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September 24, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Ore. tests kindergarten readiness of students
    Oregon is piloting kindergarten-readiness screening assessments for students in 16 schools across the state intended to determine the reading and math skills of each student. Assessments -- including a 17-question checklist the teacher must complete on student behavior -- will be used to identify weaknesses in early-childhood programs, tailor curriculum to student needs and direct additional help to students who need it. The Oregonian (Portland) (9/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mich. school uses Singapore math program in common core transition
    Bowen Elementary School in Michigan has embraced Math in Focus, a curriculum based on an approach developed by the Singapore Ministry of Education. School leaders say the curriculum promotes deeper understanding of math concepts. "This program was a great match for us because our mission is to get our kids ready for college and career, and with engineering, math, and the sciences you need to have a great foundation of mathematical skills to be successful," said Michael Pickard, Kentwood school district's executive director of elementary instruction and federal programs. (Michigan) (free registration) (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Don't let ELL students lag behind their peers.
Tulare City Schools (CA) implemented Lexia Reading® in its English immersion program and achieved district growth in student proficiency that surpassed neighboring districts and outpaced state requirements by 2-3 years. Read how the Tulare Schools accelerated reading development for ELL students.
  School Leadership 
  • N.Y. teachers will get new evaluations this year
    New York state public school teachers are returning to class this year knowing that they will be graded based on classroom observations by administrators and students' test scores. Most teachers interviewed said they weren't worried, including Buffalo schoolteacher Jordan Zachritz, who teaches an aquatic ecology in the classroom using snakes and turtles. "As much as it might seem like a formal lesson isn't happening, it's because we have these hands-on activities and classroom discussions," he said. "I'm not anxious about that." The Wall Street Journal/The Associated Press (9/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • District struggles to train teachers for common core
    School leaders in Scottsdale, Ariz., are hurrying to organize teacher-training sessions on the Common Core State Standards. Over the summer, more than 600 teachers attended training on the standards, which call for teaching English and math in a more analytical way. "These are the skills that kids need to be successful in college and the world of work," said Andi Fourlis, assistant superintendent of teaching and learning for the district. "And they're not just being taught by English language arts teachers -- they're taught by science and social studies teachers." The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Software, Clickers Help Teachers Meet Math Standards
New standards demand math fluency and algebra readiness earlier than ever before. More and more teachers are using software and student response systems to meet their goals. Click here to learn more and see details on a limited-time MathFacts in a Flash software and 2Know! Classroom Response System bundle.
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Does technology aid literacy education?
    Educators who are urging more technology use in schools should consider how it can be used to close literacy gaps, education professor Venus E. Evans-Winters writes in this blog post. "How can we seriously discuss and advocate for an increase in technology in education without first acknowledging that we have a growing population of citizens who are not even able to read a Google page for information or able to decipher media propaganda from legitimate news sources?" Evans-Winters writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
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  Policy Watch 
  • Vouchers are gaining support across party lines
    While President Barack Obama does not support school vouchers, several Democratic politicians are joining Republicans in support of some variation of voucher programs. Some lawmakers say they want to give children an opportunity to leave failing schools to attend higher-performing private schools, while other lawmakers say they want to limit use of the vouchers to low-income students or children in special-education programs. Many children "by law are locked into schools that fail their genius," said Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker, a Democrat. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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SmartReport on EdTech
SmartReport on EdTech is your guide for all things education technology. Read about the highlights and takeaways from this year's ISTE Conference; find out what's keeping educators up at night; 5 tips for developing VR content creators; plus all of the latest innovative edtech products. Read it here.
  Faculty Lounge 
  • Classroom pets win support of teachers despite cost
    Pets in the Classroom, a project from the nonprofit foundation Pet Care Trust, is helping teachers nationwide pay for classroom pets. The project, which has distributed at least 10,000 grants -- each worth $150 -- helps teachers purchase supplies and food. Teachers say classroom pets are often included in lessons and provide educational opportunities for students. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

The language you use in the classroom can change students' lives. In Opening Minds Peter Johnston (author of the groundbreaking Choice Words) shows how words can shape students' learning, their sense of self, and their social, emotional, and moral development. Preview the entire book online!

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  ASCD News 
  • Creating quality classroom assignments
    Developing assignments that have clear learning targets is the starting point for quality formative assessment and instruction, writes Susan M. Brookhart. In a recent ASCD Express article, Brookhart explains just what makes an assignment good and shares the Creating Quality Classroom Assignments planning tool that will enable you to apply qualities of a good assignment as you select or develop assignments for your class. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Leadership: You control the climate
    On her path to the principalship at an urban secondary school, educator Sandi Massey spent a humbling year as an assistant principal. She blogs about the experience, her concerns, and how that year prepared her to lead in a recent ASCD EDge blog post. "The principal is solely responsible for the culture of his/her campus," she concludes. "Who you are is who they will be." Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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