panelists, inspiring ignite talks, and roundtable discussions that will provide practical tools, strategies, and ideas that you can immediately implement in your school or district. To register and for additional information on the program and speakers, visit empower.ascd.org/globalsummit.
New book: Fast and Effective Assessment
What if teachers could dramatically reduce the amount of time they spend reviewing and correcting student work and actually see better results in terms of student learning? That's the goal of Glen Pearsall. In "Fast and Effective Assessment: How to Reduce Your Workload and Improve Student Learning," Pearsall shares dozens of classroom-tested strategies that lessen teachers' workload while increasing students' class participation and improving their understanding.
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