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1. How to help students develop a growth mindset

ASCD SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

Telling children they are smart at a young age -- instead of praising their effort -- actually may have negative effects later in life, some education experts say. "When we give kids the message that mistakes are good, that successful people make mistakes, it can change their entire trajectory," Jo Boaler, professor of mathematics education at Stanford University, said at a recent conference. The Atlantic online (06/30)


2. U.S. House is expected to take up NCLB in July

ASCD SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to take up a proposed rewrite of No Child Left Behind in July. Several amendments may be discussed, including one that would create a voucher-type system for funding public schools. National Journal (06/28)


3. Study shows benefits of teaching languages to younger students

ASCD SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

Elementary-school students at a dual-language school in California performed on par with Advanced Placement high-school students on Mandarin language assessments, according to a recent Stanford University study. The findings now are driving efforts to introduce foreign-language instruction in younger grades. KPCC-FM (Los Angeles) (06/30)


4. Should schools eliminate Ds?

ASCD SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

Some schools in New Jersey and elsewhere have taken steps to eliminate the letter grade D, asserting that it has a negative effect on students and encourages students to "game the system." "[I]f Ds are markers of adequacy that everyone recognizes as inadequate, doling them out seems illogical and cynical," writer and teacher Andrew Simmons notes in this commentary. The Atlantic online (06/29)


5. Principal: How educators can help students like school

ASCD SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

Educators should adopt a growth mindset and consider how they can reach students who don't like school, rather than just ask if they can teach them, principal Kyle Hoopes writes in this blog post. Hoopes suggests trying innovative teaching practices -- from Genius Hours to differentiated instruction -- to develop students' inner desire to learn. Connected Principals blog (06/29)


6. How one teacher collaborates with parents

ASCD SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

Early in her career, Amber Rain Chandler, an English language-arts teacher in New York, writes that she kept her students' parents at a distance. Now, she seeks to work with families and includes them in her classroom. In this blog post, she shares several strategies and tools that helped her make the transition. MiddleWeb (06/29)


7. How flipped instruction benefits students with special needs

ASCD SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

Technology has been a "game changer" for the estimated 2.5 million children in the U.S. with learning disabilities, asserts Kim Hines, associate director for the National Center for Learning Disabilities. This article explores how flipped instruction helps students with learning difficulties, and can be beneficial for others, too. eSchool News (free registration) (06/29)


8. What does the future hold for education?

ASCD SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

There are five new realities in education, suggests educator and author Will Richardson, who presented on the topic during a session at the International Society for Technology in Education's conference. He asserts that technology provides more choices in learning, learners drive their own learning through online resources and professional development is a personal responsibility. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (07/01)


9. Study reveals rate of violence exposure in U.S. children, teens

ASCD SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

For every 10 children and teenagers in the U.S., about four were exposed to violence or abuse over the past year, according to phone interviews conducted on 4,000 youths, ages 17 and younger, by the University of New Hampshire's Crimes Against Children Research Center. While the rates appear to be stable since 2011, researchers say they still are too high. Reuters (06/29)


10. Surf, sun, and summer reading: ASCD announces book list for educators

ASCD SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

Take a cue from your summer assignments to students and create your own summer reading list -- for professional development. Teachers, principals, and district leaders can engage in summer professional learning with ASCD's 2015 summer reading list. The 25 publications featured on this list provide leadership inspiration, assessment techniques, 21st century insights, and more, and they are packed with best practices for educators at all levels to rejuvenate their practice and ensure student success in the next school year. Learn more.




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