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December 17, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Thinking outside of the box nets results in Ohio district
    A focus on results has led a school district in Ohio to adopt a philosophy in which teachers are rewarded for success, held accountable for results and encouraged to take risks. Reynoldsburg City Schools officials say these steps, along with their focus on science, technology, engineering and math education and use of data to personalize instruction have had positive results. The district also gives principals autonomy over their schools, has stable leadership and has built a good relationship with teachers' unions. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Common core takes shape in Miss. schools
    As Mississippi school districts take steps to implement the Common Core State Standards, officials say they are hopeful the changes will help their students better compete with their peers across the country and worldwide. "Students are learning to apply knowledge and understand that what they're learning will be used past high school," said Lynn House, interim state superintendent of education. "Common Core is tied to performance. It's a divergent process and a competency process. There's not just one correct answer." The Sun Herald (Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss.) (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
What Does it Mean to Comprehend What One Reads?
When students understand what they read, they are applying a constellation of skills and strategies to interpret the text based on both the features of the text and their own knowledge. In this paper we discuss the building blocks of teaching reading comprehension. Download the Free Whitepaper
  School Leadership 
  • Fla. teachers' book club empowers members to reform
    A group of Miami-Dade, Fla., educators gather each month for a book club, in which they discuss chapters on school reform and bring their own experiences to the debate. Through discussing the book, the teachers say they are helping each other improve their own practice and reform schools from the bottom up. "Part of this is to empower educators to stop waiting for others to solve their problems. How we can do this ourselves and support each other," asked Stephanie King, co-founder of the book club and a former Florida teacher of the year. The Miami Herald (free registration) (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Assessment drives measurable growth.
Tunica County School District in Mississippi went from an "at-risk-of-failing" district to no longer "at risk." To see how Tunica County used timely data from STAR Enterprise™ assessments to help them meet the needs of every student, view this brief video.
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • What to consider before introducing classroom technology
    Technology should not be "everywhere in the classroom," writes Douglas Rushkoff, a digital literacy advocate. Among his points in this blog post are the potential dangers associated with technology and the responsibility of educators to consider whether a digital tool or device will improve teaching and learning. He also writes about the benefits of interacting in person, rather than sacrificing human interaction in favor of learning in a virtual reality. Rushkoff's blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What makes online-learning programs successful?
    Participants of a recent survey found four key traits of successful online-learning programs. Among them, according to those who participated in the "Best Practices for Implementing Online Learning in K-12 Districts" survey, are having tools to monitor students' progress and assess comprehension; having available teachers; having educators who are trained to teach online; and adopting a rigorous curriculum. T.H.E. Journal (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • More districts discuss a later start for high schools
    Concerns that high-school students are not getting enough sleep have led officials in Fairfax County, Va., and Montgomery County, Md., to consider plans to push back high schools' start time. One proposal in Montgomery County calls for high school to start no earlier than 8:15 a.m., rather than the current 7:25 a.m. However, the moves have raised questions over scheduling and bus routes that could make the changes problematic for schools. The Washington Times (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Minn. considers changes to math requirement
    Minnesota high-school students graduating in 2015 who struggle with math could find themselves not graduating if they fail the state's exit exam. Minnesota officials developed the math exit exam in response to more students needing remediation after graduation. Some educators argue that the requirement goes too far, as it could result in 20% of students not graduating. Others say higher expectations will yield higher achievement. A panel has asked the legislature to replace the requirement with a series of tests administered throughout students' academic careers. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Faculty Lounge 
  • "Common Corefluenza" remedies are offered
    As the winter cold season sets in, author Christopher Lehman makes a connection to what he has coined the "Common Corefluenza." In this blog post, Lehman offers some "home remedies" for addressing the maze of information within the Common Core State Standards. He suggests studying the standards, asking for demonstrations, being innovative and reflective, and avoiding spreading misinformation about the standards. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

So What Do They Really Know? shows English teachers how to make formative assessment a powerful part of everyday instruction, with lessons and strategies for getting to know students well, differentiating instruction, giving feedback, grading, and more. Read Chapter 1, Assessment: It Doesn't Have to Be the Enemy.

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  ASCD News 
  • A new foundation for student success
    The latest issue of ASCD Express features a short, informative video from the Hunt Institute. It explains the rationale behind and the goals of the Common Core State Standards, referring to the effort as remarkable and collaborative. These standards "are the clearest statements yet about the knowledge and skills that students need to master in order to be prepared for college and the workforce. The standards were designed with great care to ensure that they were clear, consistent, rigorous, and relevant." Watch. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Professionalism
    As you prepare for the new year, take time to examine the professional behavior in your school, writes ASCD EDge community member Steven Weber. In a recent post on the professional networking community for educators, Weber explains what professionalism in education means to him. He discusses traits and behaviors exhibited by true professionals and explains why it's valuable for an education professional to have a deep understanding of the five tenants of the Whole Child Initiative. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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