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1. Academic English speeds Oregon ELLs to proficiency

NCLE SmartBrief | Feb 23, 2015

Most Oregon students are reaching English proficiency by sixth grade in the years since the state overhauled how it tested and taught its English-language learners. Educators statewide have undergone intensive training that emphasizes research-based strategies to explicitly teach academic English to students and assigning daily writing assignments and heavy emphasis on talking with native English speakers. Oregonian (Portland), The (02/21)


2. Ore. district adds growth-mindset lessons to teacher training

NCLE SmartBrief | Feb 26, 2015

Students in an Oregon district are learning that failure sometimes is a necessary part of the learning process. The district has added lessons on using a growth-mindset philosophy in the classroom to its teacher-training program in hopes of teaching students skills that can help them overcome challenges. Oregonian (Portland), The (02/25)


3. Website allows teachers to share free, supplemental reading texts

NCLE SmartBrief | Feb 23, 2015

CommonLit.org helps educators find and exchange free supplemental reading texts sorted by themes and Lexile scores that are helpful for differentiating instruction or finding appropriate texts for cross-curricular lessons, CommonLit founder Michelle Brown writes. In this article, she explains how the nonprofit's website works and shares how teachers used the free materials in classes. MiddleWeb (02/22)


4. Seeking a better approach for scheduling reading interventions

NCLE SmartBrief | Feb 23, 2015

There may be a better way to offer reading intervention, suggests educator Ariel Sacks, who writes in this blog post that the intervention often comes at the expense of elective courses in the arts or foreign language. Instead, she suggests considering the needs of the whole child when making scheduling decisions. Center for Teaching Quality (02/19)


5. Aboriginal students' literacy skills improve under pilot project in Canada

NCLE SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

A five-year pilot project focused on teacher training and intensified instruction vastly improved the literacy skills for First Nation students on two reserves in Ontario, Canada. The $1.5 million project, funded by the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative, also worked to get parents more involved in the schools. Toronto Star, The (02/24)


6. Educator shares 20 top teaching ideas from Pinterest

NCLE SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

Pinterest can be a powerful tool to use in schools and classrooms, according to Vicki Davis, an educator in Georgia. In this blog post, she offers 20 tips to help teachers make the most of the site, including making group and private boards, organizing videos, and sharing boards through other media. Edutopia.org (02/23)


7. Coaching across subjects at the secondary level

NCLE SmartBrief | Feb 23, 2015

In this article, Kathy Smith, reading specialist and literacy coach at Downers Grove North High School in Downers Grove, Ill., shares how focusing on reading strategies for at-risk high school students grew into a schoolwide adoption of effective collaborative learning practices across all content areas. Read on.


8. How identifying attributes can help students learn viewpoints without labels

NCLE SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

The concept attainment model -- which is used in math and science courses to study the properties of an idea to better understand it -- can be applied to history and social studies lessons, write teachers Jody Passanisi and Shara Peters. In this blog post, they explain how the method helps students understand the differences between opposing groups by identifying each group by attributes rather than labels. MiddleWeb (02/22)


9. Teacher explains why he resists banning cellphones in class

NCLE SmartBrief | Feb 26, 2015

Banning cellphones from the classroom is tempting but doing so would have been costly, educator Robert Sterner writes in this blog post. Sterner writes that he would have missed four educational opportunities, including conversations with students about proper use of the devices and use of the phone as a carrot to encourage positive student behavior. Center for Teaching Quality (02/24)


10. Reading and writing aren't just for the English Department

NCLE SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

Several years ago, Principal Mark Thomas and his staff at Northview High School in Grand Rapids, Mich., realized their students needed more help reading. Thus began a school-wide focus on reading, beginning with fostering and facilitating student choice, which has already had some positive results. Read on.




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