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January 29, 2013
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  • Grants help fund high-tech classroom lessons
    About 20 teachers in Richmond County, Va., recently were awarded $2,000 grants intended to help educators purchase technology to upgrade projects already under way or initiate new learning programs. Among those receiving grants were two elementary-school teachers, who initiated the Roots Across the Curriculum program using flashcards and PowerPoint presentations to teach Greek and Latin root words to fourth-grade students. The Augusta Chronicle (Ga.) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Focus on Practice 
  • What entrepreneurs can teach educators
    Teachers can adopt six entrepreneurial skills to become more effective, educator Katrina Stevens writes in this blog post. Among the skills are to take initiative in solving problems, develop an online professional learning community and partner with a mentor. Stevens also recommends teachers properly collect data and pilot programs, ensure a program is successful before rolling it out districtwide and commit to being lifelong learners. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ideas to bring Black History Month into the classroom
    This blog post includes several resources to help educators address Black History Month. Included among the six teaching tools recommended by Matt Davis, an editorial assistant at Edutopia, are resources that focus on February's theme of "At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington." He suggests interactive resources and timelines that focus on African-American heritage, the Civil Rights movement and other topics. Davis' blog (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Classroom-tested ideas to refresh your Morning Meetings
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  Schools Today 
  • Support grows for teacher boycott of standardized testing
    An anti-testing movement that started in a Seattle high school has gained more momentum, with the Chicago Teachers Union announcing Monday its support for teachers who have boycotted a required Washington state standardized test. "I think it's important for us to go on record about this because we are likely to start seeing a more active anti-testing movement in Chicago," Karen Lewis, president of the teachers union, said. The Washington Times (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Fla. college to offer low-cost degree for prospective STEM teachers
    Indian River State College in Florida plans to offer prospective students the chance to earn a degree in science, technology, engineering and math that they can use to become math or science teachers in the state. The college plans to provide the degree program for less than $10,000 tuition, a response to Gov. Rick Scott's $10K challenge to create affordable degree programs in high-demand fields. "These (programs) ... prepare people to teach math and science in middle school and high school. There is a critical shortage of math and science teachers in the districts that we serve," college President Ed Massey said. (Fort Pierce, Fla.) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Traditional history instruction doesn't work. "Why Won't You Just Tell Us the Answer?" shows teachers how to move beyond just lectures and textbooks toward a more question-centered approach that fosters historical thinking and leaves a lasting impact. Includes 6 sample American history units. Preview the entire book online!

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  • Tenn. proposal links welfare benefits to academic performance
    Low-income families in Tennessee whose children perform poorly in school would have their welfare benefits reduced under proposed legislation. The bill, proposed by Republican state Sen. Stacey Campfield, calls for a 30% deduction in benefits if students do not make "satisfactory academic progress," which would be measured by students' standardized test scores and progress in school. Supporters say the bill would offer a financial incentive to help students succeed, while critics say it could hurt at-risk students. (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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