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February 21, 2013
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Report: Participation in Advanced Placement increases
    Students' scores on Advanced Placement exams rose in 2012, as did the number of students taking the exams, according to data released Wednesday by the College Board. The report finds that 32.4% of high-school graduates -- or 954,070 students -- took AP tests last year -- an increase from 18% who did so in 2002. However, the report also found that a large number of students considered likely to succeed in AP classes do not take the exams, particularly students who are "traditionally underserved" minorities or from low-income families. (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New learning path moves math grouping to middle school
    It used to be that elementary-school teachers in Ridgefield, Conn., determined which math track students would be on during middle school, but with transition to Common Core State Standards under way in area schools, officials have decided to ask middle-school teachers to make this decision after students complete their first year. While some expressed concern about the changes, district officials said they will add more teacher development and formal guidelines to the process to help during the transition. The Ridgefield Press (Conn.) (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Leadership 
  • Principal: Technology frees professional learning to happen anywhere
    Technology has made learning an ongoing process no longer limited to annual events, writes Steven Weber, principal of Hillsborough Elementary School in North Carolina. While attending the annual North Carolina ASCD Conference gave him invaluable opportunities to connect with some of the more than 1,000 fellow educators in attendance and learn from experts, Weber writes in this blog post that such learning is not confined to annual conferences alone, but it also occurs on Twitter and through videos, blogs and other venues. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Online math program adds up to fun for N.C. students
    Davidson County schools in North Carolina have adopted an online math portal -- called First in Math -- where K-8 students can interact and compete with peers. High scorers receive recognition each month. "I'm very proud of them. The students enjoy it," said principal Dan Shamblen. "It's engaging. They see immediate feedback. It's more in line with the curriculum." The Dispatch (Lexington, N.C.) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Whole Child 
  • Learning resilience through playtime
    Allowing children to have time for "free play" is key to helping them become successful adults, according to Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, an author and pediatrician at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. This blog post describes Ginsburg's seven characteristics of resilience and suggests that unstructured play is the self-learning method children use to develop them. blog (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Switching to positive TV programs may improve child behavior
    Limiting preschool children's exposure to violent TV programs and increasing their time watching educational programs resulted in significant improvements in behavior after six months, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers noted that those who were encouraged to watch positive programs were less aggressive and showed healthier social behavior. USA Today (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Ohio schools are urged to share technology resources
    Leaders in Ohio are encouraging school districts to look for opportunities to share technology resources to improve efficiency and cut costs. Such efforts could save as much as $1 billion annually statewide, one group estimates. Beginning March 1, the city of Monroe, Monroe Schools and the Butler County Educational Service Center will begin a rare partnership in which they can share a team of five technology experts. Cincinnati Enquirer, The (tiered subscription model) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ED Pulse 
  • Which idea presented during Tuesday's State of the Union address do you think would most improve education?
    Make high-quality preschool available to every child in America  57.58%
    Ensure high-school students graduate with the necessary job skills  14.58%
    Implement a "Fix-It-First" program to improve infrastructure, including modernizing schools  10.80%
    Redesign America's high schools to gear up grads for a high-tech economy  9.28%
    Reward high schools that focus on STEM and develop partnerships with colleges/employers  3.79%
    Create a "College Scorecard" that rates schools on their cost/value  2.27%
    Attach colleges' federal aid to their affordability and value  1.70%
  • Which would most benefit a new school-based administrator?
Making connections between leadership theory and day-to-day work
Short-term and long-term mentorship programs
Ideas for how to leverage technology to connect with fellow administrators
A personalized professional-development plan
A full understanding of the superintendent's expectations
Building relationships with students, staff and parents

  Faculty Lounge 
  • Poll: Teachers are stressed out after years of reform
    After two years of dramatic education reform efforts, teachers nationwide are reporting their lowest levels of job satisfaction in 25 years -- 39% -- according to the annual MetLife Survey of the American Teacher. Among the greatest concerns expressed by the teachers who were polled was increased stress, and principals also reported job dissatisfaction, with 75% of principals saying their jobs are too complex. The survey also revealed that most principals and teachers are unsure whether the Common Core State Standards will improve students' performance. The Hechinger Report (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • Devote Friday, March 15, to in-depth professional learning
    If you're based in the Chicago area or traveling there for ASCD's 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibit Show next month, don't miss our lineup of one-day Pre-Conference Institutes. Topics include revolutionizing staff development and helping struggling students succeed. You also have the option to sign up for a one-day school visit. Visits will be conducted in groups of 20 participants or fewer, and will include a building and facilities tour; observation of classes; and meetings with staff, administration, and students (when possible). Browse all Pre-Conference Institutes.
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  • The freedom of interpretation: Building creative minds
    After a year of visual thinking strategies, students at Tracy McClure, Carol Henderson and Diane P. Zimmerman's school "were not only confident viewers of art and poetry, but they were also increasingly interested in the artists' minds, beginning to apply what they had learned to be more creative." Five years into their school's visual thinking strategies or VTS program, McClure, Henderson and Zimmerman share lessons learned in a co-authored ASCD Express article. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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