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December 28, 2012
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  • Will education go off the "fiscal cliff"?
    With less than a week for federal lawmakers to reach a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff," educators nationwide are preparing for the worst. However, federally funded programs, such as Title I, are forward-funded -- which means that grants for those programs would not be cut until the next school year. The impact-aid program, however, would be cut sooner, and the timing of the federal negotiations could make local budget decisions more difficult. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Districts in Utah prepare for federal budget cuts: In Utah, many school districts are bracing for cuts of between 8% and 20% if Congress fails to reach a deal by Jan. 3 to prevent a series of tax increases and spending cuts known as the "fiscal cliff." Districts receive on average 12% of their funding from the federal government, which primarily is used for programs that serve low-income students and those with disabilities. Officials say they hope that any cuts made occur gradually so they have time to adjust. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Tips to improve student collaboration
    In this blog post, middle-school teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron writes about the benefits of having students work collaboratively. To begin, she recommends that students create, with some teacher input, a team charter or ground rules. From there, each student is responsible for a portion of the end product and their work fits together like a puzzle, she writes. At the end of the exercise, students are asked to evaluate their group members' ability to collaborate. Edutopia.org/Heather Wolpert-Gawron's blog (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Common core short on recommended reading for middle grades
    A student's emotional maturity determines what they are ready to read, but the Common Core State Standards offer little guidance for middle-grades educators in this area, middle-grades English teacher Claire Needell Hollander writes in this commentary. Sixth-graders are not ready to question human goodness, but eighth-graders can handle works such as "Macbeth" that address "hard truths," she writes. "The developers of the Common Core also need to grapple with difficult questions, and to engage in a public debate about what middle grade students need to read." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Book offers tips on giving detailed feedback to students
    Bill Ferriter recommends three books all educators should read in this blog post. He suggests "Common Formative Assessment: A Toolkit for PLCs at Work" by Kim Bailey and Chris Jakicic because it shows teachers how to make formative assessments a manageable part of their workday. "You'll have a better sense for just what responsible formative assessment is supposed to look like AND some practical strategies for incorporating it into your practice without killing yourself," Ferriter writes. Teacher Leaders Network/Tempered Radical blog (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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