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February 1, 2013
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  • Most Race to the Top grant recipients are making progress
    A report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Education shows that nine of 12 jurisdictions to receive Race to the Top grants have performed well. The three found to be struggling are the District of Columbia, Maryland and Georgia, which was moved into a "high risk" category because of a lack of progress on teacher evaluations. Among the challenges reported were the District's pace in completing a database to track students' achievement, and issues with hiring qualified staff to run data systems in Maryland. The Washington Post (2/1), The Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Get Schooled blog (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

A step-by-step guide to designing effective differentiated lessons. In Differentiation Rick Wormeli takes teachers in grades 6-12 from the blank page to a fully-crafted lesson and demonstrates how to weave differentiation into all subject areas. Click here for details!
  Focus on Practice 
  • Why teachers should greet students as they enter class
    Greeting each student as they walk through the door is a positive, meaningful routine that teachers should employ each day, instructional coach David Ginsburg writes in this blog post. To have time for greetings, Ginsburg writes that teachers need to be more organized before class and have an established morning routine that doesn't require oral instructions from the teacher. "Many teachers greet students as they enter class, and find that it's a great way to connect with kids and set a positive tone for the class," Ginsburg writes. Education Week Teacher/Coach G's Teaching Tips blog (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How projects that make a difference can motivate students to learn
    Technology alone may not motivate students, but projects that allow students to utilize technology to make a positive difference in the world can entice them to both work and learn, teacher Bill Ferriter writes in this blog post. With the Common Core State Standards in nonfiction in mind, Ferriter had his students research the soda ban in New York City and create a blog for tweens about making healthy food choices. "They are also learning about the role that graphics can play in changing minds, learning about convincing statistics and reliable sources, and learning that learning can ACTUALLY be fun," Ferriter writes. Teacher Leaders Network/Tempered Radical blog (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools Today 
  • Weekly newsletters help explain common core to parents in Ind.
    Common Core State Standards for education were rolled out in Indiana's first-grade classrooms this year. Teachers in some elementary schools have been charged with explaining these changes to parents. One group of teachers shares information with parents in a weekly newsletter where they present the standards in parent-friendly language. StateImpact (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • School meals helped Va. teacher get healthy
    A Virginia teacher has lost 60 pounds following his decision to eat school meals and set a good example for his students. Jeff Suho said his involvement in the School Health Initiative Program -- which promotes healthy lifestyles among students -- and healthy school meals were critical to his weight loss. "It's shocking people don't believe they're as healthy as they are," he said of school meals. Williamsburg Yorktown Daily (Williamsburg, Va.) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • School safety depends on mental-health services -- not guns
    As debate continues on matters of school safety following the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., Patrick Larkin, assistant superintendent for learning for Burlington Public Schools in Massachusetts, writes in this blog post that the focus should be on mental-health services -- not guns. "If we orchestrated a plan where our children and their communities had access to the comprehensive support they need to deal with their particular social problems, we would be in a different position," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

How are schools killing the love of reading? In Readicide Kelly Gallagher outlines four damaging instructional practices, and offers suggestions on how teachers can cultivate lifelong readers. Click here to read Chapter 1: The Elephant in the Room.

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