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February 4, 2013
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Should AP courses be open to all students?
    Advanced Placement courses are open to all students in more than 539 school districts in the U.S. and Canada -- regardless of past achievement, according to the College Board. The approach, which is encouraged by the organization, generally has resulted in higher average exam scores. While one New Jersey high school opened enrollment with successful results, another saw a decline in achievement when poorly prepared students tried and failed the exams. The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: More time in algebra class equals future success
    Students who spent twice as much time learning algebra improved not only in math but also in verbal skills, according to a study of the Chicago Public Schools' double dose algebra program enacted in 2003. The program in which students enrolled in two algebra classes at the same time was designed to serve students who scored below average on national tests in eighth grade, Maureen Downey writes. Besides academic gains, students in the program graduated high school and attended college at a higher rate than similarly situated peers not enrolled the program, researchers found. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Get Schooled blog (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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New from Harvard Education Press
Now revised and expanded, the national bestseller Data Wise captures the most recent developments in testing, including the shift to the Common Core State Standards. "A significant resource for school leaders to improve instruction and student achievement."Gerald N. Tirozzi
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  School Leadership 
  • How PLCs can improve instruction schoolwide
    Principal Jonathan VanderEls writes in this blog post how his school used professional learning communities to improve students' literacy skills. Staff implemented a K-8 continuum for assessing writing and learned how to provide targeted interventions. "The key was getting all staff to understand what this focus was, include them as participants in the process of determining our needs as we moved forward as a school, and make the commitment to assess our work and respond in a timely manner," VanderEls writes. Connected Principals blog (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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STAR Assessments Linked to State Tests.
STAR Enterprise™ assessments are linked to state tests and aligned to the Common Core State Standards, so educators can compare class performance. Also, educators can predict outcomes on high-stakes tests and determine where to add teaching emphasis. See STAR reports for your state.
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Mitsubishi adds classroom projector that doesn't need a PC
    Mitsubishi has introduced the WD390U-EST projector, which has a built-in thin client, enabling it to access content in the computing cloud or on nearby servers. "Teachers have a unique set of issues when they present in the classroom and shouldn't have to worry about technical problems when uploading their lessons or run late because of technical difficulties," said Mitsubishi's Wayne Kozuki. The projector is expected to go on sale in March; pricing has not yet been stated. T.H.E. Journal (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Technology has become commonplace in Ill. school district
    Technology is playing a larger role in how students learn -- both in and out of school -- educators say in one Illinois school district. All students in District 67 have Google accounts, and some students are using Google Apps in the classroom. However, students with such accounts are kept safe, educators say, because their access is restricted and students can only e-mail people within their own school. Lake Forester (Ill.) (free registration) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Technology raises questions over ownership of teachers' work
    Teachers' lesson plans and students' class work would belong to the school district -- not the teacher or the student -- under a proposed copyright policy under consideration in Prince George's County, Md. The policy was developed to address the use of district technology by teachers to create curricula but also applies to lessons and materials developed using teachers' own materials on their own time. Critics say the unusual policy stifles creative endeavors and infringes on students' and teachers' rights. The Washington Post (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. to offer eighth-grade algebra as option under common core
    California has abandoned a 15-year policy of expecting eighth-grade students to take Algebra I, a decision made as part of its efforts to implement the Common Core State Standards. Under the new policy, schools will offer two math tracks, one including algebra and one with an alternate course. Supporters of the change say not all middle-school students are ready for algebra, while opponents question whether the new practice will mean students are taking less rigorous courses. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Faculty Lounge 
  • Students helped New Orleans businesses prepare for Super Bowl
    Students from four New Orleans-area universities helped some of the city's small businesses develop an online presence prior to the influx of tourists for Sunday's Super Bowl. The student service project was initiated by Jennifer Holland, a global sales communications specialist at Google who said the program is a pilot that could be extended and widened. The students reached 113 companies, teaching business owners about Google Maps, Google+Local and Google+Business, as well as online advertising. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • 5 questions about ASCD's PD QuickKit tool answered
    "It's a new product line for us, which is very exciting, so we're taking this opportunity to let our imaginations run," said ASCD Director of Content Development David Hargis. In a recent Inservice post, blog editor Marissa Bialecki shares her interview with Hargis in which he explains what makes this tool unique and discusses what lies ahead as ASCD continues to move in digital directions. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Should leaders announce their presence with authority?
    Titles don't matter as much as they once did and any number of professionals can make a positive impact on education, whether they're superintendents, school secretaries, or PTA presidents, writes ASCD EDge community member Steven Weber. "If we desire to support student achievement, it will not matter who has the original idea," he emphasizes in his post on collaborative leadership. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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