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November 12, 2012
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  Transforming Literacy Learning 
  • Use traditional, digital literacy to improve students' research skills
    Teachers should emphasize digital and traditional literacy to help students acquire enough knowledge on a subject to know whether an online source is reliable, journalist Annie Murphy Paul writes in this blog post. Paul cites a recent Pew Research Center survey of middle- and high-school teachers who say students expect to find information quickly because of search engines like Google and don't dig deeply enough. Paul offers three tips to improve students' research skills, such as requiring students to read nonfiction books. blog (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ohio schools pilot new math curricula
    In anticipation of Common Core State Standards, Fairfield City schools in Ohio are piloting math programs and spending more time on the material at all grade levels. In kindergarten through fifth grade, the math programs being used now include Investigations, Go Math and Math in Focus, while students in grades six through eight are learning with Math in Focus, Big Ideas and Digits, the majority of which is online. "Instead of one unit, teachers are looking at half the year looking at fractions. That's what they mean by going deeper. It's learning something, learning it to mastery, and then building on that," said Debi Freimuth, an instructional specialist for the district. The Journal-News (Hamilton, Ohio)(free registration) (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Literacy Everywhere 
  • Programs, online resources for National Family Literacy Month
    Elianne Ramos, principal and CEO of Speak Hispanic Communications, in this blog post highlights campaigns and resources for families to use during National Family Literacy Month, celebrated in November. Included is the National Center for Family Literacy, which offers online reading games and resources, as well as a mini-grants program to help teachers engage parents in lessons. "NCFL's multigenerational approach is based on the belief that when parents and children 'form a learning partnership,' that leads to educational and economic progress," Ramos writes. The Huffington Post/The Blog (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Students get real-world tech experience without leaving school
    As classrooms, media centers and schools in general become more equipped with new technology, the need for skilled technology support is even greater. The program Generation YES (Generation of Youth and Educators Succeeding) is training an available and eager workforce: students. An additional program tacks on 20 units of that cover troubleshooting hardware and software problems, along with media literacy, jobs and developing a portfolio of work samples. T.H.E. Journal (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Education Policy 
  • Teachers await Obama's plans for education in second term
    President Barack Obama emphasized the "softer" side of his education policies during the campaign, garnering the support of many members of teachers' unions, but he has yet to indicate what he will do about more controversial policies, such as using test scores in evaluations. In this article, leaders of teacher associations and policy experts talk about what they expect over the next four years. The Huffington Post (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Leadership and Capacity Building 
  • Educator offers advice for teachers just getting started on Twitter
    Educator Bill Ferriter offers tips in this blog post on how teachers should spend their first weeks on Twitter to build their network faster. Among his suggestions are for teachers to use hashtags, which are short identifiers for conversations, in their postings and use them to sort through, plus comment on, other teachers' messages. "Spend time each day and/or week sifting through the streams of messages being shared by people that you are following and find ways to lend a hand," Ferriter writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Learning 
  • Professional development gets "flipped" at EdCamp event
    Educators in Ottawa, Canada, planned to take a "flipped" approach to professional development with a recent education conference. Rather than listen to an expert talk on a preselected topic, participants of EdCamp Ottawa planned to meet in a conference room to choose topics and present ideas to each other. "It's a huge shift in the way that teachers and administrators and students and parents are really learning about the issues in education," said organizer Erin Paynter, vice principal of Elizabeth Park Public School. Ottawa Citizen (Ontario) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to be an effective teacher leader
    Teacher leaders discover how to speak to all teacher leaders but not spend time in the teachers lounge, writes José Vilson, a middle-school math teacher and coach. Vilson writes in this blog post that transformative teacher leadership means spending time in the classroom with students but not becoming isolated. He also suggests teacher leaders show others how to become leaders, but he advises against pushing them too hard.é Vilson's blog (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCLE Spotlight 
  • Powerful conversations about education reform
    In this post, Sharon Roth writes, "I was struck by Lara Hebert's recent Perspective, 'The Value of Social Capital.' The distinction between human and social capital has me intrigued. Where current rhetoric around reform tends to focus on the measure of individual teacher knowledge and expertise (a.k.a. human capital), it's the measure of professional collaboration and networking (social capital), that requires as much -- and maybe more -- attention to truly make a difference." Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Text complexity and the Common Core State Standards
    Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey talk about text complexity, an important element of the Common Core State Standards, and about the implications for educators. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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