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February 1, 2013
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Teacher: Common core to bring more mature books to schools
    Implementation of the Common Core State Standards likely will mean that the more mature books being taught in class will be challenged by parents and others, Colorado high-school teacher Jessica Keigan writes in this blog post. Keigan writes that her literary choices have been challenged at times during her decade in the classroom and she reflects on her role in exposing students to challenging works while also developing partnerships with parents. Education News Colorado (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Memoir writing encourages self-awareness among students
    The most meaningful writing students can do is to write their memoirs, notes Greg Graham, who teaches writing at the University of Central Arkansas. "Putting a narrative frame on our past -- especially our struggles -- promotes perspective and self-awareness that are otherwise out of reach for most people," he writes. The benefits of memoir writing are demonstrated through the movie "Precious," Graham writes, in which an abused teenage girl is able to make headway in life through writing. Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Leadership 
  • N.M. educators receive common core training
    New Mexico education groups are taking steps to prepare educators for the transition to the Common Core State Standards. Officials from the state's Educator Leader Cadre -- a group dedicated to educating teachers about the common core -- recently hosted training for Santa Fe educators, where they discussed some of the challenges ahead, including the effect of the standards on next year's high-school students and veteran teachers. Hispanic Business (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Report offers national picture of STEM education
    Interest among high-school students in science, technology, engineering and math has increased by 21% since 2004, while the percentage of high-school girls interested in these fields began to slip in 2010, according to a new report from My College Options and STEMconnector. In this blog post, Erik Robelen highlights key aspects of the report, including a breakdown of STEM interest by race and ethnicity and a top ten list of STEM interest areas. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Managing Budgets 
  • 1,800 teaching jobs in NYC could be eliminated through attrition
    Facing the loss of $400 million in federal and state aid, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has made a budget proposal that seeks to cut 1,800 teaching jobs through attrition. The city stands to lose even more education funding if it is unable to reach an agreement with teachers over evaluations, required by the state. Daily News (New York) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Report: 9 of 12 states perform well under Race to the Top
    A report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Education shows that nine of 12 jurisdictions to receive Race to the Top grants have performed well. The three found to be struggling are the District of Columbia, Maryland and Georgia, which was moved into a "high risk" category because of a lack of progress on teacher evaluations. Among the challenges reported were the District's pace in completing a database to track students' achievement, and issues with hiring qualified staff to run data systems in Maryland. The Washington Post (2/1), The Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Get Schooled blog (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fla. is making progress with Race to the Top projects: Florida has improved its performance under Race to the Top after being warned that it was taking too long to implement certain reforms it had agreed to in exchange for receiving $700 million in federal grants. "Florida has made encouraging progress toward implementing its plan, and we want to see that growth accelerate in the second half of the grant," said U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The Miami Herald (free registration)/The Associated Press (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Faculty Lounge 
  • Ind. teachers inform parents about common core
    Common Core State Standards for education were rolled out in Indiana's first-grade classrooms this year. Teachers in some elementary schools have been charged with explaining these changes to parents. One group of teachers shares information with parents in a weekly newsletter where they present the standards in parent-friendly language. StateImpact (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • Building a professional learning network to save you from admin island
    "Because of today's technology, educators can connect with others from around the world for the benefit of their students," write Curt Rees, Jay Posick, Matt Renwick, and Jessica Johnson, four Web 2.0 savvy principals who first connected on Twitter. In their co-written ASCD Express article, they explain how fellow administrators can broaden professional learning networks by becoming active on Twitter. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Book giveaway: Mark Barnes' guide to creating a Results Only Learning Environment
    In "Role Reversal," Mark Barnes, a 20-year teacher and creator of the Results Only Learning Environment, presents his revolutionary classroom approach. His new ASCD book explains how to combine autonomy, collaboration, the elimination of rules and consequences, narrative feedback, and project-based learning to create a truly student-centered, technology-rich learning environment. Read Barnes' guest Inservice post to find out how you can win a copy. All entries must be received by noon EST on Tuesday, Feb. 5. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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