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February 7, 2013
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Educators: Use real-world situations to boost student engagement
    Schoolwork must be presented in a way that is understandable, relevant and interesting to engage students, educators said at a recent conference for more than 200 administrators and teachers from Aiken County School District in South Carolina. Such an approach will mean a change in culture and assessments, which primarily measure knowledge. "What we need to be teaching and assessing is how knowledge can be applied to the real world," said King Laurence, an administrator. Aiken Standard (S.C.) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Do schools trade academic success for athletics?
    Schools that have a track record of success in athletics similarly have high levels of academic success, according to a recent study. Jay P. Greene, who conducted the study with Dan Bowen, writes in this commentary that the findings suggest that those who say athletics are overly emphasized in schools should consider the correlation between sports and academics. "Our data suggest that this claim that high school athletic success comes at the expense of academic success is mistaken," he writes. Education Next (2/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Leadership 
  • How school districts can reform professional development
    School districts can improve professional development if they have a clear vision and model professional learning, writes Tom Murray, director of technology and cybereducation for the Quakertown Community School District in Bucks County, Pa. Murray offers eight tips in this blog post, among them, that leaders also should focus on outcomes rather than time spent in training and think of professional development as a year-round activity, not just as a one-day event. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News

"You'll find this book incredibly helpful."Mike Flynn. Why Write in Math Class? K-5 by Linda Dacey helps you build on the success of math talk to get a window into students' thinking and help them construct, explore, represent, refine, connect, and reflect on mathematical ideas. Preview the entire book!
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Survey: Teachers understand benefits of classroom technology
    Technology benefits classroom instruction, according to 74% of teachers who responded to a recent PBS LearningMedia survey. Among the benefits cited by teachers are the ability to expand content, motivate students and provide more individualized instruction, Katrina Schwartz writes in this blog post, which includes links to other articles on technology and education. About 65% of teachers say technology allows them to present information in ways that otherwise would be impossible. blog (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
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  The Whole Child 
  • Are you a worrier or a warrior?
    Students are under more pressure than ever to perform well on standardized tests. However, educators and parents say some students are reacting differently to the stress -- with some students thriving and others buckling under the pressure. This article notes that part of the issue may be genetic, with some students being classified as "worriers" while others are "warriors." Experts say the answer may be exposing students who are anxious to more stress -- if it is the right kind. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Texas bill cuts high-school graduation exams to 4 from 15
    Texas state Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, has proposed legislation that would reduce the number of exams students need to take to graduate from high school. Under the bill, students would take exams in English, algebra, U.S. history and biology -- rather than the current 15 exams required to graduate. Students also could meet graduation requirements with passing grades on Advanced Placement tests, the SAT or ACT college-entrance exams. Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)/The Associated Press (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ind. state school board places 4 schools under mayoral control
    The Indiana State Board of Education voted on Wednesday to give control to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard of four out of five city schools it took over last summer from the Indianapolis Public Schools. The move gives the mayor control over a total of 33 schools, about half as many as are in the city's public-school system. "I'm a firm believer that local oversight at the local level is always in the best interest of the schools," Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz said. The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ED Pulse 
  • How would you describe your experience with professional development that blends in-person training with online delivery of instruction?
    Positive  39.81%
    I haven't tried it, but I would like to  21.87%
    Neutral  19.25%
    Negative  9.91%
    I haven't tried it, and I'm not sure I'd like to  6.17%
    I haven't tried it, and I am not interested  2.99%
  • Enhanced e-books generally have multimedia features that complement the text. Which feature would be most appealing to you in a book about education?
Full-color photographs, illustrations, figures
Author interviews
Social media links
Interactive quizzes
Animated graphs or figures
None/No interest in enhanced e-books

  Faculty Lounge 

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  ASCD News 
  • Florida school system and ASCD partner to support common core implementation
    Award-winning Pinellas County Schools, the seventh-largest school system in Florida, recently chose ASCD and the association's Capacity-Building solution to help meet their professional development goals. "We sought a trusted organization to work within our new professional development system to provide the content and expertise our teachers need to implement the Common Core State Standards," explained professional development director Lisa Grant. Learn more in a recent press release. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • You learn, you teach, now lead
    ASCD is seeking passionate educators for its 2013 class of Emerging Leaders. Emerging Leaders are educators who have been in the profession for 5 years to 15 years and want to get more involved in ASCD and the education community through an empowering two-year leadership program. Nominate yourself or a fellow educator by April 1. Learn more about the program. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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