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January 28, 2013
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  • Mentoring program helps Chicago students work on literacy
    A workplace mentoring program in Chicago pairs elementary-school students with business professionals with the goal of improving literacy and confidence among students. Through the Working in the Schools program, mentors visit older students at school, but younger students ride the school bus to visit nearby businesses to work with their mentors. Those involved with the program say students are thriving and there has been noticeable improvement in academic achievement. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Students spend a day getting hands-on lessons in financial literacy
    After spending five weeks in their math and social studies classes learning about gross and net income, investing and other money matters, eighth-grade students spent a day at the Junior Achievement Finance Park in Fairfax County, Va. The students take on the roles of working adults and parents, moving from station to station, to confront real-world challenges such as buying a home and a car along with making other spending and investment decisions. The Washington Post (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Leadership 
 
  • Teachers seek greater influence in education policy
    Educators nationwide are becoming more involved in teachers' organizations to reverse what they see as poor education policy decisions and are working to improve the future of the teaching profession. So far, the movement has sparked greater influence in education policy, giving teachers more opportunities to take on leadership roles and helping local teachers' unions become more effective. Education Next (Spring 2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Flipped instruction turns the tables on students
    More schools nationwide are adopting the flipped instructional model -- a trend driven by success stories and a tech-savvy generation of students, according to data from the Flipped Learning Network. California high-school math teacher Crystal Kirch records short instructional videos, which students watch at home, while class time is devoted to practicing what they have learned at home. "It's a huge transformation," Kirch said. "It's a student-focused classroom where the responsibility for learning has flipped from me to the students." The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.)/The Associated Press (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Free online math course appeals to more than Wis. students
    A free online math course offered by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is drawing interest from more than college-bound Wisconsin students. The course -- covering algebra and geometry -- starts today and registrants include students ages 11 to 83 from all over the world. "Truly, I didn't think that many people were interested in developmental math," said Maggie McHugh, the university math instructor leading online lectures. La Crosse Tribune (Wis.) (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Schools must include students with disabilities in sports
    Schools must make "reasonable modifications" for students with disabilities seeking to compete in after-school sports, the U.S. Department of Education announced last week in a letter intended to clarify federal laws on inclusion. For example, schools can use a flashing light as a race starter for a runner who is deaf or hard of hearing, department officials wrote. "It's really affording them access to terrific social situations that will hopefully break down some of the barriers and discrimination we've seen in the past," said Lindsay Jones of the Council for Exceptional Children. USA Today (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Calif. hosts science fair for African-American students
    California's only African-American student science fair drew a record number of participants on Saturday. Included among the 80 students who said their focus was on science, as well as on bucking some societal stereotypes. "A lot of people consider African-Americans not as smart, and I think showing somebody that, yes, we can do all these things, is important," said 12-year-old Natania JonesMitchell, who presented a light experiment in both Spanish and English. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ASCD News 
  • Introducing PD QuickKit digital packs
    We've bundled several top-notch ASCD professional development resources into a Common Core Literacy Pack. This PD QuickKit comprises five self-paced PD Online courses, on-demand instructional videos and a lot more. In the coming months, ASCD will introduce more QuickKits on topics including leadership and the Understanding by Design® framework. Learn more in our press release. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PD days or PLCs for teachers?
    In a recent blog post, ASCD EDge community member Asha Singh walks readers through a typical professional-development day -- registration, getting to know you games, and a presentation that doesn't meet her interest. There is room for improvement here, writes Asha, as she delves into the many positive attributes of professional learning communities. Teachers in PLCs "accomplish more, they are more informed, they discover new and better methods to reach students and in the end both teachers and students benefit." Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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