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November 1, 2012
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Collaborating to advance literacy learning

  Transforming Literacy Learning 
  • Texas school's event promotes early-childhood literacy
    Carver Early Childhood Center in Bryan, Texas, blended reading and trick-or-treating this week in its once-a-semester Family Literacy Night. While parents received tips on teaching their children to read, costumed three- to five-year-olds received books and candy and were treated to being read to by volunteers from the high school. "It's quite profound how a child performs in literacy or in literacy measures in first grade can be quite predictive in how they'll do on their SATs," said Erin McTigue, Texas A&M University associate professor in teaching, learning and culture. The Bryan-College Station Eagle (Texas) (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Do teenagers have the necessary skills to decipher graphs, charts?
    Information presented in a colorful chart with slick graphics may be eye-catching, but it's likely many teens cannot grasp the important data the chart contains, suggests former teacher John Tierney. To help students learn how to navigate around a complicated chart or graph, Tierney suggests sharing charts found with students and asking them to explain the main point of the chart, as well as as pointing out charts that do a poor or even deceptive job at presenting data. The Atlantic online (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teachers can help students with dyslexia find success in writing
    There are four traits of students who have dyslexia that teachers should know, and teach their students about to help them succeed in the classroom, writes educator Patrick Wilson in this blog post. Students who have dyslexia may have a hard time organizing and writing down their thoughts, so Wilson advises teachers to demonstrate to students how to talk out their thoughts first before trying to express themselves through writing. "A teacher's ability to offer clarity on the student's condition and offer a strategy to become successful could be life changing for so many dyslexics," Wilson writes. Wilson's blog (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Meet the Leader in Holocaust Education at NCTE 2012
Echoes and Reflections, the leader in Holocaust education, will exhibit at the 2012 NCTE Annual Convention, November 16-18, 2012. See demos delivered by educators using the materials in their classrooms, experience firsthand the multimedia components, sign up for professional development opportunities, and get a free gift. Visit us at booth #706!
  Literacy Everywhere 
  • Canada's policies on personal-finance literacy need improvement
    There is no fast, easy fix to improving personal-finance education, offers personal-finance writer Rob Carrick. Among his critiques of Canada's efforts are that financial-literacy programs have not been promoted well enough, and, in some cases, don't go far enough in challenging the sales tactics of banks and real-estate firms. "We've simply overestimated how quickly and effectively people can be helped to understand money better," Carrick writes. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)(tiered subscription model) (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers link teen pregnancy and literacy
    Pre-teens girls with low literacy levels were 2.5 times more likely than girls with higher levels of literacy to get pregnant as teenagers, according to a study by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Nursing. The study, conducted over six years, included 12,339 Philadelphia school girls of an average age of 11.9 years of age. Researchers are recommending that health care providers consider literacy levels when they counsel young patients. (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Education Policy 
  • Nov. referendums could usher in education reforms
    Issues such as teacher tenure, charter schools and merit pay for teachers will be on the November ballot as voters decide on referendums related to education reform across the country. Washington state voters will be asked whether they want to allow charter schools to operate, and a Georgia referendum asks voters to weigh in on the creation of a commission to oversee charter schools. Idaho and South Dakota voters will decide on issues related to teacher tenure and merit pay. Reuters (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fla. STEM graduate totals not keeping up with growing job vacancies
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced that there are 64,000 available jobs in science, technology, engineering and math-related fields in the state, an increase over a year ago, but still far more than what Florida's universities can fill with its graduates. Last year, Florida's 11 state universities produced a little more than 10,000 graduates with bachelor's degrees in STEM fields. That also marks a continued increase, but it's a signal to state education leaders to come up with a plan to close that gap. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (10/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership and Capacity Building 
  • Why schools should place emphasis on teacher coaching
    Coaching has an unmatched power to improve teaching and learning, instructional coach David Ginsburg writes in this blog post. Teacher coaching, he notes -- more so than test preparation -- will have the greatest effect on student achievement. He offers anecdotes from schools that have adopted teacher coaching and reported higher levels of student achievement and learning. Education Week Teacher/Coach G's Teaching Tips (10/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Learning 
  • Teachers take over professional development in "unconference"
    About 150 preschool-through-college educators from Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire attended an "unconference" held Saturday, in which teachers learned from each other. The first Edcamp Seacoast, held in New Hampshire and included no formal presentations or speakers, focused on topics such as technology, arts integration, bullying and teacher effectiveness. SeacoastOnline (Portsmouth, N.H.)(tiered subscription model) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NCLE Spotlight 
  • Bringing academic vocabulary into everyday practice
    This case features a community of practice at Rowland High School, Rowland Heights, Calif., that studied academic vocabulary during the 2010-2011 school year. This community of practice was initiated by history and social science teachers that had often collaborated on lessons in the past, but this community of practice was their first formal structure for collaborating. It included a total of eight teachers who taught classes in different content areas with a variety of types of students. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sharing their learning ... naming their question
    Listen in on a community of practice (COP) as group members participate in a practice exchange with other COPs. In this excerpt, the group is sharing their learning from the year and naming their consultancy question. Listen now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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