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November 28, 2012
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  Curriculum & Instruction 
  • Mixed-grade classrooms in Maine charter school support inclusion
    Cornville Regional Charter School in Cornville, Maine, uses a multiple-grade classroom model that teachers say helps keep students with disabilities in inclusive settings. "I think the charter school does a really good job accommodating individual needs," teacher Barbara Averill said. "It's not a problem if they are third graders working on second-grade work," she added. Students have personalized learning plans and learn via the proficiency model. Portland Press Herald (Maine) (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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"You can't learn math without making mistakes." What's Right About Wrong Answers gives you 22 activities that focus on important ideas in grades 4-5 math. Each includes a summary of the content and highlighted error, Common Core connections, redproducibles, required manipulatives, and other tools. Preview the entire book!
  Educational Leadership 
  • Model calls for parents, teachers to work as a team
    Academic Parent-Teacher Teams can help parents learn to work with teachers to support their children, writes Anne O'Brien, deputy director of the Learning First Alliance. Under the model, a classroom team is formed, including the teacher and parents, who meet as a group, O'Brien writes. Teachers also hold at least one 30-minute conference each year with students and their families to discuss the student's performance and establish plans for improvement. The model has grown from one Phoenix school district to five states and Washington, D.C. O'Brien's blog (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Software adapts instruction to students' needs
    The New York City-based company Knewton is seeking to help students learn by constantly assessing their performance in online courses. The company's program uses a model known as "adaptive learning" to evaluate everything from students' mouse movements to how long it takes them to answer a question. The program then uses that data to organize information in such a way that students are more likely to learn. The program, however, has not yet been proven effective. MIT Technology Review online (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • House committee will consider government's role in autism
    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will meet Thursday to consider a federal response to the increase in the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders and assess allocation of resources, research and treatment options. The advocacy group Autism Speaks called the hearing a "much-needed" step, but self-advocates complained they are being excluded from participating. Disability Scoop (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lower graduation rates are reported under new metric
    The U.S. Department of Education used, for the first time, a common metric to calculate graduation rates for all states and the District of Columbia. The statistics, released Monday, reveal the rate at which first-time ninth-grade students earn a high-school diploma within four years. Iowa had the highest graduation rate at 88%, while the rate in Washington, D.C., was the lowest at 59%. Many states reported lower graduation rates than revealed in past calculations, and the data also show gaps in achievement among students. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (11/26), The Huffington Post (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

"Teachers discouraged by the lack of original thought and creativity in student writing will value [this] insightful book" (MiddleWeb). Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay explains the pitfalls of this approach, and gives you practical strategies for reclaiming the literary essay and encouraging thoughtful writing in response to literature. Preview the entire book online!

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