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May 22, 2012
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News for the Education Profession

  Learning and Teaching 
  • Calif. gears up for changes brought by common core
    California will be fundamentally changing the way the state's students are taught and tested as it implements Common Core State Standards starting in the fall. The changes will include an increased emphasis on project-based learning and development of students' critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Technology will be evident both in the classroom and in assessment options. "We need to make sure our students are ready to compete in a world economy and a world job market," said Lori Freiermuth, a high-school teacher in Chula Vista. San Diego Union-Tribune (5/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Engaging activities to end the school year
    Rebecca Alber in this blog post offers six end-of-year projects that include her three essential elements of engaging classroom activities: choices, creativity and constructing. The projects she suggests include writing commercials, on-campus field trips and students teaching other students a favorite topic or skill. Alber's blog (5/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Principal of six-year high school reflects on first year
    Students need to be pushed hard if they want to succeed, says Rashid F. Davis, principal of Brooklyn's Pathways in Technology Early College High School, which operates under a six-year plan that will give students an associate college degree upon graduation. In this interview, Davis reflects on the school's first year and says schools must counter the negative temptations that students face daily. The school opened last fall with 103 ninth-graders and will add a grade every year until it is fully operational. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (5/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
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  School Leadership 
  • National leaders draft plan to improve teaching
    Leaders attending a two-day national Labor Management Conference scheduled to begin Wednesday in Ohio will consider a seven-part plan designed to improve schools and better prepare students to compete in the global economy. The conference, which will include Education Secretary Arne Duncan, union leaders and school administrators, also will focus on proposals to improve the teaching profession through better recruiting, training, evaluations and professional development. ABC News/The Associated Press (5/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Hear Richard DuFour, Robert Eaker, and Rebecca DuFour as they address the most important aspects of school culture that must change as you create your PLC. Learn how to change assessment and grading practices, confront resisters to change, and more.
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • How do technology and media use affect kids?
    Chelsea Clinton and James P. Steyer, both of Common Sense Media, write in this opinion article the potential physical, emotional and cognitive effects of media and technology use on children. The authors call for legislation, educational efforts and norms to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of digital media use by children. CNN (5/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Florida opens FCAT call center, online forum
    A call center established to answer questions about the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) opened Monday to a flood of calls. Questions have been raised about the exams after students scored poorly on the FCAT writing test. Most call-center questions were about individual students' FCAT scores and status, said a Department of Education spokesman. The state also has introduced an online forum and an e-mail address that can be used to ask questions and air grievances about the FCAT. The Palm Beach Post (Fla.) (5/22), Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (5/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Whole Child 
  • Fuel Up to Play 60 teaches Ga. students about fitness, nutrition
    Middle-school students in a Georgia district are participating in Fuel Up to Play 60 -- a program intended to help curb childhood obesity through education about fitness and nutrition. Educators say they work to use competition and incentives, such as gift cards, to motivate students to eat healthy foods and exercise for at least 60 minutes a day. Health teacher Carin Wilkes said students who make good food choices at lunch are acknowledged by the "Nutrition Police." The Marietta Daily Journal (Ga.) (5/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mo. district embraces breakfast programs
    All 30 public schools in Columbia, Mo., serve breakfast to students and nine of them offer a universal breakfast served to all students regardless of family income. Officials said five schools now serve in-class breakfast. At one elementary school, it is up to teachers whether to start the day with the in-class meals. Some educators said the meals help prepare students to learn. Columbia Missourian (5/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Race to the Top dollars to go to districts that personalize instruction
    The U.S. Department of Education will announce today that $400 million in Race to the Top grant money is available to school districts -- not states -- that show they can personalize education for students. "Personalized learning" centers on college and career readiness and might include the use of technology, tutoring or a focus on students' nonacademic needs, an education official says. The Huffington Post (5/22), Reuters (5/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Faculty Lounge 
  • L.A. event shows limitations of standardized testing
    Students and teachers in Los Angeles recently showcased projects that display learning outside of standardized tests. The event was meant to demonstrate the limitations of multiple-choice tests in measuring learning -- and evaluating teachers. Students displayed their robotics projects, completed dissections and more. "We can learn lots of things in school that aren't going to be on a test," said student Tiffany Toggle. "I'm not going to go to a job interview and they're going to say, 'What is the square root of 365 divided by 8 squared?' " Los Angeles Times/L.A. Now blog (tiered subscription model) (5/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • Three teacher evaluation mistakes to avoid
    Is your school district implementing a new teacher-evaluation system? Avoid common implementation mistakes with tips from ASCD author Robyn Jackson. In her latest ASCD EDge blog post, Jackson outlines three big blunders that no district should repeat, the most egregious being not providing follow-up professional development, feedback and coaching that helps teachers respond effectively to an evaluation. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The challenges of supporting new teachers: A conversation with Linda Darling-Hammond
    Educational Leadership editor-in-chief Marge Scherer recently spoke with educator Linda Darling-Hammond about the preparation and support new educators need in order to survive their first years in the profession. During the interview, Darling-Hammond discussed teacher preparation factors that matter for keeping educators in the teaching profession. She also pointed to professional development schools with model programs and took the time to dispel the notion that teachers are not academically able. Read the full interview in the May issue. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--Andrew Carnegie,
Scottish-American industrialist

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