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February 25, 2013
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  Transforming Literacy Learning 
  • Ideas to help English teachers improve reading, writing lessons
    Penny Kittle and Carol Jago, both English teachers and authors, offer tips in response to this blog post by Larry Ferlazzo about how English teachers can improve their skills. Jago, former president of the National Council of Teachers of English, advises that teachers help students tackle complex text that includes difficult vocabulary and instructing them to reread difficult passages. Kittle suggests teachers write daily to have a fresh perspective on the challenges of the writing process when crafting their lessons. Education Week Teacher/Classroom Q&A blog (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Police officers, fathers read to students at L.A. elementary school
    Police officers joined fathers at 99th Street Elementary School in Los Angeles to read to students as part of a Donuts with Dads event to connect with the community. Community volunteers, such as the officers, were sought because 80% of the school's students don't have fathers living at home. "Having the men come in is motivating to the students," said third-grade teacher Erica Jones. "To have a dad feel it's important to be here and read translates the same message to the child." Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Literacy Everywhere 
  • Officer highlights roles math, tech play in law enforcement
    Arkansas State Police Sergeant Mack Thompson recently visited high-school students enrolled in a new criminal justice and law enforcement program. He emphasized that the subjects students learn today, including math and technology, are applicable to law enforcement careers. Specifically, he told students that math comes into play at accident scenes and that everything from flying unmanned drones to locating and tracking criminals involves technology. (Salem, Ark.) (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Making digital citizenship part of lessons
    One of the responsibilities of educators is to teach students to be digital citizens, writes Andrew Miller, an educational consultant and online educator. In this blog post, he writes that project-based learning is a "great way to target this objective in an engaging and authentic way." Miller suggests methods to teach students about digital citizenship, and recommends teachers create an authentic audience for projects and target content-area standards. Miller's blog (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Education Policy 
  • Education layoffs loom ahead of federal sequestration
    Across-the-board federal budget cuts, known as sequestration, scheduled to take effect this week, will have a dramatic effect on education, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. Already, he noted, school districts are planning layoffs and taking other steps in response to the potential cut of more than $1.3 billion in education spending, which funds programs for many children from low-income families and students with disabilities. "There's no one in their right mind who would say that this is good for kids or good for the country, yet somehow it becomes tenable in Washington," Duncan said. The Washington Post (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Will NCLB waivers be issued by district?
    While Education Secretary Arne Duncan has said he prefers to issue No Child Left Behind waivers by state, there were signs recently that his department could begin working directly with school districts. Duncan said states have until Feb. 28 to apply for waivers from portions of the federal education law -- after which time his department will consider next steps. Of particular concern is that some states, including California and Texas, do not have waivers and are likely to fail to meet No Child Left Behind benchmarks. The Huffington Post/The Associated Press (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership and Capacity Building 
  • Ideas to make PLCs more supportive, effective
    Meeting weekly with his professional learning community helps with planning and developing strategies, writes educator Rob Kriete. Before tackling student data, they worked on building trust and setting goals to guide their work during the school year, he writes in this article. "Sure, we discuss data, assessments, and lesson plans during these meetings, but our fundamental purpose is to support each other in better serving our students," Kriete writes. Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Learning 
  • Digital tool aids teacher collaboration, development
    Google Hangouts can help schools improve professional development and communication, writes Ben Johnson, an education consultant, online teacher and learning coach. In this blog post, he writes that the tool can help busy teachers collaborate and offers a lot of flexibility for teachers, who can participate in discussions from home or on-the-go. Educators also can use Google Hangouts to observe their peers, receive feedback and build instructional practices, among other things. Johnson's blog (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NCLE Spotlight 
  • Teachers as researchers
    In this post, Lara Hebert writes, "Educators hunger for opportunities to learn and grow, and the stories about our own pursuits as lifelong learners rarely get told -- particularly when that learning is led by the practitioners. So today, we spotlight one of many great stories of professional learning and collaboration present on the Literacy in Learning Exchange." Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Enter here: Personal narrative and digital storytelling
    Through the creation of a digital story, urban high school students gain confidence and a new understanding of literacy. In this article, Sara B. Kajder offers a step-by-step plan for replicating this project, grounded in sound theory and research about how adolescents expand their literacies. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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