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March 11, 2013
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Schools celebrate midpoint of the academic year -- the 100th day
    As schools nationwide celebrate the 100th day -- considered the midpoint of the school year -- Todd R. Nelson, head of school at The School in Rose Valley, Pa., writes that this often is the time when learning reaches a tipping point. In this blog post, he writes that this is the time when students have mastered classroom processes, the newness wears off and students are immersed in learning. The Christian Science Monitor (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. high-school students critique younger students' work
    More than 100 seniors in Kip Glazer's English class at Independence High School in Bakersfield, Calif., are improving their writing by being virtual writing mentors to sixth-grade students in Chicago. Once a week, the 12th-graders read posted assignments and then send feedback about the material to the younger writers. As they have learned to make constructive critiques of the younger students' work, the older students have become more aware of the strengths and weaknesses of their own writing, Glazer said. blog (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Leadership 
  • How one elementary school develops teacher leaders
    Teachers at each grade level at Memorial School in Newton, N.H., are grouped in teams, with one teacher serving as a team leader, principal Jonathan VanderEls writes in this blog post. The teacher leaders meet with the principal on setting overall school goals and then go back to their colleagues to make the grade-level goals that will drive the school forward, he writes. "The work was initially done as one unit, but as each member went back to their teams, a consistent message was shared," VanderEls writes. Connected Principals blog (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Getting teachers, superintendents to relate to each other
    Teachers and superintendents should walk in the others' shoes to get a better understanding of each side, writes Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. Social studies teacher and author Larry Ferlazzo had asked readers of his blog to offer suggestions for how teachers and superintendents can best relate to each other and Weingarten responded. Among Weingarten's suggestions is developing constructive relationships built on mutual respect. "In short -- what the education world needs today are fewer John Waynes and more John Deweys," Weingarten writes. Education Week Teacher/Classroom Q&A blog (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Mich. district prepares students for tech-driven world
    Michigan's Plymouth-Canton Community Schools district is using a recently approved $114.4 million bond, in part, to invest in the school technology necessary to implement online testing requirements being implemented in the 2014-15 school year. Among other things, the district will purchase digital devices for all students and make improvements to district labs for science, technology, engineering and math to prepare students for technology-driven jobs of the 21st-century. "This is the way of the future, it's the nature of the global world," said John Barrett, school board president. Observer & Eccentric Newspapers (Livonia, Mich.) (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Understanding the fallout from school closures
    Officials in school districts nationwide are making the decision to close struggling schools that are underenrolled and low performing. However, closing a school often leads to an emotional response from students, families and the community -- many of whom turn out at meetings on the issue to plead their case. At a hearing last week in Philadelphia, 19 protesters -- including Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers -- were arrested after a state commission announced the closure of 23 schools. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • L.A. teachers consider opposition to district policies
    The Los Angeles teachers union could develop alternative plans to the policies championed by superintendent John Deasy and the board of education. In an April vote, the teachers union is expected to consider whether to take a more aggressive stance against district policies, including the emphasis on standardized testing and value-added evaluations, Howard Blume writes in this blog post. The union's proposal calls for a citywide campaign, as well as further negotiations with district officials. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/L.A. Now blog (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Faculty Lounge 
  • Students get firsthand civics lesson on cost of sequestration
    As students and families head to Washington, D.C., for upcoming spring break, many will be disappointed by the Obama administration's decision to cancel White House tours because of the sequestration. The self-guided tours were halted Saturday as part of the federal government's efforts to reduce spending. Tens of thousands of people already had the free tickets, provided by congressional offices, when tours were canceled. White House officials expressed regret over the cancellations, but members of Congress say tours of the U.S. Capitol will continue. The Washington Post (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • Three strategies for encouraging and developing student voice
    Do you want to help students develop voice and the confidence to use it? "Start by assessing the culture of your classroom or school," recommends 2012 ASCD Emerging Leader Dawn Imada Chan. In her recent ASCD Express article, she offers steps education leaders can take to incorporate student voice into different facets of the school experience. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Your Annual Conference game plan
    The 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibit Show kicks of this weekend in Chicago, and ASCD communications specialist Katie Test has a few tips to help you make the most of your planning time. And if you're a first-time ASCD conference attendee, our director of membership Bonnie Kasander has compiled a list of activities that you'll want to look out for, from first-timer sessions to author talks and book signings happening in the ASCD Center. Can't make it to Chicago? Register for our Virtual Conference. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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