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March 25, 2013
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Harness your inner prankster for April Fool's Day lessons
    April Fool's Day is a great opportunity for teachers to play lighthearted pranks on their students that are guaranteed to be memorable, writes Matt Davis, an editorial assistant at Edutopia. In this blog post, he suggests several resources and teaching tools to help teachers integrate the day into lessons. Among them are a lesson plan on comedy, a guide on the benefits of using laughter in the classroom and a blog that includes lesson plans designed for April Fool's Day. Davis' blog (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Schools use March Madness format for reading lessons
    Brunswick County, N.C., schools for the second year are using the popularity of March Madness-style competition to excite middle-school students about reading. The program allows students to use computers to vote on their favorite literary characters, including Katniss Everdeen, Percy Jackson, Bella Swanson and others. The project helps encourage dialogue among students about which characters are the best and also is the basis for engaging classroom lessons, reading teacher Ginny Pridgen said. Star-News (Wilmington, N.C.) (3/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Leadership 
  • Educators take self-defense training to keep schools safe
    The heightened focus on school security following the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut has led some teachers and administrators to enroll in self-defense training. In Washington state, such courses have drawn between 10 and 15 participants seeking to learn tae kwon do techniques. Krav Maga techniques are being taught to educators in Decatur, Ala., and officials in Springfield, Mass., have decided to make self-defense training mandatory -- taught by the police department -- for administrators and optional for teachers and other staff. USA Today (3/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology in the Classroom 
  • What role should computer games play in classroom learning?
    Educational technology can enhance learning in many ways, but some educators say computers are no replacement for human interaction. Fifth-grade teacher Jenny Kavanaugh, for example, says she has had students who appear to have mastered a math skill on a computer, but they are unable to explain the math concept and don't fully understand how and why that skill is applied. blog (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Maine expands AP access with online courses
    Officials in Maine are seeking to improve students' access to Advanced Placement courses through a program called AP4ALL, operated through the state Department of Education. Through AP4ALL, students are provided with online access to AP courses that are not available in their schools. The state now plans to increase funding for the program and expand its courses from 17 this year to 21 next year -- allowing up to 420 students to enroll in the classes. Portland Press Herald (Maine) (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Are N.Y. value-added teacher ratings accurate?
    At least 80 school districts in New York are providing anonymous data on teachers and students to researchers as part of a study aimed at determining whether the state's teacher-rating system -- in which teachers are assessed based in part on students' test scores -- are accurate. Results of the $18,000 study, undertaken by a research center at the University of Wisconsin on behalf of the Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents, are expected in May. The Journal News (White Plains, N.Y.) (tiered subscription model) (3/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kan. legislative committee votes to retain common core
    The Kansas state House Education Committee voted against a proposal to opt-out of the Common Core State Standards that were adopted in 2010. Critics of the standards object to the cost of the transition, citing the need for more technology to administer the tests, teacher training, along with new textbooks and other materials. However, supporters say there always are costs associated with updating curriculum standards, and that changing course would mean that money already spent had been a waste. The Topeka Capital-Journal (Kan.) (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Iowa considers competency-based education method
    About 20% of students in Iowa's Muscatine Community School District are following a different curriculum than their peers, and it's based on the idea that student don't move on from one concept until it's been mastered and they're ready for the next. The result is that students within the same grade level at a school may be working on different levels of math; more advanced students would move ahead to higher-level work while struggling students get the help before moving on. State leaders are considered whether the concept of "competency-based learning" should be put into practice statewide. Sioux City Journal (Iowa) (3/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • ASCD membership -- the who, what and where
    A new infographic maps ASCD's member base and shows crucial information about the association's offerings to educators around the world. Stop by to find out why teachers, administrators, professors and many other education professionals turn to ASCD and discover a range of member benefits for yourself. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Read between the lines of your favorite ASCD books
    The ASCD Talks with an Author interview series aims to connect educators with the insights and discussions most relevant to you. In these talks, authors explore the most provocative aspects of their books and share insights about their work. Interviews feature Eleanor Dougherty, author of "Assignments Matter," as well as Yvette Jackson and Veronica McDermott, authors of "Aim High, Achieve More." Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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