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  Learning and Teaching 
  • What are the benefits of competency-based grading?
    The competency-based grading and reporting model has been a part of one high school's improvement plan, writes principal Brian Stack. In this blog post, he notes five things that changed at his school in the three years since implementing the model. Among them are the formation of small learning communities for students and professional learning communities for teachers, the use of competency-based, common grading procedures and the reporting of student progress based on students' mastery of course-based competencies. Connected Principals blog (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Leadership 
  • Education association in Conn. honors Sandy Hook victims
    The Connecticut Education Association announced plans Thursday to raise $1 million for a scholarship fund to help siblings and dependents of those who died in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting pay for college. The union's plans also call for the creation of a monument to remember the victims. The University of Connecticut's Sandy Hook Memorial Scholarship Fund already has raised about $700,000, which will offer scholarships to current Sandy Hook students who enroll at the university. The Hartford Courant (Conn.) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Hands-on science in a digital world
Science education is no longer confined to the pages of a textbook. Students are interacting with science concepts through physical objects and digital platforms, and using this knowledge to solve real-world issues. Get insights for making this work in your classroom in this SmartFocus on Hands-on Science.
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • 5 tips for districts transitioning to 21st-century learning
    Veteran educator and consultant Jonathan P. Costa Sr. in this commentary shares five strategies to help districts transition to a bring-your-own-device and digital-learning ­environment. He suggests avoiding surprises by engaging parents before BYOD programs are enacted. He also recommends developing infrastructure beforehand, not being bound to the "right device," not letting small issues detract from the end goal and starting the process now. EdTech magazine (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Group-messaging programs help teachers stay in touch with parents
    Former educator Katie Lepi highlights three group text-messaging and e-mail programs designed to help teachers communicate with parents and students outside the classroom. Several programs allow teachers to use their computer to send messages while keeping their personal cellphone numbers private, but some companies charge a fee for the service. Edudemic (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Managing Budgets 
  • What are the secrets to sustaining school tech funding?
    A recent survey finds that districts most successful at sustaining technology funding and education-technology initiatives "develop multiple sources of revenue, they trigger strong community engagement, and they prioritize daily support and training for teachers." According to the survey, conducted by Digital Wish, administrators said technology initiatives that relied on a single source of funding were in danger of cancellation. eSchool News (free registration) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Ind. lawmaker proposes withdrawing from the common core
    Sen. Scott Schneider, R-Indianapolis, plans to introduce legislation that would remove the state's involvement with the Common Core State Standards. The sponsor of the legislation, expected to be heard in committee on Jan. 16, said he was concerned that the common core was adopted without a clear understanding of what it means for teachers and students. The legislation is seen as rebuttal of initiatives spearheaded by outgoing state schools superintendent Tony Bennett, who was defeated in November's election. Greenfield Daily Reporter (Ind.)/The Associated Press (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Researchers study the brain's response to "Sesame Street"
    A recent study examines what happens in the brains of children and adults while watching mathematical lessons on "Sesame Street." The results of the study show that high-achieving children demonstrated adult-like brain responses when watching the show. Researchers said it was possible that future studies would reveal more about this type of brain response. CNN/The Chart blog (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Common core, whole child, teacher leadership, and action research: A perfect storm?
    The Common Core State Standards are more than an upgrade to what's already being done, they're a different approach and a new opportunity to support the whole child, writes educator Craig Mertler. In his guest Whole Child Blog post Mertler explains how to make the most of these favorable circumstances and discusses why "teacher leaders using an action research approach to meet the standards as well as the needs of the whole child may be the perfect storm for school improvement." Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Episodes of ASCD Master Class available through PD In Focus
    The ASCD Master Class video series offers leadership lessons from top thinkers in education, and several episodes are now available through PD In Focus. The series, hosted by NPR's Claudio Sanchez, features conversations with ASCD authors Yvette Jackson, Veronica McDermott, Mike Schmoker and others. Two new episodes -- one on teacher evaluation, featuring James Stronge, and another on school culture, featuring Baruti Kafele -- are now also available. Learn more about ASCD's PD In Focus online professional development tool. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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