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March 22, 2013
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Students' voices count in the education debate
    Students should be treated as any other stakeholder in education -- with their voices being sought and listened to, writes Jessica Keigan, a secondary language arts teacher at Horizon High School in Thornton, Colo. In this blog post, she writes about a persuasive essay written by a 10th-grade student, who realized her grades were better in middle school because classes started later and that she would have a better chance of success if class sizes were smaller. TransformED (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to help students understand complex works
    Students will be expected to read and analyze complex material -- besides nonverbal works -- under the Common Core State Standards, writes Todd Finley, an associate professor of English education. In this blog post, he offers suggestions and resources for helping students understand nonverbal works, including relationships among ideas or characters and style. Finley's blog (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
How quickly can you close the gap?
Are your students on track to reach their end-of-year benchmarks? Studies show that children who lack foundational reading skills by the end of third grade are more likely to struggle academically in later years. Lexia has been shown to help two-thirds of high-risk students in grades 1—3 close the gap and advance one or more grade levels in reading within one year. Learn how.
  School Leadership 
  • How educators can get connected -- starting now
    The importance of becoming "connected educators" was highlighted at the recent ASCD annual conference in Chicago. Now, Elana Leoni, a social media marketing manager, offers educators this blog post 10 tips for becoming connected educators. Among her suggestions are to embrace making mistakes, just get started and understand there is no right way to get connected. She also recommends following like-minded people, being open to learning and joining a virtual live event. Leoni's blog/text and video (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Common core app aids educators on the go
    MasteryConnect's Common Core Standards application should be of great use to educators and students who want a convenient reference to just what those standards are, Katie Lepi writes. The app organizes the standards by grade level and course and, through a series of drop-down menus, gets to the standard requirement itself, providing detailed examples. Edudemic (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Unleash students’ creativity with coding & STEAM
We can't prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow, but we can ensure they are future-ready. In an increasingly automated world, learning code won't be enough — what students are able to DO with code will be what matters. Learn more on how to use STEAM & coding to turn students into creative problem-solvers.
  Managing Budgets 
  • Chicago officials reveal plans to shutter 61 schools
    Chicago city officials announced plans Thursday to cut costs by closing 61 city schools -- affecting 30,000 students who attend mostly low-performing, under-enrolled schools in primarily African-American neighborhoods. Officials say the move is expected to eventually conserve resources by creating a smaller school footprint and help chip away at next year's anticipated $1 billion deficit. Some critics, however, say they are concerned that displaced students will have to make longer -- and potentially more dangerous -- walks to school. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.C. partnership reinstates funding for arts field trips
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., schools have joined forces with the Arts & Science Council to reinstate arts field trips -- which were sacrificed amid budget cuts three years ago. Now, 51,000 students will participate in the field trips, with more than 11,000 fifth-graders recently attending an event featuring the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Opera Carolina and North Carolina Dance Theatre. To give the field trips additional impact, teachers are integrating the performances into lesson plans and teaching students about the choreographers, dancers and other performers before the field trip. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • How do states measure up on education-technology laws?
    The recently released Digital Learning Report Card grades states on a set of 39 criteria related to their education-technology policies. Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, Virginia and Utah were the only states to receive As or Bs on the assessment. Of ed-tech policies, the report found that most trends were related to increasing online learning for K-12 students, expanding course choices and eliminating barriers to blended learning. Education Week/Digital Education blog (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News

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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  Faculty Lounge 
  • Are schools taking full advantage of technology?
    While educators nationwide are doing exciting things with technology, participants at a panel discussion Wednesday said that many K-12 schools do not have the necessary infrastructure to take full advantage of available technology. Members of the panel at the Brookings Institution said that about one-third of schools have proper bandwidth and that improvement will rely on a shift in organizational culture -- such as granting teachers greater flexibility -- rather than a focus on changing the technology. Education Week/Digital Education blog (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASCD News 
  • ASCD names 2013 elected leaders and affiliate awards recipients
    We're pleased to announce Becky J. Berg -- superintendent of the Deer Park School District in Deer Park, Wash., -- as ASCD's new president. "Becky's commitment to advocating for both whole child education and sustained, job-embedded professional development for educators makes her the perfect choice to serve as ASCD's new President," said ASCD CEO and Executive Director Gene R. Carter. Read our press release to learn more about Berg, our president-elect, new members of the ASCD Board of Directors, and ASCD affiliates being recognized for their excellence. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teacher leadership
    As he looks around his school, elementary school principal Steven Weber sees teachers serving as leaders. Some of them support student safety each day as kids arrive and depart from school. Others take part in designing and revising curriculum. In his recent ASCD EDge blog post, Weber encourages colleagues to take a look at their own schools. "If you don't have teacher leaders in these roles, there may be one or more teachers waiting for you to recognize their talents," he writes. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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School Reading CoachesRowland Reading FoundationMultiple Locations, United States
Teach Overseas!International Schools ServicesMultiple Locations, International
K-12 School Teachers Needed for International SchoolsThe International EducatorMultiple Locations, International
Professional Development Program ManagerRowland Reading FoundationIndianapolis, IN
Chief Accountability Officer, Illinois Center for School ImprovementAmerican Institutes for ResearchNaperville, IL
Multiple Leadership PositionsKent School District (Seattle Metropolitan Area)Kent, WA
Head of Guidance and College CounselingColegio Franklin D. Roosevelt, The American School of LimaLima, Peru
Manager for Priority Support Unit, Illinois Center for School ImprovementAmerican Institutes for ResearchWashington, DC
Principal / Director of Alternative High SchoolTaunton Public SchoolsTaunton, MA
Rosalyn S. Heyman Endowed Chair in Educational Administration Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
Tenure-Track Position in Policy Development Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
Program Officer for Teacher DevelopmentKnowles Science Teaching FoundationMoorestown, NJ
Dean of Trades and Industry St. Cloud Technical College St. Cloud, MN
CONTRACT - Education ConsultantsConfidentialMultiple Locations, United States
Middle School Assistant Principal, Primarily 5th & 6th Grades Milton Hershey School Hershey, PA
Head of SchoolSmith College Campus SchoolNorthampton, MA
Manager of Curriculum and Instruction Unit, Illinois Center for School Improvement American Institutes for ResearchWashington, DC
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If we were all given by magic the power to read each other's thoughts, I suppose the first effect would be to dissolve all friendships."
--Bertrand Russell,
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