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March 11, 2013
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  • Will exams someday move beyond accountability?
    A set of "radically different" exams proposed in a report due out this week seek to improve instruction and offer additional information about student learning -- rather than simply hold schools and teachers accountable. In its report, the Gordon Commission on the Future of Assessment in Education establishes a 10-year plan for implementing such tests. "Today, we stand on the cusp of the biggest advances in assessment in a generation, with assessments that are more useful and less intrusive, thanks in part to advances in education technology," Joanne Weiss, chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, said in a statement. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Poetry Mentor Texts shows you how to leverage students' natural love of poetry to strengthen reading as well as writing. Each chapter features 5 mentor poems that focus on student-friendly forms such as the list poem, acrostic poem, and poem for two voices. Student samples and mini-lessons help translate the ideas into your classroom. Click here now to preview the entire book!
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  • Commentary: Games can be invaluable tool in crowded classrooms
    Video games in the classroom can help teachers personalize instruction and quickly access data that can be used to inform instruction, writes Vicki Phillips, director of College-Ready Education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. "A great educational game is not the technology equivalent of broccoli drenched in ranch dressing. It doesn't try to mask the benefits of learning behind a veneer of entertainment," she writes. "Like the best video games, educational games engage players and work with them to create a rich, integrated experience." The Huffington Post/The Blog (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teachers mark 100th school day as learning benchmark
    As schools nationwide celebrate the 100th day -- considered the midpoint of the school year -- Todd R. Nelson, head of school at The School in Rose Valley, Pa., writes that this often is the time when learning reaches a tipping point. In this blog post, he writes that this is the time when students have mastered classroom processes, the newness wears off and students are immersed in learning. The Christian Science Monitor (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Conn. schools are encouraged to begin breakfast programs
    Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has launched the Connecticut No Kid Hungry campaign with the anti-hunger group End Hunger Connecticut, which will seek to increase participation in school-breakfast programs. Statewide, about 64% of schools offer breakfast. The 300 schools in the state not currently offering breakfast will be sent letters asking them to begin such programs and also will be encouraged to serve meals in the classroom. The Hartford Courant (Conn.) (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Teacher leaders help build ownership of school's success
    Teachers at each grade level at Memorial School in Newton, N.H., are grouped in teams, with one teacher serving as a team leader, principal Jonathan VanderEls writes in this blog post. The teacher leaders meet with the principal on setting overall school goals and then go back to their colleagues to make the grade-level goals that will drive the school forward, he writes. "The work was initially done as one unit, but as each member went back to their teams, a consistent message was shared," VanderEls writes. Connected Principals blog (3/8)
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  • Bill in Md. seeks to ease some "zero tolerance" discipline policies
    Lawmakers in Maryland will consider whether to ease so-called "zero tolerance" school-discipline policies following a recent case in which a Baltimore student was suspended for chewing his breakfast pastry into a gun-like shape. Under the legislation, clear guidelines would be established that would prevent incidents of "children being children" from landing students in hot water and would restrict such incidents from being part of students' records, said state Sen. J.B. Jennings, who proposed the bill last week. The Star-Democrat (Easton, Md.) (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Demystify test taking for your students with What Every Middle School Teacher Needs to Know About Reading Tests. Get activities for mastering test items across all of the commonly assessed reading standards, and see how to save time by integrating strategies with everyday instruction. Read Chapter 1: Helping Students Build a Test Vocabulary.

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