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February 22, 2013
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • NAEP results show positive momentum of student achievement
    A study released Thursday found that California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Texas have made progress in recent years on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. National Center for Education Statistics analyzed the data and the National Assessment Governing Board released a statement saying the report represents the "overall direction of educational progress" in the country. While the states met or trailed national averages in most areas, in Texas, for example, students outperformed national averages more than once. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mass. district considers themes for middle schools
    Members of the School Committee Curriculum subcommittee in Lowell, Mass., recently discussed options of forming an "exam school," as one potential theme for public middle schools. However, the plan drew criticism from some members who said principals are concerned that such a school would draw their top-performing students and cause a drop in their own exam scores. Other potential themes for schools include the arts and science, technology, engineering and math. The Sun (Lowell, Mass.) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Leadership 
  • Ideas to make PLCs more supportive, effective
    Meeting weekly with his professional learning community helps with planning and developing strategies, writes educator Rob Kriete. Before tackling student data, they worked on building trust and setting goals to guide their work during the school year, he writes in this article. "Sure, we discuss data, assessments, and lesson plans during these meetings, but our fundamental purpose is to support each other in better serving our students," Kriete writes. Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Award-winning Fla. teacher flips his classroom
    Math teacher Jeff Baugus' flipped classroom approach started with complaints from students who struggled to complete their homework. Baugus, from Woodlawn Beach Middle School in Gulf Breeze, Fla., and last year's county Teacher of the Year, experimented with technology that allowed him to record lessons that students could watch at home, and then lead the class the next day to help answer questions and guide students through the new material. "It is very interactive learning, with the entire class involved," he said of the approach. Gulf Breeze (Fla.) News (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mentor relationships thrive when students use technology
    Five high schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas are participating in an e-mentoring program, operated through Big Brothers Big Sisters, in which local professionals are more easily able to interact with students. Now, there are plans to expand the mentor2.0 program, which launched in September, to Houston. "This program is speeding up that whole process of getting to know someone," said Big Brothers Big Sisters' marketing director, Dan Stuchal. "The kids are so comfortable with this digital environment that they open up more quickly." The Dallas Morning News (free content) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Managing Budgets 
  • Education layoffs loom ahead of federal sequestration
    Across-the-board federal budget cuts, known as sequestration, scheduled to take effect next week, will have a dramatic effect on education, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. Already, he noted, school districts are planning layoffs and taking other steps in response to the potential cut of more than $1.3 billion in education spending, which funds programs for many children from low-income families and students with disabilities. "There's no one in their right mind who would say that this is good for kids or good for the country, yet somehow it becomes tenable in Washington," Duncan said. The Washington Post (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Parent-trigger proposal draws opposition in Fla.
    A proposed parent-trigger law in Florida has drawn opposition from two civil rights groups -- The Florida Council of the League of United Latin American Citizens and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Florida State Conference. One group says the laws are "controversial, experimental, and lack evidence of effectiveness" and adds it opposes the proposal because of concerns it diminishes civil rights and gives too much control to a small group of parents. StateImpact (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Faculty Lounge 
  • Fla. high school teaches students how to serve the community
    A Florida high school is offering an Engaged Citizenship course, in which students learn how to successfully complete community service projects. The course, an elective for all students, is intended to encourage students to get involved in their community or build upon an existing interest in community service. "It gives the students an opportunity to see a global perspective on life," said the assistant principal for curriculum, Rosemary Owens, who came up with the idea for the course. The Tampa Tribune (Fla.) (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASCD News 
  • What is the purpose of educator evaluation systems?
    Join the ASCD Forum discussion online to weigh in on this crucial topic and to see what fellow educators have already written about how best to define and measure teacher and principal effectiveness. Don't miss recent posts by ASCD EDge community members, like Mamzelle Adolphine's "Both sides of the scale" and Dawn Chan's "The road to principalship and beyond." LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Assessing creativity
    In the February issue of Educational Leadership, Susan M. Brookhart gives tips on how to assess and give feedback about creativity. She delves first into what creative schoolwork looks like, emphasizing that, "Before you can assess creativity, you need to make sure that the tasks you set for students are conducive to creativity." Brookhart also presents criteria and a rubric that can support teachers of any subject and at any grade level in assessing creativity. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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