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November 7, 2012
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  • Focus shifts to education agenda with Obama win
    President Barack Obama's victory in Tuesday's election turns the focus to his education agenda for the second term. While education was not a central theme in the contest with his Republican challenger Mitt Romney, Obama has pledged to recruit and train 100,000 new math and science teachers and offer post-secondary institutions a chance to compete for Race to the Top funds. It is unclear whether he will receive support from Congress for his proposals. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What a divided Congress means for education policy: The results of Tuesday's election indicate that the U.S. Congress is likely to remain divided, with Republicans in the majority in the House and Democrats in control of the Senate. That combination, which has been in place for the past two years, has meant deadlock and inaction on many education issues, including the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It's unclear whether that will change under the new Congress. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

"Provides a clear picture of various ways to set up math workshop in the primary grades" (Snapshots of Mrs. V). Math Exchanges shows you how to foster rich small-group discussions and help students construct new meaning and understanding as they establish themselves as mathematicians. Preview Chapter 1: Creating Space for Math Workshop.
  Focus on Practice 
  • 4 questions to ask during parent-teacher conferences
    Parents should be as involved in the education of their high-school-aged children as they are for elementary-school children, teachers say. This blog post includes four questions teachers say they wish parents of high-school students would ask during parent-teacher conferences. They include asking how the teachers are faring, what parents can do to make teachers' jobs easier and questions about students' performance. U.S. News & World Report/High School Notes (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How teachers can organize students' writing projects
    Middle-grades educator Ariel Sacks offers four tips in this blog post for organizing how students create and turn in drafts of writing projects. Using advice from Maia Heyck Merlin, author of "The Together Teacher," Sacks has created solid rules for students who don't have reliable access to computers at home, allowing them to select whether to complete projects on laptops at school or write them by hand at home. She also is creating a system to help students organize and track the progress of their own writing such as having them develop daily word goals. Teacher Leaders Network/On the Shoulders of Giants blog (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to use Superstorm Sandy to create lessons on media literacy
    Teacher-librarian Joyce Valenza in this blog post offers online resources for teachers who wish to create a lesson on media literacy based on social media use during Superstorm Sandy. Many people found social media to be useful for connecting with friends and relatives during the storm, but Sandy also triggered the spread of misinformation through text and photographs, Valenza writes. She suggests teachers use the event to educate students about how to judge the credibility of what they see online. School Library Journal/Never Ending Search blog (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Pa. educators write textbook with iBook Author
    Teachers in a Pennsylvania junior-high school have used the iBook Author program to write a digital textbook for their online social studies curriculum. This is the first year for teachers using the textbook, which students view on iPads and MacBooks purchased by the school. Teachers say the "bells and whistles" made possible by the e-book help to keep students more engaged in lessons than they would be using a traditional textbook. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Developing Leaders 
  • Teachers use training day to help storm victims
    Some teachers in New York City used what was to be a professional-development day on Tuesday, when schools were closed for Election Day, to assist with recovery from destructive storm Sandy. In some cases, teachers were taking food and other supplies to students, and some parent-teacher associations canceled their own bake-sale fundraisers to direct the money to relief efforts. Students also got in on the volunteer service, partnering with teachers and others to help victims. (New York) (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

In her new DVD Talk to Me English teacher Cris Tovani invites your staff into her classroom to observe 14 individual and 5 group conferences where she differentiates instruction by listening to, learning about, and connecting with her students. Click here now to view two conferences from the DVD!

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  Policy News 
  • Mich. constitutional amendment on unions is rejected
    A measure that would have increased protections for union employees in Michigan was rejected by voters on Tuesday. Supporters of the measure, which would have prevented union membership from being a condition of employment, say it would have strengthened collective-bargaining rights for workers, including teachers. The referendum effort was initiated after a move in Wisconsin to weaken collective bargaining. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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