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February 14, 2013
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  • National Board Certification is a family affair
    A mother and daughter offered each other support and exchanged tips as they applied for National Board Certification. Suzanne Ray, a teacher at Madison Middle School in Mississippi, and her daughter, Georgia Anne Moore, who teaches in Chicago, both recently earned National Board Certification as middle-childhood generalists for ages 7 to 12. "I'm not certain of another parent-child going through the National Board Certification process together," said April Jones, of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.) (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Focus on Practice 
  • How to approach literary nonfiction with students
    It is important to engage students prior to the reading of literary nonfiction required by the Common Core State Standards, writes Todd Finley, associate professor of English education at East Carolina University. Finley gives the example of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and suggests letting students see copies of the speech, explore interactive resources and perhaps watch a clip from the film "Lincoln" to boost interest. Finley's blog (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The right and wrong ways to use technology in the classroom
    Teachers should regularly allow students to use cellphones, flip cameras and other tools to record lessons and classroom exchanges, but avoid relying too heavily on technology and online polling programs that provide shortcuts to check for understanding, writes high-school teacher Paul Barnwell. In this commentary, Barnwell offers some advice to help teachers navigate the complicated field of classroom technology. Other suggestions include encouraging students to make phone calls when conducting research, but not rely on texting and e-mail. Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
A Powerful Technique for Teaching Children
When teachers use Interactive Modeling to teach classroom behaviors, skills, and routines, children learn quickly and better remember what they learned. The result: More time available for teaching and learning, and a smoother day for everyone. Read sample chapters and order.
  Schools Today 
  • Access to quality preschool is focus of Obama's visit to Ga.
    President Barack Obama plans to visit a prekindergarten classroom in Georgia today to advocate for plans laid out in his State of the Union address for an expansion of preschool programs. "As part of that effort, the President will propose a series of new investments that will establish a continuum of high-quality early learning for a child -- beginning at birth and continuing to age 5," a White House statement noted. USA Today (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
  Education Cartoon 
SmartReport on EdTech
SmartReport on EdTech is your 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.
  Developing Leaders 
  • Collaborative, partner-driven approach needed for teachers' PD
    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
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  • Ind. panel reaffirms state's commitment to common core
    Indiana likely is to maintain its current schedule for rolling out the Common Core State Standards, following an unsuccessful legislative effort to pull out of the effort. A bill passed Wednesday by a state legislative committee specifically allows the common core to move forward, but it requires public meetings about the standards to be held statewide. The state board of education, which publicly has supported the common core, then will decide whether it should be implemented. The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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