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1. Do teachers get better with age?

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

Findings from two recent studies challenge the notion that teacher effectiveness begins to decline after the five-year mark. Data show teachers in the classroom beyond five years continue to boost student achievement. The findings call for a reexamination of some assumptions, said Segun Eubanks, with the National Education Association. "The idea of teachers maxing out in five years was so contradictory to what we know about other professions," he said. Education Week (tiered subscription model) (03/25)


2. Why do teachers stay?

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2015

Educators often face many challenges, such as long hours, low pay and high-stakes testing accountability, and yet, many teachers still choose to stay in the classroom. This article explores some of the reasons teachers stay, highlighting nine teacher responses to the question. National Public Radio (03/21)


3. Duncan: Change still needed for teacher-preparation programs

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 24, 2015

The U.S. Department of Education has failed so far to overhaul teacher-preparation programs to improve the quality of teachers entering the classroom, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said during the annual legislative conference of the Council of Chief State School Officers. Draft regulations were released in November. Final regulations are expected this fall. Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The (03/23)


4. Is Common Core responsible for rise in NAEP, ACT scores?

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

Student scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress and on the ACT in Kentucky have risen slightly during the years in which many schools implemented Common Core State Standards, according to two recent studies. Researchers say it is too early to tell whether there is a connection between the improvement in scores and the Common Core. U.S. News & World Report (03/25)


5. Obama is expected to highlight private-sector support for STEM

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2015

President Barack Obama is expected today to announce that total financial and material support for science, technology, engineering and math programs from the private sector for underprivileged youths has reached $1 billion. The commitments are expected to be announced during the annual White House Science Fair. ABC News (03/23)


6. How the role of the K-12 teacher is evolving

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

Technology -- from crowdsourcing sites for lessons plans to online videos -- are shifting the role of today's educators, English teacher Michael Godsey writes in this commentary. Technology has replaced the need for teachers to be "the local expert," he writes. "These days, teachers are expected to concentrate on the 'facilitation' of factual knowledge that is suddenly widely accessible." Atlantic online, The (03/25)


7. How financial-literacy lessons add up for students

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

High-school students in 17 states are required to take a personal-finance course before graduation. Financial-literacy standards -- while not always required -- are on the books in 43 states. Some experts recommend introducing financial literacy even earlier, in elementary and middle school, so the lessons become part of the learning culture. District Administration magazine online (03/25)


8. How early-college programs open doors for students

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 24, 2015

Some school districts are expanding their early-college programs. Such programs often place high-school freshmen and sophomores on college campuses, giving them access to faculty and college credits. In one North Carolina early-engineering program, students spend all their learning time at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. District Administration magazine (03/2015)


9. Disrupting Poverty: Turning High-Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

What does it take to disrupt poverty's adverse influence on student learning? In this institute, William Parrett and Kathleen Budge will provide participants with a framework for collaborative action. Participants will leave with self-study, planning, and coaching tools to help guide them in designing action plans targeted to disrupt poverty's negative influence and rapidly transforming when participants return to their schools. Learn more.


10. Teach love

ASCD SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

"More than anything, I want to teach empathy. And in the moments when I am teaching empathy and teaching it well, it is also being taught to me," writes ASCD EDge blogger Jessica Livezey. In a recent blog post Livezey explains why she focuses on a skill that isn't a state standard, can't be tested, and doesn't relate to her content. Read on.




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