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March 26, 2013
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Some states reconsider common core
    As states move closer to implementing the Common Core State Standards, some are expected to reconsider the standards because of the cost and process of training teachers, says Michael Horn, co-founder and executive director of the nonpartisan think tank, Innosight Institute. Officials in Alabama have withdrawn from the testing consortium associated with the common core, and voters in Indiana last year ousted education commissioner and common core supporter Tony Bennett. Horn says he expects more states to "fully exit" the common core in coming months. Scholastic Administrator magazine (Spring 2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why STEM lessons are a natural fit in middle grades
    The middle grades are an opportune time for teachers to engage students in lessons on topics in science, technology, engineering and math, says Anne Jolly, a former middle-grades teacher and author of the MiddleWeb blog STEM Imagineering. In recognition of Middle Level Education Month, Jolly, in this blog post, offers several tips for STEM teachers or those innovative educators teaching middle grades. She suggests giving control of learning to students, fostering curiosity and collaboration, and accepting failure and drawbacks. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Understand the Role of Oral Language in Reading for your Title I and ELL Students
Oral language is a predictor of future academic success. It is important to build an oral language foundation through listening comprehension and oral expression even before a student can read, particularly in Title I and ELL populations where socioeconomic status and home experiences result in a growing academic gap. View Lexia's tech-based approach.
  School Leadership 
  • Boston program offers "practice-based" teacher training
    About 40 teachers-in-training are learning skills and techniques to communicate effectively with students and handle other classroom challenges through the Match Teacher Residency, a teacher-education program run by the Boston-based nonprofit charter-management organization Match Education. "We are training people for a job that has a very particular skills set that happens to be nuanced and difficult to master," said Orin Gutlerner, director of the Match residency. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Del. teachers get a lesson in teaching with technology
    Teachers at St. Elizabeth High School in Wilmington, Del., recently took the place of students as they were taught how to use iPads in the classroom by Patrick Larkin, one of three recipients of the national 2012 Digital Principal Award. Larkin discussed applications and classroom uses for Twitter. "I know that obviously you're preparing your students well for what they want to face or are going to down the road," Larkin said. "But I think we need to ask ourselves, can we prepare them for everything if we don't start to do some of this?" The News Journal (Wilmington, Del.) (tiered subscription model) (3/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Other News

"A must-have book for teachers who want to see more growth in their students' writing."Cris Tovani. A Closer Look offers quick, easy-to-use formative assessment strategies and tools to enrich your K-6 writing instruction. Includes online videos, teacher-to-teacher spotlights, and student work samples throughout. Preview the entire book!
  The Whole Child 
  • School leaders help launch "Let's Move! Active Schools"
    John Skretta, superintendent of Norris Public Schools in Nebraska, was one of six people to participate in a recent call-in program with first lady Michelle Obama, in which she launched her "Let's Move! Active Schools" initiative. About 250 school leaders called into the program to learn more about the initiative -- focused on boosting physical activity in schools. During the call, Skretta revealed that, in his district, schools broadcast music at times during the day and get students moving on walking paths and in before- and after-school programs. Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.) (tiered subscription model) (3/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Build a content-rich ELA curriculum
Knowledge-building has become lost in today's standards-driven K-5 environment—to the detriment of young learners. Without this information base, skill development suffers. Get ideas for implementing an English Language Arts program that builds a knowledge foundation in this SmartFocus on ELA curriculum.
  Policy Watch 
  • Changes announced following standardized test boycott in Seattle
    Seattle officials have agreed to alter some requirements for standardized tests that teachers in the district have been boycotting. While a task force continues to study the issue, officials have agreed not to require ninth-grade students who pass the state reading exam to take the Measures of Academic Progress reading exam. It also is being recommended that high schools use the MAP algebra exam for students taking algebra, rather than the general math exam. The Seattle Times (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News

Download a free collection of chapters on teaching poetry from 14 Stenhouse books spanning K-12—a 266-page PDF to celebrate National Poetry Month. Available through April. Click here to get your copy!

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  Faculty Lounge 
  • High schools are recruiting grounds for U.S. cyberwarriors
    The Department of Homeland Security is seeking to recruit high-tech experts in U.S. high schools. The agency estimates it needs about 600 hackers to help combat external threats from foreign hackers who seek American wealth and secrets or intend to do damage to infrastructure. The focus on recruiting young students for such jobs includes the launch of cybercompetitions for high-school and college students. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASCD News 
  • Webinar -- Classroom instruction that works: Creating the environment for learning
    The second edition of the bestselling book "Classroom Instruction That Works" is full of new research that can support you in the classroom. On Monday, April 8, at 3 p.m. EDT, ASCD will be launching a new webinar series that will connect you with the expertise of the book's multiple authors. Join Howard Pitler, McREL's chief program officer, for the first episode. Pitler will help you understand the importance of clearly defining teaching objectives and explain how to align classroom activities to learning objectives. Register.
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  • Eating the technology elephant one bite at a time
    Deborah D. Sachs, Colleen T. Sheehy and John W. Somers have helped teaching candidates learn to integrate technology into their lessons "one bite at a time" using the Technology Integration Matrix. "Using the TIM as the vehicle for teachers to learn about the varied characteristics and levels of technology integration granted several benefits," they explain in a recent ASCD Express article. Read on for examples of the teachers' thoughtful integration of technology. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Cluster Director/Area SuperintendentGreen Dot Public SchoolsLos Angeles, CA
Professional Development Program ManagerRowland Reading FoundationIndianapolis, IN
Head of SchoolSmith College Campus SchoolNorthampton, MA
Manager of Curriculum and Instruction Unit, Illinois Center for School Improvement American Institutes for ResearchWashington, DC
CONTRACT - Education ConsultantsConfidentialMultiple Locations, United States
Chief Accountability Officer, Illinois Center for School ImprovementAmerican Institutes for ResearchNaperville, IL
Multiple Leadership PositionsKent School District (Seattle Metropolitan Area)Kent, WA
Head of Guidance and College CounselingColegio Franklin D. Roosevelt, The American School of LimaLima, Peru
Manager for Priority Support Unit, Illinois Center for School ImprovementAmerican Institutes for ResearchWashington, DC
Program Officer for Teacher DevelopmentKnowles Science Teaching FoundationMoorestown, NJ
Dean of Trades and Industry St. Cloud Technical College St. Cloud, MN
Principal / Director of Alternative High SchoolTaunton Public SchoolsTaunton, MA
Rosalyn S. Heyman Endowed Chair in Educational Administration Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
Tenure-Track Position in Policy Development Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
Middle School Assistant Principal, Primarily 5th & 6th Grades Milton Hershey School Hershey, PA
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