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December 27, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Students learn, play in 2 languages at Wash. school
    A school in Washington state has launched a new two-way language immersion program, in which preschool and kindergarten students speak Spanish three days each week. Two days a week, students perform their daily routines in English. Officials said the program was initiated in part to reach out to Hispanic students. Officials say they hope eventually to expand the program to older students. The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  School Leadership 
  • Governor seeks to reduce number of superintendents in Maine
    Maine has too many school superintendents, according to Gov. Paul LePage -- 127 administrators for 186,000 students. Efforts initiated in 2009 to consolidate small school districts -- theoretically requiring fewer superintendents -- appear to have slowed, and LePage says the state now has the worst superintendent-to-student ratio in the country. Recent bids to withdraw from some consolidated districts could mean the addition of even more superintendents in coming years. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • How can schools curb cyberbullying?
    While some legislatures have taken steps to address cyberbullying, school administrators still are grappling with their role in curbing cyberbullying that occurs off campus. Some schools have implemented anti-bullying programs and social-emotional development curricula and used anti-bullying applications, such as anonymous reporting tools. "Until the Supreme Court takes up this issue, the law still lags behind the reality of how we live," Francisco Negron, chief counsel for the National Association of School Boards, said. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Whole Child 
  • Creating school environments that are sensitive to trauma
    The recent tragedy in Newtown, Conn., demonstrates the need for educators to help develop "trauma-sensitive schools," according to the blog post written by Eric Rossen, a nationally certified school psychologist and licensed psychologist in Maryland. At "trauma-sensitive schools," educators are responsive "to the potential impact of trauma and adverse experiences on students' lives" and help ensure that all students "feel safe, connected, and supported," writes Rossen, co-editor of "Supporting and Educating Traumatized Students: A Guide for School-Based Professionals." Oxford University Press/OUP Blog (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Pa. district seeks more school resource officers
    Officials in a Pennsylvania district are working with police to place school resource officers in all buildings. The move comes after the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and also follows what turned out to be an unsubstantiated rumor that a violent incident would take place at a local high school. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ED Pulse 
  • What type of content would you most like to see excerpted for quick reference from an ASCD professional development book?
    Teaching or leading tips that are quick and easy to implement  34.32%
    Examples of teaching and/or leading practices in action  26.73%
    Sample lessons  23.27%
    Results of case studies  7.59%
    I would rather hear from the author than read an excerpt  3.96%
    Theoretical backgrounders  3.14%
    Other  0.99%
  • What do you think is the greatest challenge you face in regards to professional development?
Finding time for PD
Finding funding for PD
Integrating technology into the curriculum
Addressing multiple initiatives
Data and information overload
Differentiating PD for educators
Translating PD into classroom practice

  Faculty Lounge 
  • Teacher workouts strengthen muscles, friendships
    Teacher Christy Oakley was so happy with a mind-body workout she got at a local fitness center, she persuaded her trainer to offer it to co-workers at Founders Hall Middle School in McKeesport, Pa. The school allowed Oakley to bring the workout classes into the cafeteria three times a week, and teachers say it has had a positive impact on team-building and relationships. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • New book shifts the focus of special education discourse from disability to diversity
    "Neurodiversity in the Classroom: Strength-Based Strategies to Help Students with Special Needs Succeed in School and Life" by seasoned educator and ASCD author Thomas Armstrong explains how regular and special education teachers can create environments that nurture and amplify the unique strengths of students with special needs. This book offers cutting-edge research on the strengths of students with learning disabilities, ADHD, autism, intellectual disabilities, and emotional and behavioral disorders. In it, Armstrong also explains how educators can construct positive, strength-based ecosystems -- or niches -- where these students can flourish. Learn more.
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  • Top reasons you should become an ASCD Educator Advocate
    The free Educator Advocates program can help you stay informed about the education policy and politics that affect your day-to-day work. Key program benefits include the Capitol Connection e-newsletter; timely action alerts on issues where your input can make a decisive difference; and access to the ASCD Action Center, a one-stop shop for learning about legislation. Participating also means joining forces with colleagues to help lawmakers make education decisions that most benefit our schools and students. Sign up. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind."
--William Butler Yeats,
Irish poet and playwright

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