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November 20, 2017
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Are student-discipline policies about to change?
Are student-discipline policies about to change?
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Educators in a recent meeting with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos expressed concerns about existing guidance concerning discipline policies that have disproportionate effects on some student groups. The meeting has prompted concern from civil rights advocates.
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NBCT: Save time, sanity with these tips
NBCT: Save time, sanity with these tips
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One way to save time and reduce stress is to avoid assigning grades to everything, writes National Board Certified Teacher Rita Platt. In this blog post, Platt shares this and other tips -- including learning to delegate -- to help educators.
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Can encouraging mistakes improve math scores?
Can encouraging mistakes improve math scores?
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The San Francisco Unified School District has seen improved math scores and student engagement since introducing a program that emphasizes that "mistakes are gifts," writes Lizzy Hull Barnes, district mathematics supervisor. In this commentary, she outlines the core principles of the program.
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Schools Today
Calif. district uses inclusion to curb dropouts
Calif. district uses inclusion to curb dropouts
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Educators at a California high school credit district inclusion practices for reducing the dropout rate for students with special needs to less than 5% last year from 13% in 2010. The district created a tiered system for inclusion that focuses on challenging, grade-level work as well as a study skills class for some students.
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Developing Leaders
Educator: Microcredentials advance skills
Earning microcredentials allows educators to advance their skills at their own pace, asserts Lisa Melmed, a high-school English-language arts teacher in Rhode Island. In this blog post, she shares what she has learned from earning microcredentials.
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Policy News
Active-shooter scenarios addressed in US schools
Active-shooter scenarios addressed in US schools
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The Government Accountability Office reports that a majority of all school districts in the country -- about two-thirds -- have taken steps to address active-shooter scenarios. Superintendent Richard Fitzpatrick said such preparation helped ensure students at an elementary school in California went home safely after a recent threat.
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National Board Update
Fast forward to Board Certification
"Where has the time gone? It seems like yesterday that I was sitting at the computer waiting to hear the news whether or not I had become a National Board Certified Teacher," NBCT Belinda Furman writes in this blog post. "I remember that moment so vividly and how proud I felt when I saw the word 'Congratulations!' appear on the screen. All of the time, effort, videotaping and writing had paid off and I was ready to wear the title NBCT with absolute pride. I wanted everyone to know that I was an NBCT which even prompted me to buy a license plate that read "NBCT '09." Read on.
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Based on the Five Core Propositions, National Board standards define what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do in 25 certificate areas. Read on.
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