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January 24, 2013
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  Transforming Literacy Learning 
  • Tenn. students get a personal finance "Reality Check"
    Students at Lookout Valley High School in Chattanooga, Tenn., bought cars, paid for day care and apartments during a personal-finance "Reality Check" scenario sponsored by the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. This year's students will be the first to graduate high school since a state law was enacted requiring a half-credit, personal-finance class. Tennessee is one of 14 states that require students to take a personal-finance course in high school. Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ohio fourth- and eighth-graders to pen books on friendship
    A group of fourth-grade students will partner with eighth-graders to write picture books about friendship as part of Ohio's Peer Assistance Review program. Students will travel to each other's classrooms once a month to work on the project in which they will write and illustrate their books with help from the Costco Warehouse's website. Printed books will be autographed by each author and donated to the Avon Lake Public Library so more children can read them., Ohio (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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What happens when students, not planned teaching points, lead instructional decisions about writing? When Writers Drive the Workshop shows teachers how to empower students in every aspect of writing workshop—conferring, responding to writing, self-assessment, & mini-lessons. Includes ideas for using digital tools. Preview the entire book!
  Literacy Everywhere 
  • Colo. school districts revamp science, math curriculum for STEM focus
    About 200 teachers in five Colorado school districts are getting special training in science, technology, engineering and math this year as part of an effort to bolster STEM education. One result of the program will be a new sequence of science classes, starting with physics in the ninth grade at Northglenn High School. "We really hadn't thought about having physics first, but it makes sense in order to start making a richer curriculum," said science teacher and instructional leader Lori Egan. The Denver Post (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Education Policy 
  • Do state regulations put digital textbooks out of reach in S.C.?
    In South Carolina, educators say there are more opportunities than ever to use digital textbooks and interactive resources in classroom instruction. However, the state's lengthy process -- and rigorous standards -- for digital-textbook adoption may be keeping such resources out of the hands of students and teachers, and districts seeking to adopt high-tech textbooks outside the process are asked to use their own funds. The Sun News (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tenn. seeks to make teachers' evaluations more fair
    Officials in the Tennessee Department of Education are working on legislation that would reduce the importance of schoolwide test scores in the evaluations of school librarians and educators who teach subjects not tested by state exams, such as music. Currently, 35% of teachers' evaluations are determined using such schoolwide test scores -- affecting decisions regarding tenure and compensation. At issue, supporters say, is that many teachers, particularly elementary-school teachers, are evaluated based on the performance of students they did not teach. The Tennessean (Nashville) (tiered subscription model) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership and Capacity Building 
  • Ill. district works to turn around low-performing schools
    Plans in an Illinois district to turn around the performance of struggling schools includes a greater investment in teachers and classroom technology. Plans call for the addition of homework clubs, support for reading and writing, and additional coordination among teachers. Teachers also will receive more support in learning to use digital resources, begin to focus more on analyzing data on student performance and work to involve parents more in education. (Chicago area) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Learning 
  • Report: Investing in teachers key to school reform
    Most Michigan residents say that investing in increased training, professional development and evaluations for teachers is the best approach to reforming K-12 education, according to a report from the Center for Michigan. "It's not about pouring money into it -- it's about building more supports and systems, and building capacities of local schools to do that," said Amber Arellano, executive director of Education Trust-Midwest, an education reform group that recommends teacher mentors, professional learning communities and National Board Certification for teachers. Bridge Magazine (Lansing, Mich.) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCLE Spotlight 
  • The teacher researcher group process
    In this podcast, Cathy Fleischer, facilitator of the Eastern Michigan Writing Project's Teacher Research Group, describes the process group members use to collaborate around their individual questions. The power of cross-grades and cross-contexts provides unexpected connections and insights. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fair use and digital learning
    In this chapter from "Copyright Clarity: How Fair Use Supports Digital Learning," the author explains why it's important for educators to understand how the doctrine of fair use applies to our work and takes a look at teaching about copyright and fair use in K-12 educational settings. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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