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December 18, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Minn. educators explore options to help English-language learners
    Educators in Minnesota are working to develop new approaches to help improve the academic performance of English-language learners. One school in the state -- where about 8% of students are learning English -- enrolls non-English-speaking students in a daily two-hour "newcomer" class to help familiarize them with the language, as well as American and school culture. Even with the focused attention, achievement among English-language learners continues to lag, and educators say they are working to devise a new program that could serve as a model. Minnesota Public Radio (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Educational website connects math, other subjects to real world
    Making math relevant and less abstract may improve students' understanding of the subject. This is the idea behind CK12, an online resource that contains free lesson plans, tips and other materials for math and other subjects. Resources include a math activity using scores from the game Temple Run and videos from Khan Academy and PBS. blog (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
NEW! Common Core Standards converted into 1,540 Learning Objectives
DataWORKS has converted the Common Core Standards into explicit, teachable Learning Objectives. Now teachers can rapidly comprehend, internalize, and implement new Common Core Standards. Exclusive bonus: Includes grade-level Common Core vocabulary lists that define key words students need to know to be successful. Download free sample.
  School Leadership 
  • Policymakers eye teacher-training programs for reform
    Teacher preparation is likely to be a major focus for policymakers in the new year, observers say following an announcement that school chiefs in 25 states intend to make changes to the way new teachers are trained and licensed. Participating states will work to implement recommendations contained in a report released by the Council of Chief State School Officers. Among other things, the group suggests that teacher-certification standards be aligned with "college- and career-ready standards." Education Week (premium article access compliments of (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Better Support Students with Exceptionalities
General-education teachers say they lack the skills to support the growing number of students with exceptionalities. Find strategies and tips for using targeted, online PD to help all teachers understand these learners, identify their strengths and keep them on track toward their learning targets. Download Now
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Grant to fund development of tools for common core
    The American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association and their teachers are working to develop tools to help implement Common Core State Standards, education reporter Catherine Gewertz writes in this blog post. Those tools will be posted online on the Student Achievement Partners' website. The three-year project is funded through an $11 million charitable grant. While there are few specifics about the type of tools that will be made available, organizers say teachers have requested help in building "coherent text sets." Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News

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  The Whole Child 
  • Tips to help teachers address tragedy with students
    The writer of this New York Times blog post suggests several ways teachers and parents can address the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., with students. Among the suggestions are for teachers to allow their students to write about their reactions to such events. The writer also suggests ways for students to honor the victims, such as creating a collage or bulletin board about their lives. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Students may need mental-health services in school: More resources should be devoted to the mental and emotional health of students, particularly those with disabilities, writes education consultant and former special educator Jennifer Cerbasi. Often targeted for budget cuts, full-time counselors and psychologists are needed in schools to assist students, she writes in this commentary. "I believe children with special needs benefit from counseling to support their emotional development and enhance their understanding of the challenges they may face," she writes. (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
  Policy Watch 
  • Gates-funded group recruits teachers in Tenn. district
    The Memphis and Shelby County, Tenn., school board is expected to vote today to continue using The New Teacher Project to help recruit and retain teachers. The agreement with the organization is funded by the Gates Foundation. Though the local teachers union has criticized TNTP as ineffective, school superintendent Kriner Cash said the district "has charged TNTP with the responsibility for all strategic teacher recruitment and staffing functions." Cash said TNTP has been "successful in recruiting thousands of high-quality applicants for the 400 available positions." The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) (free registration) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
SmartReport on EdTech
SmartReport on EdTech is your guide for all things education technology. Read about the highlights and takeaways from this year's ISTE Conference; find out what's keeping educators up at night; 5 tips for developing VR content creators; plus all of the latest innovative edtech products. Read it here.
  Faculty Lounge 
  • A call to find your inner leader
    Schools need effective school leaders, but people don't always know what it means to lead, writes Peter DeWitt, an elementary-school principal in Averill Park, N.Y. In this blog post, he also writes about the growing connected-educator movement on Twitter, and the innovative ideas and calls to action that have resulted from the exchanges. While DeWitt writes that leadership is hard work, he notes that people who lead will not be disappointed with the results. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • Take part in ASCD's live 2013 Virtual Conference wherever you are
    The second-ever ASCD Virtual Conference will run concurrent with ASCD's 68th Annual Conference and Exhibit Show on March 16 to 18. Virtual attendees will take part in more than 20 live streaming sessions, engage presenters in Q&A, and watch special conference interviews. Speakers include Freeman A. Hrabowski III, one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World; retired Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor; and leading voices from the education community. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Throughout December and January: Whole child and common core
    "The Common Core Standards and a whole child approach are not opposites, and they do not and should not have to be in opposition," writes Whole Child Programs project manager Klea Scharberg. In a recent Whole Child Blog post, Scharberg points to free resources that educators can take advantage of as they work to implement a whole child approach to education and the new standards. And she discusses what content blog readers can expect to find posted this winter. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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