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November 1, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Why STEM lessons should include the arts
    There is a need for the incorporation of arts education in curricula that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math, education consultant Doug Haller writes in this blog post. The arts, he writes, already are part of scientific work either consciously or subconsciously, and studies are under way to further explore the connection. "Clearly, something about art brings out creativity and innovation in ways different from but complementary to the sciences," Haller notes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Neb. students learn about elections by casting ballots: Students at a Nebraska elementary school participated in a mock presidential election this week in which they learned about the importance of being an informed voter and the voting process. To prepare for the mock vote at school, some students said they watched the presidential debates. Some students also voted in a mock election overseen by University of Nebraska at Kearney sociology professor Jason Combs, who is collecting the votes of third- through eighth-grade Kearney Public Schools students. Kearney Hub (Neb.) (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Science-centered Language Development
Research has shown that when language arts experiences are embedded within the context of learning science, students improve in their ability to use their language arts skills. Learn how the new FOSS Third Edition integrates content area reading, science notebooks, and other literacy strategies to promote this type of reflective thinking.
  School Leadership 
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  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Overcoming challenges to adopting BYOD programs
    Infrastructure and access are among the challenges that schools will face when implementing bring-your-own-device programs, according to education-technology directors interviewed in this article. In order to level the playing field for students without access to technology or at-home Internet, one district locates public Wi-Fi access points in the district for students and explores partnerships with companies to provide devices that students can check out at school. eSchool News (free registration) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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.
  The Whole Child 
  • Clubs foster supportive environments at Ill. middle schools
    Students at two Illinois middle schools have formed clubs focused on providing nurturing, supportive environments for students. The Friends of Rachel clubs stem from a national program, Rachel's Challenge, which encourages students to interact with each other in positive ways. Some student projects undertaken as part of the clubs include mentoring, putting nice notes on students' lockers and reaching out to bullies. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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What Are You Thinking? showcases nine reading conferences—each with a different instructional focus—between author Patrick Allen and his fourth-grade students. Viewers will see how to connect with kids, monitor progress, and differentiate instruction. Includes a viewing guide. Click here to watch one of the conferences!

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  ED Pulse 
  • Which one of these positions on education taken by President Barack Obama is most important to you in this election?
    School funding -- Competitive grants will help states institute reforms and school improvement.  23.28%
    Higher education -- Maintain federally issued student loans (Direct Loan Program) and monitor for-profit schools.  19.90%
    Accountability -- States should establish their own goals for school quality based on rigorous standards.  18.34%
    None of these.  17.73%
    School choice -- Expand charter schools as another public-school option for families.  8.93%
    All of these.  6.88%
    Teacher evaluation -- Incentives will prompt states to update evaluations and tie them to student results.  4.95%
  • Which one of these positions on education taken by Gov. Mitt Romney is most important to you in this election?

    This is the second and final week that ED Pulse is looking at the presidential candidates' positions on education.
School choice -- Supports charter schools/allows students to bring any federal funding with them.
Accountability -- Parents would be given information about school quality and decide which schools their kids would attend.
School funding -- Would convert Title I funding into vouchers for students to use at any private or public school.
Teacher eval -- Consolidate and block grant teacher-training funds for teacher-eval reforms and/or to eliminate tenure.
Higher ed -- Opposes Direct Loan program; would encourage private student loans and private-sector providers.
None of these
All of these

  Faculty Lounge 
  • Students' safety is top priority during weather emergencies
    Weather emergencies, such as snowstorms and this week's destructive storm that affected much of the East Coast, require school districts to decide whether to cancel school. Those judgment calls are being done earlier because of technology, with many schools able to cancel 24 hours ahead of time, rather than the morning of an event as has been the case in the past. "We have to err on the side of caution to keep children safe," said Robert J. Reidy Jr., executive director of the N.Y. State Council of School Superintendents. Matters (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASCD News 
  • Getting beyond the scoreboard with teacher evaluation
    To Educational Leadership contributor Paul Bambrick-Santoyo, getting beyond the scoreboard when it comes to evaluating educators means transitioning to a coaching model -- one that calls for "shorter, more frequent observations and a focus on tracking growth over time." He speaks with Julie Jackson, an education leader at Uncommon Schools, about the "bite-sized" actions that will help teachers grow and shares takeaways in the Inservice blog. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Empowerment is still key
    "Tapping into and building human capacity has always been and continues to be the most essential ingredient for organizational success," writes ASCD EDge community member Mamzelle Adolphine. In her post, Adolphine explains why our current focus on accountability in education is a good opportunity to put in place initiatives that empower educators. "Just as flour strengthens the base of pastries and breads, empowerment lays a solid foundation for building strong buy-in, which promotes continuous improvement," she explains. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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