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December 12, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Study connects absenteeism and test scores
    Missing school has a big effect on student achievement, according to a recent report from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The report found a higher rate of absenteeism in the month before exams among students with basic scores than among those with top scores. The study also found an increase nationwide in instructional time spent on reading, math, music and visual arts, as well as an increase in homework assigned to middle-school students. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gift-buying project offers lessons in money matters for N.C. students
    About 120 Apex, N.C., sixth-graders set out to buy $100 in presents for three boys and three girls as part of an Angel Tree project. Teachers, however, used the opportunity to teach the students about calculating discounts, taxes and other money-related matters. "Each student was assigned a role: team leader, map reader, calculator, checker or timekeeper," said math teacher Karla Mullen. The Cary News (N.C.) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Leadership 
  • Giving teachers support, training pays off in Boston
    Students' test scores have risen at six struggling Boston schools participating in a program in which teachers are given additional training and support, as well as greater opportunities to take on leadership roles, according to a report. The T3 Initiative program, a collaboration between Boston Public Schools and the nonprofit Teach Plus, showed greater rates of success than other turnaround schools that adopted other strategies, including staff changes and longer school days. The Hechinger Report (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Survey: Facebook is most popular social site among educators
    A recent report finds that 82% of educators belong to at least one social-networking website, and among educators, the most popular one continues to be Facebook. The survey, conducted by MMS Education and sponsored by and MCH Strategic Data, also found that while social networking continues to rise among educators, additional support and training is needed to fully utilize the sites for education. eSchool News (free registration) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Managing Budgets 
  • 16 earn grants in latest round of Race to the Top
    The U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday the 16 winners of the most recent round of Race to the Top grants -- selected among a pool of 372 applicants. Among the winners, who will share $400 million in education funding, are Miami-Dade County, Fla.; Carson City, Nev.; Guilford County, N.C.; and New Haven Unified, Calif. This round was open to school districts, and the winners also included three charter-school organizations, including KIPP in Washington, D.C. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Do school microchips violate student's religious views?
    A high-school student in Texas is expected to argue in court next week that her school's microchip tracking system violates her religious views. At the hearing, set for Dec. 17, a judge is expected to decide whether the school district should be prevented from transferring the student to another school -- at least until a full trial on the issue has concluded. Officials say the technology is intended to track attendance and secure more funding for schools. The Wall Street Journal (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Texas superintendent makes STEM education a top priority
    Michael McFarland, superintendent of the Lancaster school system in Texas has made science, technology, engineering and math education one of the top priorities of his tenure, including plans to transform all school campuses into hubs for STEM learning. "Our current education system, the way it is now, it's not happening," McFarland said. To change the course, "we've designed a model that will expose kids in pre-K through high school to STEM," he added. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Faculty Lounge 
  • What schools can do to prepare students for the future
    When asked to name the purpose of education, many teachers say they are preparing students for life, writes Tom Whitby, an adjunct professor of education at St. Joseph's College in New York. He writes that preparing for an uncertain future is a difficult task when students are given outdated tests and being subjected to outdated methods, while teachers are encouraged to be innovative, out-of-the-box professionals working in an in-the-box education system. "We need to prepare them to be flexible, critical thinking, problem solvers," Whitby writes of students. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • Problem-based learning for the 21st century classroom
    ASCD has been hard at work developing new multimedia content and online learning experiences that meet your unique needs. We're pleased to announce the release of a new PD In Focus channel devoted to problem-based learning for the 21st century classroom and led by Wolf Ed Chief Executive Officer Mary Ann Wolf. On this channel, educators will see how problem-based learning prepares students to meet standards and acquire skills necessary for success in today's interconnected world. Read our recent press release.
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  • Tell lawmakers to hit the brakes before education goes off the fiscal cliff
    In an Inservice post, ASCD Public Policy Director David Griffith explains the impact sequestration will have on education -- from Title I to Head Start. "As part of sequestration, which is set to automatically take effect on Jan. 2, 2013, federal education spending will be reduced across the board by 8.2 percent." The time to act is now, explains Griffith as he points to an ASCD resource page that can help you do your part to stop sequestration. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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