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In her new DVD Talk to Me English teacher Cris Tovani invites your staff into her classroom to observe 14 individual and 5 group conferences where she differentiates instruction by listening to, learning about, and connecting with her students. Click here now to view two conferences from the DVD!
March 5, 2013
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IRA CONVENTION 2013: Register by March 22 and SAVE!
Take advantage of special savings and a chance to win IRA's VIP prize package when you register for IRA's 58th Annual Convention on or before March 22, 2013! Join us for more than 500 dynamic sessions that will help you make an even greater difference in your classroom. Click here for Session Highlights and details on our popular Teaching Edge series!
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Get better at handling disruptive classroom behaviors.
In Teasing, Tattling, Defiance, and More, you’ll find ways to handle 10 common behaviors that can interfere with learning. Each behavior-specific chapter discusses the reasons behind the behavior and explains which proactive strategies to use, how to respond most effectively to misbehavior, and how to talk with parents. Read samples and order.
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  • Teachers in Ohio district strike over pay, benefits
    The Strongsville, Ohio, Education Association voted Sunday to launch a strike Monday, following at least five years of stagnant salaries and increased health care costs. About 385 teachers, nurses, psychologists and guidance counselors, working with a contract since June, are involved in the strike. The district, which says teachers' salaries reflect the reality of the economy, has hired 140 substitute teachers to keep schools open during the strike. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Calif. district uses "teacher specialists" to implement common core
    The Santa Ana Unified School District in California is using a team of 44 "teacher specialists" to craft lesson plans to align with Common Core State Standards and to coach other teachers on literacy instruction. Teacher specialists, for example, may suggest historical material to use in a language arts lesson. The district has piloted common core literacy instruction at some elementary schools, and 92% of 720 teachers have reported the standards as being "effective or very effective," said Michelle Rodriguez, the district's common core implementation director. The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.) (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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A must-have book for primary teachers just got better. In the revised edition of Reading with Meaning, Debbie Miller adds new planning and assessment tools, updated "go-to" children's book titles, and FAQs. Follow Debbie through an entire school year as she models the kind of decision-making increasingly demanded by new standards. Preview the entire book!

Wise teachers assign reading responses that are interesting, relevant, and encourage further reading. Ban the Book Report presents 20 classroom-tested assignments for personal response to independent reading, each with a reproducible rubric, response form, and two exemplars. Preview the entire book online!

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  • Utah bill would allow publication of performance data for teachers
    The average student test scores of each Utah teacher would be made public under a bill cleared by the state Senate Education Committee on Friday. Proponents of the bill say that parents ought to have the information to better serve students. However, opponents of the bill fear the data will be presented out of context and discourage teachers from instructing certain students, such as those who have learning disabilities or who are English-language learners. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fla. could tie computerized exams to technology capabilities
    Lawmakers in Florida are considering legislation that would allow the state to postpone the implementation of new computerized exams until district information-technology systems are adequately prepared. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has proposed spending about $100 million to upgrade districts' technology infrastructure to handle the computerized exams, required under the Common Core State Standards, but districts have said that will not be enough. The state Department of Education requested $441.8 million for technology upgrades. StateImpact (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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