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February 13, 2009
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  Eye on Curriculum 
 
  • Employers: Teens need better career preparation
    Amid a push to prepare all high school students for college, some employers say schools aren't encouraging enough students to look into occupations like welding that often pay well but do not require a college degree. Even those students who plan to attend college need to develop better career skills, said Janet B. Bray, executive director of the Association for Career and Technical Education. "We have to find the right balance," she said. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Young Writers Program gives students confidence
    In 2007, teacher Luke Perry introduced his sixth graders to the idea of writing a novel in one month. The idea became extremely popular, and last year in the school district there were roughly 250 participating students, who happily typed away during lunch to finish their books, which they proudly read for community leaders and over the school's public-address system at the end of the month. "I can't gush enough about it," Perry said, calling it the best experience of his 10 years in teaching. "I'll never teach the same way again." Edutopia magazine (2/2009) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Wow! Responsive Classroom One-Day Workshops, K-6.
Research shows Responsive Classroom practice raises test scores while building a positive classroom climate. For teachers or administrators. Offered in only 5 locations (CA, DC, NH, NJ, TN) - February/March/April - space is limited! Click here for details.
  Professional Leadership 
  • Entire elementary school seeks national certification
    Every teacher at a California elementary school is working toward National Board Certification, and five out of 43 have already earned the distinction. Student performance already has improved at Julius Corsini Elementary School, where test scores in 2008 met federal standards for the first time in five-plus years. "I think everyone who went through the process is a better teacher, whether they passed or not," said Edna Byers, who is now National Board Certified. The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.) (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Comfort level a factor in students speaking up about school threats
    Most students who participated in a recent study said they would be more likely to approach one of their peers about threatening behavior, rather than a teacher. Researchers found that students who feel connected to their school community are more likely to tell a principal or teacher about a student who threatened harm at school. ScienceDaily (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Technology Solutions 
 
  • Whiteboards let far-flung classes work together
    Some Florida students are using interactive whiteboards to participate in lessons with students from other schools, thanks to a software program that allows for the two-way communication. Each participating classroom is outfitted with a camera so the students and teachers can see each other, and educators say they also are learning new teaching techniques from their colleagues through the interactive technology. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  SmartBlogs 
  • Gifted children may face unreasonable pressures
    Children who are gifted sometimes feel pressure to be "on" all the time, even in subjects at which they don't excel, gifted-education specialist Tamara Fisher wrote in her blog, after a revealing conversation with her students. "I feel like any little thing I get wrong is seen by them as a giant black spot on my soul," one boy said. Teacher Magazine (free registration)/Unwrapping the Gifted blog (2/10)
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  Policy Watch 
  • Stimulus bill votes may come today
    House and Senate votes may begin today on an $800 billion federal economic-stimulus package that includes $100 billion for education, nearly twice the U.S. Education Department's fiscal 2009 discretionary budget. Many Republicans are expected to vote against the measure, saying it fails to spur immediate improvements in the economy and will saddle today's children with debt. As it stands, the compromise bill includes $53.6 billion in state aid, $13 billion for Title I and $11.7 billion for special education. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Student hopeful that economic aid will help her school: Eighth-grader Ty'sheoma Bethea hopes the economic-stimulus package will help repair her crumbling school building. "People are starting to see my school as an hopeless, uneducated school which we are not," she wrote to members of Congress on a community library computer because her school's own few hand-me-down computers were unavailable. "We finally want to prove to the world that we have an chance in life just like other schools. ... [B]ecause of the conditions we are in now we can not succeed in anything." Chicago Tribune (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  In the Field 
  • Author: Reach out to students, victims of bullying
    A former victim of bullying has written a book about her experiences and is encouraging students to reach out to victims, saying they can "change lives forever." Jodee Blanco, author of "Please Stop Laughing at Me … One Woman's Inspirational Story," encourages students to engage with those who are being bullied. San Antonio Express-News (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • 21st Century Skills: Promoting Creativity and Innovation in the Classroom DVD
    Drawing from what innovative Fortune 500 companies do to promote creativity and innovation in the workplace, this new ASCD video takes you to classrooms to show real-world strategies for your classroom curriculum and instruction. The video demonstrates how teachers promote creativity by encouraging students to express themselves via multiple media and by engaging them in tasks that require open-ended problem solving and creative thinking. Teachers explain how they make collaboration a classroom norm and allow students to engage in authentic, real-world tasks and experiences. Find out more LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teacher Voices: SSR Engages the Whole Child
    In a recent Whole Child Blog post, Steven Gardiner, 2008 Montana Teacher of the Year and ASCD author, shares how Sustained Silent Reading (SSR) engages his high school students every day. He discusses the importance of engagement in educating the whole child, the benefits of SSR and some of the research and viewpoints on the effectiveness of SSR. This blog post is the first in series of posts in which the Whole Child Blog will feature teachers discussing different issues surrounding educating the whole child. View the post LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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