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November 5, 2012
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  • Ky. student scores drop in first common-core evaluation
    The first year under the Common Core State Standards has resulted in test scores showing that numbers of Kentucky elementary- and middle-school students performing at grade level in math and English-language arts dropped by about one-third, results that were expected by educators. Kentucky was the first state operating with the common core's more rigorous curricula. "We knew the scores were going to drop, but this is the right thing for our kids, our schools," said Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, who also said he was encouraged by the students' overall performance because it was a little better than what was forecast. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A reminder about the power of positive expectations
    A teacher's expectations influence how students learn, suggests middle-school English teacher Ariel Sacks. However, in this blog post, Sacks reminds teachers to focus on the positive connotations of the word, avoiding its use to imply control, punitive measures or inflexible demands. "It is equally important that teachers can be reciprocally influenced by the students' experience and response to conditions or tasks," Sacks writes. Teacher Leaders Network/On the Shoulders of Giants blog (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
FREE Election Lessons from Mimio
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  • States consider stepping up teacher-education programs
    Officials in 20 states are considering modeling their teacher-education programs after a rigorous one adopted in Tennessee. Under the model, teacher candidates are required to pass an evaluation, called edTPA, which is similar to the national boards. "It's sometimes called the junior national board because it requires high-level thinking, analyzing, synthesizing. You must truly demonstrate you have the knowledge and skills to be an effective teacher," said Jennifer Nelson, of the University of Memphis. The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) (free registration) (11/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology in the Classroom 
 
  • Fla. district makes shift to computer-based testing
    To meet a new state requirement for computer-based testing, Palm Beach County, Fla., school officials say they will need to spend about $12 million to ensure their schools have 25,000 computers by 2015. Officials say they are in talks with Dell, Intel and Microsoft to donate an additional $7 million worth of computers, and officials also are hoping the federal government will provide some support through the Title I program. The Palm Beach Post (Fla.) (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Students get real-world lessons during outdoor math symposium
    An important piece of getting more students interested in math, as well as science, technology and engineering, is introducing the real-world applications of the subjects. That's what happened recently when students attending Point Park University's inaugural math symposium gathered to "do math," including learning to use old-fashioned surveying techniques and identifying geometric shapes in the city landscape. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Policy Watch 
 
  • Should high schools start later?
    An online petition to adopt a later start time for high-school students in a Maryland school district has received thousands of signatures. Currently, school starts at 7:25 a.m., but supporters of the initiative are seeking to start the school day at 8:15 a.m. or later. At issue, they say, is research showing the importance of sleep for teenagers. The Washington Post (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ariz. uses NCLB waiver flexibility to improve struggling schools
    Arizona officials say its waiver from parts of No Child Left Behind has allowed educators more flexibility in how they spend federal funds and help turn around struggling schools. The state also has moved away from turnaround methods favored under the federal education law, including replacing school staff. Instead, educators are working to improve students' performance in targeted areas and getting resources to the most needy schools. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • L.A. schools engage parents to improve students' performance
    Los Angeles officials are using parent centers to help engage parents in their children's education and help improve students' achievement. The centers, officials say, help to serve the needs of parents, who may be from low-income families or may be unable to speak English and need help feeling comfortable on campus. There are 576 such centers on campuses in the L.A. Unified School District. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ASCD News 
  • Erik Palmer on the importance of speaking well
    "No one really teaches speaking. We assign speaking, but that's way different than teaching," explains ASCD EDge community member Erik Palmer in his recently posted video clip. Referring to speaking as the most important language art, he discusses why it's crucial that teachers help students become effective orators and explains how the PVLEGS acronym -- poise, voice, life, eye contact, gestures, speed -- can help them get there. Watch the clip on ASCD EDge. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Strategies for teaching ELLs and students with learning disabilities
    Researcher John Carr has been looking into instructional strategies that educators can use to reach all the students in their classrooms, including English language learners and students with learning disabilities. In a recent ASCD Express article, Carr shares six strategies that he says "hold promise to work for the diversity of students in a general education classroom and form a cohesive practice." He walks readers through a scenario in which a classroom teacher utilizes all six. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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