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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Ky. implements new kindergarten-readiness screening
    Kentucky teachers are using a new test called Brigance to screen children for kindergarten readiness. Use of the screening -- which takes up to 15 minutes -- will be fully implemented next year. Teachers screen children by asking them questions and evaluating their cognitive skills, health and social well-being. WDRB-TV/WMYO-TV (Louisville, Ky.) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nev. governor takes dropout prevention message door-to-door
    Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, Washoe County Schools Superintendent Pedro Martinez and community volunteers went door to door over the weekend to encourage high-school seniors to focus on graduation. Of the district's 4,300 high-school seniors, only 2,500 are on track to graduate -- but 1,000 more could be ready with some additional support, officials said. "That's one of the things I want to tell them today, that we believe in them," Sandoval said. KRNV-TV (Reno, Nev.) (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Questions about Common Core State Standards?
Common Core only gives educators the destination, not a road map explaining how to get there. We've written the map. It's based in research with the goal of student achievement and professional teacher development. Don't miss the definitive Common Core Series of six classes from the Marzano Center.
  School Leadership 
  • Grant funds bring math, literacy coaches to Milwaukee schools
    The Milwaukee school system is using grant funds from the GE Foundation to bring in more teacher coaches for 10 elementary schools. Each school will become a GE Foundation Demonstration School, get a full-time literacy coach and full-time math coach, along with two lead teachers who will rotate among the schools and be dedicated to cultural-sensitivity education. Administrators decided to use the grant funds for coaches and training to help implement the Common Core State Standards. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Free Reading Curriculum Trial for Struggling Readers
Read Live is a comprehensive reading intervention program that focuses on fluency and supports vocabulary and comprehension. Brought to you by Read Naturally, the research-based strategy has over 20-years of proven effectiveness. Try Read Live with your students with a free 60-day trial.
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Flipped instruction turns around middle-school history lessons
    Disappointed their students were not engaged in classroom lessons, two teachers at a Texas middle school decided to flip the script. The educators, who teach a history class together, adopted the flipped instructional method, in which students view instructional videos at home and use class time to complete homework assignments -- rather than listen to lectures. So far, teachers say the change has resulted in more engaged students and higher test scores. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ala. uses donation to buy MacBook laptops for students
    An Alabama district will use a $292,000 donation to purchase 273 MacBook laptops. The devices are expected to be distributed in November to students in elementary and middle school. School officials say they already had raised about $30,000 to buy laptops for students. Now, however, they plan to use those funds to purchase iPads for students in kindergarten through third grade. (Alabama)/Press-Register (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Develop students into self-directed learners.
Technology allows students to take ownership of their learning, create and share learning tools, and participate in work that is meaningful to them and others. In Who Owns the Learning, Solution Tree author Alan November features real-life examples that illustrate how every student can become a teacher and a global publisher. Learn more!
  The Whole Child 
  • School stores are not required to comply with nutrition standards
    While food served in school cafeterias are subject to new federal standards, food items sold by on-campus stores and elsewhere in schools do not yet have to comply. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is drafting changes to the law, but until then some school stores in Vermont, for example, sell candy, cookies and chips to students. Laurie Colgan, director of child nutrition programs with the Vermont Department of Education, is urging school officials to consider local restrictions on the sale of unhealthy foods on campus in accordance with district wellness policies that have been required by the state since 2004. Bennington Banner (Vt.) (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Free Webinar: Narrative Writing and the Common Core
This hour-long webinar from Zaner-Bloser will delve into how the Common Core is impacting narrative writing instruction and provide you with actionable strategies you can take back to the classroom to prepare students to excel with the new standards and next-generation assessments. This free webinar is October 30, 3:00–4:00 PM EDT. Register today.
  Policy Watch 
  • Tenn. task force considers school vouchers
    A nine-member task force appointed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is drawing up recommendations on how the state could operate a possible statewide school-vouchers program. Task force members are considering factors that would need to be determined to launch a program, including whether there should be family-income limits on participants, whether students should come only from struggling schools and how much "scholarship" money the students would receive to attend private schools. The governor said he is undecided about whether he will support a school vouchers program, saying it depends on the program. The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) (free registration) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Faculty Lounge 
  • Teachers learn hands-on aviation lessons they can use
    The Casper, Wyo., Civil Air Patrol's Teacher Orientation Program focuses on encouraging more teachers to use aviation concepts including aerodynamics, climatology and weight distribution when teaching math and science. Fourth-grade teacher Amanda Reinhardt recently had the opportunity to fly in an air patrol plane, experience a flight simulator and tour an airport air-traffic control tower. "If I can attach whatever I'm teaching out of this book to something that's out in the real world, then [students] ... can connect that learning," Reinhardt said. "In life, you don't learn out of a book." Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyo.) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • From Common Core Standards to Curriculum: Five Big Ideas
    Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins have big ideas about the new standards and how they translate into curriculum. They've co-authored a whitepaper that explores each idea and offers recommendations for developing a curriculum and an assessment system that helps realize the new standards' promise. In a recent ASCD EDge post, McTighe shares big idea number one: "The Common Core Standards have new emphases and require a careful reading." Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How do I start an ASCD Student Chapter?
    Membership in a student chapter is a valuable opportunity for preservice educators to connect with education professionals. Browse our directory to see if there's a student chapter active on your campus or visit the ASCD Student Chapter homepage to learn how to bring the program to your college or university. There you'll also find an infographic that walks you through the eight simple steps to getting your program up and running. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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