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March 28, 2013
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Survey: Most teachers report feeling safe in the classroom
A survey taken about a month after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut finds that 92% of teachers feel safe in school. However, the survey, conducted by the School Improvement Network, found fewer teachers -- about 69% -- say their school is safe from gun violence. Chet Linton, CEO and president of the teacher-training company School Improvement Network, suggests that districts draft emergency plans and involve all stakeholders in school-safety decisions. District Administration magazine (4/2013)
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Middle-grades teachers offer insight on student engagement
In this response to a question posed on Larry Ferlazzo's blog, middle-school teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron writes that student engagement is perhaps better heard than seen. She writes students are engaged when they are asking higher-level questions at a fast pace. Marsha Ratzel, a middle-school math and science teacher, writes that improved student engagement requires quality conversations among teachers and administrators -- not a simple classroom fix. Education Week Teacher/Classroom Q&A blog (3/24)
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School closures draw protest in Chicago
Protesters turned out Wednesday in Chicago to criticize the recent decision to close dozens of schools by June. Officials said the closures were targeting struggling schools and that the consolidation was necessary. Opponents say the closures would have a negative effect on children, with some protesters saying that neighborhood schools scheduled to be shuttered represented safe places for at-risk children. Chicago Sun-Times (free registration) (3/27)
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How teachers can use Twitter to connect, collaborate
Twitter has become a powerful tool for teachers to connect, chat and engage in professional development, writes Tom Murray, director of technology and cybereducation for the Quakertown Community School District in Bucks County, Pa. In this blog post, he offers information about the value of Twitter chats for educators and shares some recommended chats as well as how to access them. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (3/27)
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Library of resources for Texas teachers offered on iTunes U
The Texas Association of School Administrators has taken the lead in helping to develop a virtual library of resources for teachers available on Apple's iTunes U. Teachers from select districts collected the resources -- all of which are tied to the state's curriculum -- and winnowed it down to the material that would be most helpful to teachers. The resource is not intended to replace existing materials, but rather help teachers and students with particular lessons. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (3/25)
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Texas bill alters testing requirements, graduation paths
Texas students no longer will have to pass 15 standardized tests to graduate high school. State lawmakers recently passed a bill reducing the number to five. The bill also provides for career training for those students who are not college-bound. KXAN-TV (Austin, Texas) (3/27)
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