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1. Some state lawmakers question AP U.S. History course

ASCD SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

Lawmakers in some states have taken steps to replace or review Advanced Placement U.S. History, which has been recently redesigned by the College Board. Some argue the revisions paint a cynical picture of U.S. history. The College Board has noted that historians and educators developed the course, and it has opened a public comment period. Atlantic online, The (02/24) National Public Radio (02/24)


2. New arts standards include animation, computer science

ASCD SmartBrief | Feb 23, 2015

Some states, including Arkansas, Nebraska and Kansas, have adopted a version of the National Core Arts Standards, released in October. Media arts, such as animation, computer design, film and gaming, are among the additions in the new standards. District Administration magazine online (02/23)


3. How technology is reshaping math class

ASCD SmartBrief | Feb 20, 2015

Some schools in four states and Washington, D.C., are expanding on the blended-learning model by using technology to develop customized math lessons for students. One such school in New York City -- profiled in this article -- holds math lessons in an open classroom with as many as 150 students. Hechinger Report, The (02/19)


4. Experiment: Will students choose Teacher A or B?

ASCD SmartBrief | Feb 23, 2015

Educators should tap into students' individual learning styles and involve students in designing lessons that are right for them, Alan November, veteran educator and senior partner and founder of November Learning, writes. In this commentary, he shares an experiment he has used to learn more about students' learning styles. eSchool News (free registration) (02/23)


5. Why teachers should learn to let go sometimes

ASCD SmartBrief | Feb 20, 2015

Teachers should feel comfortable loosening the reins on classroom management to address content, asserts Lily Jones, a former educator with experience as a curriculum developer, instructional coach and teacher trainer. In this blog post, she shares three tips to help teachers achieve this balance. Teaching Channel (02/19)


6. States take action to restrict restraint, seclusion

ASCD SmartBrief | Feb 20, 2015

State lawmakers -- from Hawaii to Ohio to Washington state to Alaska, and beyond -- are taking steps to pass legislation that limits restraint and seclusion practices. "In varying levels, there's probably some group in every single state working on [restraint and seclusion]," Eric Buehlmann, deputy executive director for public policy for the National Disability Rights Network in Washington, said. Education Week (tiered subscription model) (02/18)


7. How student-created charts boost Common Core math

ASCD SmartBrief | Feb 23, 2015

A Florida school district is using student-produced anchor charts in its implementation of the Common Core State Standards in math. The charts, which have replaced traditional posters, diagrams and other classroom aides, include step-by-step instructions used to complete math problems. StateImpact (02/20)


8. Tenn. to develop teachers as policy leaders

ASCD SmartBrief | Feb 24, 2015

Tennessee is launching a 12-month fellowship program that will help to develop classroom teachers and instructional coaches as leaders in national, state and local policy. The effort is a collaboration among the state's education department and teachers' union and some advocacy groups. Chalkbeat (02/23)


9. Can a font help students with dyslexia?

ASCD SmartBrief | Feb 24, 2015

A Mississippi school is testing a special font -- created by a graphic designer with dyslexia -- on assignments for students with the disorder. Teachers say the font has made reading easier for some students. Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.) (tiered subscription model), The (02/22)


10. Debate on NCLB rewrite expected to begin today

ASCD SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

Lawmakers have filed hundreds of amendments to a proposed bill -- ahead of today's expected debate on the bill -- that seeks to overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act. This blog post offers a preview of what to expect during the debate, such as discussions on testing and accountability. Education Week (tiered subscription model) (02/23)




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