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February 7, 2013
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  • Schools can be successful in academics and sports
    Schools that have a track record of success in athletics similarly have high levels of academic success, according to a recent study. Jay P. Greene, who conducted the study with Dan Bowen, writes in this commentary that the findings suggest that those who say athletics are overly emphasized in schools should consider the correlation between sports and academics. "Our data suggest that this claim that high school athletic success comes at the expense of academic success is mistaken," he writes. Education Next (2/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Social media takes off in K-12 classrooms
    A growing number of teachers are using social media such as wikis, Twitter and other tools to foster engagement through student collaboration and help students learn. With growth, there also are words of warning and opportunities for "teachable moments" if and when students come across inappropriate material online. Schools also are taking additional steps to provide security for students accessing social media. T.H.E. Journal (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ga. teacher, class turn U.S. history into songs
    Advanced Placement U.S. history covers a time period from pre-colonial America to present day, and social studies teacher Thomas Wolff has found that one of the best ways to recall all that information is to put it to music. Wolff, who teaches at South Forsyth High School in Cumming, Ga., gets his students involved in the songwriting for research projects, grading them based on the amount of information they work into their lyrics. The class also stages a musical history performance for the school. WXIA-TV (Atlanta) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Positive behavior can be taught
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  • Specialists help individualize math instruction in a N.H. school
    Students at Broad Street Elementary School in Nashua, N.H., who need extra assistance in math are receiving it in some unlikely places, such as the gym and library. This year, the school launched an initiative that uses specialists to supplement traditional lessons and ensure students are receiving the instruction they need. School officials say teachers have welcomed the program and that student achievement and engagement have improved. The Telegraph (Nashua, N.H.) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • What changes should be made in professional development?
    School districts can improve professional development if they have a clear vision and model professional learning, writes Tom Murray, director of technology and cybereducation for the Quakertown Community School District in Bucks County, Pa. Murray offers eight tips in this blog post, among them, that leaders also should focus on outcomes rather than time spent in training and to think of professional development as a year-round activity, not just as a one-day event. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Judge approves plan for culturally relevant classes in Ariz. district
    Tucson Unified School District in Arizona has been ordered to provide courses that are culturally relevant to African-American and Latino students. U.S. District Judge David Bury has approved the Unitary Status Plan, which is the culmination of a desegregation effort that goes back decades in the district. Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne called the judge's approval of the plan -- compiled by Special Master Willis Hawley, an expert on race relations and academic achievement -- "erroneous." Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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