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November 14, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • How some teachers mix fiction, nonfiction in the classroom
    Some teachers are blending fiction and nonfiction materials in the classroom as they shift to Common Core State Standards, which emphasize informational texts, such as essays and historical documents. Some educators and experts question whether fiction will be completely squeezed out of the classroom. An elementary-school teacher in Baltimore used a blended approach for a unit called "fall fun with friends," in which she read to students from two versions of "The Three Little Pigs," as well as books on weather, pumpkins, apples and friendship. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hands-on learning reinforces math skills in younger students
    Blocks, discs and plastic animals all are being used in elementary-school classrooms to help students understand the concepts of addition and subtraction. Adam Normand, math curriculum coordinator at Fort Wayne, Ind., Community Schools, suggests parents use these and other hands-on manipulatives, including household items such as tape measures, to reinforce skills at home. The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Designing Common Core Argument Writing Lesson Plans
FREE WHITE PAPER: 8 Strategies for Designing Lesson Plans to Meet the CCSS Opinion and Argument Writing Requirements. Argumentation (or opinion writing) is emphasized by the CCSS because it is rigorous and in line with the kind of writings students will be expected to do in college and careers. Get Tips to Design Your Own Argument Writing Lesson Plans >>
  School Leadership 
  • NYC math teachers get support for common core transition
    The U.S. Department of Education and the Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative are providing funding and other resources to 14 schools in the Bronx to help teachers and students adjust to the transition to the Common Core State Standards. One of the challenges facing New York City schools is that the state's Regents test does not align with concepts and skills in the common core. (New York) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Join us for the PLC at Work™ Summit!
Discover how to build and strengthen your PLC from those who know the process best! A lineup of experts including PLC at Work™ architects Richard DuFour, Robert Eaker, and Rebecca DuFour will address assessment and grading practices, RTI, and more. You'll also receive tools and strategies proven to enhance student learning. Register now!
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • How teachers can use Learnist in the classroom
    English teacher Hauna Zaich writes in this blog post how she uses Learnist -- a website similar to Pinterest and is designed for educators -- in her eighth- and 10th-grade classes. Zaich uses "Learnboards," which are collections of Web resources, for her flipped-classroom lessons such as instruction on grammar where she uses reading, examples, videos and online activities. "I see so many possibilities for Learnist in my classroom and am excited to apply this innovation to my teaching practice," she writes. Zaich's blog (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Managing Budgets 
  • Some Race to the Top applications lack union endorsement
    Some school districts nationwide were prevented from submitting Race to the Top applications in the latest round of the $400 million federal grant competition because they were unable to get union support. The applications, which were to include plans to overhaul teachers' evaluations, among other things, are required to include the endorsement of the local teachers' union. Some districts, including Los Angeles Unified School District, submitted the application without the union sign-off. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • L.A. reverses cuts to school calendar, teachers' pay
    Following the approval of a ballot question on Election Day that directed more funding to schools in California, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education voted Tuesday to reverse early cost-saving measures to scale back the academic year and teachers' pay. "The immediate good news," said Superintendent John Deasy, is "the ability to finally say to our employees: You work a whole year and you get paid a whole year." Los Angeles Times/L.A. Now blog (tiered subscription model) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Tenn. could issue private-school vouchers to low-income students
    A panel in Tennessee is recommending the state issue vouchers to low-income students to serve as full payment for private-school tuition. However, members of the governor's task force say they are unsure whether such students should have to be enrolled in struggling schools to be eligible. Critics, including a representative of the Tennessee Education Association, said vouchers would take much-needed funds away from public schools. The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) (free registration) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Faculty Lounge 
  • New tool reports whether students read digital textbooks
    While the Internet is heavy with sites and resources to aid students in cheating and plagiarizing, professor Alan Jacobs writes in this blog post that educators increasingly are using technology to catch cheaters. The latest of those tools to gain a following is one offered by CourseSmart that allows educators to track the total time it takes students to read a digital textbook. While some have raised concerns over privacy, officials say students may opt out of the tracking feature. The Atlantic (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • Winter Common Core trainings coming to your city and state
    Join ASCD faculty and fellow educators for institutes that will give you the tools and knowledge necessary to make standards implementation a success. One-day institutes focused on English language arts standards and one-day institutes on mathematics standards are coming to states across the nation this December, January and February. Also this winter, we're bringing two-day leadership institutes to you. Browse the full lineup.
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  • Take advantage of all that the new EduCore tool has to offer
    In August of this year, ASCD introduced the free EduCore™ digital tool for educators implementing the Common Core State Standards in both mathematics and literacy. Funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the EduCore tool is a repository of evidence-based strategies, videos and supporting documents that help educators transition to the new standards. Learn more about what the tool has to offer. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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