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June 14, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Reading specialist builds community literacy
    For the past 12 years, Kate Schoedinger, literacy coach and reading specialist at Ross A. Lurgio Middle School in New Hampshire, has chosen a novel for the school's students, teachers, administrators and staff to read and then invited the book's author to visit the school. To Schoedinger, the author visit is key to the success of the community literacy-building event. "It makes it authentic, it's real, it's validating, it's seeing that these authors were at one time or another a seventh or eight grade student, and that they too wanted to write," she said. The Union Leader (Manchester, N.H.) (6/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The importance of teaching fiscal responsibility
    Anand R. Marri, a social studies professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, led a team that created a free curriculum about the federal budget and fiscal responsibility. In this blog post, he discusses the skills students must have to understand the U.S. budget process and the importance of providing them with those skills. "Federal budget issues remain almost entirely absent from the broader social studies curriculum, which speaks volumes about our failure to engage young people in some of the most pressing moral and civic issues of our times," Marri writes. CNN/Schools of Thought blog (6/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Financial-education courses make a difference in students' lives: In a survey of more than 1,500 college students who had received financial education through their school, 90% said that what they learned had changed their behavior. According to USA Funds, a nonprofit financial-education organization, more than half of the students said that since taking a life-skills course, they spent less on nonessential purchases, set educational, financial or career goals, and researched their future careers. (6/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Leadership 
  • SCORE: Teacher-evaluation system is working
    The Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education has released a report on the state's new teacher-evaluation system based on input from educators and other stakeholders. Despite some challenges, the system has improved both teacher instruction and student progress, according to the report, which offers seven recommendations for refining or improving the evaluation system. The Huffington Post (6/12), State Gazette (Dyersburg, Tenn) (6/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fla. district is considering new principal-evaluation system
    The school board in Bartow County, Fla., is considering a 125-page evaluation system for principals and assistant principals that will rate the school leaders' performances as unsatisfactory, needs improvement, effective or highly effective. Fifty percent of the rating will be based on factors such as leadership, student achievement and professional behavior; 50% will be based on student performance on standardized tests. Cheryl Joe, the district's director of professional development, says that under the new system, it is up to school administrators to ensure teachers are providing good instruction. The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.) (6/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Resources From the International Reading Association
IRA is your best source for field-leading tools to help you meet the ELA Common Core State Standards. Tackle the challenges of the CCSS with IRA books and journal articles, webinars and live events, community conversations, and much more! Click here to explore.
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Does technology contribute to childhood obesity?
    Teenagers in Utah increasingly have become sedentary and are eating more unhealthy food, according to a recent survey that also found an uptick in the amount of screen time logged by teens. The tendency to use a computer, rather than engage in physical activities, has led to an increase in childhood obesity, says Patrice Isabella, a dietitian with the Utah Department of Health. However, the survey also found a small increase in consumption of vegetables among teens. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (6/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Can biometric devices measure student engagement?
    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is supporting an effort to test the effectiveness of biometric devices that determine whether students are engaged in lessons. The "engagement pedometers," which are expected to be tested in middle-school classrooms in the fall, are intended to help teachers more readily understand which students are paying attention -- and which are off task. However, some educators question the reliability of the bracelets, saying they could detect "emotional arousal" unrelated to lessons. The Sun (Baltimore)/Reuters (6/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Unleash students’ creativity with coding & STEAM
We can't prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow, but we can ensure they are future-ready. In an increasingly automated world, learning code won't be enough — what students are able to DO with code will be what matters. Learn more on how to use STEAM & coding to turn students into creative problem-solvers.
  The Whole Child 
  • Self-injury occurs in children as young as 7, study finds
    In a recent study of nearly 700 children between ages 7 and 16, 7% of third-grade girls and 8% of third-grade boys admitted to self-injuring behaviors. Girls were more likely to report cutting themselves, while more boys reported self-hitting. The study did not address whether self-injury among children is increasing, but University of Denver psychology professor Benjamin L. Hankin says, "The study of self-injury is relatively new, so we don't really have good data to confirm it, but just about everyone who treats these children will tell you this alarming behavior is on the rise." WebMD (6/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • It is time to change the high-school start time
    The Fairfax, Va., school board has considered eight times in the past 24 years whether to let high-school students start later than 7:20 a.m., Valerie Strauss writes in this blog post. Now they're considering it again. During the past 12 years or so, researchers have discovered that teens need to sleep more -- and later than -- younger students, and it's time to pay attention to the research, Strauss says. "The school board just needs to go ahead and do it. Eight times in 24 years is enough," she adds. The Washington Post/The Answer Sheet blog (6/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ED Pulse 
  • Which of these topics would you most want to learn about during an hour-long online course?
    Project-based learning and the Common Core State Standards  32.12%
    Student motivation and engagement  26.34%
    Formative assessment in every classroom  13.04%
    Instructional strategies that work with boys  9.95%
    Teacher evaluation techniques  7.66%
    Communicating Common Core State Standards expectations to parents  5.78%
    Classroom management  5.11%
  • What is the most effective way for a school to communicate with parents about potentially sensitive topics?
E-mails from the principal
E-mails from school personnel
Flyers sent home with students
Communication from students' teachers

  Faculty Lounge 
  • A snapshot of a virtual teacher
    Nearly 300,000 U.S. K-12 students take all their courses online, says John Watson, founder of the Evergreen Education Group consulting firm. Teaching those students presents some unique challenges. One of the biggest is figuring out when students don't grasp a lesson, says virtual teacher Jane Good. "In a classroom, you can look at kids and know pretty quickly whether or not they understand what you're saying. We don't have that advantage [online]," she says. The Hechinger Report (6/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • What the kids think
    A student's perception of the educators in his life is his reality, and it's this reality that really matters, explains Whole Child Programs director Sean Slade. In a recent Whole Child Blog post, Slade explains how to reach students flying under the radar and shares two examples of educators who built powerful connections with learners in their schools. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Not-to-be-missed summer conference coming to St. Louis
    Our three-day summer conference kicks off July 1 in St. Louis and zeros in on topics most relevant to you -- creating an environment for learning, actively engaging students, gathering assessment data that aligns with the Common Core State Standards and many more. Join education experts and colleagues for all three days or jump-start your conference experience by participating in a pre-conference institute on June 30. Featured conference presenters include Judith Hilton, Robyn Jackson and Marc Cohen. Learn more and registerLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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