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February 14, 2013
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Collaborating to advance literacy learning

  Transforming Literacy Learning 
 
  • Building a love of reading among students
    Educators in all subjects need professional development to deliver reading strategies that allow students to access the different types of text used across all classes, transformational leadership coach Elena Aguilar writes in this blog post. Aguilar offers nine other strategies for teachers to grow a love of reading in students, such as organizing a read-a-thon, inviting authors into the classroom and being readers themselves. "We must give them the skills to read at the same time that we cultivate an attitude," she writes. Edutopia.org/Elena Aguilar's blog (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Mo. schools start new chapter with nonfiction reading material
    Schools in Missouri are starting to make reading a larger part of the curriculum as the Common Core State Standards bring more nonfiction material to classrooms. Students may be assigned to read academic or news articles about the civil rights movement in the 1960s while they study the novel "The Watsons Go to Birmingham," said literacy coordinator Shelley Willott. "We're trying to make the connection and understand the relevance of what they are reading," Willott said. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.J. arts center teaches third-graders dramatic reading
    Elementary schools in Morristown, N.J., school district have partnered with the Mayo Performing Arts Center to offer a six-week program to teach third-graders how to perform dramatic readings to improve their reading comprehension and learn to speak in public. The arts center places its teaching artists in the classrooms for 12 sessions in which they coach students on how to read aloud to express emotion. "To support the curriculum, this really adds to understanding. It's not just the literature -- it's a different learning style," said Jen Allen, one of the teaching artists and a former elementary-school educator. The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.) (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Literacy Everywhere 
  • Md. school maps out project-based learning with the common core
    A public middle and high school in Baltimore this year adopted a schoolwide project-based learning approach aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The school's adoption of PBL included the creation of a map that offers a diagram of standards under the common core, writes Eric Isselhardt, chief academic officer at the Green Street Academy. A project route then was created, which aligns with the standards map, and educators then focused on what was needed for students to be successful and whether the project met the standards, Isselhardt writes in this blog post. Edutopia.org/Eric Isselhardt's blog (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Wyo. school uses interdisciplinary approach to study wolves
    The issue of wolf reintroduction into the wilderness of Wyoming is the subject of study by 57 seventh-grade students at Laramie Junior High School. The school's math, English, world geography and science teachers developed an interdisciplinary unit that has engaged the students, said English teacher Rhonda Johnson. As part of the unit, students also had the opportunity to question a panel of experts, including Fred Lindzey, professor emeritus from the University of Wyoming and former Game and Fish coordinator for District 2. Laramie Boomerang (Wyo.) (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Education Policy 
  • Can universal preschool close the achievement gap?
    The call for universal preschool in President Barack Obama's address Tuesday highlights increased research into child development and indications the achievement gap exists among children as young as age 3. Nine states and the District of Columbia fund universal prekindergarten programs for 4-year-olds, and most states fund some preschool for low-income families. "The way you measure the benefits are not necessarily in grades or better test scores, but really those kids seem to do better as adults," said Dr. Tracy King, a pediatrician and instructor at Johns Hopkins University Medical School in Baltimore. The Washington Post (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership and Capacity Building 
  • Ill. teachers seek time to form professional learning communities
    Teachers at an Illinois high school are seeking time one morning per week to collaborate -- allowing them to form "professional learning communities." Geneva High School principal Tom Rogers and associate principal Doug Drexler appeared before the District 304 School Board to present the plan, which seeks time for collaboration starting next school year. While school board members seemed supportive of the change, some also pointed out potential issues that could result from starting school 50 minutes later for students. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Learning 
  • Why one-size-fits-all professional development does not work
    It is time to change the way schools approach professional development, elementary-school principal Peter DeWitt writes in this blog post. DeWitt cites author Jim Knight, who supports a collaborative, partner-driven approach that includes involvement from all stakeholders and the empowerment of teachers, who have a choice in what they are learning. It also gives time for reflection and dialogue. Education Week/Finding Common Ground blog (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  NCLE Spotlight 
  • Free Web seminar -- Sharing our practices: Family/school partnerships
    Many around the country are engaged in efforts to strengthen family-school partnerships -- teaming up for student success. Join this free web event at 3:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Feb. 20, to hear about three different school-based initiatives to increase family engagement and partnerships between school, home, and community. The discussion panel will be sharing both their successes and their challenges, engaging in a dialogue about the past, present, and future of their efforts. In this unique web event hosted by NCLE, panelists and audience members will have the opportunity to learn with and from one another -- sharing lived experiences and discussing questions of practice. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Examining 21st century literacies
    This collection contains video clips illustrating 21st Century learners and a demonstration of the evolving meaning of literacy. Also download the January 2010 issue of School Talk titled "21st Century Literacies: Young Children Reading and Writing in a Digital World." An issue focused on digital literacy in early childhood classrooms. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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