Some states' ESSA plans reach due date | What new teachers can do about common mistakes | How to create excitement around STEM lessons
September 19, 2017
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Some states' ESSA plans reach due date
Some states' ESSA plans reach due date
More than 30 states were expected to submit plans Monday to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act. "Each plan is part of the state's broader effort to ensure better outcomes for students, and I look forward to seeing how states will work with their stakeholders to successfully implement these plans and improve education for all kids," said Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers.
U.S. News & World Report (9/18) 
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What new teachers can do about common mistakes
What new teachers can do about common mistakes
Some new teachers have unrealistic expectations or try too hard to make students like them, writes National Board Certified Teacher Cindi Rigsbee. In this blog post by educator Larry Ferlazzo, Rigsbee and other educators offer advice on how to avoid some common mistakes that new teachers make and what to do about them.
Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (9/17) 
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How to create excitement around STEM lessons
How to create excitement around STEM lessons
Connecting science, technology, engineering and math lessons to the real world is a great way to excite students, asserts Kenneth Huff, a middle-school science teacher in New York and a 2017 STEM Teacher Ambassador. Huff shares ideas in this article, including how he presents his class with a science "phenomena" -- such as why water balloons break only sometimes -- and asks students to provide explanations.
The Buffalo News (N.Y.) (9/15) 
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Schools Today
Calif. district teaches calculus in middle school
Middle-school students in one California district are learning calculus as part of a new Math Academy program. Three campuses offer the class with plans to enroll 60 students from sixth- to 12th-grade, officials say.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (9/17) 
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Ideas on teaching whole-class novels
Ideas on teaching whole-class novels
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Having a class read a whole novel together can provide an inclusive experience while building a classroom community, educator Robert Ward writes in this blog post. He shares tips for selecting books and helping students at varying reading levels engage with the text.
Edutopia online (9/18) 
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How much the US, 34 countries spend on education
How much the US, 34 countries spend on education
Spending on elementary through high-school education declined by about 3% in the US between 2010 and 2014, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's annual report of education indicators. Data show that other OECD countries often get better outcomes by spending less money and focusing on different priorities.
The Hechinger Report (9/18) 
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