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November 6, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
 
  • Kindergarten prep begins at birth in Mo. district
    A Missouri school district is encouraging parents to participate in a voluntary program in which students are screened for potential learning difficulties before they enroll in kindergarten. Officials say the Parents as Teachers program helps identify problems as early as birth, so educators can tailor lessons to address students' needs. "Some kids might have strength in one way, but need work in another way. We can recommend programs or ways for parents to help them," said Barb Ehlen, who coordinates the Mehlville School District's Parents as Teachers program. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mass. elementary schools consider adding Spanish to kindergarten
    Next year's kindergarten students at schools in Sherborn and Dover, Mass., could be learning Spanish 20 minutes a day, four days a week, if school officials approve the plan set for debate in December. The language instruction will be added to each elementary grade, and students are expected to speak at an eighth-grade level by the time they enter middle school. Chickering Elementary School principal Theresa Nugent, chairwoman of the language committee, supports the move, saying research shows studying a second language helps young students' achievement in math and English-language arts. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (11/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Nonfiction Comprehension and Intervention
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  School Leadership 
 
  • Teacher: Reform movement hinges on collaboration
    For true and effective education reform to become a reality, reformers must work with stakeholders -- mainly teachers -- rather than vilify educators, history teacher Matthew McCabe writes in this opinion article. McCabe compares the reform movement to his efforts to help a struggling student, saying that education leaders should "assume good intentions, embrace nuance publicly and attack challenges collaboratively." The Hechinger Report (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Technology in the Classroom 
 
  • Students to take to Twitter on Election Day
    Today, students and others nationwide will use the #EduElection hashtag on Twitter to discuss the election, high-school English teacher Michelle Lampinen writes in this blog post. Lampinen notes that this conversation expands on successful Twitter chats held during the presidential debates and earlier in the election cycle. "We also wanted to teach them how to use social media to learn from students outside their class," she writes. Edutopia.org/Michelle Lampinen's blog (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 

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  The Whole Child 
 
  • Students, teachers returning to class post-Sandy need understanding
    Students and teachers affected by Sandy's devastation will need help processing their experiences before they are able to get back to work, middle-grades educator Launa Schweizer writes in this blog post. Schweizer, a New York City teacher, writes that she spent her first day back listening to her students' storm stories -- in which no one lost their homes -- as they took refuge in life getting back to normal. "It will take time for us to unravel what they're saying through their giggles, silences, awkward remarks and misbehavior," she writes. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Motherlode blog (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Leadership development class aims to boost school climate
    A leadership development class at Burlington High School in Iowa is doing more than building leaders among the 19 enrolled students. It is changing Burlington High School's environment as students -- nominated for the program by teachers and representing all grades, socioeconomic status and genders -- learn to identify problems and present solutions to the school board. Burlington was one of 20 Iowa high schools to receive funding from the Iowa Safe and Supportive School Program. The Hawk Eye (Burlington, Iowa) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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SHRM Exec Study: Impact of Absence
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  Policy Watch 
  • D.C. parents are notified about teachers who are not "highly qualified"
    Officials in Washington, D.C., recently notified parents whose children were being taught by teachers who are not considered "highly qualified." No Child Left Behind requires such notifications after four or more consecutive weeks of instruction by a teacher who has not met the requirements. The notifications come as the definition of "highly qualified teachers" continues to be debated in the U.S. Congress, with some arguing the distinction should be based on classroom results. The Huffington Post (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Faculty Lounge 
  • ASCD's Carter: Education as a unifying issue
    Gene Carter, CEO and executive director of ASCD, writes in this opinion article that while education has largely been ignored in this presidential campaign, he is confident the winner of today's election will address the issue on Day One of his term. Carter writes that education -- and Americans' attitudes toward the subject -- make it a poor topic for campaign rallies and stump speeches, but its importance to the electorate and the country is clear. CNN/Schools of Thought (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  ASCD News 
  • Moving the Common Core State Standards from adoption to implementation to sustainability
    As you move forward with standards implementation, you're likely to have questions -- Does my district have the capacity to give computer-based assessments? Which Common Core resources are most useful to me? -- and you're not alone, says ASCD public policy director David Griffith. In today's Inservice post, he explains what ASCD has been doing to find answers for you and points to a new ASCD report that illuminates activities educators and policymakers can undertake to successfully implement the standards. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Webinar: Critical strategies for empowering 21st century teachers
    Are you ready to empower educators in your school or district through coaching and capacity building? Presenter Andrew Miller will share strategies that can help you do just that in an upcoming ASCD webinar. Registration for the free webinar, which airs 3 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Nov. 14, is now open. Sign up. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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