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July 20, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • History project helps students translate knowledge into action
    Pennsylvania history teacher Margaret Haviland in this blog post writes about a project designed to translate her students' knowledge of history into an understanding of their roles as citizens. Over the course of three weeks, each student chose a topic of interest, explored, discussed and analyzed a daily news source about that topic, and finally engaged in an ongoing public discussion about it. For their final "exam," students worked in groups on projects and made presentations to the class, Haviland writes. Powerful Learning Practice (7/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Texas middle-schoolers learn, teach about water conservation
    A group of middle-school students in San Angelo, Texas, are making a difference as their city's ambassadors on water issues. The seventh- and eighth-grade members of the city's 2012 Aqua Squad participate in various hands-on activities, including picking up trash along a local river and creating a photographic exhibit to illustrate water-conservation issues. San Angelo Standard-Times (Texas) (7/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why is cheating more common in schools today?
    Not only do many of today's students see cheating as a necessary part of academic success, California math teacher Victor Dorff writes in this opinion article, a lot of them can't distinguish between studying with a friend and accepting test questions from a peer; or between online research and copying and pasting information into a research paper. Cheating must be unacceptable both in schools and in society, Dorff writes. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (7/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  School Leadership 
  • 7 keys to successful school-based partnerships
    Stephanie Hirsh, executive director of Learning Forward, in this blog post discusses seven factors necessary for strong community partnerships and professional learning communities. Both priorities require respect for team structures and an appreciation for collaboration, diversity, communication, involvement, relevance and an action plan with measurable outcomes, Hirsh writes. Learning Forward is a nonprofit group that advocates for universal access to effective professional development. Education Week Teacher/PD Watch blog (7/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • What are the qualities of an education-technology leader?
    Nicholas Provenzano, a high-school English teacher and a technology-curriculum specialist, in this blog post examines what it means to be an education-technology leader. He writes that such leaders are willing to review all options in an ever-changing field, be honest when evaluating tools, look beyond the "bells and whistles" and stay connected. Education-technology leaders also need to admit when they do not know the answer and be willing to learn, Provenzano writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (7/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Managing Budgets 
  • Chicago teachers, public schools reject arbitrator's report
    The Chicago teachers union this week rejected an arbitrator's report advocating a teacher pay raise of more than 35% over four years, saying teachers prefer a lower pay raise along with greater job security and greater say in the length of the workday. Teachers say a large pay increase would result in teacher layoffs and larger classes. Chicago Public Schools also rejected the report, saying it doesn't have the money to pay for the boost in salary but insists there's no room for negotiation on the longer school day. Chicago Tribune (free registration) (7/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Economic-stimulus program saved jobs, spurred reform
    According to a study by the Center on Education Policy, the government's 2009 economic-stimulus program met its goals of retaining jobs and stimulating education reform. The study found that more than half of school districts faced with funding cuts covered them with money from the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund, and another 45% were able to cover at least some budget shortfalls. Nearly 70% of districts used the fund to save or create jobs. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (7/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Obama seeks to create corps of master STEM teachers
    The White House on Wednesday announced plans to direct $1 billion toward developing a corps of master teachers for science, technology, engineering and math. The teachers would be chosen by local school officials and earn yearly bonuses of as much as $20,000. "If America is going to compete for the jobs and industries of tomorrow, we need to make sure our children are getting the best education possible," President Barack Obama said in a statement. "Teachers matter, and great teachers deserve our support." U.S. News & World Report (7/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Faculty Lounge 
  • Why do school-reform efforts focus on teacher accountability?
    Efforts at school reform primarily focus on teacher accountability, Arizona teacher Glen Lineberry writes in this blog post, because with so many different student issues, parental struggles and policy initiatives, teaching is the one factor most people can understand and agree. While the assumption that better teaching will lead to higher test scores might be true in the long run, Lineberry writes, it will take time and sustained support, plus program and funding consistency. The Huffington Post/The Blog (7/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • Designing an effective intervention system for your school
    Former Outstanding Young Educator Award winner Brad Kuntz writes about designing an all-encompassing, closely monitored system of interventions in the July issue of Education Update. The article outlines necessary steps to take to design an effective system, including examining the current system, collecting and analyzing data, assessing student needs, and developing targeted programs. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Building resiliency in struggling students
    Inservice blogger Bryan Harris offers seven key interventions, strategies and programs to help at-risk or high-risk students be successful. To view all seven key ideas, visit the post on Inservice. Connect with us on Pinterest and spread the word about these seven key ideas by repinning this image. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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