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September 26, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Studies show benefits of personalizing math problems
    Researchers at Southern Methodist University have found that personalizing algebra word problems to students' interests can improve their performance. The researchers surveyed ninth-graders about their interests in sports, music and movies, and the students who received personalized story problems solved them faster and more accurately than students who did not receive questions tailored to their interests. "The whole thing with algebra for kids is they say, 'This isn't relevant to me.' Making it relevant in any way is a good thing," said Michael Shaughnessy, a mathematics and statistics professor at Portland State University in Oregon. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Co-teaching helps educators meet students' needs
    Co-teaching works when teachers share classroom responsibilities, have a similar work ethic and complementary skill-sets, experts say. Susan Fitzell, a former special-education teacher who began co-teaching in 1993 at Londonderry Senior High School in New Hampshire and is now an education consultant, says co-teaching allows educators to work in small groups and meet the needs of students, including children with disabilities. U.S. News & World Report/High School Notes blog (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Is kindergarten too early to start using standardized tests?
    ACT is preparing to introduce standardized tests that measure college- and career-readiness for students ages 8 to 18. Paul Weeks, a vice president at the testing company, says it also has prioritized the development of similar tests for even younger students. There are at least 25 states that have some type of standardized testing in kindergarten. "There are skills that we've identified as essential for college and career success, and you can back them down in a grade-appropriate manner," Weeks said. "Even in the early grades, you can find students who may be at risk." Reuters (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Technology of all sorts is making its way into the classroom and offering new ways to engage learners with interactive lesson content. Learning Scientist, T. V. Joe Layng, Ph.D., provides perspective on how districts can make informed choices for effective technology implementation. Download our FREE whitepaper.
  School Leadership 
  • Fla. extends search for education commissioner
    The Florida Board of Education is extending its search for a new state education commissioner through the end of November, noting it has not had any qualified candidates apply for the post. Officials say just 16 people applied for the job, surprising many education experts who view the position as high-profile. "We're not going to lower our standards," board Chairman Gary Chartrand said. Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

"Like having a literature expert and master teacher at your side all year long."Linda Hoyt. The new edition of Mentor Texts helps students become confident, accomplished writers by using literature as their foundation. It's filled with classroom examples, new "Your Turn" lessons, and a completely updated "Treasure Chest" of annotated book suggestions. Preview the entire book!
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Other News
SmartReport on EdTech: The Back-to-School Issue
SmartReport on EdTech is your back-to-school 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.
  Managing Budgets 
  Policy Watch 
  • Ind. superintendent wants more accountability
    School districts need greater accountability, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett told a crowd attending his annual State of Education address on Tuesday. He said he wants the option of state takeovers of failing schools. "In our efforts to turn around the state's lowest performing schools, it has become clear that underperformance is often systemic, with problems rooted in district-level leadership," he said. The Indianapolis Star (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mo. NCLB waiver bars transfers out of some failing schools
    The federal waiver that Missouri received from certain provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act eliminates parents' option to transfer their children out of failing Title 1 schools. Previously, parents whose children attended Title 1 schools that failed to meet adequate yearly progress had the option of transferring to another school. However, the waiver eliminates the use of AYP and the transfer option. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Faculty Lounge 
  • 5 trendy education terms for this year
    There are five terms that are likely to be popular in education circles this year, Donna Krache writes in this blog post. They are the Common Core State Standards, flipped classes, gamification, massive open online course and school choice. Krache writes that all of the terms reflect education priorities in the new school year. CNN/Schools of Thought Blog (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

"Teachers discouraged by the lack of original thought and creativity in student writing will value [this] insightful book" (MiddleWeb). Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay explains the pitfalls of this approach, and gives you practical strategies for reclaiming the literary essay and encouraging thoughtful writing in response to literature. Preview the entire book online!

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  ASCD News 
  • Read between the lines of Assignments Matter
    In a recent ASCD Talks with an Author video interview, curriculum design expert and seasoned teacher coach Eleanor Dougherty discusses her book, "Assignments Matter: Making the Connections That Help Students Meet Standards." You'll hear directly from Dougherty on what qualifies as an assignment and what differentiates it from an activity or assessment. You'll also delve into the seven-step process for crafting assignments for your students. Listen in.
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  • High-impact ASCD institutes coming to South Carolina this November
    Spend Nov. 7 to 9 learning to upgrade curriculum and instruction step-by-step with the help of three prominent curriculum mapping experts and the best-selling book "Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World." Or attend one of two Common Core State Standards-themed institutes on Nov. 7 to 8. One supports implementing the common core mathematics standards, and the second empowers school and district leaders to lead the change to Common Core State Standards. Learn more about the Myrtle Beach institutes in our official press release. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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