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February 22, 2013
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  • What will federal sequestration do to schools?
    Across-the-board federal budget cuts, known as sequestration, scheduled to take effect next week, will have a dramatic effect on education, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. Already, he noted, school districts are planning layoffs and taking other steps in response to the potential cut of more than $1.3 billion in education spending, which funds programs for many children from low-income families and students with disabilities. "There's no one in their right mind who would say that this is good for kids or good for the country, yet somehow it becomes tenable in Washington," Duncan said. The Washington Post (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Making digital citizenship part of lessons
    One of the responsibilities of educators is to teach students to be digital citizens, writes Andrew Miller, an educational consultant and online educator. In this blog post, he writes that project-based learning is a "great way to target this objective in an engaging and authentic way." Miller suggests methods to teach students about digital citizenship, and recommends teachers create an authentic audience for projects and target content-area standards. Edutopia.org/Andrew Miller's blog (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • N.J. district's schools teach black history across the curriculum
    Lessons on African-American history span schools' curriculum in Ocean City, N.J., where students are learning about jazz and blues in music class and consumer sciences class examines "The History of Soul Food." Seventh-grade language arts literacy students are studying the Jim Crowe era and participate in a daily black history trivia contest, while Ocean City High School students examine the Amistad trial. "It generates a lot of really good discussion, on how our legal system evolved through history and affected modern civil rights," Matt Purdue, a history teacher at Ocean City High School, said of the 1839 Amistad trial. Ocean City Gazette (Seaville, N.J.) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Will NCLB waivers be issued by district?
    While Education Secretary Arne Duncan has said he prefers to issue No Child Left Behind waivers by state, there were signs this week that his department could begin working directly with school districts. Duncan said states have until Feb. 28 to apply for waivers from portions of the federal education law -- after which time his department will consider next steps. Of particular concern is that some states, including California and Texas, do not have waivers and are likely to fail to meet No Child Left Behind benchmarks. The Huffington Post/The Associated Press (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How PLCs can help teachers serve students
    Meeting weekly with his professional learning community helps with planning and developing strategies, writes educator Rob Kriete. Before tackling student data, they worked on building trust and setting goals to guide their work during the school year, he writes in this article. "Sure, we discuss data, assessments, and lesson plans during these meetings, but our fundamental purpose is to support each other in better serving our students," Kriete writes. Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ala. lawmakers may reject the common core
    Lawmakers in Alabama are considering legislation that would repeal a decision by the state's board of education to adopt the Common Core State Standards, making it the sixth state nationwide to reject part or all of the standards. Proposed legislation also would restrict the type of information about students and teachers that can be shared with the U.S. Department of Education. AL.com (Alabama) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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