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February 11, 2013
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  • N.C. district gives high-school students a head start on college
    The Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., school district is offering high-school juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn college credits -- for free -- ahead of graduation. The "cooperative innovative high school" model calls for high schools to be established on college campuses. The schools, open to students through an admissions process, boast high test scores, graduation rates and impressive college-admissions statistics. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Benchmarking leads to higher math scores in some Mo. schools
    Two Missouri school districts have posted higher scores in math on state standardized exams since adopting the benchmarking approach in which students must demonstrate proficiency in a skill or concept before moving on to the next one. While the change has prompted more confidence in some students, it hasn't made all students like math or inspired them to enroll in higher-level math classes. Still, educators emphasize the benefits, including higher ACT scores, better transitions to college math and workforce preparation. The Kansas City Star (Mo.) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • The future requires "quantum leap" in digital leadership
    More administrators say they are leading by example by encouraging educators to use more digital technology in the classroom. They say this type of leadership will become increasingly important as districts work to implement the Common Core State Standards. "Modeling is crucial. If you want your kids and teachers to be users of 21st-century tools, ... you have to show that you can do it too," said Spike Cook, principal of an elementary school in Millville, N.J. "It shows that I'm still a teacher -- I can still instruct and still learn." Digital Directions (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Common core gives librarians a chance to lead
    The Common Core State Standards are being embraced by many school and public librarians, who say they view the change as an opportunity to reach out to teachers and students. Much of what the common core emphasizes -- learning through inquiry and the use of primary-source documents -- is part of what librarians already do as information specialists. "A common phrase that has been circulating throughout the library world is, 'We are the Common Core.' And that is the truth," said Margaux DelGuidice, a school and public librarian in New York state. Publishers Weekly (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Will the common core require technology upgrades?
    The consortia tasked with designing tests for the Common Core State Standards have released guidelines aimed at ensuring school districts have the necessary technology in place to effectively implement them. Among the guidelines released by one group are recommendations to replace the popular Windows XP with Windows 7, upgrade computers to at least 1 gigabyte of internal memory, ensure computer screens measure at least 9.5 inches -- with at least a 1024 x 768 resolution -- and have secure browsers in place. Digital Directions (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • NCLB rewrite raises questions on federal involvement
    As the U.S. Congress considers its next steps on an overdue rewrite of No Child Left Behind, some lawmakers are calling for a less prescriptive approach by federal officials in their involvement in local education. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the government has established measures of progress for recipients of NCLB waivers and that it "does not serve as a national school board." However, debate continues on the requirements attached to waivers issued by the Obama administration. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ASCD News 
  • EL announces 2013-14 themes
    In the coming school year, Educational Leadership will be covering a diversity of topics that include leveraging teacher leadership, building school morale, and writing: a core skill. If you're considering submitting your manuscript for consideration, browse upcoming themes and access deadline and submission information on ASCD.org. Most published articles are between 1,500 and 2,500 words, are written in a conversational style, and cover topics that are useful for preK-12 educators. Read the latest issue of EL online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to transform your classroom into a Results Only Learning Environment
    In "Role Reversal: Achieving Uncommonly Excellent Results in the Student-Centered Classroom," ASCD author Mark Barnes walks middle and high school teachers through the fundamentals of a ROLE. Results-only learning eliminates traditional practices -- homework, worksheets, tests, and even grades -- and replaces them with student-driven, yearlong projects that enable students to sharpen and expand their skills. Learn more.
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