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December 6, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Educators are recognized for classroom innovation
    Three schools in the U.S. were recognized this week for instructional innovation during the Global Forum Educator Awards. The honorees were among 21 international winners and included a middle-school teacher who had his students develop a television show to learn about Egypt, a pair of educators who invited students to teach members of the local business community about sustainability, and a school for students who are blind that uses videoconferencing technology to allow a remote math instructor to teach her students. T.H.E. Journal (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • When English meets science lessons
    Lessons in English and science can go hand in hand through the genre of "lab lit," offer the writers of this blog post. In one suggested exercise, students would discuss recent science topics and determine how they might be used as the basis for a novel or movie. In another exercise, students examine the novel "Frankenstein," which is cited in an accompanying article as probably one of the earliest examples of "lab lit," and the authors also suggest studying scientists' blogs. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/The Learning Network blog (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Science-centered Language Development
Research has shown that when language arts experiences are embedded within the context of learning science, students improve in their ability to use their language arts skills. Learn how the new FOSS Third Edition integrates content area reading, science notebooks, and other literacy strategies to promote this type of reflective thinking.
  School Leadership 
  • How 5 schools have benefited from empowering teachers
    This article profiles five schools with high teacher retention rates and interviews staff to explain the reasons why turnover is low, such as a healthy work environment and empowered teachers. The schools include a formerly struggling high school in Massachusetts that was able to turn around its students' achievement in part by having educators take the lead, and a middle school in Georgia that turned to teachers for ideas on how to better provide a 21st-century education for students. Scholastic Administrator magazine (Late Fall 2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Educators need more training to close the technology gap
    Educators need more training -- through teacher preparation programs and professional development -- about how best to use technology to teach in the classroom and to analyze student data, according to a new report released Monday by the National Association of State Boards of Education. The report highlights the technology gap among teachers and other school officials, and offers several recommendations about how it should be narrowed. Education Week/Digital Education blog (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Technology in the Classroom 
  The Whole Child 
  • School seeks to nurture students' individual gifts
    At a school for students who have struggled in traditional schools, students receive a rigorous education while they focus on developing leadership skills. Principal Ron Chi says the Kentucky school seeks to develop students' individual gifts, which might have gone unnoticed in their previous schools. Chi said teachers are expected to meet students where they are and provide them with an education that will prepare them for college and career. Lexington Herald-Leader (Ky.) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Policy Watch 
  • NYC, union urged to reach agreement on evaluations
    New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott indicated Wednesday that the city's schools could be forced to make cuts, including to staffing, if an agreement is not reached over how to evaluate teachers. He said he would like the impasse between the teachers union and the city resolved by Dec. 21 to meet a state deadline of Jan. 17, or the school system faces about $250 million in cuts. At issue is a portion of the state law that requires student achievement to count for up to 40% of teachers' evaluations. The Wall Street Journal (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ED Pulse 
  • When you read education magazines or journals, how do you usually access the content?
    In print  38.16%
    On my computer as individual articles on the publisher's website  31.54%
    On my computer as a digital edition (same layout as print version)  18.82%
    On a tablet device (like an iPad)  8.69%
    On a mobile phone  1.55%
    On an e-reader (like a Kindle or Nook)  0.83%
    None of these  0.41%
  • What aspect of the Common Core State Standards are you most interested in learning about?
Technology needs
Instructional shifts
Professional learning needs
Lesson plans
Definition of college and career readiness
None/my state has not signed on to CCSS

  Faculty Lounge 
  • Report examines academic achievement and poverty
    A new report by the nonprofit think tank Forward Institute finds that among low-income schools, traditional public schools show higher achievement scores than charters. "If you are low-income, you would on average be more likely to score better in a public school than a charter school," said Scott Wittkopf, chairman of the Wisconsin-based Forward Institute. "In schools with high poverty enrollment, the data from the report cards shows that public schools statewide had higher report card scores than charter schools." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASCD News 
  • Evaluating teachers of non-tested subjects in the age of value-add
    Many states are overhauling teacher evaluation systems and introducing test scores to the equation, writes ASCD reference librarian David Snyder. But what does this mean for teachers of non-tested subjects? In a recent Whole Child Blog post, Snyder zeroes in on early reform efforts in Tennessee and what they've meant for teachers of subjects like physical education and art. He also points to a Tennessee Department of Education report that examines the implementation of reforms and describes efforts to create alternative evaluation criteria for this group of teachers. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Overcoming Textbook Fatigue: 21st Century Tools to Revitalize Teaching and Learning
    In her new ASCD book, Overcoming Textbook Fatigue, veteran teacher and international education consultant ReLeah Cossett Lent empowers teachers, coaches, curriculum coordinators, and administrators to "reclaim the curriculum by shifting the textbook from sole source to resource." In this book, educators will find guidance on how to revitalize teaching and learning across content areas, and teacher in states implementing the Common Core State Standards will access targeted tips. Read sample chapters and learn more about the author.
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