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October 23, 2017
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High schools schedule homework-free weekends
High schools schedule homework-free weekends
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Some high schools offer homework-free weekends to help accommodate students' demanding schedules, says Denise Pope, a senior lecturer at Stanford University who also works with schools on such efforts. Educators at two Montgomery County, Md., high schools have eliminated weekend homework ahead of college admissions deadlines.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (10/21) 
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Calif. schools to address trauma after wildfires
Calif. schools to address trauma after wildfires
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Wildfires in California have affected about 600 schools and left hundreds of students displaced from their homes. Steve Herrington, Sonoma County superintendent, says "there will be a real need to address the trauma and long-term displacement that so many of our students, their families and their teachers have experienced."
National Public Radio (10/21) 
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Professional Learning Every Day of the Year Starts Here
Don't miss your chance to learn from top Marzano Research experts at the High Reliability Schools Summit on June 28-30, 2018 in Austin, Texas. Open to all educators, this unique event dives deep into the High Reliability Schools framework and offers specific guidance on how to ensure all students acquire the knowledge and skills they need for lifelong success. Learn more
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Transformational Leadership
How school leaders can build digital brands
How school leaders can build digital brands
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It may be time for a digital-brand upgrade, asserts Trish Rubin, who consults with clients in education and other sectors about building brand awareness. In this commentary, Rubin shares ways school leaders can use branding to share good news and inspire communities.
District Administration magazine online (10/23) 
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Digital transformation briefs for school leaders
Digital transformation briefs for school leaders
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The Consortium for School Networking has released nine briefs intended to help superintendents lead digital transformations in their districts. Topics include online assessment and student-data privacy.
eSchool News (free registration) (10/23) 
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Tips to help school leaders manage change
Tips to help school leaders manage change
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It is "normal and necessary" to resist change, psychologist Robert Evans said in a keynote speech at the Building Learning Communities conference in Boston. Evans shares several tips to help school leaders manage change.
KQED-TV/FM (San Francisco) (10/22) 
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Hooray 4 Healthy from the Life Time Foundation
Share Hooray 4 Healthy with your 1st-4th graders! The curriculum includes animated videos, printable teacher and parent support guides, and a physical activity video. Teach your kids about food groups and how to make healthy choices by signing up for this FREE nutrition education program.
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Technology in the Classroom
School finds success with personalized learning
School finds success with personalized learning
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Educators in a Georgia high school have adopted a differentiated, high-tech, personalized approach to teaching -- but without heavy use of screen time. In one biotechnology career pathway program, students pick their own research projects.
EdSurge (10/20) 
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Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
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Key Strategies for Tech & District Leaders
As a district tech leader, you play a vital role in school operations, from deciding classroom tech to information systems. But do you struggle with getting buy-in from other team members? In this session, we'll share key strategies to consider that can empower the district's leaders to be successful. Register now.
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Policy Watch
Education Dept. takes action on special-education policy
In response to an executive order "to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens," the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services said it has "a total of 72 guidance documents that have been rescinded due to being outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective." Some advocates say it is not unusual for new administrations to take such steps.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (10/21) 
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Address ELA Standards & 3rd Grade Reading Initiatives
SDE's K-3 Literacy Conference offers 2 days of instructional strategies on guided reading, writers' workshop, interventions, inquiry-based literacy, fluency & comprehension, DI & assessment.
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Faculty Lounge
Colleges offer tuition breaks for students from Puerto Rico
Leaders at colleges on the US mainland are seeking to help students from Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria to continue their education. At Florida International University, students from Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands will be eligible for in-state tuition, and at the University of Tulane in New Orleans, students from Puerto Rico are being offered one free semester.
National Public Radio (10/22) 
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ASCD News
Creating a Culture of Reflective Practice
Join Pete Hall and Alisa Simeral, authors of "Creating a Culture of Reflective Practice: Capacity-Building for Schoolwide Success," as they draw on lessons learned from educators around the US and present a definitive guide to developing a schoolwide culture that both values reflection and uses it to ensure that teachers -- and their students -- reach their full potential. Oct. 24, 3 p.m. ET
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ASCD presents the Habits of Mind Animations produced by former "Rugrats" CEO
ASCD, in partnership with Wonder Media, presents a series of animations based on the renowned 16 Habits of Mind, developed by Art Costa and Bena Kallick of the Institute for Habits of Mind. This groundbreaking collaboration offers 16 animated lessons and 350 printable extension lessons that empower students in kindergarten through second grade with creative and critical-thinking skills for success in school and in life. The animation was produced by Terry Thoren, the former CEO of Klasky Csupo, Inc., the company that produced the "Rugrats" and "The Wild Thornberrys" for Nickelodeon. Learn more.
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