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November 2, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Report: How to ensure the common core is successful
    In a report released Thursday, ASCD is recommending seven steps that need to be taken to ensure the Common Core State Standards are implemented successfully. Among them are to give educators more input in their own professional development, transform principals into instructional leaders, properly vet instructional materials and adopt technology that assists with teaching and learning. T.H.E. Journal (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Common core math demands critical thinking: In the era of Common Core State Standards, it's not enough for students to show their work when solving math problems, says Heather Barnes, a math teacher at Hazelwood Elementary School in Louisville, Ky. "They want them to understand why they are doing the things they are doing. They want them to be able to explain why they're doing what they're doing and not just explain it but justify why they are doing it," she notes. WAVE-TV (Louisville, Ky.) (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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"You've got to read this book."Jeff Anderson. The Author's Apprentice helps you improve your middle level students' writing fluency, stamina, and motivation by letting them do what professional writers do. You'll see how to build "writerly" routines through authentic projects like National Novel Writing Month. Preview the entire book!
  School Leadership 
  • International education conference to draw 700 to Mich. school
    A high school in Michigan is hosting an international education conference today, at which part of the focus will be on a teaching method known as "A Culture of Thinking." The International Harvard Project Zero Conference is expected to draw about 700 educators, including some from Singapore and Brazil. The Detroit News (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Surveys gauge teachers' views on technology in the classroom
    Two surveys released Thursday show that educators believe technology is changing the way students learn. Among other things, teachers say they have to entertain students with more flexible teaching styles -- as well as be educators. While many teachers who were surveyed said technology has led to more distracted students, other teachers added that they believe technology can be harnessed as an educational tool. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 6 ways students use technology to help change the world
    Teachers can use digital tools to help students make a difference in the world, teacher Bill Ferriter writes in this blog post. He offers six ways students can use such technology to help support causes, including one at his own school in which students used the microlending service Kiva to assist entrepreneurs in developing countries. Ferriter also writes about students who have used blogging to spread the word about projects they are passionate about. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Managing Budgets 
  • Failure of Calif. ballot measures could further cut school funding
    Polling shows that less than half of the California's electorate support two of Tuesday's ballot measures that would increase taxes and prevent cuts to government spending, including in education. If one measure, known as Proposition 30, is unsuccessful, it is anticipated that about $6 billion in government cuts will be made -- most of which would be to education. "It's dire," said John Deasy, superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. CNBC/Reuters (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Va. adopts 6-year plan to close math achievement gap
    The Virginia Board of Education, facing an achievement gap in which African-American and Hispanic students as well as students with learning disorders are scoring below Caucasian students on math assessments, launched a six-year plan that seeks to have at least 73% of all students passing their state math tests. There was some disagreement about whether to have a statewide target or have specific achievement goals for each school district, but ultimately the statewide plan prevailed. Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.) (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Faculty Lounge 
  • NYC encourages students to study at home in wake of storm
    While New York City continues to recover from damage caused by devastating storm Sandy, Department of Education officials are focused on helping students continue to learn -- even when schools are closed. This week, they provided educational resources to principals, which they were asked to share with parents. They include lists of educational television programs, worksheets, study schedules, test preparation guides and other materials. (New York) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Kelly Gallagher's Write Like This guides teachers as they model writing for a variety of real-world purposes: inform & explain, evaluate & judge, analyze & interpret, take a stand, and more. Includes mentor texts throughout and a chapter on revision & editing. Preview Chapter 1: Moving Writing to the Front Burner.

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  ASCD News 
  • A Handbook for Classroom Instruction That Works, 2nd Edition
    Are you ready to help students get more out of every lesson? Explore and refine your use of the teaching strategies that have the most positive effect on student learning with the second edition of this handbook by McREL's Howard Pitler and Bj Stone. Offering insight into the strategy categories, the guide also shares best practices, reflection questions, in-depth classroom examples, rubrics, and other tools and templates that can help you -- and your PLC -- use the strategies more effectively. Learn more.
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  • The Whole Child Newsletter: The way we do school improvement
    The latest issue of the Whole Child Newsletter zeroes in on school culture -- what it is, how it affects each student and educator, and how it can be shaped to support school improvement. You'll find links to our special two-part Whole Child Podcast, in which we examine school culture through the lens of the student, as well as tools and readings that can strengthen efforts to improve any school's environment and support learning. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things."
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