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November 8, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
 
  • What test score demonstrates college readiness?
    The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, which is preparing tests for Common Core State Standards in 23 states, has developed its definition of "college ready," while the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, which also is working on common core exams in other states, still is drafting its detailed definition. PARCC says students who score a level 4 or 5 on the tests will have at least a 75% chance of earning a grade of C or better in those college courses, education reporter Catherine Gewertz writes in this blog post. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Presidential race spurs civics lessons in middle school
    Teachers at a New Hampshire middle school began social studies lessons on Wednesday by discussing the results of Tuesday's presidential election. Leading up to the election, teachers also planned a series of election-themed lessons on topics such as the electoral college and political advertisements. The presidential election also came the day after the school's elections, in which 23 students ran for six school-council seats, and students were asked to vote for president along with their school representatives. SeacoastOnline (Portsmouth, N.H.) (tiered subscription model) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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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 
 
  • How to be an effective teacher leader
    Teacher leaders discover how to speak to all teacher leaders but not spend time in the teachers lounge, writes José Vilson, a middle-school math teacher and coach. Vilson writes in this blog post that transformative teacher leadership means spending time in the classroom with students but not become isolated. He also suggests teacher leaders show others how to become leaders, but he advises against pushing them too hard. Edutopia.org/José Vilson's blog (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Technology in the Classroom 
  • More schools reach out to parents via social media
    A growing number of school districts nationwide are using social-networking websites and other digital tools to engage parents in their children's education. In New York City, parents can subscribe to text-message alerts in either English or Spanish, and Fairfax County, Va., schools have amassed thousands of subscribers to their Facebook and Twitter pages. To help all parents access this information, some districts also are providing technology training and resources. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Whole Child 
  • Study: Adversity in childhood can leave its mark
    Adversity in childhood -- often brought on by poverty and challenging home lives -- is likely to harm students' long-term learning and well-being, according to recent research. The study shows the difference between positive stress, such as a spelling bee, and negative stress, such as a dysfunctional home life. "What happens in childhood, like a child's footprint in wet cement, leaves its mark forever," said Dr. Vincent J. Felitti, director of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Club creates social opportunities for students with disabilities
    The Friendship Group -- a club in Bonner Springs, Kan., schools -- brings student athletes and students with disabilities together each week. The club offers students with social, behavioral or emotional disorders an opportunity to practice communication skills and make new friends. About 60 student athletes across three schools participate in the club, and the district soon will make it available as an elective. Basehor Sentinel (Kan.) (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Weather-stricken districts could seek shortened school year
    Some schools in Connecticut have used all of the scheduled snow days for the year in the days following Superstorm Sandy. Now, as the state endures a nor'easter, officials say they will have to wait and see if they'll have to use days reserved for spring and summer breaks as instructional days. Also under consideration are waivers from the state's requirement that there be 180 instructional days per school year. CTMirror.org (Connecticut) (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ED Pulse 
  • Which one of these positions on education taken by Gov. Mitt Romney is most important to you in this election?
    This is the second and final week that ED Pulse is looking at the presidential candidates' positions on education.
    None of these  47.41%
    School choice -- Supports charter schools/allows students to bring any federal funding with them.  14.08%
    School funding -- Would convert Title I funding into vouchers for students to use at any private or public school.  12.75%
    All of these  8.37%
    Accountability -- Parents would be given information about school quality and decide which schools their kids would attend.  7.17%
    Teacher eval -- Consolidate and block grant teacher-training funds for teacher-eval reforms and/or to eliminate tenure.  6.51%
    Higher ed -- Opposes Direct Loan program; would encourage private student loans and private-sector providers.  3.72%
  • Which one of these challenges are you most interested in learning more about during the coming school year?
Using student or school data wisely
Building teacher morale
Improving student achievement
Engaging students
Becoming an effective time manager
Improving professional learning
Supporting English-language learners

  Faculty Lounge 
  • Why teachers should address natural disasters with students
    Teachers in New York City and elsewhere affected by Sandy's destruction should not move on so quickly from the devastation the storm caused, writes teacher Christina Jenkins. Instead, Jenkins, who teaches a class on disaster response, writes in this blog post that the natural disaster should be a focus of classroom discussions and lessons. She writes about the missed opportunities to use the event to address cartography, disaster risk and other topics with students. GothamSchools.org (New York) (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  ASCD News 
  • Play your part to help keep education a top national priority
    Election night has come and gone, but it's crucial that educators continue to play a role in keeping education a priority for the Obama administration and the 113th Congress. We've compiled a list of free ASCD resources and activities that can help you get involved and stay engaged. Browse our lineup to discover a wealth of education policy and advocacy offerings. Read our official press release. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    ASCD members get access to our many professional-development products, resources and events and become part of our community. Membership plans come in print/online and online-only format, and range from student to premium. All members receive access to our online library; Educational Leadership, our flagship publication; and the Education Update and ASCD Express newsletters. We also offer member books, member prices on resources and meetings, the Policy Priorities newsletter, and more. Join or renew today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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