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March 12, 2013
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • How to engage students in inquiry learning
    Students can discover their own paths to learning -- a process known as inquiry learning, writes former history teacher Diana Laufenberg. Among her eight suggestions for accomplishing this process is for teachers to be flexible, encourage curiosity among students, set ways for students to participate in class and teach students, not subjects. Laufenberg, speaking at the recent SXSWedu Conference & Festival in Texas, also recommended providing opportunities for experiential learning and embracing failure as part of the process. blog (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Three Miss. elementary schools find success with literacy focus
    As Mississippi lawmakers debate a bill requiring third-graders to read at grade level or face retention, three elementary schools in Gulfport and Water Valley, Miss., -- that serve some of the poorest students -- have improved their students' test scores by focusing on literacy. Some of the improvements include hiring literacy coaches and reading specialists and using assessments to guide reading interventions. "We're trying to get rid of the ineffective stuff that we've done for so long," reading specialist Patricia Treloar said. The Sun Herald (Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss.)/The Hechinger Report (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Common Core Resources at the ASCD Conference or Online
Visit Booth 300 at the ASCD Conference in Chicago to obtain a free sample of innovative K-6 literacy resources and informational texts that provide explicit support for close reading, cross-text analysis, text-dependent comprehension, and genre writing. Or click on the following link to see sample pages and request your FREE sampler.
  School Leadership 
  • Gates: Why teachers should use technology to connect, collaborate
    Bill Gates used his recent keynote address at the SXSWedu Conference & Festival in Austin, Texas, to champion the use of social media and other technology to connect educators and allow them to learn from each other, SmartBrief's senior education editor, Melissa Greenwood, writes in this blog post. "The fact that these platforms let you categorize and talk about what your challenges are and sort of reach out to experts anywhere in the country who will be able to give you examples of what works with that type of student, it's really breaking down that isolation in a really strong way," Gates said. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Is trying to control social media a lost cause?
    School districts nationwide are grappling with how to address social media, and for many, they have found trying to control it "similar to trying to stop an oncoming train," writes Ruth Reynard, executive director of academic programs and faculty at Daymar Colleges Group. In this commentary, she offers examples of how some districts have addressed social media through policy and about the new opportunities the technology offers for students and teachers. T.H.E. Journal (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Developing Readers in the Academic Disciplines strips away the one-size-fits-all approach to content-area literacy and presents a much-needed instructional model for disciplinary literacy—showing teachers how to mentor middle and high school learners to become "academic insiders" who are college and career ready. Preview the entire book!
  The Whole Child 
  • Helping students to change negative thinking
    Teaching students about the eight, common "thought holes," or negatively skewed perceptions such as personalizing and jumping to conclusions, and giving them three steps to reason out of these cognitive patterns can build their emotional resilience, positive psychology consultant Renee Jain writes in this blog post. "Above all, they learn that one can choose which thoughts to focus on, and in this, there is power," Jain writes. Jain's blog (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Dozens of Ohio districts, schools withdraw from Race to the Top
    Nearly 80 school districts and charter schools in Ohio have pulled out of the Race to the Top program since winning grants in 2010, in part, because the cost of implementing the mandates exceeds the federal award. Districts also cite having to switch a year early to the state's new teacher-evaluation system, which uses test scores to grade educators. "We were spending a disproportionate amount of time following all the requirements," said Mike Johnson, superintendent of Bexley schools, which has turned down a grant for this year. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Faculty Lounge 
  • Ill. kindergarten teachers to assess students for developmental gaps
    Kindergarten teachers in two Illinois school districts have joined a statewide pilot program in which they will be trained to track student progress over time and identify students who need early interventions. "Teachers use observational data to help and monitor the developmental progress of their children so that students don't fall behind early due to lingering, [unaddressed] needs," Curriculum Director Alan Churchman said. The Telegraph (Alton, Ill.) (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Sharing personal stories, role playing, and reenactments are sure-fire ways to engage students. This Book Is Not About Drama shows you how to recharge literacy activities by giving students opportunities to interact with themes, characters, and events in texts. Preview the entire book online!

From "The Sisters"—authors of The Daily Five! The CAFE Book provides a system for students to remember and select reading strategies. Includes a notebook-based approach to daily assessment. Click here to preview Chapter 1!

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  ASCD News 
  • Making teacher observation matter
    "In the high-stakes world of teacher evaluation, we must remind ourselves that the most important aim of observation and evaluation is not rating teachers, but strengthening teaching and learning," writes ASCD EDge community member Laurie McCullough. In her ASCD Forum-themed post, McCullough joins the conversation around how best to define and measure teacher and principal effectiveness, and she shares her take on the essential elements of classroom observation. Read on.
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  • Many opportunities to connect with your favorite education authors
    Visit to delve into the work of your favorite education authors and listen to in-depth author talks. If you're planning a book study or want to learn how to relate an author's message to your situation, take advantage of our free study guides. And if you'd like to browse our lineup of author talks and book signing happening at this weekend's ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show, stop by the Inservice blog. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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