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January 17, 2013
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Study: Common core exams to promote "deeper learning"
    Tests designed to align with the Common Core State Standards could improve teaching and learning, as well as effectively gauge deeper levels of learning, according to a study by researchers at UCLA's National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards & Student Testing. However, the review of the exams also found that success could be hampered by several financial, technical and political obstacles, education reporter Catherine Gewertz writes in this blog post. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Spreading lessons about viruses and the flu
    Teachers can integrate topics related to the flu, which has reached epidemic levels this year, in classroom lessons, write Katherine Schulten, Suzi Boss and Jennifer Cutraro. They suggest several resources that provide background on the flu, viruses and vaccines, as well as lesson plans in which students work with data related to the flu. Lessons also can allow students to role-play as public-health experts, running scenarios in which they seek to curb the outbreak. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/The Learning Network blog (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Leadership 
  • D.C. principals to earn master's degrees in leadership
    Washington, D.C., Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has launched a principal training program in which principals earn master's degrees in leadership from Georgetown University. A group of 25 principals this week started the program, which entitles the school leaders to discounted tuition. "This program is about to set these people on fire," Henderson said. "They're good principals, but they could be great principals if they had the tool kit." The Washington Post (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • The keys to a successful one-to-one program
    There are six pillars of the one-to-one initiative, writes Brett Clark, a director of technology in a school district in Jeffersonville, Ind. He writes in this blog post that such programs should be launched with a focus on learning rather than the device; investment in professional development and accompanying infrastructure improvements. He also writes about the need to address digital citizenship, choice, time and patience. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Civics teacher invites federal debt expert into classroom via Skype
    Students in Wrangell High School in Alaska interacted with a Connecticut-based national expert on the federal debt during a recent Skype session in their classroom. Former Comptroller General David Walker talked via Skype with students in civics teacher Michele Galla's class about the federal debt crisis and Alaska's fiscal condition. "My main goal that I have is that I hope that our students become active, engaged, citizens and that they know how to stand up for their rights and they know how to make policy changes when they believe that they are necessary," Galla said. KSTK-FM (Wrangell, Alaska) (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Whole Child 
  • How to set students on path for success in the new year
    Avoid the trappings of New Year's resolutions that are unsuccessful by helping students make plans for short-term successes, writes Maurice Elias, a psychology professor at Rutgers University. In this blog post, Elias suggests asking students to write two learning goals they wish to accomplish during the next three weeks and share their goals with a classmate. Their peers, Elias writes, can help students establish plans for success and keep them on track. Elias' blog (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Fla. teachers' union challenges merit-pay law in court
    The Florida Education Association is challenging the state's merit-pay law for teachers, arguing the measure violates the state constitution and laws related to collective bargaining. Under the merit-pay law passed by the state legislature, teachers' pay raises and evaluations are based on student test scores. Union lawyers say that matters of teachers' pay are subject to collective bargaining, while the attorney for the state said teachers can negotiate other aspects of salaries, such as extra pay for advanced degrees. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ED Pulse 
  • Which possible change to public schools would you most like to see additional taxpayer dollars support?
    A reduction in class size  32.23%
    An increase in teacher pay  28.56%
    An increase in the school day or year  12.19%
    More computers/technologies for the classroom  11.68%
    None of these  6.56%
    An investment in school facilities  6.14%
    An increase in school security  2.64%
  • Which one of the following ed-tech topics would you like to explore most in 2013?
Using social media for professional development
Transitioning to digital textbooks
Making bring your own device (BYOD) work in the classroom
Flipping the classroom
Using technology to create authentic learning experiences

  Faculty Lounge 
  • Are U.S. students doing better than we think?
    Data used to make the judgment that U.S. students are falling behind their international peers are flawed, write Martin Carnoy, a professor of education and economics at Stanford University, and Richard Rothstein. In their recent study, the pair found that the conclusions drawn from international test results are "oversimplified, often exaggerated, and misleading. They ignore the complexity of testing and may lead educational policymakers to pursue inappropriate and even harmful reforms." The Huffington Post/The Blog (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • STEAMing up education
    The Boston Arts Academy adopted the STEM program, with science and math educators merging departments to connect subjects. But there was a lingering question: "How could we integrate creativity, teamwork, and communication skills into the classrooms?" It turned out that solutions where just down the hall in arts classrooms, explain faculty Ramiro Gonzalez, Linda Nathan and Mike Lonergan in a guest Inservice post on the school's current "STEAM" curriculum. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Webinar on updating lesson plans to improve student achievement
    Join ASCD author Jane E. Pollock on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 3 p.m. EST for the first of four webinars with roots in the "One at a Time" book series. During this episode, Pollock will present GANAG -- Madeline Hunter's lesson plan schema updated using new research. Educators will learn to update lesson plan schemas to create lessons that improve student achievement and growth, and principals will learn to use GANAG for observations. Register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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