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February 18, 2013
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Keeping up with the charter schools in Miss.
    While charter schools have a reputation for innovative instruction, many public schools in Mississippi are keeping pace -- integrating technology and offering specialized programs, such as the International Baccalaureate and arts integration. The state also has two popular residential high schools -- Mississippi School of the Arts in Brookhaven and the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Columbus. The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Workshops introduce first-graders to the writing process
    Each Monday, first-grade language arts teacher Gini Shoulberg holds a writing workshop for students. While they may struggle with spelling and grammar, she says the most important part is that the students feel comfortable with the writing process. Once students are done writing, their work is "translated" -- or edited -- and students recopy their corrected work. Their writing is then typed, and students are able to add illustrations. Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Leadership 
  • What are the characteristics of great teachers?
    Great teachers love children, have mastered classroom management and are knowledgeable about their subject matter, suggests Annette Breaux, an internationally renowned author and speaker. In this blog post, Breaux writes that most great teachers are not born, but rather develop over time as a result of hard work. Always humble, top teachers also are patient, have a sense of humor, are problem-solvers and always work hard to ensure learning is fun. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ill. high school plans weekly collaboration for teachers
    Officials at Geneva High School in Illinois studied professional learning communities for 18 months before seeking to start their own, which could be implemented during first period every Thursday beginning this spring. While teachers are collaborating, students would be able to pick from multiple educational activities, such as working in the computer lab or the tutoring center. "We have been focusing on what it can do for teachers, how their teaching could be enhanced, which ultimately will equate to success for all students," principal Thomas Rogers said. Kane County Chronicle (St. Charles, Ill.) (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Smithsonian goes online with activities for students
    The Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies has started a program to encourage research, discovery and creative collaboration with project-based learning. Called Smithsonian Quests, the online resource awards digital badges to students upon completion of their activities. The projects are aimed at students of various grade levels, and can be done as part of classroom lessons or independently. T.H.E. Journal (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Discover Student-Centered Writing Handbooks
Effective writing starts with students. Empower your students to share their voices with K-12 handbooks and skillsbooks from Thoughtful Learning. These easy-to-use, standards-based materials help students develop the writing, thinking, and learning skills necessary for success in college and career. Get free review copies now!
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  Policy Watch 
  • L.A. teachers, superintendent disagree on evaluations
    Los Angeles Schools superintendent John Deasy released a memo on Friday calling for as much as 30% of teachers' evaluations to be based on students' test scores. However, the United Teachers Los Angeles has said there should be no fixed percentage and its president, Warren Fletcher, expressed concern about Deasy's memo, pointing out that Deasy recently agreed to a pact with teachers that took the set percentage off the table. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Rubrics. Test questions. Tiering assessments. Grading effort. Redos. Report cards. In his thoroughly revised edition of Fair Isn't Always Equal, Rick Wormeli provides a thorough guide for teachers and administrators to tackle challenging and controversial assessment and grading practices in the differentiated classroom. Preview the entire book!
  Faculty Lounge 

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  ASCD News 
  • Webinar: Ask Dr. Judy -- Patterning to construct transferable concept memory
    Join educator and neurologist Judy Willis for the latest Ask Dr. Judy webinar on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. EDT. Willis will explain how students can build their enduring understanding. Register now, and if you've missed any episodes in the series, stop by the ASCD webinar archive to catch up. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Contribute to EL's May Tell Me About column
    Educational Leadership's May issue addresses poverty, and we'd like to hear about your experiences with this topic. In 200 words or less, tell us about a time you saw the benefits of socioeconomic diversity in action in your classroom or school. Selected responses will appear in "The Faces of Poverty" issue, either in print or online. All responses must be received by March 1. Submit your story. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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