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January 10, 2013
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Md. school district reaches compromise for high math achievers
    In the ongoing debate between educators in Montgomery County, Md., and parents of students who are gifted, parents recently were reassured that "compacted" classes will be available for students who can complete the standard math curriculum faster than their peers. Parents had complained for several months that under adoption of new state standards, there no longer would be an appropriate accelerated learning path. The Washington Post (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Leadership 
  • Teachers seek professionally driven social networking
    Facebook remains a popular social-networking site for teachers in their personal lives, but for professional uses, teachers increasingly seek social networks tailored for educators, a recent survey shows. More teachers say they are joining sites such as edWeb and Edmodo, which aim to provide secure spaces for teachers to facilitate student learning and grow professionally. "A lot of teachers are on Facebook as general-population consumers," said Jessie Arora, founder of Teacher Square. "[But] they aren't on Facebook with their teacher hats on." Education Week (premium article access compliments of (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A to-do list for principal-leaders
    As the role of the principal-leader continues to evolve, North Carolina elementary-school principal Steven Weber offers a checklist for principals in the new year. Among his suggestions in this blog post are that school leaders continually assess areas including student exams, professional development and their own decisions. He also suggests there be a focus on collaborating, implementing the Common Core State Standards, finding the school's next generation of leaders and using Twitter effectively. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Should schools have computer labs?
    There are pros and cons to teaching in a school computer lab, writes Mary Beth Hertz, a K-8 technology teacher in Philadelphia. In this blog post, she writes that labs give each student access to a machine, allow for focused computer-literacy instruction and are a good solution for cash-strapped schools. However, the typical lab layout can be a problem, plus computer labs take technology out of the classroom and turn it into a shared resource, which limits access, she writes. Beth Hertz's blog (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Whole Child 
  • Should the common core include social, emotional learning?
    Common Core State Standards do not represent a whole-child approach to education, write Howard Adelman and Linda Taylor, co-directors of the Center for Mental Health in Schools at the University of California, Los Angeles. Instead, they write in this blog post, some districts are seeking to fill the void in the new standards by expanding the curriculum to include a focus on social and emotional learning and the challenges many students face such as learning disabilities and poverty. The Huffington Post/The Blog (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Nev. district seeks to curb student overcrowding
    A Nevada school district is considering new approaches to handling its overcrowding problem. Among the proposals being considered are year-round schooling -- which actually costs more than the traditional school schedule, making its approval unlikely. Other options are increased use of portable classrooms and rezoning, which ranked high among choices supported by people who participated in a school district survey. Las Vegas Review-Journal (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ED Pulse 
  • Which education topic do you think will be most worthy of discussion in 2013?
    Common Core State Standards  39.77%
    Teacher evaluations  18.64%
    Advances in cognitive science that enhance student learning  11.43%
    Empowering teachers to become leaders  9.28%
    Establishing creativity as a core skill  8.45%
    STEM education  6.46%
    Innovations in classroom technology  5.97%
  • Which possible change to public schools would you most like to see additional taxpayer dollars support?
An increase in teacher pay
More computers/technologies for the classroom
A reduction in class size
An investment in school facilities
An increase in school security
An increase in the school day or year
None of these

  Faculty Lounge 
  • Why educators should stay connected to each other
    Connected educators are more likely to become knowledgeable about their profession because they learn through collaboration and communication, writes Tom Whitby, an adjunct professor of education at St. Joseph's College in New York. That knowledge empowers teachers with the sense of confidence they need to be successful in the ever-changing field of education, he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • Read between the lines of Assignments Matter
    In a recent ASCD Talks with an Author video interview, curriculum design expert and seasoned teacher coach Eleanor Dougherty discusses her book, "Assignments Matter: Making the Connections That Help Students Meet Standards." You'll hear directly from Dougherty on what qualifies as an assignment and what differentiates it from an activity or assessment. You'll also delve into the seven-step process for crafting assignments for your students. Listen in.
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