Digital badges show students master soft skills | Report shows research backing Summit schools' approach | How schools plan to handle historic solar eclipse
August 9, 2017
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Digital badges show students master soft skills
Digital badges show students master soft skills
Students and teachers in some school districts are earning digital badges that demonstrate they have mastered soft skills. April Moore, director of educational technology in a California school district, says students begin earning badges as early as elementary school as part of the district's college- and career-readiness program.
District Administration magazine online (8/9) 
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Report shows research backing Summit schools' approach
A charter-school network in California has released a report that explains the research that supports the Summit Public Schools' approach to teaching and learning. Among other things, it reveals the evidence that supports the network's focus on teaching cognitive skills, content knowledge, habits of success and sense of purpose.
The Hechinger Report (8/9) 
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The Future of Teacher Evaluation and Growth Comes Into Focus
The Marzano Focused Teacher Evaluation Model gives teachers and observers a streamlined, student evidence-based system that ensures standards alignment and helps promote growth in both students and teachers. Learn how.
Transformational Leadership
New Orleans seeks to address teacher shortage
Officials in New Orleans are trying different approaches to help address an anticipated teacher shortage. One effort is a six-week camp, Summer Experience, which acts as a fellowship for prospective teachers.
The Hechinger Report (8/9) 
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Strategies to Boost Teacher Performance
Within a complex endeavor such as teaching, it can be difficult for individuals to reach the highest levels of performance on their own. Join us for the Instructional Coaching Workshop on September 19–20 in Centennial, CO to learn how to use the Marzano Model for Coaching Classroom Instruction to ensure teachers succeed in the classroom. Learn more.
Technology in the Classroom
How will Microsoft influence Minecraft?
Some teachers are tapping into students' enthusiasm for Minecraft and incorporating it into lessons in math, social studies and literature. However, some are questioning what effect Microsoft's acquisition of Minecraft will have on those efforts.
National Public Radio (8/9) 
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Free platform helps support math learning
Teachers in a California school district use a free online platform to help curb summer learning loss in math. In this blog post, the district's Kristi Frankina shares how the program works and how teachers can use the platform to track students' progress and identify areas where they need additional support.
SmartBrief/Education (8/8) 
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Managing Budgets
5 tips for raising funds for tech supplies
5 tips for raising funds for tech supplies
Educators increasingly are using online platforms to help raise funds for classroom supplies. In this article, several educators share their tips, including Sarah Dill who used an online gift exchange on Reddit to secure technology tools for her classroom, Jenny Abamu writes.
EdSurge (8/7) 
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2017 Conference on Educational Leadership
Join ASCD for three days of leadership development at the 2017 ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership in Kissimmee, Florida, located in the greater Orlando area. Sessions at this event are focused on instructional leadership, leveraging resources, and leading and supporting students and adults.
Policy Watch
NAACP appeals secession decision for Ala. city
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund filed an appeal this week of a District Court decision to allow a primarily white city in Alabama to secede from a majority nonwhite school district. If the city successfully secedes, it would be the eighth secession in the state and 47th in the country since 2000, according to a report by the nonprofit EdBuild.
U.S. News & World Report (8/8),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (8/8) 
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Other News
Daily 5 library collections! Update your classroom library and go deeper with The Daily 5 and The CAFE Book with these exclusive collections of fiction and nonfiction books for your classroom. Each grade (K-5) includes 200 popular and recently published titles, carefully selected and organized in labeled bins. Click here for details!
Faculty Lounge
Study considers how families fund college education
Nearly half of families used scholarships and grants to fund a child's college education, with such funding making up 35% of the total cost of a degree, according to a study from Sallie Mae and Ipsos. Parents funded 23% of the cost of education, with 87% saying they were willing to financially stretch themselves to make the payments, the data show.
eCampus News (free registration) (8/8) 
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Dyslexia: Disability or Difference?
Kyle Redford, veteran fifth grade teacher and education editor for the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, argues that Universal Design for Learning, a framework of supports often used with students with learning disabilities, can be helpful in giving students with dyslexia better access to curricula and alternative ways to demonstrate their learning. Read how in her new article in Educational Leadership.
New ASCD Quick Reference Guides
ASCD Quick Reference Guides cover fundamental education topics in a handy format that's perfect for time-pressed study groups or individuals. Written by recognized experts, the guides are packed with instructional tips and solutions that you can put into practice right away.
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