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November 13, 2012
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  • How an NBCT was elected school superintendent in Indiana
    A national board-certified teacher was elected last week as Indiana's state superintendent of public instruction, defeating incumbent Tony Bennett -- a well-known proponent of education reform. Glenda Ritz, president of the Washington Township teachers union, was a newcomer to politics and was heavily outspent by Bennett. That has led to several theories regarding Ritz's victory, some of which focus on the power of the teachers' vote. The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

When you walk into a successful math classroom, what should you see, hear, and feel? Math Sense helps teachers self-assess, distills the key components of a good lesson, and offers ideas for improving classroom spaces, discourse, and engagement. Preview the entire book!
  Focus on Practice 
  • Should climate-change lessons be taught in schools?
    Sandy, the so-called superstorm that caused destruction along the East Coast, shows it is time for educators to begin addressing climate change in the classroom, asserts Laurence Peters, author and former counsel to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Select Education. Peters writes there are many reasons that teachers avoid the topic -- primarily a lack of knowledge about it and fear of parents' reactions. "If ever there was a subject that lent itself to student-centered problem-solving using those much-lauded 21st-century skills, surely this is it," Peters writes. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 37 NYC schools remain closed after storm: New York City officials report that 37 schools remain closed because of more than $200 million in damage sustained during Superstorm Sandy. All but one of those schools is expected to open by January; repairs at one hard-hit school could take longer to make. In some cases, schools have been relocated to other sites, but officials say that attendance at such locations lags, at just 37%. Students also have been permitted to register at any other city school. The Wall Street Journal/Metropolis (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why the writing could be on the wall for cursive
    As schools increasingly integrate technology, some say cursive writing instruction could be squeezed out in favor of typing and other electronic forms of communication. Officials in Kansas are considering eliminating cursive instruction entirely, saying that parents prioritize typing. This comes as states begin to implement the Common Core State Standards, which does not include a cursive instruction requirement. TechCrunch (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Positive behavior can be taught
Rules in School gives teachers practical techniques for setting expectations, teaching and reinforcing positive behavior, and quickly getting children back on track when they misbehave. Written by masterful teachers at three grade levels (K-2, 3-5, 6-8). Read sample chapters.
  Schools Today 
  • Should STEM recruiting begin in elementary school?
    Boeing has long sought to inspire high-school and college students to consider engineering and technical jobs, but the aviation company recently opened its doors to fifth-graders from the Mukilteo School District in Washington state. "If we can plant that in them today -- to do their math, to do their science -- by the time they come out of high school they'll be so much more ahead in their opportunities to come here and work for Boeing," said Ross Wilson, who is leading an initiative to inspire younger students' interest in aerospace. KING-TV (Seattle) (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Research takes a closer look at diversity gap of teachers, principals
    The diversity gap among teachers is greater than that among principals, according to research that shows 11% of principals nationwide are black, compared with 7% of teachers, Jackie Zubrzycki writes in this blog post. Data also show that black and Latino teachers were more likely to be promoted to assistant principal. Stanford University researchers found, however, that the percentage of black teachers and principals still falls short of the number of non-white students, which is more than 40% nationwide. Education Week/District Dossier blog (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Conducting effective writing conferences isn't easy. The new DVD How Can I Support You? features 7 conferences between literacy specialist Mark Overmeyer and students in grades 3 and 5. Includes tips for asking effective questions, examples from a wide range of students, and a viewing/discussion guide. View a free 5-minute clip!

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  • Fla. teachers work to prevent uptick in exam failure
    Teachers in Florida say they are concerned a proposed scoring system for the state's biology and geometry exams could keep thousands of high-school students from graduating. It is expected that more students will fail one or more of the exams, which students must pass to graduate. Two panels are working to establish passing standards for the exams, and a final decision is expected in December from the Florida State Board of Education. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Congratulations to all 2,792 renewed National Board Certified Teachers
    The renewal application window is now open for NBCTs who achieved in 2003 and 2004.
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