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March 22, 2013
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Getting the most out of the common core
Two paths are emerging in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, suggest Ken Kay, CEO of EdLeader21, and Bob Lenz, CEO of Envision Education. In this commentary, they write that with one path, the common core begins to look like just another set of standards and assessments, and with the other path, it is used to transform teaching and learning. In advocating for the second path, they offer three features of innovative ways to use the common core to its full potential. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (3/22)
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All teachers of algebra should have The Xs and Whys of Algebra at their fingertips during planning and instruction. This handy 84-page flipchart cuts through the confusion to help you prevent common misconceptions. 30 modules focus on key standards with instructional strategies, activities, and reproducibles. Click here for details!
 
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How to model the learning process for students
Showing students by demonstrating your thinking process in figuring out how to solve a problem will help them learn better than simply telling them how to do it, educator Karen Lea writes in this blog post. Lea offers two examples of reading lessons for fourth and sixth grades to describe how to model for students. "It is the teacher doing while involving the students in the thinking, the doing and all aspects of the process," Lea writes. Edutopia.org/Karen Lea's blog (3/20)
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Which devices are educators using during math instruction?
More than 50% of educators who responded to a recent poll about the use of technology in schools said it is being used across core subjects but most often during math instruction. Data show most commonly used devices include classroom-based technologies such as interactive whiteboards and clickers. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (3/22)
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Scores of struggling schools to close in Chicago
Chicago city officials announced plans Thursday to cut costs by closing 61 city schools -- affecting 30,000 students who attend mostly low-performing, under-enrolled schools in primarily African-American neighborhoods. Officials say the move is expected to eventually conserve resources by creating a smaller school footprint and help chip away at next year's anticipated $1 billion deficit. Some critics, however, say they are concerned that displaced students will have to make longer -- and potentially more dangerous -- walks to school. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (3/22)
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Guiding Readers uses a structured 18-minute small-group lesson format to support all of your students as they access more sophisticated texts, with tips for setting learning goals, practical lesson routines, and how to select appropriate texts for readers at each stage. Includes chapters on nonfiction & functional reading. Preview the entire book!
In her new DVD Talk to Me English teacher Cris Tovani invites your staff into her classroom to observe 14 individual and 5 group conferences where she differentiates instruction by listening to, learning about, and connecting with her students. Click here now to view two conferences from the DVD!
 
Developing Leaders
Professional development is key for math educators
Math teachers should focus on exploring their subject matter in professional learning communities as one way to improve their instruction, writes middle-school math teacher and coach José Vilson. In this blog post, he also suggests that math educators work in teams to develop curriculum, and, for new educators, he recommends learning to create curriculum maps, pacing calendars and unit maps. Other suggestions include placing the focus on requiring evidence of student learning and allowing for multiple ways for students to arrive at the correct answer. Edutopia.org/José Vilson's blog (3/21)
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Policy News
Mass. schools scramble to make up lost days
Several Massachusetts school districts are reviewing their calendars to find opportunities to recover school days lost because of this year's extreme weather. Among the approaches considered in some districts are to extend the school year further into June, have students come in on religious holidays, such as Good Friday, and shorten scheduled vacation in April. Professional-development days for teacher might also be used for make-up school days. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (3/22)
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