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March 15, 2013
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  Learning and Teaching 
 
  • Expanded learning-time model helped struggling school improve
    A school in California that has been considered underperforming since the 1990s is reporting gains in student achievement and other progress since adopting an expanded learning-time model, education reporter Nora Fleming writes in this blog post. According to a study from the National Center of Time & Learning, in the 2010-11 school year -- the first year the program was in place -- student achievement on English language arts exams rose by 14 points and a 23-point gain was reported in math. Besides expanding learning time, the school also focused on student data and worked to improve the school climate and behavior. Education Week/Beyond School blog (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Mass. high school's mock trial team judges this year a success
    The mock trial program at Massachusetts' Natick High School started up again last year after a long hiatus brought on by a lack of interest. The school's team of 21 enthusiastic students took on the roles of prosecutors and defense attorneys during mock trials that were judged by real attorneys and judges in real courtrooms and administered by the Massachusetts Bar Association. "Constantly we hear lawyers say they couldn't have done what they did at their age," said Natick social studies teacher Cindy Crohan, one of the team's advisers. Patch.com/Natick, Mass. (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Understand the Role of Oral Language in Reading for your Title I and ELL Students
Oral language is a predictor of future academic success. Learn how researchers suggest approaching oral language instruction, particularly in ELL and Title I populations where socioeconomic status and home experiences result in a growing academic gap. Read more.
  School Leadership 
 
  • 6 ideas for teachers to improve their school climate
    Teachers seeking a good school environment should start by giving and seeking positive feedback themselves, education consultant Allen Mendler writes in this blog post. Mendler shares six ideas, such as asking a colleague to observe a class or keeping a daily log of accomplishments, to help teachers feel more appreciated. "You won't be able to influence everyone or affect everything, but you may have more power than you think to make your school more of what you want it to be for yourself and others," Mendler writes. Edutopia.org/Allen Mendler's blog (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Technology in the Classroom 
 
  • Schools find all Internet access is not created equal
    Schools nationwide are working to improve their broadband Internet connections as the deadline for online testing under the Common Core State Standards nears and teachers increasingly look to use technology in lessons. While a majority of schools have Internet access, in some cases it is not sufficient to meet the needs of educators or their students, who report slow connections and insufficient capacity. To help improve, some states -- including Idaho, Maine, Nebraska, and Utah -- have launched statewide broadband networks. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • $15M could be saved in Calif. by suspending some exams
    State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is supporting legislation in California to suspend some standardized tests while new computerized exams are being developed, a move that would save the state $15 million. Lawmakers now are considering legislation that would suspend some tests beginning next fall, as well as a separate bill that would delay the suspension until 2016. Tests required by the federal government would not be suspended. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/L.A. Now blog (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rockefeller proposes expansion of Internet school fund
    Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., wants to revise and expand the federal government's E-Rate program, which helps fund Internet connections for public libraries and schools. The chairman of the Senate commerce committee proposes to upgrade the Internet connections of every U.S. school to 1 gigabit per second. "As every educator knows, digital information and technology will continue to play an increasing role in education, so we need to think about how we are going to meet the broadband infrastructure needs of our schools and libraries," Rockefeller said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
3 Critical Strategies to Boost Reading Proficiency
Research has shown that an effective prevention plan in grades K-2 can help increase third grade reading proficiency rates and prevent failure at upper grades. Read Lexia's whitepaper to learn how to balance the strategies of prevention and intervention to help students of all abilities succeed.

  Policy Watch 
  • How will at-risk students fare under common core?
    Many math teachers see the Common Core State Standards as a positive development -- bringing higher expectations and a greater focus on deeper learning to the math curriculum -- but some educators are concerned that the new standards may present challenges for students who already are struggling in math. "Every time I talk to other teachers, this issue comes up," said Silvestre Arcos, founding math teacher at KIPP Washington Heights Middle School, which is a charter school in New York City. "The big question is, how do we build up these advanced skills with kids who come in behind?" Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Faculty Lounge 
  • Miss. law allows religious expression at school
    Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill into law that requires school districts statewide to adopt "limited public forum" policies to allow students to express religious beliefs. The policy would apply to events, such as football games, as well as morning announcements. Districts' policies would carry the disclaimer that the forum "does not reflect the endorsement, sponsorship, position or expression of the district." The American Civil Liberties Union is predicting a lawsuit challenging the measure after it goes into effect on July 1. The Sun Herald (Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss.)/The Associated Press (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ASCD News 
  • Fight the bureaucracy with best practices
    A variety of factors have squeezed the fun out of today's classrooms, but it doesn't have to be this way, explains educator and author Mark Barnes. In a recent ASCD EDge blog post, Barnes, who developed the Results Only Learning Environment, writes that "it's up to teachers to ignore the bureaucracy and do what's right for students and for education." He explains just what that looks like in the post. Read on.
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