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December 4, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Assessments to go beyond multiple choice under common core
    While recent surveys reveal that teachers have lost faith in assessments and doubt that standardized tests in some cases accurately reflect students' achievement, experts now say the transition to the Common Core State Standards could bring better high-school assessments that more accurately depict achievement. Under the common core, states are expected to adopt "longer, more thoughtful exams," said David Coleman, president of the College Board. However, officials say they are still working to determine what length is feasible. U.S. News & World Report/High School Notes blog (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Does the common core write off fiction?: The writers of the Common Core State Standards say the standards do not require the elimination of fiction from literature classes. David Coleman, who led the effort to write the standards, said there has been an overreaction to the directive to add more nonfiction material, which he said applies across all school courses -- not just English -- so historical works, studies and other documents can be added to social studies and even math in an effort to prepare students for college and careers. The Washington Post (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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What Does it Mean to Comprehend What One Reads?
When students understand what they read, they are applying a constellation of skills and strategies to interpret the text based on both the features of the text and their own knowledge. In this paper we discuss the building blocks of teaching reading comprehension. Download the Free Whitepaper
  School Leadership 
  • Teacher training may be needed for new STEM standards
    The release of two new sets of science guidelines and standards will require an overhaul of professional development for teachers, write educators Jean Moon, Sarah Michaels and Brian J. Reiser. In this opinion article, they write that professional-learning models should be based on research and suggest five research-based principles that should guide the transition. They also write that training teachers in the new standards should "start with what is new." Education Week (premium article access compliments of (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Successfully Implement the ELA Common Core State Standards
The Common Core: Teaching K-5 Students to Meet the Reading Standards by Maureen McLaughlin and Brenda J. Overturf explains the key points of the ELA Common Core State Standards, aligns each Standard with research-based strategies, and then shows you how to implement the strategies. Preview a chapter today!
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Has the Internet harmed students' research skills?
    The Internet provides students with access to a wide range of information, but a new survey of teachers finds that many educators believe such technology has shortened students' attention spans and weakened students' research skills. At issue, according to some teachers surveyed by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, is that students could have difficulty determining which sources found by a Google search are credible, or become overwhelmed or discouraged from seeking additional resources. EdTech magazine (12/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

"Like having a literature expert and master teacher at your side all year long."Linda Hoyt. The new edition of Mentor Texts helps students become confident, accomplished writers by using literature as their foundation. It's filled with classroom examples, new "Your Turn" lessons, and a completely updated "Treasure Chest" of annotated book suggestions. Preview the entire book!
  The Whole Child 
  • Md. middle school combines academics with service
    Eighth-grade math teacher Matt LaCorte at Hammond Middle School in Maryland, combined raising funds for an Ethiopian charity with lessons about the needs the charity aims to fill. Through the service-learning project, students raised funds and participated in an Accelerate Ethiopia Fun Run/Walk, which helps pay for cataract surgeries and supports educational programs in the impoverished country. "That's really powerful to me. ... It feels really tremendous that we can help," said eighth-grader Kevin Baker, who made a documentary about cataracts and Ethiopia. The Baltimore Sun (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • NYC begins discussions on high-school closures
    New York City education officials have begun preliminary discussions about closing some city high schools. In response, schools are sending out press releases and calling on alumni and educators to organize in opposition to the closures, saying that despite the challenges they face, the schools are poised for improvement. (New York) (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Faculty Lounge 
  • How "whole novel" lessons help readers at all levels
    Having students read an entire novel on their own before discussing it in class helps readers of all levels grasp the material and be more prepared to talk about it, educator Ariel Sacks writes in this blog post. With input from her co-teachers Daniel Brink-Washington and Marcia Stiman-Lavian, Sacks writes that the "whole novel" approach helps students with disabilities and those who read below grade level to go at their own pace. More advanced students can reread for deeper understanding or read other books by the same author, Sacks writes. Teacher Leaders Network/On the Shoulders of Giants blog (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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I See What You Mean is a practical guide to incorporating visual literacy—maps, diagrams, tables, graphs, and charts—throughout your curriculum. Author and visual literacy expert Steve Moline guides teachers with activities and scores of examples that naturally progress from simple to complex and concrete to abstract. Preview the entire book online!

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  ASCD News 
  • Tell me about...
    The March 2013 issue of Educational Leadership is all about "Technology-Rich Learning," and we want to hear from you. We're collecting reader stories that describe your experiences with using technology to enrich your students' learning for our Tell Me About column. The deadline to submit your writing to us -- in 200 words or less -- is Dec. 15. Submit here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Join the ASCD community to take advantage of all that we have to offer
    ASCD members get access to our many professional development products, resources and events and become part of our community. Membership plans come in print/online and online-only format, and range from student to premium. All members receive access to our online library; Educational Leadership, our flagship publication; and the Education Update and ASCD Express newsletters. We also offer member books, member prices on resources and meetings, and more. Join or renew your membership today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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