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March 7, 2013
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  Transforming Literacy Learning 
  • Retired justice O'Connor advocates for civics education
    Sandra Day O'Connor may have retired from the U.S. Supreme Court, but she continues to work on an issue of national importance -- greater civics education in schools. O'Connor, co-chairwoman of the national advisory committee for Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, travels to speak to conferences and has worked with a high-tech team to produce, an interactive computer game to help teach students about the democratic system of government. The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How nonfiction teaches scientific problem-solving
    Nonfiction works written by scientists can help illustrate the process of inquiry, problem-solving and discovery for students, and satisfy common core goals, educators Myra Zarnowski, Marc Aronson and Mary Ann Cappiello write. They offer examples of book titles and questions to pose when discussing books they consider "literature of inquiry." "Teachers have reported that when students closely follow an unfolding inquiry, they feel as if they are accompanying the scientists on their journey," they write. School Library Journal (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Curriculum offers Neb. teachers online, traditional tools
    Lincoln Public Schools in Nebraska is implementing a new K-6 language arts curriculum aligned to Common Core State Standards that offers teachers both print and digital resources. Students can read books in print or on mobile devices, and teachers can incorporate online lessons and assessments and collaborate virtually with peers. "It's the best of both worlds. Overall, we're really excited about this, because it helps us move forward in multiple directions," said Jane Stavem, associate superintendent for instruction. Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.) (tiered subscription model) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Rubrics. Test questions. Tiering assessments. Grading effort. Redos. Report cards. In his thoroughly revised edition of Fair Isn't Always Equal, Rick Wormeli provides a thorough guide for teachers and administrators to tackle challenging and controversial assessment and grading practices in the differentiated classroom. Preview the entire book!
  Literacy Everywhere 
  • World Read Aloud Day shares innovation of literacy
    Participants in World Read Aloud Day on Wednesday advocated for the world's oldest and longest-lasting innovation -- reading, education consultant Pam Allyn writes in this blog post. Thousands of people gathered worldwide in libraries, schools and homes to share books together, including schoolchildren in war-torn Kenya who celebrated a week early because of anticipated civil unrest there. "When you read aloud today, you are standing up for every person's fundamental right to read," she writes. The Huffington Post/The Blog (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Education Policy 
  • States' plans to evaluate teachers slow to win federal approval
    The work does not end after states receive waivers from portions of No Child Left Behind. Of the states -- 34 plus the District of Columbia -- that have received waivers, 12 have received approval from the U.S. Department of Education on their teacher-evaluation systems. Among the issues slowing the approval process are the use of students' test scores in evaluating teachers and how to evaluate teachers of subjects that aren't tested. (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership and Capacity Building 
  • 6 tips for giving constructive feedback to teachers
    Giving feedback is "tricky", but offering constructive pointers will help teachers to grow, transformational leadership coach Elena Aguilar writes in a blog post. Aguilar offers six tips for giving feedback, such as highlighting only the classroom issues that meet the overall improvement goals for the teacher or school. "Delivering feedback is an art that takes coaches many years of practice," she writes. Education Week Teacher/The Art of Coaching Teachers blog (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Learning 
  • N.C. teachers become principals through internship program
    Counties in North Carolina are using a $6.1 million Race to the Top grant to train teachers without an administration degree to become principals in one year by shadowing and interning with mentor principals. Upon completion from the Sandhills Leadership Academy, teachers receive 18 graduate credits toward a degree and a state principal license. "This is definitely a grow-your-own program," Executive Program Director Donna Peters said. The Fayetteville Observer (N.C.) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCLE Spotlight 
  • Sharing our practices: Family/school partnerships
    This online panel discussion hosted by NCLE brought together educators who were leading three different family engagement initiatives. This collection of resources (including a recording of the web event, artifacts, and resources) provide an example of a virtual Practice Exchange in which participants came together around a common interest to share their practices with one another. The use of a conversational protocol provided opportunities for presenters to receive feedback for consideration in planning the next steps toward strengthened implementation. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Critical inquiry and multiliteracies in a first-grade classroom
    This article invites readers to journey with the authors as they come together in a community of practice with the express purpose of learning together to affect change in the primary classroom. One extended learning engagement, "Grandma Ruth," illustrates how multiple literacies including digital, visual and print literacies, can be used to engage students in learning about and acting on a critical social issue. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Scientific progress makes moral progress a necessity; for if man's power is increased, the checks that restrain him from abusing it must be strengthened."
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