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November 19, 2012
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  • Report supports training, career growth for teachers
    A recent report released by Accomplished California Teachers has found that fewer new teachers would leave the profession and the quality of teachers would be improved if teachers were provided with additional training and a clearly defined career path. Among other things, the group suggests in the report that a "third tier" be established for teachers, who would earn additional pay, help struggling teachers and take on some managerial roles. EdSource Extra (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

An essential book for K-4 teachers. The new edition of Apprenticeship in Literacy provides all the basics of a balanced literacy curriculum—solid theory, guided reading, writing, letters, sounds, word study, and moving to independence. Includes dozens of new classroom examples and language prompts. Click here to preview the entire book!
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  • Students, teachers in Mo. cite benefits of Wi-Fi access in class
    A program in which middle- and high-school students who bring their own Wi-Fi-enabled devices to school and given Internet access has been successful, according to educators at two schools in Missouri that implemented the pilot program. Now, the district plans to expand the program, but will not require students to bring their own devices. Students, so far, have used their devices to take notes in class and look up information online. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Does homework translate into better test scores?
    There is little connection between the amount of time students spend on homework and their grades, according to a recent study of 10th-grade students. However, the study by a faculty member of the Indiana University School of Education did find that completing homework could improve students' standardized test scores. "[I]f students are spending more time on homework, they're getting exposed to the types of questions and the procedures for answering questions that are not so different from standardized tests," assistant professor Adam Maltese said. The Huffington Post (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • A professor shares his thoughts on Wikipedia
    While some educators have rejected the use of Wikipedia in an academic setting, there are occasions when it makes sense to use the user-generated content on the site, writes Rhett Allain, an associate professor of physics at Southeastern Louisiana University. He writes in this blog post that the content on the website has become much more reliable over the years, and if the goal is for students "to process and synthesize information" it makes sense for Wikipedia to be used. Wired.com/Wired Science blog (11/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • What schools can do to stop bullying
    Schools need to have comprehensive plans to tackle bullying, especially cyberbullying, education consultant Nicole Yetter writes in this commentary. Yetter offers several ideas to curb bullying ranging from surveying students about the extent of bullying and cyberbullying to offering students ways to report bullying instantly and anonymously through technology. "Cultivating a positive school climate starts and stops with adults," she writes. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Taking time for teacher collaboration improves student achievement
    Some schools are finding success when teachers take the time during the school day for "job-embedded professional learning" to collaborate and discuss how to improve student learning, Leaning Forward's Stephanie Hirsh writes in this blog post. Hirsh cites a National Center on Time and Learning report, which studied 30 schools with students from high-poverty backgrounds. "What stands out for me is that the teachers in these schools prioritized their learning and collaboration time to achieve significant results for their students," Hirsh writes. Education Week Teacher/Leaning Forward's PD Watch blog (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Education secretary indicates intention to stay for another term
    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan indicated in a speech Friday that he would stay on for President Barack Obama's second term and said that educators should expect the administration's education agenda to remain largely the same. "Our basic theory of action is not going to change," Duncan said, according to written statements. "Our job, in a second term, is to support the bold and transformational reforms at the state and local level that so many of you have pursued during the last four years." The Huffington Post (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NBPTS Update 
  • 2011-2012 certification scores are now available
    Visit My Profile to access your scores. For more information, visit us on the Web or contact customer support at 1-800-22TEACH. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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