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January 21, 2013
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  Transforming Literacy Learning 
  • Are computer-based reading interventions effective?
    Principal Peter DeWitt considers the effectiveness of computer-based reading interventions in this blog post. He quotes reading expert Dick Allington and a national study to explore the issue of whether popular software programs have a significant impact on students' reading scores and what role such programs should play in the classroom -- instructional or supplemental. Education Week/Finding Common Ground blog (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why do boys' reading skills lag behind girls?
    National test scores often show that girls outperform boys in reading. Education officials in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley say schools in their area are no exception. Pennsylvania System of School Assessment test scores from 2012 show girls outperformed boys by 5 to 9 points in reading. Pennsylvania schools are taking steps to close the gap. For example, one elementary school is focusing on helping boys recognize that there is reading for fun and reading for information. The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What to ask before flipping instruction
    Teachers should ask themselves several questions before implementing a flipped instructional model to make sure it is appropriate in their classroom. Important questions include whether it is an appropriate model for the students. Once a teacher decides to flip his or her classroom, the next question is whether he or she should make and use the instructional videos or use those produced by other sources. T.H.E. Journal (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Literacy Everywhere 
  • Immigrants find help through N.Y. library system
    The 64 libraries in the Queens borough of New York City have been singled out in a report by the Center for an Urban Future for their immigrant outreach efforts. The library system works with immigrant groups to tailor programming to their specific needs and to purchase materials in native languages, library officials said. Queens Ledger (N.Y.) (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What educators should ask to further 21st century learning
    Educators should ask themselves 12 questions in order to further teaching and learning in the 21st century, writes David Penberg, an urban and international educational leader. Among the questions Penberg poses in this blog post: how to encourage students to think globally, how to leverage the power of the Internet and other technology, how to tap into all learners, and how to assure that schools and educational programs give students opportunities to connect with the world around them. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Education Policy 
  • Study shows students benefit from Ga. pre-kindergarten program
    Early results from a study show students enrolled in Georgia's pre-kindergarten program fared better than their peers nationally. Officials say they hope the findings will encourage lawmakers to continue the program, which is funded by the state lottery. "It is extremely important that the people understand that this pre-k program is not baby-sitting, that it is preparing young people for school, and that it makes a difference on achievement at the end of the day," said former state Senate Education Committee Chairman Fran Millar. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership and Capacity Building 
  • Dealing with conflicting belief systems among teachers
    There is the potential for conflict whenever people collaborate, including teachers, writes Elena Aguilar, a transformational leadership coach. In this blog post, she writes about six education belief systems and how they can lead to conflict within a team of educators. Understanding your own belief systems, as well as those of fellow educators, can help to avoid conflict and boost understanding, Aguilar writes. Aguilar's blog (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Learning 
  • Conn. panel seeks to improve teacher preparation
    New teachers often say they feel under-prepared in classroom management skills, according to experts providing input to the Educator Preparation Advisory Council in Connecticut. The council -- a joint effort among state K-12 and higher-education officials -- is tasked with making recommendations on improving teacher preparation programs. Among the suggestions: having student teachers work with mentor teachers for an entire school year, starting on the first day, when classroom rules and routines are introduced. The Hartford Courant (Conn.) (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCLE Spotlight 
  • Digital learning is about more than tools
    In this post, Lara Hebert writes, "February 6th is the 2nd annual Digital Learning Day…Viewing the archives from last year and the lists of events planned for this year, the examples of technology use in classrooms are amazing and exciting. But what about the professional learning and organizational conditions necessary for teachers to transform their practices and to effectively integrate technology in meaningful ways?" Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • An effective framework for primary-grade guided writing instruction
    This article outlines how guided writing lessons can "provide opportunities to observe and teach intensively, using an instructional framework that includes (1) engagement in a linguistically and informationally rich activity, (2) discussion of strategic behavior, (3) immediate teacher guidance while each student writes his or her own short but complete text, and (4) sharing of texts." Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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