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January 7, 2013
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Improving students' work by showcasing it
    Students should be given opportunities to create work for audiences outside of the classroom, said Ron Berger, chief program officer for Expeditionary Learning Schools. He writes in this blog post about students who have created art and YouTube videos for audiences other than their peers and how the act of completing "work of value" changes students and improves the quality of their work. Berger's blog (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3 education trends for 2013
    This year is expected to bring rapid change to education, particularly with the anticipated implementation of Common Core State Standards, Annie Murphy Paul writes in this blog post. The new year also is expected to include better use of education technology, as well as a dose of reality regarding what technology can -- and cannot do -- for students, she writes. It's also likely, she writes, that educators will be discussing effective ways to use resources to educate students outside of the classroom. blog (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Leadership 
  • The cost of antagonistic attitudes toward teachers
    Teacher Bill Ferriter in this blog post writes about several confrontational comments left on an online newspaper article about a teacher. The comments, he writes, do nothing to further the teaching profession, and actually could deter some people from entering the classroom at a time when such over-the-top comments are more frequently being directed at teachers. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Mass., Ohio partner to develop online tool for teachers
    An online "instructional improvement system" is being developed for teachers by the education departments in Ohio and Massachusetts. The tool will allow teachers to individualize instruction for students, using resources, such as lesson plans and tests, available online. The new system should be available to teachers in both states in the 2013-14 school year, and Race to the Top grants are being used to fund the project. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Report: More local funds paying for special education in Calif. schools
    As costs to educate students with disabilities have risen and state and federal special-education funding has remained steady, the share of local funds used to pay for special-education services in California has increased to 39% from 32%, between 2005 and 2011, according to a report from the state Legislative Analyst's Office. The report predicts growth in the amount of funds needed to serve this student population, as there has been a 240% increase in diagnoses of students with autism and a 120% rise in the number of students with low-incidence disabilities that require costly services. San Francisco Chronicle/The Associated Press (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Faculty Lounge 
  • Data show diminished enrollment in remedial college courses
    Fewer college freshmen are having to enroll in remedial courses, according to the National Center for Education Statistics -- 20.4% of freshmen in 2007-08, down from 26.3% in 1999-2000, Caralee Adams writes in this blog post. The data also show that fewer white students enrolled in remedial courses than their peers, and students in private colleges also were less likely to need remedial courses, she writes. Education Week/College Bound blog (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • Common Core State Standards: A good fit for gifted education?
    In a guest Inservice post educator and ASCD Common Core Professional Development Institute presenter Jennifer G. Beasley blogs about what the new standards mean for high-ability students. Beasley explains what's at the heart of the standards, emphasizing that this knowledge is key to establishing whether or not they are a good fit for advanced learners. And she discusses why "challenging, high-quality curriculum is still in the hands of the experts, the teachers." Read on.
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  • Dan Meyer on real-world math
    How does Dan Meyer make learning math enjoyable and interesting? He makes math problems "irresistible" to students, "so they have to know the answer." With the help of a camera, a tripod, and some creativity, he achieves this goal by taking students' interest and layering math on top of it. In an ASCD Express video, Meyer shares several engaging scenarios that he's recorded for his class. Watch. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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