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November 16, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
 
  • One teacher's common core success story
    Denver high-school math teacher Megan Lawson praises the Common Core State Standards in this opinion article, writing that they have helped her and other teachers "clarify and define what needs to be taught within each content area." To help students meet the standards, teachers have adopted Mathematics Design Collaborative Tools, which students use to complete an assignment, review others' work and revise their own work -- allowing them to work individually, in small groups and as one large group. Education News Colorado (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  School Leadership 
  • Colo. school district seeks way to improve ongoing teacher training
    Officials in Colorado's Falcon School District 49 say they want to grow a professional-development program that focuses on a teacher's first few years on the job, but still provides continuous mentoring and training opportunities. Part of the district's plan is to encourage teachers to become master teachers and mentors to fellow educators, and empower them to innovate and make more decisions about their classes. The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NYC revises pathway from teacher to principal
    New York City intends to scale back its fast-track principal-training program in favor of professional development that focuses on teachers' long-term development. In making changes to its Teacher Leadership Program, officials say they will enroll fewer educators in the program and also direct more attention to training and mentoring over the course of teachers' careers. GothamSchools.org (New York) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology in the Classroom 
 
  • Neb. district reverses course on iPad integration
    Officials in a Nebraska school district have reversed an earlier decision to purchase iPads for students over concerns the devices may not meet the needs of the schools and their students. At issue, officials said, are concerns about off-site filtering of Web content and the "testing capabilities" of the iPads. For now, officials say, students will continue to have access to laptop computers. Kearney Hub (Neb.) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Managing Budgets 
  • Districts brace for impact of the "fiscal cliff"
    If the U.S. Congress does not take steps to prevent the so-called "fiscal cliff," the National Education Association estimates that education funding could return to pre-2003 levels. The National School Boards Association is predicting similarly dire scenarios, including the loss of more than $300,000 for every 5,000 students enrolled in a school district. CNN/Schools of Thought blog (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pa. district considers resolution opposing federal cuts: Officials in the Pittsburgh school district are considering a resolution opposing federal sequestration. The so-called "fiscal cliff," officials say, could reduce federal funding in the district by $3.5 million -- a potentially devastating cut that officials say would affect school programs and student achievement. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Wyo. education board requests 2 more years to enact reforms
    Wyoming State Board of Education members on Tuesday recommended to the legislature's Select Committee on Statewide Education Accountability to push back the deadline two years to enact a series of education reforms. Board members told lawmakers that local school districts and the state do not have the funds to ensure the reform measures -- such as new assessments and teacher evaluations -- are in place by the 2013-14 school year as required under the current plan and suggested a 2015-16 deadline instead. Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyo.)/The Associated Press (tiered subscription model) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Federal director of educational technology to step down
    Karen Cator announced Wednesday that she will step down from her role as director of educational technology for the U.S. Department of Education. It is still unclear who will replace Cator, whose tenure with the department will end in 2013. During her tenure, Cator advocated for education technology and professional development to help teachers master classroom technology. Her office also released the first national education-technology plan. Education Week/Digital Education blog (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ASCD News 
  • The potential of peer review
    "Peer evaluators can reduce the demand on administrators' scarce time, provide subject-matter expertise that a principal may lack, introduce the teacher's perspective into the evaluation process, and enable teachers to take greater control of their profession," but peer review comes with its own set of challenges, explain Susan Moore Johnson and Sarah E. Fiarman. In their co-authored Educational Leadership article, Moore Johnson and Fiarman point to what educators can learn from districts with Peer Assistance and Review programs already in place. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Student chapters: Supporting preservice teachers with resources and engagement
    ASCD is committed to improving teacher education, and the ASCD Student Chapter program offers student teachers meaningful engagement opportunities. We're pleased to announce that Huntingdon College in Alabama has launched its own student chapter, joining colleges and universities in Canada, the U.S. and the West Indies. Visit our website to find out what the program -- and ASCD -- can offer your school, and if you're interested in starting a new student chapter, take advantage of our start-up kit. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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