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January 29, 2013
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Resources to teach students about African-American history
    This blog post includes several resources to help educators address Black History Month. Included among the six teaching tools recommended by Matt Davis, an editorial assistant at Edutopia, are resources that focus on February's theme of "At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington." He suggests interactive resources and timelines that focus on African-American heritage, the Civil Rights movement and other topics. Davis' blog (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ark. school district expands engineering program
    Russellville Junior High School in Arkansas offered engineering courses for the first time this year with the assistance of a startup grant from the state and two more grants obtained by teacher Rachel Cogburn. Engineering is taught at the high-school level, but, by expanding the courses, officials are seeking to help students make decisions even earlier about courses and careers to pursue. "This is something that will either spark their interest, or they'll figure out which direction they want to go," Cogburn said. The Courier (Russellville, Ark.) (1/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Leadership 
  • Skills teachers can learn from entrepreneurs
    Teachers can adopt six entrepreneurial skills to become more effective, educator Katrina Stevens writes in this blog post. Among the skills are to take initiative in solving problems, develop an online professional learning community and partner with a mentor. Stevens also recommends teachers properly collect data and pilot programs, ensure a program is successful before rolling it out districtwide and commit to being lifelong learners. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • How to use digital games in the classroom
    A recent report reinforces the popularity of digital games among teenagers and highlights their potential uses in education. The report, released by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and the Games and Learning Publishing Council, finds a role for both short and long-form games, which could extend beyond a class period. The report also offers a guide for determining when a game is educational -- pointing out that opinions differ on the definition of a "learning game." blog (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Whole Child 
  • Study recommends daily PE, activity breaks in schools
    A recent study found that taking daily physical-education courses in school, taking physical activity breaks in the classroom and encouraging students to bike and walk to school would benefit students. Federal recommendations call for children ages 6 to 17 to get 60 minutes of physical activity each day. A Colorado elementary school, which has been recognized nationally, offers students options for activity breaks such as dancing, jumping rope, relay races and power walking. Education News Colorado (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Bill encourages off-duty police officers to become substitute teachers
    Ohio state Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Genoa Township, has introduced legislation that would exempt off-duty police officers from paying federal income taxes on money they earn when working as substitute teachers. The officers still would have to meet requirements, such as having a bachelor's degree, to become substitute teachers under the bill. Tiberi said the legislation is intended to encourage more armed police officers to work in schools, with the intention of beefing up school safety and security. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (1/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Faculty Lounge 
  • Calif. students are tasked with creating new worlds
    Students at Walnut High School in Walnut, Calif., are putting creativity and lessons learned about civics, economics and urban design to work in a project in which they create "Atlantis," a new world complete with a constitution, monetary system and even its own flag. The students participate in the school's Academic Design Program, which focuses on project-based learning, critical thinking and multidisciplinary approaches. "They have to build the government, cultural and economic structures that bind a society together," said social studies teacher Justin Panlilio. San Gabriel Valley Tribune (San Gabriel, Calif.) (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Traditional history instruction doesn't work. "Why Won't You Just Tell Us the Answer?" shows teachers how to move beyond just lectures and textbooks toward a more question-centered approach that fosters historical thinking and leaves a lasting impact. Includes 6 sample American history units. Preview the entire book online!

Why does the U.S. lag behind other countries in math - and what can we do about it? Tough questions, for sure. Together, the new Common Core State Standards for math and the Singapore Math approach to learning may hold the answer. Read about it here. Then make the choice to raise math achievement in your school. Call SDE. 1-800-462-1478.

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  ASCD News 
  • Side-by-side superheroes
    "Inquiry, like artistry may be acquired best through informal yet intense collaboration between novices and experts," psychology educator Susan Engel writes. In today's guest Inservice post, Engel recounts an impromptu drawing session between her 25-year-old son, an artist, and Ike, her 5-year-old nephew. They sat side-by-side drawing and discussing the Hulk, and Engel shows just how much Ike's drawing abilities evolved over the course of that morning. Zeroing in on the potential of informal learning, Engel points to implications for educational practice. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Webinar: Understand and plan for the coming Common Core assessments
    Join ASCD Common Core expert Efrain Mercado for a free webinar on Common Core assessments next Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. EST. Using the ASCD report "Fulfilling the Promise of the Common Core State Standards: Moving from Adoption to Implementation to Sustainability" as a reference point, Mercado will provide an overview of the coming assessments. He'll also be taking your questions live. Sign up. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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