Ideas to help meet needs of diverse learners | 3 poetry pairings for National Poetry Month | Tips for teaching, assessing global competence
March 16, 2017
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Ideas to help meet needs of diverse learners
Ideas to help meet needs of diverse learners
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Principal Jeffrey Mitchell during a session at the SXSWedu conference in Austin, Texas, shared 10 guiding principles that he says schools can use to meet diverse learners' needs. Ideas include being intentional, relying on evidence and rethinking traditional school structures.
KQED.org (3/15) 
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3 poetry pairings for National Poetry Month
3 poetry pairings for National Poetry Month
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In this blog post, English teacher Brett Vogelsinger shares an activity to help mark April as National Poetry Month. He suggests using comparisons of two short poems to engage students and offers three poetry pairings to help jump-start planning.
Edutopia.org (3/15) 
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Marzano Conference Lifts Education to New Heights
At Building Expertise 2017, Robert Marzano, Marcia Tate, and other experts will inspire and empower with practical ways to meet new standards and help your school and students soar. Sessions on formative assessment, student-centered classrooms, leadership innovation, and more! June 14-17. Register today!
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Transformational Leadership
Tips for teaching, assessing global competence
Tips for teaching, assessing global competence
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The Program for International Student Assessment is set to include a measure of "global competence," teacher and author Wendi Pillars writes in this blog post. She shares how to turn theory about what constitutes global competence into practice and ideas for assessing the skill.
SmartBrief/Education (3/15) 
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Technology in the Classroom
Students launch anti-bullying campaign
Students at a Missouri high school are using the hashtag #PiratePositive when posting positive pictures and messages on social media to help combat cyberbullying. The students also produced anti-bullying posters to spread the message to middle and elementary schools.
The Quincy Herald-Whig (Ill.) (3/12) 
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The Whole Child
How food insecurity factors into school closures
How food insecurity factors into school closures
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Some school leaders say that decisions about weather-related school closures take into account many factors, including the potential effects of closures on students who receive free and reduced-priced meals. "Schools are very conscientious of the impact of both delays ... and closures on access to school meals," says Diane Pratt-Heavner of the School Nutrition Association.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (3/15) 
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Study: More college students hungry, homeless
Study: More college students hungry, homeless
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One-third of community college students are going hungry and 14% are homeless, an increase over numbers collected in 2015, according to a study from the University of Wisconsin. Researchers recommend that, in the short term, schools partner with food banks and homeless shelters to prevent students from dropping out.
National Public Radio (3/15) 
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Policy Watch
Budget plan would cut Education Dept. by $9.2B
Budget plan would cut Education Dept. by $9.2B
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The Trump administration's proposed federal budget includes a $9.2 billion cut for the US Department of Education. It also includes greater investment in charter schools and school-choice programs and $1 billion more for Title I schools.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (3/16),  PBS (3/16) 
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700+ Sessions Open to All PreK–12 Educators
SDE's 2017 National Conference will offer 700+ sessions across 6 topic- and grade-focused strands all designed to elevate instructional impact in your classroom and leadership in your school. July 10-14, Las Vegas. Savings for groups of 5+ & your principal can attend FREE.
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ED Pulse
A recent study revealed how little time teachers have for planning/collaborating, compared with schools outside the US. How important do you think more planning time is, even if it costs more for the school?
Very important  90.14%
Important  8.57%
Neutral  0.65%
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About half of US states use an A-F letter grade for schools, seen as an easy way to report results to the public, but seen as simplistic by others. How much do you agree or disagree that this system is effective?   
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Faculty Lounge
What are the real costs of student loans?
What are the real costs of student loans?
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Reports indicate that Americans hold about $1.3 trillion in student debt. In this commentary, veteran high-school teacher Steve Gardiner writes that the real cost of student loans could be depriving students of freedom and autonomy.
PBS (3/15) 
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ASCD News
The New Art and Science of Teaching
This book is a greatly expanded volume of the original Art and Science of Teaching, offering a framework for substantive change based on Robert Marzano's 50 years of education research. Learn more.
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Parents of students with significant needs and their perspectives of effective school collaboration
Collaboration between parents and school professionals is essential to meeting the academic needs of students with disabilities -- and particularly those students with significant special needs. When professionals take the necessary steps to reflect critically on professional practices -- and endeavor to facilitate successful partnerships, they can be more effective educators and caring empathetic supporters who positively improve the lives of students with significant disabilities, and help these families who serve as lifelong advocates. Read now.
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