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May 3, 2011
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  Learning and Teaching 
 
  • How schools can handle questions about bin Laden's death
    Educators across the country are integrating the news of Osama bin Laden's death into classroom lessons for many students -- many of whom were not yet born on Sept. 11, 2001, or are too young to remember the terrorist attacks. Discussions at many schools focused on the history of al-Qaida, President Barack Obama's speech and the appropriateness of celebrations, although some educators said they steered away from the topic with younger children. Experts advise parents and educators to tailor discussions according to a child's age. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (N.Y.) (5/3), Chicago Tribune (5/2), WSPA-TV (Spartanburg, S.C.) (5/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Q&A for children explains bin Laden's significance: This article from the KidsPost section of the Washington Post answers some common questions children may have surrounding the death of Osama bin Laden and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The Washington Post (5/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Summer plans: Two different approaches to academic success
    The different summer plans of two high-performing middle-school students in San Marino, Calif., highlight a debate over how students should spend their downtime. One student takes advanced classes and spends hours studying to get ahead academically, while another visits museums and libraries and pursues nonacademic activities, such as sports and summer camp. Los Angeles Times (5/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Reader's Theater Helps Increase State Test Scores Differentiated instruction in E. Hartford, CT led to big gains and included Reader's Theater scripts with roles at the right reading level for each student. From nursery rhymes to middle school short stories, leveled Reader's Theater makes learning active, effective, and engaging. Click for free sampler.
  Professional Leadership 
  • Duncan to teachers: I appreciate you
    To mark Teacher Appreciation Week, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has released an open letter to teachers in which he expresses appreciation for the work they do. He writes that he wants to work with teachers to improve and rewrite the federal No Child Left Behind Act and develop fair and accurate methods for evaluating teacher effectiveness. "As that work proceeds, I want you to know that I hear you, I value you, and I respect you," he writes. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (5/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why appreciation should be an ongoing endeavor: School leadership coach Elena Aguilar writes in this blog post that teachers should be appreciated more regularly -- rather than once a year. She offers suggestions to foster appreciation in the classroom, asking students to recognize positive qualities in each other. Aguilar writes that the activity also is a powerful exercise for educators, and she encourages schools to develop structures that promote a culture of appreciation throughout the year. Edutopia.org/Elena Aguilar's blog (5/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • How mobile technology is enhancing ELL lessons
    This article highlights two schools that are using mobile technology to enhance their programs for English-language learners. The Newcomer Center in Arlington Heights, Ill., which serves students who are recent immigrants with few English skills, allows students to use iPads to practice all aspects of language -- listening, speaking and writing. Meanwhile, a Texas district has issued iPod Touch devices to all its ELL middle-school students to record themselves practicing their English pronunciation. T.H.E. Journal (5/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Digital divide seen in parents' use of school-information system
    The Parent Connect program in San Diego schools allows parents to access student information online. However, an analysis of the program shows parents in affluent areas are using the system far more than their counterparts in the inner city, suggesting the existence of an income-based digital divide in the district. "This is a pretty significant breakthrough in creating meaningful parent engagement around actually helping kids," school board President Richard Barrera said. "But it's only effective if they have access to it." San Diego Union-Tribune (4/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Whole Child 
  • Combining academics and exercise improves children's test scores
    Children who participated in a 40-minute, five-day-a-week physical education program that also incorporated academic lessons had improved scores in standardized reading tests after the initiative, according to a study presented in the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting. "These data indicate that when carefully designed physical education programs are put into place, children's academic achievement does not suffer," study co-author Dr. Kathryn King said. Los Angeles Times (5/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fla. school shines despite high level of student homelessness
    About 20% of students are homeless at Fern Creek Elementary School in Florida, reflecting a nationwide trend of increasing homelessness in the wake of the recession that hit an all-time high of nearly 955,000 during the 2008-09 school year. However, 77% of students at the Orlando school are proficient in reading and 85% are proficient in math, successes that officials attribute to small class sizes, experienced teachers and firm -- but caring -- discipline. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (5/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Widespread changes are coming to Indiana schools
    Indiana education officials soon will begin implementing four ambitious education reforms approved recently by the state's legislature. A new school-voucher program must first survive a legal challenge, but it is expected to transform private education in the state. Other initiatives include the development of a new system for evaluating teachers, limits on teachers' collective-bargaining rights and a law that is expected to allow more charter schools in the state. The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.) (5/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Field 
  • Students compete in business-skills contest
    More than 14,000 students from high schools worldwide are in Orlando, Fla., competing for scholarships by testing their proficiency in entrepreneurship, marketing, finance and other business skills. The competition, sponsored by the Distributive Education Clubs of America, allows students to develop solutions to case studies that include real-life business scenarios. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (5/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  ASCD News 
  • Add your message to ASCD's "Value of Each Voice" campaign
    ASCD developed the "Value of Each Voice Campaign" to encourage educators like you to share professional successes with others around the globe and tell ASCD what you think about our work. What has been your greatest triumph as an educator? What types of resources and tools would help you better support the unique needs of each learner? See what others have said and upload a video with your personal message.
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  • Webinar: How to plan rigorous instruction
    Find out what Robyn Jackson, ASCD author of the "Mastering the Principles of Great Teaching" series has to say about planning rigorous instruction. Join Jackson for a free webinar at 3 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 12, to discuss what it takes to develop rigorous instruction and establish how educators can help students meet rigorous learning objectives.
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