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January 2, 2013
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Establishing a needs-fulfilling classroom
    In a needs-fulfilling classroom, both the needs of the students and the teacher are met, writes teacher Chad Sansing. In this blog post, he writes that teachers in such classrooms give students more freedom and understand what the students consider fun, how they use power, how they relate to others and what they are scared of in order to better facilitate instruction. Needs-fulfilling classrooms also allow teachers and students to better work toward a common goal, Sansing writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pediatricians: Recess is crucial to child development
    Withholding recess time as a form of punishment or for academic reasons may be detrimental to child development, according to an American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement. Aside from improvements in children's attentiveness and behavior in school, safe, supervised recess gives them a chance for unstructured play and social interaction and creativity, the group said. USA Today (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Leadership 
  • Principal shares key leadership qualities
    High-school principal Dwight Carter in this blog post shares his top leadership principles and how each is present at his school. Among the principles are vision, clear expectations and the development of positive relationships -- a goal at his high school, where the staff schedules social events and there is a focus on nurturing new students. Carter's other principles include communication, teamwork, accountability and learning. Connected Principals blog (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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.
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Problem of parent engagement persists in the digital age
    Parents in Dallas now have access to ParentPortal -- a Web application that provides information about their children's grades, attendance and general performance, and is intended to bolster parents' engagement. However, officials say early results show that just 13% of parents have enrolled, and the district doesn't monitor how often parents sign on to the site. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Managing Budgets 
  • Education is again on the edge of the "fiscal cliff"
    Widespread cuts to federal funding, including education, have been spared -- at least temporarily -- by a last-minute deal reached by federal lawmakers that, if signed by President Barack Obama, delays sequestration until March. However, the deal includes $6 billion in cuts to domestic programs, which could affect education. If signed into law, the delay means there will be fresh debate over potential spending cuts, as well as continued uncertainty for school districts. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Texas districts raise class sizes rather than hire more teachers
    Some school districts in Texas are reporting larger class sizes as school budgets are cut and a lawsuit regarding education funding drags on. Without a state-imposed limited on class sizes for the fifth through 12th grades, officials say the least costly option is to increase class sizes rather than hire more teachers. The issue, however, has raised concerns that larger class sizes will harm students' achievement. San Antonio Express-News (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  Faculty Lounge 
  • What were the top stories in education in 2012?
    The top stories in education in 2012 include the adoption of new methods for evaluating teachers and exciting advances in education technology, according to this article. The past year also included news about a high-achieving Kansas school district that bucked popular trends in education and the adoption of more online testing. There also was increased attention on online teacher-training programs and other education reform efforts. The Hechinger Report (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • 3D School Leadership
    "If school leaders want to move their students and staff to the next level, then they need to adopt a 3D School Leadership mindset," writes ASCD EDge member Steven Weber in a recent post. Encouraging educators to make this year truly different, Weber discusses how to meet 2013 schools goals by focusing on three Ds: direction, differentiation, and dedication. "It's not where you start in January, but where you are as a school team in June," he explains. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Webinar: Using formative assessment to meet the demands of the Common Core State Standards, part II
    Is your formative assessment informative? Make it so with tips from ASCD author Doug Fisher. Join Fisher for a live webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 3 p.m. EST to learn how to improve formative assessment and use it to meet the challenge of the new standards. This webinar episode will cover what makes feedback effective and explain how to connect feedback to action. Register.
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