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Rubrics. Test questions. Tiering assessments. Grading effort. Redos. Report cards. In his thoroughly revised edition of Fair Isn't Always Equal, Rick Wormeli provides a thorough guide for teachers and administrators to tackle challenging and controversial assessment and grading practices in the differentiated classroom. Preview the entire book!
November 8, 2012
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  Transforming Literacy Learning 
  • Literacy coaches help teachers improve reading, become mentors
    First-grade teacher Marisela Aguirre received 100 hours of training and frequent visits from a literacy coach last year to create a model reading classroom for her mostly Spanish-speaking students at Cardenas Elementary School in Chicago. Aguirre will receive more training over the next two years to help her mentor other Cardenas educators to support students. "If students can't read, then they don't succeed in those other content areas either. We're building a strong foundation," said principal Jeremy Feiwell. Chicago Tribune(tiered subscription model) (11/7) 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
  • Using 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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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 
  • Community-literacy efforts boost library usage
    A literacy push spearheaded by the Kalamazoo, Mich., Public Schools has led to a 19% jump in the borrowing of children's books from city libraries. The school system's initiatives include mailing books to sixth-graders over the summer, first-grade field trips to the library and partnering with neighborhood churches to hold parent-literacy workshops. "The ultimate goal is to send the message that 'the library is for you and coming to the library should be part of your family routine,'" said Susan Warner, head of the library's youth services. (Michigan)(free registration) (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Literacy instruction is changing. Make sure you're ready.
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  Education Policy 
  • What will Obama's second-term education agenda include?
    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
SmartBrief’s 5th Annual STEM Pathways Summit
Join us Thursday, Oct. 18 in New York City for the 5th annual STEM Pathways Summit, a FREE high-powered one-day event for K-20 STEM leaders and decision-makers. Develop a STEM toolkit, build a learning network with peers and share success stories and lessons learned. Register to request your seat.
  Leadership and Capacity Building 
  • Successful one-to-one programs require a shift in practice
    To have a successful one-to-one learning program, schools need to focus on transforming how educators teach and how administrators direct this shift in pedagogy before buying devices and mobile applications, writes Leslie Wilson, CEO of the nonprofit One-to-One Institute. Wilson writes in this opinion article that leaders, from superintendents to principals, need to have a vision on how this technology will be used in the classroom, and then coordinate best-practice training and feedback opportunities for teachers. T.H.E. Journal (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Young minds need exceptional leaders
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  Professional Learning 
  • Opinion: An alternative to the value-added evaluation
    Teachers should be evaluated by having experts review their instruction, student work and school and district test scores, two Stanford University education professors write in this opinion article. Linda Darling-Hammond and Edward Haertel write that their work, and that of other researchers, has shown that judging teachers based on value-added evaluations is highly unreliable. Los Angeles Times(tiered subscription model) (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCLE Spotlight 
  • Integration of information literacy into the curriculum: Changing students' relationships with the school librarian
    Motivated by a shared inquiry question, a team of librarians at Deerfield High School in Illinois gathered data to support a push to integrate information literacy skills into the curriculum, and developed a fruitful collaboration with other departments resulting in a co-taught Medieval narrative project. Among other important outcomes: a change in student perceptions about the role of school librarians. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Getting in the mindset of a learning conversation
    Listen in as the facilitator of the Practice Exchange transitions the learning from the stage of sampling to a deeper dive into the learning. Using an Ordered Sharing Protocol allows the groups' conversations to go deeper not broader. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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