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March 6, 2013
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • How to celebrate middle-level students in class and beyond
    In recognition of National Middle Level Education Month, held in March, the writers of this blog post suggest several ways to celebrate middle-level students -- those ages 10 to 15. Patti Kinney, a veteran educator, and Dru Tomlin, director of Middle Level Services for the Association for Middle Level Education, suggest, among other things, that teachers give students the opportunity to write about their lives as middle-school students, encourage them to keep a journal of their health habits and allow students to express themselves creatively and artistically. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. school incorporates design thinking in every class
    At Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is part of the curriculum for all students in grades K-8. For example, fourth-graders were asked to design new LED lamps based on which of their family members they observed needing a new light source. The projects weave together many goals of the Common Core State Standards and incorporate service to others, says Kim Saxe, director of Nueva's iLab. "Our faculty loved that design thinking increased student empathy. We always have them designing for a classmate or someone in the community rather than just themselves," Saxe said. blog (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How students can learn math with Dr. Seuss books
    Dr. Seuss can do more than teach reading; his iconic books also can teach math skills, Northwestern University professor Miriam Sherin writes in this blog post. Whether it's "Green Eggs and Ham" or "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish," Dr. Seuss' books can teach children how to recognize patterns and try alternative approaches in mathematics, Sherin writes. "Promoting our students' mathematical creativity is an important avenue for advancing their understanding of mathematics," Sherin writes. The Huffington Post/The Blog (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Leadership 
  • Ohio teachers cite salaries, benefits for strike
    The Strongsville, Ohio, Education Association voted Sunday to launch a strike Monday, following at least five years of stagnant salaries and increased health care costs. About 385 teachers, nurses, psychologists and guidance counselors, working with a contract since June, are involved in the strike. The district, which says teachers' salaries reflect the reality of the economy, has hired 140 substitute teachers to keep schools open during the strike. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Mass. high-school students create homework communications system
    Homework assignments at Massachusetts' Ashland High School have been modernized, thanks to senior Ankit Kumar and junior Andrew Walter, who created the computer system called the Homework Beacon. Teachers at the school are starting to use a computerized system that allows them to upload assignments and other information, as well as move the due dates for various assignments and projects in real time. "The fact of the matter is student-teacher communication is stuck in the 20th century," Kumar told the Ashland school committee. The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Mass.) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Managing Budgets 
  • Some Calif. districts are emerging from financial crisis
    California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said the worst of the state's "school funding crisis is behind us," following the release of a report showing that fewer school districts are in danger of running out of money. A state report shows that, as of May, the number of school districts at risk for being unable to meet financial obligations this year and the next two years is down to 124 from 188 districts. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Assessments to take up to 10 hours under common core
    The two groups tasked with developing standardized tests in mathematics and English/language arts that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards have released estimates on how long the exams will take, education reporter Catherine Gewertz writes in this blog post. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, which released its estimates on Tuesday, says the tests will take between eight and 10 hours, and teachers will have a testing window of 20 days. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has said its exams will take seven to eight-and-a-half hours to complete. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Faculty Lounge 
  • Should schools sell junk food at athletic events?
    The Wake County, N.C., School Health Advisory Council is recommending that county schools ban the sale of candy and other junk food as part of fundraising efforts. The recommended policy change would apply to schools and school-affiliated groups, such as athletic booster clubs that rely on concession sales to fund programs. The council also has sought to prevent the use of food as rewards for students, prevent schools from fundraising during the school day using food, and serve more healthy foods at athletic events and dances, recommendations that are now policy. The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • Principal Evaluation: Standards, Rubrics, and Tools for Effective Performance
    In his new ASCD book, "Principal Evaluation," James H. Stronge shares steps and resources for designing a comprehensive principal evaluation system. Readers whose schools or districts are rolling out a new evaluation system, and those who are part of an administration planning to build one, can use this book to ensure the new system is accurate, fair and effective. Among the tools in this guide are a set of principal performance standards, a performance appraisal rubric for each standard and a step-by-step guide to creating and troubleshooting a successful evaluation system. Read sample chapters.
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  • ASCD makes e-books available through international retailer Kobo
    Currently, more than 80 of ASCD's professional e-books, including notable bestsellers and new releases, are available through Kobo. One of the world's fastest-growing e-reading services, Kobo serves educators in more than 200 countries. Read our recent press release to learn more about this partnership and what it means for you. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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