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March 1, 2013
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  • Studying women in the news: The writer of this New York Times blog post suggests that teachers address Women's History Month with a brief lesson that should take only one class period. The idea involves studying a week's worth of newspapers to find articles, photos and other material that focus on "women's lives and roles in the world." Then, ask students to identify patterns, study women's roles in our culture and make connections to their own lives. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/The Learning Network blog (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

In her new DVD, Moving into Math Stations, K-2, Debbie Diller builds on her best-selling book Math Work Stations, bringing your staff into two real classrooms to see how to use manipulatives, manage time & space, incorporate whole-group instruction, encourage meaningful math talk, and more. View a 7-minute segment online!
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  • NBCT shares nondigital introductory lesson on infographics
    National Board Certified Teacher Bill Ferriter shares in this blog post a lesson he and other language arts teachers developed to introduce sixth-graders to infographics, without using computers. Ferriter describes assembling facts and statistics on California condors and a kit of pre-made paper content, such as titles and sources, glue and butcher paper to make a massive graphic. Students will be required to make choices about the design of the project, he writes. TransformED/Tempered Radical blog (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • NCLB waiver sought by group of 9 Calif. school districts
    Nine school districts in California, including Los Angeles, are seeking a waiver from portions of No Child Left Behind and are pledging to develop their own ways for evaluating the success of schools. The request -- filed jointly by the districts belonging to the California Office to Reform Education -- calls for the evaluation of schools based on standardized test scores, along with attendance, suspensions and graduation data, using district-developed formulas. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Mo. lawmaker seeks more training to help students with diabetes
    Legislators in Missouri are considering a measure that would require the state to develop guidelines outlining how to train school employees to take care of students who have diabetes. While school nurses are trained to administer shots to students, state Sen. Scott Rupp, R-Wentzville, who sponsored the bill, said it's possible a student might need care while away at a sporting event or a field trip -- when another faculty member could be called on to help care for the student. Missourinet (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • N.J. middle school adjusts schedule to boost literacy
    A Jackson, N.J., middle school will pilot a block schedule next year that will devote 90 minutes to literacy and split science and social studies into single-semester courses. Students will have fewer class periods, which will be extended to 67 minutes from 45 minutes. "I just feel this is something that will not take away from homework, will not take away from tests, but will allow students to focus more on the classes they have instead of spreading themselves very thin," principal Robert Rotante said. Asbury Park Press (Neptune-Asbury Park, N.J.) (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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