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January 18, 2013
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Study shows students benefit from Ga. pre-kindergarten program
    Early results from a study show students enrolled in Georgia's pre-kindergarten program fared better than their peers nationally. Officials say they hope the findings will encourage lawmakers to continue the program, which is funded by the state lottery. "It is extremely important that the people understand that this pre-k program is not baby-sitting, that it is preparing young people for school, and that it makes a difference on achievement at the end of the day," said former state Senate Education Committee Chairman Fran Millar. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teachers in a N.Y. school use praise to reduce negative behaviors
    Psychologists with the Child Mind Institute in New York are working with the League School in Brooklyn to see if a positive-behavior discipline technique, sometimes used with parents and children, will work in a school setting. The technique, called teacher-child interaction therapy -- TCIT -- involves a range of strategies, including teachers ignoring problem behaviors such as not paying attention and praising students for desired behaviors. The Wall Street Journal (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Leadership 
  • Make PD into something you do, not something you get
    School leaders should abandon the traditional professional-development model in favor of more user-generated learning, writes Lyn Hilt, an elementary-school principal and technology integrator/coach. That approach, Hilt writes in this blog post, includes learning that has active curation, reflection and contribution, as educator and founding member of Edcamp, Kristen Swanson, describes in her book, "Professional Learning in the Digital Age: The Educator's Guide to User-Generated Learning." Powerful Learning Practice (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dealing with conflicting belief systems among teachers
    There is the potential for conflict whenever people collaborate, including teachers, writes Elena Aguilar, a transformational leadership coach. In this blog post, she writes about six education belief systems and how they can lead to conflict within a team of educators. Understanding your own belief systems, as well as those of fellow educators, can help to avoid conflict and boost understanding, Aguilar writes. Aguilar's blog (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Why not let students use their smartphones for learning?
    Middle-grades educator Heather Wolpert-Gawron in this blog post suggests that schools should allow students to use the smartphones they are already bringing to class for learning. Even those students not otherwise seen as "responsible" are keeping track of their own devices at school, she notes. "If our job is to help bridge the gap between school life and real life, let's stop blocking students from using that which they already own, use, and respect," she writes. (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Managing Budgets 
  • Utah teacher secures grant to support project-based learning
    An elementary-school teacher in Utah recently secured a $1,500 grant to purchase hands-on science technology aimed at improving student achievement. The funds from the 100% for Kids Credit Union Education Foundation -- which has donated $5 million to schools since 2002 -- are intended to help support inquiry-based instruction and project-based learning. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Minn. bill would make reduced-price school meals free
    Lawmakers in Minnesota are considering legislation that would make more school meals available to students for free. Under the bill, meals now served at a reduced price would become free. "If we increase participation in the program because those kids who qualify for reduced will now start eating, then of course getting more kids to eat is always a good thing," said Tom Fish, food coordinator for St. Peter Public School. KEYC-TV (North Mankato, Minn.) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Faculty Lounge 
  • Study: High-school students benefit from college mentors
    High-school students are more likely to enroll in college if they are mentored by college students, according to research by economics professors Bruce Sacerdote and Scott Carrell. The researchers conducted a study in which high-school seniors met weekly with Dartmouth College students to discuss their applications, financial aid and other issues. Even though some meetings didn't start until March, participating students were more likely to go to college. Education Week/Inside School Research blog (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • Professional development must be part of teacher evaluations
    In her January Education Update message, ASCD President Debra Hill discusses how to revolutionize our approach to teacher evaluation. "If we are serious about developing highly qualified teachers, we need to recognize that high-quality professional development and teacher evaluation can be symbiotic -- that is, depending on each other to endure and thrive -- and therefore mutually beneficial," she emphasizes while also delving into current events and research on the topic of evaluation. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How should we define teacher and principal effectiveness?
    ASCD wants to hear your thoughts on this crucial topic and invites you to take part in the inaugural ASCD Forum, which kicks off Jan. 22 on ASCD EDge. There are several ways to take part in this public discussion, and ASCD encourages educators around the world to participate. For more information, read today's Inservice post and join ASCD public policy director David Griffith for an informational @ASCD Twitter chat on Jan. 22 at 3 p.m. EST. He'll be taking your questions. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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