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December 12, 2012
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  • Thorpe: Teachers are ready for new "bar exams"
    The teaching profession is ready to embrace a professional exam for educators, says Ron Thorpe, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. NBPTS, which was tapped by the American Federation of Teachers to develop the "bar exam" for educators, is expected to establish a commission within 90 days to develop a set of standards for beginning teachers. "It's an opportunity for the profession to step back and say these are our expectations, based on what the profession sees as important to have when you set foot in the classroom on the first day," Thorpe said. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Have you ever seen a five-paragraph essay outside school walls? Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay explains the pitfalls of this approach, and gives you practical strategies for reclaiming the literary essay and encouraging thoughtful writing in response to literature. Preview the entire book online!
  Focus on Practice 
  • Teacher: Use "learner-centered" assessments
    Dolores Gende is evolving as a teacher -- from one who uses a teacher-focused model to one that is "learner-centered." Gende writes in this blog post that part of that transition this year includes a change in the way she conducts assessments. She writes about her use of authentic assessments, in which students are asked to make real-world connections to academic lessons, and complete performance task assessments "where they were presented with context rich scenarios that required a meaningful application of the concepts." Powerful Learning Practice (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ohio school uses online learning to fill achievement gaps
    At Winton Woods High School in Forest Park, Ohio, ninth- and 10th-graders who need additional help in math can enroll in "math lab" as an elective. The program, which uses Khan Academy resources, has proven especially popular among students because it uses a gaming format. "Just like in a video game, if you step off the path, you have to go back to the beginning," said intervention specialist Amy Uecker. "And because they're used to video games, the students don't get frustrated." WXIX-TV (Cincinnati) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Schools Today 
  • Race to the Top grant winners are selected
    The U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday the 16 winners of the most recent round of Race to the Top grants -- selected among a pool of 372 applicants. Among the winners, who will share $400 million in education funding, are Miami-Dade County, Fla.; Carson City, Nev.; Guilford County, N.C.; and New Haven Unified, Calif. This round was open to school districts, and the winners also included three charter-school organizations, including KIPP in Washington, D.C. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Hands-on science in a digital world
Science education is no longer confined to the pages of a textbook. Students are interacting with science concepts through physical objects and digital platforms, and using this knowledge to solve real-world issues. Get insights for making this work in your classroom in this SmartFocus on Hands-on Science.
  Developing Leaders 
  • Some Boston schools show improvements with teacher support
    Students' test scores have risen at six struggling Boston schools participating in a program in which teachers are given additional training and support, as well as greater opportunities to take on leadership roles, according to a report. The T3 Initiative program, a collaboration between Boston Public Schools and the nonprofit Teach Plus, showed greater rates of success than other turnaround schools that adopted other strategies, including staff changes and longer school days. The Hechinger Report (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report finds social media popular with teachers
    A recent report finds that 82% of educators belong to at least one social-networking website, and among educators, the most popular one continues to be Facebook. The survey, conducted by MMS Education and sponsored by and MCH Strategic Data, also found that while social networking continues to rise among educators, additional support and training is needed to fully utilize the sites for education. eSchool News (free registration) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Wise teachers assign reading responses that are interesting, relevant, and encourage further reading. Ban the Book Report presents 20 classroom-tested assignments for personal response to independent reading, each with a reproducible rubric, response form, and two exemplars. Preview the entire book online!

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  NBPTS Update 
  • Bar-like exam to bring teacher preparation to the next level
    National Board President and CEO Ron Thorpe declares the time is right for moving teaching into the ranks of the premier professions, such as law and medicine. Read the full story. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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