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December 7, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Some states weigh a la carte education model
    At least four states -- Arizona, Louisiana, Michigan and Utah -- are implementing or considering a new school model, referred to in this article as "a la carte school." Under the model, being pushed by a group of education reformers that includes Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White, students create custom schedules from hundreds of offerings from approved vendors. Their schedules could include online classes, learning directly from business leaders, traditional courses and other options. Reuters (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Students struggle to connect with history of Pearl Harbor
    History teachers at a Michigan high school are working to help students make connections to a day that only some of their grandparents were alive to experience -- Pearl Harbor. Eventually, teachers say, students will have the same problem with the Sept. 11 attacks. A move to include more primary-source documents in history lessons is under way; teachers say this could help students get a better understanding of historic events. Battle Creek Enquirer (Mich.) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Leadership 
  • Duncan: Connected educators find success, challenges
    The connected educator movement may be relatively new, but it has great potential to guide the future of professional development for teachers, Education Secretary Arne Duncan writes in this blog post. He also writes about the challenges faced, including the need for online professional learning to count toward professional development and for there to be greater support for online social learning and problem solving among teachers. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Guidelines are released for school computers under common core
    The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium released guidelines this week for school computers, tablets and other devices that will be used for online testing under the Common Core State Standards. Under the guidelines, devices must have 10-inch screens, a keyboard, Internet access and the ability to disable certain functions that could be used for cheating during assessments. As schools and districts work to implement the common core, some have questioned whether school computers and technology will be able to meet expectations. The Hechinger Report/Digital blog (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Managing Budgets 
  • Lobbying effort mounts against potential federal education cuts
    Educators and education advocates have launched a lobbying effort against budget cuts that would follow federal sequestration. The effort includes teachers unions, school boards, colleges, and primary- and secondary-education systems. "The stakes are so very high,” said Mary Kusler, director of government relations for the National Education Association. "We are going to keep pushing and pushing. We are willing to do whatever it takes to keep the students, teachers and families who will be affected by these cuts front and center in the minds of Congress." (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Ind. education board adopts new rules for teacher licensing
    The Indiana State Board of Education on Wednesday eased requirements for individuals without education degrees who want to teach in K-12 classrooms. The new rules create an "adjunct teaching permit" and allow individuals to pursue a less-traditional track into the classroom by taking proficiency exams instead of college courses in some areas. The changes also transfer power to approve teacher-training programs from the state Education Department to the state Board of Education. (Jeffersonville/New Albany, Ind.) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Faculty Lounge 
  • Study: Physically fit students earn higher grades
    A recent study found that middle-school students who are more physically fit -- as measured by a series of push-ups, shuttle runs and other exercises -- also earn better test scores and grades. Researchers said the study, published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, calls into question the decision by some districts to cut physical-education programs and recess in favor of teaching core subjects. The Inquisitr (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • Solving the "play" problem
    "To truly be creative, we need to have the opportunity to think outside the box, and that requires time and exposure to unique and new experiences (as opposed to the same old routines)," writes ASCD EDge community member Fred Ende. In his recent post, Ende discusses our always-on lifestyle, expressing concern that "hyper-scheduling" leaves students with little opportunity to engage in unstructured play and deep observation. Offering support, he shares tips for reacquainting learners with innovation, creativity and play. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The common core ate my baby and other urban legends
    First humorously describing how urban legends begin, noted literacy expert Timothy Shanahan shares and sets straight myths about the new Common Core State Standards in an effort to help extinguish the metaphorical "flames of misperception, confusion, and rumor." In a December/January Educational Leadership article, Shanahan takes on legends like, "Most schools are already teaching to the new standards," and sets the record straight in terms of what the standards truly entail. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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