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January 9, 2013
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  • National Board Certified Teachers now in all 50 states
    There are more than 100,000 National Board Certified Teachers nationwide, with the addition of more than 4,900 new NBCTs who earned the credential in 2012, Francesca Duffy writes in this blog post. The states with the most NBCTs are North Carolina, Washington and Illinois, but there now are NBCTs in all 50 states. The popularity and growth of the program comes at a time when the national board has been tasked by the American Federation of Teachers with drafting standards for the teaching profession. Education Week Teacher/Teaching Now blog (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NBCTs in Miss. say process helped them improve instruction: Some National Board Certified Teachers in Mississippi said they were attracted to the program because of the opportunity to improve their teaching. Last year, 101 teachers in the state received certification, bringing the state's total to 3,420. "I realized that it was really going to help me validate my practice to see if what I was doing was really working with boys and girls because you reflect on the practices so intently," NBCT Lisa Hudson said. The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

A must-have book for primary teachers just got better. In the revised edition of Reading with Meaning, Debbie Miller adds new planning and assessment tools, updated "go-to" children's book titles, and FAQs. Follow Debbie through an entire school year as she models the kind of decision-making increasingly demanded by new standards. Preview the entire book!
  Focus on Practice 
  • Award-winning teacher challenges students during history lessons
    A high-school history teacher at Waukegan High School in Illinois has abandoned the traditional focus on names and dates when teaching the subject. Instead, Joshua Bill, winner of the National History Teacher of the Year Award from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, asks students to think critically, analyze documents and evaluate opinions. Educators say they expect such techniques to gain even more traction as the Common Core State Standards are implemented in many states. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nurturing an attitude of school ownership
    It is important for students to demonstrate ownership over their learning communities, writes Jennifer Barnett, a veteran teacher and technology integration specialist. In this article, she offers seven ways educators can help students take ownership at school. Among the ideas are to give students the freedom to imagine possibilities, invite students to help craft the school's identity, allow students to host visitors at school and give students more information than they may need rather than too little. Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Schools Today 
  • Study supports multiple measures to evaluate teachers
    Research funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports a three-pronged approach in teacher evaluations that includes students' test scores, classroom observations conducted by multiple people and feedback from students. The findings, released Tuesday, are the result of a three-year study of teacher evaluations. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said the findings support the contention that teacher evaluations should consider multiple measures. The Washington Post (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Developing Leaders 
  • Building leaders by making connections
    One teacher trainer is looking to change the way teachers learn by helping them connect and collaborate with each another. Digital-learning advocate and teacher trainer Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach says the transformation of professional development in her approach involves connected educators collaborating in professional learning communities -- often online. However, Nussbaum-Beach says she prefers more meaningful connections, as opposed to Twitter. T.H.E. Journal (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What principal-leaders should be doing in 2013
    As the role of the principal-leader continues to evolve, North Carolina elementary-school principal Steven Weber offers a checklist for principals in the new year. Among his suggestions in this blog post are that school leaders continually assess everything from student exams, professional development and their own decisions. He also suggests there be a focus on collaborating, implementing the Common Core State Standards, finding the school's next generation of leaders and using Twitter effectively. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Judge upholds district's use of student ID badges, tracking devices
    A student's lawsuit against a Texas school district's use of identification badges and tracking devices has been thrown out by a federal court. In a ruling issued Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia found that the district can transfer Andrea Hernandez, 15, to her neighborhood school for refusing to wear her student identification badge used at the magnet school where she had been enrolled. Hernandez and her family contended the requirement to wear the badges violated her constitutional and religious rights. San Antonio Express-News (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

I See What You Mean is a practical guide to incorporating visual literacy—maps, diagrams, tables, graphs, and charts—throughout your curriculum. Author and visual literacy expert Steve Moline guides teachers with activities and scores of examples that naturally progress from simple to complex and concrete to abstract. Click here now for details!

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  NBPTS Update 
  • National Board announces the NBCT class of 2012
    National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has surpassed a significant milestone of nationwide growth -- 100,000-plus accomplished teachers. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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