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February 4, 2013
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  • Teacher: "We must slow down"
    There are ways to help teachers refresh from burnout, writes Megan Allen, a 2012-13 "teacherpreneur" with the Center for Teaching Quality and Hillsborough County Public Schools in Florida. Among the ideas Allen suggests in this commentary are to schedule breaks, set goals unrelated to work and prioritize tasks. Allen also suggests knowing when to slow down, talking with colleagues, gaining momentum by completing easy tasks first and understanding that the path to finding balance will not be easy. Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Teaching speaking and oral communication is more than just assigning presentations. In Digitally Speaking, expert Erik Palmer shares online tools with step-by-step tutorials, videos that show how to rehearse, and rubrics for fairly assessing students. Online, feature-packed Read & Watch PD format. Click here now for details!
  Focus on Practice 
  • Educator proposes science class as venue for advanced math
    New Jersey math teacher Mike Thayer suggested during a recent conference session that educators consider a new curriculum model for math education in which students take a comprehensive math class that covers algebra, geometry and some trigonometry and then learn more challenging math concepts in classes such as chemistry and biology. Thayer's proposal was part of a discussion that focused on improving math instruction, while weeding out nonessential concepts and skills, Ian Quillen writes in this blog post. blog (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools Today 
  • Educators consider testing changes required by common core
    California superintendents are looking at how assessments under the Common Core State Standards will demand changes in classroom instruction and elsewhere. Under the standards, fewer grades will be tested and students will be asked to think more critically on standardized exams, state education officials say. Some superintendents note that they welcome the change as they will be able to compare student achievement to national data. The Sierra Star (Oakhurst, Calif.) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Students in New Orleans are rebounding post-Katrina
    Academic achievement of New Orleans students is now beginning to match their peers on the statewide level, said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who speaks in this interview about the transformation of schools in the city in the years since Hurricane Katrina. Using federal funds, he said, the city was able to rebuild every school, creating 21st-century learning facilities. Students now focus on the graduating from college, Landrieu said. CBS News (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Developing Leaders 
  • PLCs help schools adjust to meet students' needs
    Principal Jonathan VanderEls writes in this blog post how his school used professional learning communities to improve students' literacy skills. Staff implemented a K-8 continuum for assessing writing and learned how to provide targeted interventions. "The key was getting all staff to understand what this focus was, include them as participants in the process of determining our needs as we moved forward as a school, and make the commitment to assess our work and respond in a timely manner," VanderEls writes. Connected Principals blog (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Md. district considers copyrights of teachers' lesson plans
    Teachers' lesson plans and students' class work would belong to the school district -- not the teacher or the student -- under a proposed copyright policy under consideration in Prince George's County, Md. The policy was developed to address the use of district technology by teachers to create curricula but also applies to lessons and materials developed using teachers' own materials on their own time. Critics say the unusual policy stifles creative endeavors and infringes on students' and teachers' rights. The Washington Post (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NBPTS Update 
  • National Board moves to ePortfolio
    Exciting update to portfolio submission. National Board is implementing a new electronic portfolio submission system known as ePortfolio, which simplifies and enhances the way candidates compile and submit materials for scoring. All candidates and participants who have a 2013 portfolio deadline will now submit their materials electronically. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • National Board joins P21
    National Board is joining the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) to boost efforts in preparing teachers to support 21st-century learning. National Board President and CEO Ron Thorpe will represent the National Board on P21's Strategic Council. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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