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November 15, 2012
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  Transforming Literacy Learning 
  • Learning computer coding will help students down the road
    Learning to code is no different from learning to speak or read in its importance for communicating in today's society, writes digital literacy advocate Douglas Rushkoff. He suggests that the more young people know about computer programming, the wiser consumers they'll be and the more equipped they'll be for various jobs in the future. Rushkoff highlights a free program he used to bolster his own coding skills. Trends blog (11/13) 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 
  • More teens are reading, but is it time well spent?
    Teachers, librarians and others say that teen-friendly books, such as the "Harry Potter," "Twilight" and "Hunger Games" series, have helped make reading popular again. The most popular genre among teens continues to be supernatural/paranormal fiction. However, some parents suggest that today's young-adult books contain questionable content and are too superficial. Green Bay Press-Gazette (Wis.) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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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.
  Education Policy 
  • Report: States face challenges in adopting evaluation reforms
    In six states that were early adopters of teacher-evaluation reforms, some are struggling to support the changes, according to a report from the Center for American Progress. The study of efforts in Colorado, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Tennessee found that common challenges include a lack of funds and differences in how the evaluators are trained. States also are struggling to evaluate teachers who do not teach subjects covered by state exams. The Huffington Post (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership and Capacity Building 
  • School's environment is a key factor in achievement
    Successful turnarounds of struggling high schools hinge on fostering environments where teachers and students are supported, and parents and community members are engaged, suggests Charles Payne, a University of Chicago professor and affiliate of the university's Urban Education Institute. "You can create all the pockets of good instruction you want, [but] if the organizational environment doesn't support [the change], it is likely to destroy it," he said. Culture change requires a combination of teacher collaboration, community connections, rigorous instruction, supportive leadership and safe environment, he said. U.S. News & World Report/High School Notes (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Learning 
  • Teacher turns flipped instruction on its head
    A middle-school teacher in Amherst, N.Y., has adopted the flipped instructional method -- with a twist. Rather than creating instructional videos for his students, Rob Zdrojewski has his students use screencasting technology to create instructional videos for teachers. In the videos, which serve as professional development for teachers, students offer instruction on technology, such as using Gmail and Google Drive. Each video is 90 seconds or less. T.H.E. Journal (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCLE Spotlight 
  • Making our professional learning visible through practice exchanges
    Practice Exchanges are an alternative way of thinking about how you plan professional development days. A Practice Exchange is an event that is connected to the ongoing learning of educators who are engaged in: adult learning as a shared responsibility; shared accountability for student learning; using evidence to discuss teaching and learning with others; and collaborative learning that is captured and shared with others. Browse this collection of Practice Exchange resources, including video excerpts from the actual event, sample agendas, tools and protocols used, as well as other resources that may be adapted as needed. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Exploring the experiences of upper elementary-school children who are intrinsically motivated to seek information
    This research study from School Library Research takes an in-depth look into the self-motivation of nine fifth-graders to seek out information about a topic of personal interest. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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