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November 16, 2012
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  • Study: NBCTs are top performers in L.A. schools
    National Board Certified Teachers "significantly outperform" their peers in the Los Angeles Unified School District, according to a six-year study by the Strategic Data Project. According to the findings, NBCTs, who account for about 4% of the district's teachers, outperform their peers "by roughly two months of additional math instruction and one month of additional ELA [English-language arts] instruction over a year." Researchers say the data could reflect the quality of teachers who seek National Board Certification or the benefits of the program. EdSource Extra (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Do you struggle to engage students with challenging texts? Doing Literary Criticism helps you expand students' reading and thinking skills with 11 critical approaches to reading literature, supported by a host of practical classroom activities. Includes an extensive bound-in CD with reproducibles, exam questions, and more. Click here for details!
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  • More teachers experiment with flipped instruction
    The concept of flipped instruction appears to be catching on in classrooms nationwide, as more teachers say their students are benefiting from the technique. In 14 Cincinnati-area schools, teachers -- including seventh-grade world history teacher James Zoller -- are experimenting with the technique. A recent survey on flipped instruction found that among teachers who have utilized it, most report increased student achievement. The technique, however, has drawn criticism from some who say not all students have equal access to technology at home. (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teacher says common core helps educators, students
    Denver high-school math teacher Megan Lawson praises the Common Core State Standards in this opinion article, writing that they have helped her and other teachers "clarify and define what needs to be taught within each content area." To help students meet the standards, teachers have adopted Mathematics Design Collaborative Tools, which students use to complete an assignment, review others' work and revise their own work -- allowing them to work individually, in small groups and as one large group. Education News Colorado (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • What does the "fiscal cliff" mean for schools?
    If the U.S. Congress does not take steps to prevent the so-called "fiscal cliff," the National Education Association estimates that education funding could return to pre-2003 levels. The National School Boards Association is predicting similarly dire scenarios, including the loss of more than $300,000 for every 5,000 students enrolled in a school district. CNN/Schools of Thought blog (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Obama says education can be protected when making cuts for "fiscal cliff": President Barack Obama spoke in his first press conference since re-election about looking at discretionary spending, which includes education, when tackling the "fiscal cliff," but he said education is on a list of items that lawmakers should avoid hurting. Obama did not say he would veto any plan that cuts K-12 education spending. If federal education funding is cut, it would affect money for the next school year. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 3 takeaways from the iPad Summit for educators
    More than 500 educators and experts from around the world recently attended the iPad Summit at Harvard Medical School, where the focus was on the use of the Apple tablet computer as an educational tool. Teacher Jennifer Carey blogged about her experience at the conference, which she called "one of the most innovative and exhilarating experiences I have had as an educator." Her three takeaways include that the iPad is just a tool, professional development must follow iPad integration plans and the device must do more than replace other systems such as laptops. Powerful Learning Practice (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teachers' transition to administration slowed in NYC
    New York City intends to scale back its fast-track principal-training program in favor of professional development that focuses on teachers' long-term development. In making changes to its Teacher Leadership Program, officials say they will enroll fewer educators in the program and also direct more attention to training and mentoring over the course of teachers' careers. (New York) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Focus on reading, math affects science instruction in some schools
    To meet federal benchmarks in reading and math, some elementary schools in Kansas and elsewhere have reduced the time spent on science lessons, and instead are focusing on reading and math skills. School officials say more attention to science instruction is coming as they develop ways to incorporate more math and reading into science lessons, but some parents and others remain critical of the recent decisions regarding science education. The Topeka Capital-Journal (Kan.) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

All teachers of algebra should have The Xs and Whys of Algebra at their fingertips during planning and instruction. This handy 84-page flipchart cuts through the confusion to help you prevent common misconceptions. 30 modules focus on key standards with instructional strategies, activities, and reproducibles. Click here for details!

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  • National Board wins coveted Investment in Innovation (i3) Grant
    The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has received top marks in its category for the U.S. Department of Education's i3 (Investing in Innovation) Development grant competition. The $3 million grant is designed to advance student achievement in high-need schools in grades 3 to 6 mathematics and science through improved teacher preparation and early-career teaching support. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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