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November 5, 2012
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  • Focus turns to education in last days of presidential race
    Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney this weekend turned his attention to education, criticizing President Barack Obama's record while saying he would be an advocate for parents -- not teachers' unions. Obama has criticized Romney, in part, for his opposition to hiring more teachers. "Mitt Romney just doesn't get that true education reform takes all stakeholders -- educators, parents and community -- working together for students," National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel said. The Huffington Post (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

When you walk into a successful math classroom, what should you see, hear, and feel? Math Sense helps teachers self-assess, distills the key components of a good lesson, and offers ideas for improving classroom spaces, discourse, and engagement. Preview the entire book!
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  • Elective strikes the right chord with students
    High-school students enrolled in a rock 'n' roll history class in an Arizona charter school are routinely asked to complete critical-analysis homework assignments and evaluate music videos. The pilot program is supported by the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation. The elective course teaches students all aspects of the music industry, including the evolution and history of music, how songs and albums are arranged and the business side of the industry. Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) (11/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to focus on the positive aspects of expectations
    A teacher's expectations influence how students learn, suggests middle-grades educator Ariel Sacks. However, in this blog post, Sacks reminds teachers to focus on the positive connotations of the word, avoiding its use to imply control, punitive measures or inflexible demands. "It is equally important that teachers can be reciprocally influenced by the students' experience and response to conditions or tasks," Sacks writes. Teacher Leaders Network/On the Shoulders of Giants blog (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Possible school closures raise concerns in Chicago
    New Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Barbara Byrd-Bennett is asking the state legislature for more time to determine whether the district should close dozens of schools. The extension -- from Dec. 1 to March 31 -- has been requested to hold "rigorous, transparent and open dialogue" with parents, teachers and others, Byrd-Bennett said. Teachers, fresh off a strike, oppose the closures and some participated in a protest at Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office on Friday. Reuters (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Students shoot to win in school archery program
    Students from Tomlin Middle School in Plant City, Fla., recently joined students from around the world to compete in an archery competition. School officials say the archery program offers an outlet for students who may not perform well at other sports. "They are not the kids who are the most outstanding athletes, yet they are still participating in an athletic competition. It kind of gives them confidence in other areas," principal Susan Sullivan said. The Tampa Tribune (Fla.) (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Tenn. may provide model for new teacher-education programs
    Officials in 20 states are considering modeling their teacher-education programs after a rigorous one adopted in Tennessee. Under the model, teacher candidates are required to pass an evaluation, called edTPA, which is similar to the national boards. "It's sometimes called the junior national board because it requires high-level thinking, analyzing, synthesizing. You must truly demonstrate you have the knowledge and skills to be an effective teacher," said Jennifer Nelson, of the University of Memphis. The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) (free registration) (11/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Waivers offer new ways to help struggling Ariz. schools
    Arizona officials say its waiver from parts of No Child Left Behind has allowed educators more flexibility in how they spend federal funds and help turn around struggling schools. The state also has moved away from turnaround methods favored under the federal education law, including replacing school staff. Instead, educators are working to improve students' performance in targeted areas and getting resources to the most needy schools. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

"Taught me more than any education book I've read in the last 10 years" (Teacher Leaders Network). Metaphors & Analogies helps teachers create those aha! moments when students suddenly understand a difficult concept—across all content areas and grade levels. Click here to preview Chapter 1 online!

Guiding Readers uses a structured 18-minute small-group lesson format to support all of your students as they access more sophisticated texts, with tips for setting learning goals, practical lesson routines, and how to select appropriate texts for readers at each stage. Includes chapters on nonfiction & functional reading. Preview the entire book!

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