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1. More Calif. schools use PBL in Common Core rollout

NCLE SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

Project-based learning is becoming a more common teaching strategy in California schools' rollout of Common Core State Standards, according to interviews with educators in six school districts and one charter-school network. In one district, PBL has been integrated across all subjects. EdSource (04/27)


2. Reading choices may help students avoid summer slide, research shows

NCLE SmartBrief | Apr 30, 2015

A recent study suggests that allowing students to pick books to bring home to read during the summer can prevent learning loss. Researchers tested reading levels of students who were allowed to choose their books and others who were given preselected books to bring home during a break. They found three-quarters of students in the free-choice group either maintained or gained reading skills when they returned to school. Reuters (04/29)


3. Tenn. school seeks balance of dual-language, turnaround goals

NCLE SmartBrief | Apr 30, 2015

A struggling Tennessee school has been working to meet challenges from two fronts -- operating the district's only dual-language program while also part of a district-based intensive turnaround program. Educators say students benefit from the school's involvement in both initiatives, but goals often conflict, such as intervention efforts in English interrupting dual-language programming. Chalkbeat (04/29)


4. How virtual field trips can bring the world to the classroom

NCLE SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

Virtual field trips tied to the curriculum through guided lessons can engage students in their learning while exploring the world, author Barbara Blackburn writes. In this article, she describes a social studies lesson based on a virtual tour of the Louvre Museum's Egyptian Antiquities exhibit, and offers links to other virtual tours as well as tips for math and language arts classes. MiddleWeb (04/26)


5. Excluding administrative duties (e.g., planning field trips, ordering materials, scheduling duties, etc.), how much time per week do you spend working in structured collaboration with other educators?

NCLE SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015


6. Study: Students at standing desks stay on task

NCLE SmartBrief | Apr 30, 2015

Students who used a standing desk were more engaged in learning than those who were seated at conventional desks, according to a recent study. Researchers gauged students' focus by measuring on-task behaviors such as how many times students contributed to class discussions. T.H.E. Journal (04/27)


7. Ideas on becoming an effective teacher-leader

NCLE SmartBrief | Apr 30, 2015

Teachers must be experts in their field, but they should understand they still can improve their practice, educator Liz Prather writes in this blog post. Teachers also must be positive and seek solutions to problems. "The teacher leader works toward solutions," she writes. Center for Teaching Quality (04/27)


8. S.D. 8th-graders poetically bid farewell to middle school

NCLE SmartBrief | Apr 30, 2015

Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.) (tiered subscription model) (04/28)


9. 5th-grade classroom community teaches financial literacy

NCLE SmartBrief | Apr 30, 2015

A Maryland fifth-grade teacher has created a classroom community that teaches students responsibility and hands-on financial-literacy lessons by having them apply for jobs and manage classroom operations. Students can become shop keepers to manage the store of items that students can buy with "money" earned during class. They also can be social workers, who counsel students who are absent and miss assignments, among other positions. Baltimore Sun, The (04/29)


10. Making disciplinary literacy work in the middle level for Common Core and more

NCLE SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

Join AMLE, the International Reading Association and celebrated literacy expert, Doug Buehl, for this archived web seminar about making disciplinary literacy work in the middle level for student achievement. This topic is critical for success with the Common Core State Standards and much more! Read on.




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