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December 6, 2012
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  State Board News 
  • Ind. education board adopts new rules for teacher licensing
    The Indiana State Board of Education on Wednesday eased requirements for individuals without education degrees who want to teach in K-12 classrooms. The new rules create an "adjunct teaching permit" and allow individuals to pursue a less-traditional track into the classroom by taking proficiency exams instead of college courses in some areas. The changes also transfer power to approve teacher-training programs from the State Education Department to the State Board of Education. (Jeffersonville/New Albany, Ind.) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Questions about Common Core State Standards?
Common Core only gives educators the destination, not a road map explaining how to get there. We've written the map. It's based in research with the goal of student achievement and professional teacher development. Don't miss the definitive Common Core Series of six classes from the Marzano Center.
  Trends & Technology 
  • Report: Educators need more training to close the technology gap
    Educators need more training -- through teacher-preparation programs and professional development -- about how best to use technology to teach in the classroom and to analyze student data, according to a report released Monday by the National Association of State Boards of Education. The report highlights the technology gap among teachers and other school officials, and offers several recommendations about how it should be narrowed. Education Week/Digital Education blog (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
  Policy & Legislation 
  • More instructional time scheduled for students in 5 states
    Five states announced plans Monday to increase instructional time beginning in 2013. The states -- Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Tennessee -- will each add at least 300 hours of instructional time to the school year at some schools as part of a three-year pilot program intended to improve education. The additional learning time could come in the form of longer days or lengthened school years, or both, for the nearly 20,000 students in 40 schools. Yahoo/The Associated Press (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.C. law protects teachers from students' online speech
    In North Carolina, a new law that took effect Dec. 1 makes it a misdemeanor for students to harass teachers online or commit certain other online offenses against school employees. The ACLU of North Carolina, however, is speaking out against the law and pledging to help represent any students charged under the new law, believed to be the first such law in the U.S. enacted against students. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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