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March 22, 2017
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Researcher seeks to debunk learning myths
Researcher seeks to debunk learning myths
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Is rereading a "highly effective" strategy for learning? Nearly 90% of the more than 3,000 Americans participating in a survey about public perceptions of what constitutes good learning said "yes," but researcher Ulrich Boser says that perception is a myth.
National Public Radio (3/22) 
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Study links higher test scores, healthy lunches
Study links higher test scores, healthy lunches
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The quality of food served in schools may affect student achievement, according to a study by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley. The researchers examined the nutritional content of school lunches in California public schools over a five-year period.
The Atlantic online (3/22) 
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Spring Clean Your Assessment Calendar
Sun shining, birds chirping… spring is in the air! At this time of year, a spring cleaning of the assessment calendar can maximize testing efficiency and time spent on instruction. Step 1 is to take an inventory, and we have just the thing: Download Assessment Inventory Tool
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Transformational Leadership
Blog aims to make school data accessible
Blog aims to make school data accessible
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Officials in Atlanta Public Schools are making school data more accessible to the public. The Office of Research and Evaluation uses data-visualization tools to distill complex data sets into easy-to-understand formats and publishes the updates on the APS Data Blog.
The Hechinger Report (3/22) 
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Preschool campus addresses community needs
The Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-being in Denver, Colo., is taking a new approach to community well-being by combining a preschool campus, urban farm, dentist's office and mental health care center. The goal is to help address challenges faced in the surrounding low-income community.
PBS (3/21) 
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Student writing is only as good as our feedback
Patty McGee shows teachers how to put down the red pen and instead give meaningful feedback that allows students to choose a strategy for improving their pieces. Includes how-to's for responding to writers that you can use immediately whether you use a writing program or a workshop model. Get tips for feedback in this free resource!
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Technology in the Classroom
School designs STEM education for girls
School designs STEM education for girls
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Personalized learning engages girls in science, technology, engineering and math, Alyssa Tormala, an instructional technology coach at St. Mary's Academy in Portland, Ore., writes in this commentary. She describes how the all-girls school promotes STEM education.
EdSurge (3/21) 
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Managing Budgets
Lawsuit seeks to prevent public funds for private schools
More than a dozen groups in Michigan representing parents and educators have filed a lawsuit to prevent lawmakers from using public funds for private schools. At issue, they say, is a line item in the state's school health and safety budget that could be a "gateway" to vouchers.
Reuters (3/21) 
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Policy Watch
Education groups note consequences of proposed Medicaid cuts
Concerns about potential cuts to Medicaid under the proposed American Health Care Act have prompted about 50 education groups to call for a rejection of the health care bill. The groups note that such cuts could negatively affect special-education services and staffing.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (3/22) 
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What happens when students, not planned teaching points, lead instructional decisions about writing? When Writers Drive the Workshop shows teachers how to empower students in every aspect of writing workshop—conferring, responding to writing, self-assessment, & mini-lessons. Includes ideas for using digital tools. Preview the entire book!
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Faculty Lounge
Should schools censor student journalists?
Officials in Indiana and Missouri have proposed legislation that would prevent school leaders from censoring student journalists. Some school leaders say this approach teaches students about the First Amendment and journalism, as well as communication and leadership.
District Administration magazine online (3/20) 
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ASCD News
Essential questions make standards personal
Although at first glance standards may obscure opportunities for personalization, using essential questions can reveal opportunities to promote individual relevance, encourage students to make connections to other content areas and facilitate a classroom culture based on inquiry and meaning-making. Here are several standard-aligned examples of lessons, driven by authentic inquiry and supported by technology. Read now.
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Career advice and job listings on ASCD Job Ramp
Spring is a time for many educators to consider their next career move. ASCD's Pathfinder job ramp page has useful resources, including advice and tips for taking the next step in your career, interviewing successfully and building a school dream team. Plus, you can post a job in your district or search for your next opportunity. Learn more.
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