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December 31, 2012
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  • Classroom observers should be experienced teachers
    Eighth-grade English teacher Ariel Sacks in this blog post questions a job posting she saw that sought people to observe and evaluate teachers. The posting stated that experienced educators were preferred -- not required. Sacks writes that while the approach may work for the organization cited to evaluate its own program, officials should be careful not to harm the teaching profession. Teacher Leaders Network (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 

A must-have book for primary teachers just got better. In the revised edition of Reading with Meaning, Debbie Miller adds new planning and assessment tools, updated "go-to" children's book titles, and FAQs. Follow Debbie through an entire school year as she models the kind of decision-making increasingly demanded by new standards. Preview the entire book!
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  • Breaking students out of the classroom cage
    Research shows that one's environment can affect brain development. In this blog post, Jason Flom, director of learning platforms for the Q.E.D. Foundation, writes about what those findings could mean for education. "As we race to embrace standardized stimulation in the form of new-fangled curricula and enhanced assessment batteries, we eliminate play, physical activity, the outdoors, collaboration, creativity and, effectively, communication," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Schools Today 
  • Charter school management companies increasing nationwide
    Charter schools have grown from local programs formed by parents or communities into schools run by large companies and education management organizations (EMO). According to a study by the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder, for-profit education management organizations have increased nationally from five in 1995-96 to 99 in 2010-11, while nonprofits have grown from 48 in 1998 to 197 in 2010-11. "Within a couple of years, we're going to see the EMO sector account for more than half of the nation's public charter-school students," said Gary Miron, an education professor at Western Michigan University and a co-author of the report. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ill. district pilots middle-school computer science course
    The Champaign, Ill., school district, with the support of community partners and the University of Illinois, has a pilot program to teach computer programming to students at Jefferson Middle School. "They're understanding that you're going to encounter different types of software or technology where the answer might not be right in front of you," science tech teacher Jessica Pitcher said. "They have to use their resources to find where the answer might be." The News-Gazette (Champaign-Urbana, Ill.) (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 2012's Top 10 list of education blog posts
    SmartBrief writer Sarah Wade in this blog post shares the most-tweeted SmartBlog on Education posts from 2012. Among them: examining whether students are motivated by technology, what it means to be a 21st century teacher and ways in which teachers can utilize Twitter. Top tweeted blogs also include posts about flipped classrooms, the right ways to use classroom technology and what it means to be an education-technology leader. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Pittsburgh board to vote on teacher evaluation plan
    Teachers in Pennsylvania during the 2013-14 school year will be evaluated based on classroom observations and "multiple measures of student achievement," according to a new state law. Now, Pittsburgh is expected to be the first district to implement a new method for evaluating teachers that complies with the law. Under the district's proposal, tentatively set for a school board vote on Jan. 23, half of teachers' evaluations will be based on building-level results, teacher-specific data and "elective data," which will typically include student surveys about their teachers' performance. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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