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September 20, 2012
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  Transforming Literacy Learning 
  • Common core math means more real-world lessons
    The application of mathematical principles in actual tasks such as engineering, architecture and developing statistically valid surveys are among the changes coming with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Changing the focus away from abstract theories is meant to provide students "a broader understanding of mathematical purpose," says Lynn Dougherty-Underwood, director of K-12 literacy for the Tampa-area Hillsborough County Public Schools in Florida. U.S. News & World Report (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A call for schools to teach financial literacy
    There are many online tools available for teachers who want to integrate financial literacy into their instruction, financial education and economics teacher Brian Page writes in this blog post. He provides links to lessons about the Federal Reserve and student debt, among others. "Broadly speaking, financial literacy is the missing literacy link of the 21st century," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Teach Holocaust Literature with Echoes and Reflections
Echoes and Reflections is the leader in Holocaust education, providing teacher training programs across the U.S. Earn professional development credit and explore classroom-ready materials― lessons include artwork, photos, poetry, diaries, visual history testimony, and connections to standards. Find a program today!
  Literacy Everywhere 
  • Fla. city governments are urged to focus on reading
    A representative from The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading urged a group of Florida mayors and city officials to play their part to encourage children to read. The campaign's Ron Fairchild said cities can help by speaking out on the issue, encouraging people to be reading tutors, expanding summer reading programs in libraries and giving books to pediatricians to distribute to families. "Communities have a significant role to play in whether children are reading," Fairchild said. The Palm Beach Post (Fla.) (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Hands-on science in a digital world
Science education is no longer confined to the pages of a textbook. Students are interacting with science concepts through physical objects and digital platforms, and using this knowledge to solve real-world issues. Get insights for making this work in your classroom in this SmartFocus on Hands-on Science.
  Education Policy 
  • Calif. may track data on long-term English-language learners
    California may begin collecting data on long-term English-language learners. The California General Assembly passed the measure with bi-partisan support and Gov. Jerry Brown has until Sept. 28 to sign it into law. A study two years ago found that 59% of secondary ELL students had been attending U.S. schools for more than six years, made no progress in improving their English proficiency in the previous two years and performed poorly on the state's English language arts assessment. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership and Capacity Building 
  • Creating connected learning for students, educators
    Teaching students to manage their digital resources is essential to keeping them engaged -- rather than distracted -- in today's connected classrooms, says educator and blogger Sam Patterson. In this interview, Patterson describes strategies for engagement, suggests mobile applications to support literacy in the classroom and offers tips for educators on enhancing their own continuing education through personal learning networks. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (9/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Professional Learning 
  • Edcamps are the new way to professional development
    Edcamps are the new and trending way to achieve professional development, elementary-school principal Peter DeWitt writes in this blog post. DeWitt explains how teachers and administrators can organize their own edcamps without fees, while focusing on the particular needs of their school or district. "Money is short, and many of us have always believed that our best resources are within our own schools... or we probably wouldn't have hired them in the first place," he writes. Education Week/Finding Common Ground blog (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • History, art teacher to share lessons learned in Paris with students
    Kathleen Kennedy, a global history and art teacher at West Bronx Academy for the Future in New York City, was one of 14 teachers to travel abroad this summer to study art and architecture and gather lesson ideas to share with students this school year. Kennedy, who spent two weeks in Paris thanks to the Fund for Teachers organization, said she plans to hold similar workshops at her school to help her students link art and history. The trips are funded through the Fund for Teachers organization. Daily News (New York) (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCLE Spotlight 
  • Making Learning Relevant -- Bringing the World into the Classroom
    When a visitor steps across the threshold of the front door of Lincoln Magnet Middle School in Springfield, Ill., it doesn't take long to discover that students are at the center of all that takes place there. Student ambassadors greet you, exuding pride in their school and a pleasant confidence in their abilities to serve as your guide into a journey of learning. Often referred to misleadingly by members of the Springfield community as "that technology school," Lincoln Magnet Middle School serves as an exemplar of how learning and schooling can be transformed. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "Why are there so many words in math?": Planning for content-area vocabulary instruction
    Vocabulary presents a challenge to students in content area classes, making it difficult to understand new concepts and make connections to background knowledge. This article describes the 5 Cs, a tool developed to help content area teachers consider vocabulary as part of lesson planning. By selecting a set of key words for instruction, teachers can help students focus on conceptual understanding and connect new ideas to existing knowledge. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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