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December 5, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • The game of education
    Education is competitive and a game that students, teachers and politicians play, veteran educator David Warlick writes in this blog post. He writes that a new game is needed. "Releasing our children from the school-as-usual game board and saying, 'Game On' to authentic world-relevant learning, requires a new discussion that is completely and irrevocably separated from elected politicians and their ridiculous campaigns," he notes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
A cure for the Common Core.
Introducing Imagine Learning version 12. Unlike most other programs, our language and literacy software solution has over 450 new activities built specifically for the Common Core. We're empowering kids everywhere to read at grade level, succeed on high-stakes tests, and prepare for a successful life outside of the classroom. Watch video preview.
  School Leadership 
  • Teachers need differentiation in professional development
    The one-size-fits-all model of professional development available to most teachers does not work, veteran teacher Katrina Stevens writes in this blog post. Stevens suggests a learning community model with daily, ongoing PD focused on student learning. "In order to successfully implement new practices and improve student learning, a learning community needs to 1) focus its efforts, 2) work collaboratively, 3) be willing to reflect and examine what's working and 4) be willing to make adjustments when they aren't seeing the desired outcomes for students," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Join us for the PLC at Work™ Summit!
Discover how to build and strengthen your PLC from those who know the process best! A lineup of experts including PLC at Work™ architects Richard DuFour, Robert Eaker, and Rebecca DuFour will address assessment and grading practices, RTI, and more. You'll also receive tools and strategies proven to enhance student learning. Register now!
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Balancing students' right to free speech on Twitter
    Ken Paulson, president and CEO of the First Amendment Center in Nashville, Tenn., in this opinion article writes that students' freedom of speech on Twitter and elsewhere on the Web should not be stifled by schools. Instead, students should be given the flexibility to express themselves online -- and to make their own mistakes and learn that "free speech is not free of consequences," Paulson writes. USA Today (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Managing Budgets 
  • Analysis: Not all districts would feel "fiscal cliff" the same
    The automatic spending cuts set to hit Jan. 2, unless a deficit-reduction deal is reached by federal lawmakers, will affect states and school districts differently, according to an analysis by the American Association of School Administrators. Federal funding accounts for anywhere between 10% to more than 15% of school budgets, depending on the state and district, according to the report, which uses data from the 2010-11 school year. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Policy Watch 
  • Duncan wants Congress to revamp NCLB
    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is looking to Congress to revamp the No Child Left Behind Act, an effort he says the elected body needs to get serious about handling. So far, 34 states and the District of Columbia have been given waivers under the NCLB law. Noting that he will remain in the Obama administration for the "long haul," Duncan says he will concentrate his efforts on improving teacher and principal quality, and the Race to the Top grant program. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Faculty Lounge 
  • Homework can be a struggle for parents, too
    The debate over homework often centers on student workloads, but after-school assignments can be tough on parents, too, blogger Sue Shellenbarger writes in this post. Shellenbarger talks to parents who lament complicated projects involving handmade crafts, dioramas and high-tech presentations, along with the pressures of buying supplies. While praising teachers for designing creative assignments, she writes, "But they can be murder for the busy families of today." The Wall Street Journal/The Juggle (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • Webinar: Using formative assessment to meet the demands of the Common Core State Standards, part one
    Next Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. EST, ASCD author and faculty member Nancy Frey will host a free ASCD webinar on how to connect formative assessment practices to the instructional shifts of the Common Core State Standards. Frey will share strategies and discuss how to ensure students are advancing toward the goals of the new English language arts and literacy standards. Additional webinars in the ASCD Common Core Webinar Series are available free of charge on the ASCD website.
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  • "It began with my 4th grade teacher, Ms. Carter ..."
    The ASCD Annual Conference is more than an opportunity to hear from the biggest names in education, it's also a chance for educators to expand professional networks and build meaningful, lasting connections. Get to know ASCD conference attendee and assistant principal Torian White in a brief clip (9th from the left) on ASCD's Annual Conference Video page. You'll hear White share the experience that sparked his interest in education and learn about his personal take on how to reach and inspire students.
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