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January 15, 2013
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  • Poll: Student engagement wanes in later grades
    A recent Gallup poll of 500,000 students in 37 states finds that with each year they progress in school, students are less engaged -- with just 4 in 10 high-school students reportedly engaged, down from 8 in 10 in elementary school, Ellen Wexler writes in this guest blog post. Among the possible reasons cited for the decline is the increased focus on standardized testing in later grades and a lack of options for students who are not on the college path. Education Week Teacher/Teaching Now blog (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • What is the role of art in STEM?
    School districts, education foundations and the federal government are pushing for greater educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math. Meanwhile, more questions are coming up about whether art and design deserve a place at the STEM table. Many schools have committed to a STEAM concept, but some educators suggest the arts already are involved in the creative and innovative elements that are encouraged as part of a well-rounded STEM education. District Administration magazine (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Leadership 
  • Using video to further professional development
    Teachers in all Memphis, Tenn., City Schools soon will begin using a video capture program as part of professional development. Using the Teachscape program, educators will be able to record themselves teaching in order to reflect on their own practice. They also can upload their videos to a website where other educators can view their instructional practices and offer feedback. Plans also are in the works to create a video repository for teachers, showing best practices. T.H.E. Journal (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology in the Classroom 
  • What ASCD's followers are sharing on Pinterest
    ASCD joined Pinterest in June and now has eight boards on the website, writes Katie Test, a social media manager for ASCD. Among the most popular pins, Test writes in this blog post, are informational graphics about effective feedback, insight into flipped classrooms and inspirational quotes about students and learning. Edudemic (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Are common core technology guidelines behind the times?
    The two groups tasked with developing Common Core State Standards assessments are not looking far enough into the future when outlining the technology that schools will need to administer the exams set for release in 2014, professors Cathie Norris and Elliot Soloway write in this blog post. For example, the groups' guidelines suggest schools use netbooks, which are outdated and no longer in production, they note. The groups also specify that students should turn off Internet access during tests, which can send a mixed message to those who have used the resource to learn. T.H.E. Journal/Being Mobile blog (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Whole Child 
  • The way students think affects their resilience
    Teaching students about how beliefs affect resilience to adversity can help students learn positive coping strategies to the challenges in life, social-emotional program developer Renee Jain writes in this blog post. For example, a resilient student thinks a bad grade is not the end of the world and works to improve it. "Optimistic and realistic belief systems combine to create a cornerstone of resilient mindsets," Jain writes. Edutopia.org/Renee Jain's blog (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Mass. principal seeks to test students for alcohol use
    Students at a Massachusetts high school who are suspected of being intoxicated at school or at school events could be asked to take a breathalyzer test under a policy proposed by the school's principal and in partnership with the police department. The school has a dance planned in February, and Daniel Richards, Belmont High School principal, said he is hopeful his policy could help prevent past issues the school has had with intoxicated students at school functions. Wicked Local/Belmont Citizen-Herald (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Do digital devices encourage students to read?
    Technology has had both positive and negative effects on reading among students, according to a study released by Scholastic Inc. The study finds that more children ages 6 to 17 are using digital devices to read. However, the technology is not necessarily driving an increased desire among students to read, according to researchers who found a drop in students who were self-described as frequent readers. The cause, researchers say, could be attributed to the use of tablets and other devices that allow for activities other than reading. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Media Decoder blog (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  ASCD News 
  • Describe the best school principal you've ever known
    Educational Leadership is collecting reader responses for April's Tell Me About column, and we want to hear from you. In 200 words or less, tell us a story about what the best school principal you've ever known did to make him or herself memorable. The submission deadline is Feb. 1 and select responses will be featured in the upcoming issue on "The Principalship." Submit your story. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 6 teacher courses that bring differentiated instruction to life
    In her ASCD book EdSpeak, Diane Ravitch defines DI as a form of instruction that seeks to "maximize each student's growth by recognizing that students have different ways of learning, different interests, and different ways of responding to instruction." To support your efforts in this area, ASCD offers a variety of interactive, in-depth, self-paced PD Online courses. Browse courses.
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