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February 8, 2013
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  • Duncan: NCLB waivers are a "step in the right direction"
    Hundreds of thousands of children nationwide were "invisible" under No Child Left Behind, Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a Senate panel on Thursday. That gap -- in which statistically insignificant student populations and their test scores were not counted -- has been remedied by waivers to the federal education law that have been issued to 34 states and the District of Columbia. "These children are no longer invisible, and there are so many thousands of additional schools now where adults have to be accountable for their learning," Duncan said. The Washington Post (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • How to encourage students to think critically about history
    Teaching history should focus on narratives, not memorizing facts and dates, writes Craig Perrier, high-school social studies specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools in Fairfax, Va. In this blog post, Perrier shares examples of the standard narrative found in history textbooks, as well as alternative narratives that could be shared with students. "Teaching history through narratives focuses on knowledge construction, resource evaluation and active learning. These skills speak to the demands of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, global competency and 21st-century education," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 7 tips for addressing dishonesty in the classroom
    Classroom management consultant Richard Curwin offers seven possible scenarios in which students may lie and suggests strategies teachers can use to handle the situations. For example, students may believe the lies they tell are the truth, so teachers can try to recast the discussion to help find common ground. "One reason that a student might not realize that he is lying is simply that he sees things differently than you," Curwin writes. Richard Curwin's blog (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Md. district superintendent seeks delay in common core
    Joshua P. Starr, superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, is calling for a three-year moratorium on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. While the common core, adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia, is an important and worthy change, he writes in this opinion article, its implementation has not given the full focus it deserves by school district officials. The Washington Post (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Coaching teachers is demanding but rewarding
    Coaching is not a place for teachers who want a "break from the classroom," transformational leadership coach Elena Aguilar writes in this blog post. Like teaching students, coaches must analyze what teachers need and then recommend the appropriate path, whether taking a different instructional approach, engaging in role-play or reviewing student data. "Coaching is a complex form of teaching, of professional development, of guiding another person in a learning journey," writes Aguilar, who notes that the demanding job is worth the struggles that accompany it. Education Week Teacher/The Art of Coaching Teachers blog (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Mo. could bring school calendar in line with other states
    School officials in Missouri are questioning Gov. Jay Nixon's plan to add the equivalent of six days to the state's 174-day school calendar. It remains unclear whether districts would need to adjust their calendars by hours or days, and some are questioning whether the state will provide enough funding to compensate teachers for the additional time spent on instruction as well as transportation costs. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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