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March 14, 2013
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • How the common core supports interdisciplinary teaching
    Teachers nationwide say the implementation of the Common Core State Standards presents opportunities for interdisciplinary thematic units, in which educators of various subjects work together to teach a certain concept or idea. Bobbi Farrell, a social studies and language arts teacher at Messalonskee Middle School in Oakland, Maine, explained an example of the approach as teaching a social studies lesson on immigration or social classes by integrating literature, with books such as "The Outsiders." Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why YA literature is a good fit for middle-grades students
    Well-selected books from the young-adult genre can help students build the skills they need to tackle more challenging, classical literature, middle-grades language arts teacher Ariel Sacks writes in this blog post. A majority of middle-school students might not be able to read and analyze most classic literature on their own, but assigning rigorous and developmentally accessible YA books when teaching whole-novel units allows them to have an "authentic" reading experience without the need for teachers to "dumb down" the material, Sacks writes. TransformED (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leverage technology, amplify learning
Infusing teaching with technology is a must in the 21st century. We’ve pooled our best resources to show you how to maximize your efforts in the classroom. Discover how to engage students and motivate better learning with these research-based books and videos. Explore today!
  School Leadership 
  • Ind. district devotes time for teachers to work together
    Shane Robbins, superintendent of Northwestern Consolidated School District, says he has been impressed by the results of teachers' weekly collaboration sessions. Each Wednesday, the start of school is delayed by one hour so teachers at each school can meet to discuss student data and evaluate students' progress and needs. Officials say the meetings have informed discussions on curriculum and also allowed teachers of different subjects -- and in different schools -- to learn from each other. The Shelbyville News (Ind.) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Turn teacher evaluation into teacher development
Drill down to stronger instructional practices with this framework designed for coaches, teachers, and administrators. Each module of clearly defined on-site PD, designed by Robert J. Marzano and MRL associates, targets improved learning through techniques based on leading research. Learn more!
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Skype helps Okla., Tenn. students collaborate for Bill of Rights lesson
    A fifth-grade class in Oklahoma recently connected with eighth-graders in Tennessee via Skype for a lesson on the Bill of Rights. Students used the technology to participate in joint presentations on the topic, using PowerPoint, interactive whiteboards and classroom computers. The teachers found each other while doing online research on the topic and joined forces on the lesson, in which one class created slides demonstrating uses for the Bill of Rights, while the other created slides with background information and limitations. The Duncan Banner (Okla.) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

What can your students learn from other students' writing? We Can Do This! gives you 35 lessons, each focusing on a real piece of K-2 student writing. Organized by genre—informative, opinion, narrative, and others—the book includes links to standards, lesson extensions, and advice on common writing dilemmas. Preview the entire book!
  The Whole Child 
  • Utah lawmakers seek to curb student bullying, suicide
    Lawmakers in Utah have passed legislation that would require schools to alert parents if students are involved in bullying and/or threaten suicide, and another bill requiring the state's junior high schools and high schools to launch suicide-prevention programs. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for teenagers in Utah, which has one of the highest youth suicide rates in the country. Both bills now go to the governor for a signature. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (3/13), The Deseret News (Salt Lake City) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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SmartReport on EdTech: The Back-to-School Issue
SmartReport on EdTech is your back-to-school guide for all things education technology. Read about the highlights and takeaways from this year's ISTE Conference; find out what's keeping educators up at night; 5 tips for developing VR content creators; plus all of the latest innovative edtech products. Read it here.
  Policy Watch 
  • Economic recovery has yet to help public-school employment
    While the private-sector economy continues a slow recovery, data show a further decline in public-sector employment -- particularly teachers. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal that 361,000 public-school jobs have been eliminated since July 2008 -- about half of the 725,000 government jobs that were eliminated in that same time period. In the first two months of this year, data show, 4,500 local government education jobs were cut, while 412,000 private-sector jobs were created. Reuters (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ED Pulse 
  • If you've participated in professional development or training on the Common Core State Standards, what type was it?
    More than one of these  32.60%
    Multiday training  17.95%
    A one-day training  16.85%
    None of these  10.99%
    Job-embedded training or coaching at my school  9.71%
    An online webinar or video  6.96%
    Professional learning community (PLC)  4.95%
  • Which of the following statements best defines effective teachers?
They create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
They belong to learning communities
They think systematically about their practice and learn from experience
They take responsibility for managing and monitoring student learning
They are leaders
They are committed to students and their learning
They know their subjects and how to teach those subjects to students

  Faculty Lounge 
  • Neuropsychologist: How to shape, create a math brain
    U.S. students in fourth and eighth grades perform well in math, compared with their international counterparts, according to recent studies. Yet, data show a sharp decline among U.S. students when they enter high school. A shift in emphasis from getting answers correct in early grades to directly applying math concepts in high school may contribute to the drop, Steven G. Feifer, professor and research scientist at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., told attendees during a recent conference. He suggested educators use varied strategies in math, including verbal and visual-spatial instruction to help deepen math learning. (Philadelphia) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Math Tools in Action is an exciting new DVD series that shows teachers in grades 1-5 how to use anchor charts, journals, and manipulatives to deepen and improve math instruction. Each DVD chronicles a complete lesson in a real classroom, with expert commentary and teaching tips before and during the lesson. Click here to view clips and download the viewing guides!

Only 4 days left to register for a FREE SDE webinar for administrators. 5 Steps to Common Core Success: What Every Administrator Needs to Know. CCSS expert Katie McKnight, Ph.D. clearly articulates how the CCSS are different, and offers the 5 steps for a successful transition. Monday, March 18, 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT. Learn more and register here. 1-800-462-1478.

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  ASCD News 
  • Meet the presenter: Tim Shriver
    In his Annual Conference and Exhibit Show video (second featured video), chairman and CEO of Special Olympics Tim Shriver discusses the value of listening to young people's vision of their future. "The world of young people with and without intellectual differences is coming to the ASCD conference with a simple message: We want to be heard," he says. And whether you're gearing up for Chicago or getting ready to follow the conference from home, don't miss Gene Carter's most recent Inservice blog post. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New PD Online course -- Formative Assessment and Common Core Standards: English Language Arts/Literacy
    With the Common Core State Standards' call for greater academic rigor, teachers must learn more effective ways to assess their students during instruction. This new PD Online course shows teachers how to carry out effective formative assessment to help monitor their students' progress toward mastery in their learning. Visit to learn more about this interactive and in-depth online course and browse all of our PD Online courses on the common core. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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