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September 11, 2012
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  • N.Y. magnet high school builds on Latin-language tradition
    The Brooklyn, N.Y., Latin School is modeled after the historic Boston Latin School, which John Adams and John Hancock attended. Created after Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 2005 push to create seven elite public schools, the New York magnet high school requires students to take four years of Latin. "I find it translates into my personal life, even with vocabulary and being able to break things down," said 17-year-old Nisa Henderson, who admitted to being skeptical at first about the school. Daily News (New York) (9/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Grant funds STEM programs in Baltimore elementary schools
    Baltimore elementary-school students soon will have more opportunities to learn about science, technology, engineering and math. A $7.4 million National Science Foundation grant was recently awarded to Johns Hopkins University to create STEM programs in more than 1,600 young students. The grant specifically targets helping minority students in low-income neighborhoods. The Baltimore Sun (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Leadership 
 
  • Understanding what's at stake in the Chicago teachers' strike
    This article lists seven issues surrounding the Chicago teachers' strike, which began on Monday. The strike is the first to involve teachers in a major U.S. city since 2006 and is the largest to involve public-sector employees since last year. The strike has raised issues of teachers' pay, class sizes, the length of the school day and standardized tests. Teachers also have been raised over the district's contingency plan, which includes children being supervised for a half-day. Fox Business/Reuters (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 

Do you teach writing? Then you need 59 Reasons to Write, by award-winning author Kate Messner. You'll become a better role model to your students by following the mini-lessons, prompts, and inspirational ideas designed to get you writing every day—on your own or with a group of colleagues. Preview the entire book online!

  Technology in the Classroom 
 
  • Arkansas students get math, science help online
    The Arkansas Department of Education is looking to avatars and games to help boost students' learning of math and science. Penda Learning is an online resource aligned with the state's standards that, among other things, will allow teachers to track student performance. "[Science, technology, engineering, and math] education is a key state priority and we are always on the lookout for innovative and proven STEM tools for the students of Arkansas," said Jim Boardman, an assistant commissioner with Arkansas education department's Division of Research and Technology. T.H.E. Journal (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Whole Child 
  • Changes to be made to Presidential Physical Fitness Award
    Beginning in the next school year, the Presidential Physical Fitness Award will be replaced with the Presidential Youth Fitness Program. Under the change, officials say the emphasis will be on students' health, not a measure of performance. The fitness award measured students' ability to do push-ups, pull-ups and run a mile. The new program will assess students' aerobic capacity, body composition, flexibility, muscle strength and muscular endurance. Education Week/Schooled in Sports blog (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • More states, jurisdictions seek NCLB waivers
    Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, West Virginia and the Bureau of Indian Education are seeking waivers from meeting certain provisions of No Child Left Behind. Alabama's plan would base school ratings on more factors than just an exam, and would evaluate students on a growth model. Six states -- Montana, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming -- have not yet requested a waiver, while Vermont withdrew its request. AL.com (Alabama) (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Bring out the best in introverted students
    Introverted students can shine in the classroom if their traits are better understood, Tony Baldasaro writes in this blog post. He notes that introversion is not something to be "overcome," but it can be naturally nurtured. He cites authors who have studied introversion, and writes that introverts typically need more time and space to process, and suggests ways to support the natural abilities and talents of the introverted student. Edutopia.org/Social and Emotional Learning blog (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ASCD News 
  • Time to take the lead for higher achievement
    Join fellow educators, presenters Yvette Jackson, Douglas Fisher, Eleanor Renee Rodriguez, Robin Fogarty, Roberto Pamas, Jay McTighe and many others at our Fall Conference in Atlanta this Oct. 26 to 28. Learn more about the event and individual sessions, and watch a recording of last year's opening general session on our conference page.
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  • Don't fear feedback on failure -- teach like an athlete
    Early in his teaching career educator Grant Wiggins was approached by a student whom he taught and coached. The boy said, "It's not working. We don't know what we're doing. We don't know why we're doing it, and we're bored." In an ASCD video clip featured in the Inservice blog, Wiggins discusses his reaction to the student's comments and explains what grew out of this interaction. Watch the clip. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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To see ourselves as others see us is a most salutary gift. Hardly less important is the capacity to see others as they see themselves."
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