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November 12, 2012
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  • Teacher transfers take their toll on educators, students
    Some teachers in Oregon who are certified in more than one subject area are teaching courses and grade levels in which they have no classroom experience. This comes after budget cuts led to the elimination of 344 positions. Some teachers and parents are concerned that the changes could affect student learning. "Seventh-grade math has 12 learning targets, and they are brand new to me," said Jessica Keskitalo, a former high-school history teacher. "How do you teach something you haven't been trained to teach?" The Oregonian (Portland) (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Poetry Mentor Texts shows you how to leverage students' natural love of poetry to strengthen reading as well as writing. Each chapter features 5 mentor poems that focus on student-friendly forms such as the list poem, acrostic poem, and poem for two voices. Student samples and mini-lessons help translate the ideas into your classroom. Click here now to preview the entire book!
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  • Hurricane demonstrates need for social-emotional learning
    In this blog post, Maurice Elias, a professor in the Rutgers University psychology department, writes about how the effects of Hurricane Sandy shine a light on the fact that some students face challenges, such as poverty and homelessness, on a daily basis. "Until and unless we recognize the social and emotional toll this takes on children, their parents and their teachers, we will never adequately address the inequities and 'gaps' in our educational system," he writes. Edutopia.org/Maurice Elias' blog (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • More teens are reading, but is it time well spent?
    Teachers, librarians and others say that teen-friendly books, such as the "Harry Potter," "Twilight" and "Hunger Games" series, have helped make reading popular again. The most popular genre among teens continues to be supernatural/paranormal fiction. However, some parents suggest that today's young-adult books contain questionable content and are too superficial. Green Bay Press-Gazette (Wis.) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • School fitness club is seen as way to curb bullying
    A physical-education teacher in North Carolina coordinates an after-school program targeting male students in which they work toward running a 5K. Along the way, the elementary-school students learn about confidence and team building. The overall goals are to help combat childhood obesity and, as a result, to help control bullying. Star-News (Wilmington, N.C.) (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fewer families are buying school photos
    Since 2001, the school portrait sales have fallen 2% -- a trend some attribute to the popularity of private photographers that allow students to express some individuality. That is bad news for schools that often depend on school photos for income. Some even hold photo days twice each year. USA Today (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Why education conferences should go high-tech
    While educators increasingly are using technology in the classroom, education conferences may not be keeping up with the times, according to Tom Whitby, an adjunct professor of education. He writes in this blog post about a recent middle-grades conference, which he says largely relied on lengthy PowerPoint presentations to convey information -- the same approach used years ago. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Policy News 
  • How are state legislatures changing what schools teach?
    In recent years, states have made sometimes-controversial decisions that have altered what is being taught in schools. This slide show reveals some of the more high-profile decisions, such as California's requirement to teach the historical achievements of gays and lesbians. The Huffington Post (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How should college- and career-ready be defined?
    While education leaders are focused on ensuring that students graduate from high school "college- and career-ready," officials in Kansas say the term has yet to be formally defined. Now, the state's Board of Education is considering a standard definition to guide educational decision-making. Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) (11/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • National Board wins coveted Investment in Innovation (i3) Grant
    The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has received top marks in its category for the U.S. Department of Education's i3 (Investing in Innovation) Development grant competition. The $3 million grant is designed to advance student achievement in high-need schools in grades 3 to 6 mathematics and science through improved teacher preparation and early-career teaching support. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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