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January 4, 2013
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  • Study: Students' attitudes are a factor in achievement
    A recent study finds that girls have better attitudes about education than male students, causing them to do better in school. The findings, released by researchers from the University of Georgia and Columbia University, show that teachers' assessments often include factors such as students' attentiveness, task persistence, eagerness to learn, learning independence, flexibility and organization -- qualities not measured by standardized exams. (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Focus on Practice 
  • Teachers can use messaging to communicate with parents, students
    Former educator Katie Lepi highlights three group text-messaging and e-mail programs designed to help teachers communicate with parents and students outside the classroom. Several programs allow teachers to use their computer to send messages while keeping their personal cellphone numbers private, but some companies charge a fee for the service. Edudemic (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.C. students find algebra easy to swallow
    Vending machines offering healthy items at Evergreen Community Charter School in Asheville, N.C., also are providing an opportunity for seventh-graders to learn how algebra works in real life. Students are using algebra skills to determine how many of certain vending machine items need to be sold to reach revenue and nutrition goals under the Green Ribbon Schools program, which calls for designated schools to serve healthy and environmentally friendly foods. "It's cool to be able to take the math and do something real with it," said seventh-grader Molly Schantz. Asheville Citizen-Times (N.C.) (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
  Schools Today 
  • Will Ind. opt out of common core?
    Sen. Scott Schneider, R-Indianapolis, plans to introduce legislation that would remove the state's involvement with the Common Core State Standards. The sponsor of the legislation, expected to be heard in committee on Jan. 16, said he was concerned that the common core was adopted without a clear understanding of what it means for teachers and students. The legislation is seen as rebuttal of initiatives spearheaded by outgoing state schools superintendent Tony Bennett, who was defeated in November's election. Greenfield Daily Reporter (Ind.)/The Associated Press (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teachers' group to raise funds for Sandy Hook scholarships
    The Connecticut Education Association announced plans Thursday to raise $1 million for a scholarship fund to help siblings and dependents of those who died in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting pay for college. The union's plans also call for the creation of a monument to remember the victims. The University of Connecticut's Sandy Hook Memorial Scholarship Fund already has raised about $700,000, which will offer scholarships to current Sandy Hook students who enroll at the university. The Hartford Courant (Conn.) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developing Leaders 
  • National Board Certification is "powerful" PD
    National Board Certified Teachers in a Washington state district say the process of earning the prestigious credential improved their teaching. The Tahoma School District has 47 National Board Certified Teachers, seven of whom recently earned the credential. "I wanted to do a professional development that was meaningful and would have a meaningful impact on my teaching," said Felicie Freeman of Tahoma Junior High School. "It (the certification process) makes you think critically about the decisions you are making in your classroom and why. It has helped me to be even more intentional with my teaching." Covington & Maple Valley Reporter (Wash.) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NBCT: Negative comments about teachers take a toll
    National Board Certified Teacher Bill Ferriter in this blog post writes about several confrontational comments left on an online newspaper article about a teacher. The comments, he writes, do nothing to further the teaching profession, and actually could deter some people from entering the classroom at a time when such over-the-top comments are more frequently being directed at teachers. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Should schools go peanut-free?
    Some schools have adopted peanut-free policies to keep students with life-threatening food allergies safe. This article features several doctors with expertise in allergies weighing in on this approach. Some say they disagree, in part, because it can lead to a false sense of security for students and school staff. They also point out that students may be allergic to foods, such as eggs or milk, which would be more difficult for schools to ban. They suggest having reasonable policies that protect students. The Huffington Post (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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