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  • Free online resources for teaching the presidential election: Several free resources to help teachers include elections in classroom lessons are offered in this blog post by Donna Krache, a former civics teacher. Among the resources are CNN's Electoral Map Calculator, which shows estimates of which candidate will win in each state. CNN also offers resources on presidential polling and campaign finances. CNN/Schools of Thought (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Living the Questions shows you how to extend your everyday inquiry and solve pressing problems through teacher research projects. A step-by-step guide to design and implementation, the book includes extensive examples with teacher narratives. Preview the entire book online!
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  • Can superstorm offer valuable classroom lessons?
    While people along the East Coast continue to recover from the damage inflicted by what was Superstorm Sandy, the writer of this article suggests schools use Challenge-Based Learning to teach students how to help fellow citizens who need assistance. The teaching method allows students to identify a problem and potential solutions and execute their ideas. Projects focused on this week's weather disaster can present opportunities to teach students about leadership, good citizenship, communication and more, James Marshall Crotty writes. Forbes (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Many schools are still recovering from East Coast storm: The damage left by Superstorm Sandy continues to disrupt schools along the East Coast, with some campuses still reporting power outages on Wednesday. Schools from Maine to South Carolina also were reporting closures, including New York City -- the country's largest school system. CNN/Schools of Thought (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teachers: Technology changes classroom teaching, learning
    Two surveys being released today 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
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  • Do the arts help or confuse STEM?
    There is a need for the incorporation of arts education in curricula that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math, education consultant Doug Haller writes in this blog post. The arts, he writes, already are part of scientific work either consciously or subconsciously, and studies are under way to further explore the connection. "Clearly, something about art brings out creativity and innovation in ways different from but complementary to the sciences," Haller notes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Teacher leadership degrees available from dozens of colleges
    At least 60 U.S. schools have developed master's degrees in teacher leadership for educators who want to stay in the classroom but advance in their career as lead teachers, mentors and coaches, an Education Week survey shows. Advocates of the programs say they fill a need to give schools skilled teachers to implement Common Core State Standards. Critics say the degrees could be time wasted for some people, because teacher-leader positions don't exist or are temporary in some districts. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Your back-to-school guide for all things edtech
SmartReport on ISTE 2016 is packed with highlights and insights from the year's biggest K-12 edtech show. We discuss how to rewrite social codes to achieve equity and transform the status quo; learn how BYOD is moving past devices to create individualized workspaces; and discover the myths and truths of edtech funding. Read Now
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  Policy News 
  • N.C. district seeks state support for teacher pay
    The legislative agenda for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., school district includes higher pay for teachers and greater local control over charter schools. In another request, local officials are asking state lawmakers to adopt the budget earlier in the year to give school systems more time to adjust. Under another proposal, local school districts would have the authority to set and collect taxes. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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