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November 15, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • A comeback for high-school Latin courses
    A growing number of students at a Texas high school are enrolling in Latin courses -- a trend that some attribute to the passion of teacher Jennifer Jarnagin. While educators say Latin can help students improve their vocabulary -- and SAT scores -- enrollment still lags behind other language courses, including Spanish and German. Jarnagin said Latin is a good choice for students who are shy about speaking because of its focus on the written word. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Should teachers stop assigning homework?
    Middle-school teacher Mark Barnes gave up on assigning homework. The results, Barnes writes in this blog post, were positive, with many students still choosing to complete academic work -- of their own choosing -- after school. Assigning homework, as he did for years, could be a tradition that needs to be re-evaluated, Barnes suggests, adding that the nightly assignments actually could lead more students to dislike school and learning. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
A cure for the Common Core.
Introducing Imagine Learning version 12. Unlike most other programs, our language and literacy software solution has over 450 new activities built specifically for the Common Core. We're empowering kids everywhere to read at grade level, succeed on high-stakes tests, and prepare for a successful life outside of the classroom. Watch video preview.
  School Leadership 
  • Bar exam is proposed for aspiring teachers
    American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and former New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, now with News Corp.'s education division, typically are on opposite sides of education-reform issues -- but both have come out in favor of a type of bar exam for aspiring teachers. They say such rigorous exams would ensure the best and brightest join the teaching profession. The Atlantic online (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
New from Harvard Education Press
Instructional Rounds in Action is an invaluable guide for how instructional rounds works on the ground. "The first strong contribution to applied instructional rounds that I have seen."Michael Fullan Look Inside the Book.
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Survey: Technology has shortened students' attention spans
    Two-thirds of middle- and high-school teachers surveyed said they believe digital technology has created a generation of students who are easily distracted and have short attention spans. Research has shown that students' distractions are primarily rooted in technology, including texting and logging into Facebook. Researchers working with students found that if the students check Facebook once in a 15-minute study period, they are more likely to have lower grades than their peers. eCampus News (free registration) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Whole Child 
  • Why teachers should thank their students
    As Thanksgiving approaches, high-school English teacher Nicholas Provenzano recommends that teachers thank their students. He writes in this blog post that being a student -- much like being a teacher -- can be a thankless job. As such, it is important for teachers to thank their students for showing up ready to learn and for any other reason they can think of, Provenzano writes. Provenzano's blog (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Program gives students a leg up in college admissions
    A school district in Texas is using the Advancement Via Individual Determination program to take average students and put them on the path to getting a college degree. AVID, as the program is known, places an emphasis on enrollment in Advanced Placement courses and studying for college-entrance exams and helps guide students through college applications. "It not only taught me how to prepare myself for college," said Guadalupe Maldonado, a 2012 high-school graduate who enrolled in the program. "It taught me how to prepare myself for life. It helped me become more confident." Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Farm Bill changes could kick students off free-meal rolls
    A proposed change to the federal Farm Bill could result in 280,000 students nationwide no longer being eligible for free school lunches because some families no longer would be eligible for food stamps if they owned small assets, such as a car. Failure to enact a new Farm Bill before January also could result in higher milk prices, which would stretch already-thin school budgets. (San Francisco) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ED Pulse 
  • Which one of these challenges are you most interested in learning more about during the coming school year?
    Engaging students  22.58%
    Using student or school data wisely  22.10%
    Improving student achievement  19.20%
    Building teacher morale  14.73%
    Improving professional learning  10.51%
    Supporting English-language learners  5.68%
    Becoming an effective time manager  5.19%
  • An ASCD EDge community member recently blogged his concerns about education conferences. Which change to the education conference experience would most improve it for you?
Sessions that cover a greater diversity of topics
More sessions that teach educators tech literacy
Presenters who incorporate proven teaching methods into sessions
More use of Twitter to increase interaction and connectivity
A live stream for educators who want to experience sessions online
More big-name speakers who bring views from outside of education

  Faculty Lounge 
  • Student projects breathe life into common core
    Concrete and creative student work may be the catalyst needed to help teachers feel energized about the adoption of the Common Core State Standards, writes Erik Robelen. He highlights an online library of student-designed books and other projects that bring the standards to life and show their potential to reach across subject areas. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Technology is just the tool. Teachers make technology valuable in the classroom by integrating it into their instruction. See and hear what teacher and professional development presenter Laureen Reynolds has to say about it in a 1-minute video. Then visit the SDE website to learn how we can help you make the most of technology in your classroom. 1-800-462-1478.

Traditional history instruction doesn't work. "Why Won't You Just Tell Us the Answer?" shows teachers how to move beyond just lectures and textbooks toward a more question-centered approach that fosters historical thinking and leaves a lasting impact. Includes 6 sample American history units. Preview the entire book online!

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  ASCD News 
  • Georgia school system selects ASCD's digital solutions to support PD goals
    Atlanta Public Schools, serving more than 51,000 students in the greater Atlanta metro area, has become the latest school system to select digital solutions from ASCD to meet their districtwide professional development goals. "We applaud Atlanta Public Schools' professional development team for their efforts to provide sustained professional development for their colleagues districtwide," said Executive Director and CEO of ASCD Dr. Gene R. Carter. Learn more in a recent press release. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Eight questions for 2012 Emerging Leader Daina Lieberman
    Get to know Daina Lieberman -- her education philosophy, how she hopes to positively influence education, and what a day in her life looks like -- in a recent Inservice post. Here, Lieberman answers eight questions that offer insight into her life as an educator and an Emerging Leader, among those are, "What's the craziest thing a student has ever said to you?" and "Why did you become an educator?" Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Keep your fears to yourself but share your courage with others."
--Robert Louis Stevenson,
Scottish novelist, poet and essayist

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