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October 16, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Handwriting curriculum varies in S.D. schools
    While handwriting instruction, print or cursive, is not a part of Common Core State Standards, some South Dakota schools work it into classroom lessons anyway. Emphasis on the instruction varies by school, where educators agree that handwriting has faded in importance with some schools teaching typing in early grades. "With technology advancing, we're questioning if we really need to teach cursive," said Craig Case, elementary- and middle-school principal at Webster Area School. Aberdeen American News (S.D.) (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools beef up math, literacy for common core
    Pittsburgh Public Schools has begun increasing rigor in math and literacy as it incorporates Common Core State Standards. As a result, siblings in different grades will be learning some of the same material but at different times this year. Some concepts from Algebra 2 have been moved to Algebra 1 this year. "It really is a great example of ratcheting up the rigor," said Jerri Lippert, chief academic officer for Pittsburgh Public Schools. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Can literacy lessons be enhanced with physical activity?
    A new program started by two teachers in Spokane, Wash., schools aims to improve learning among kindergarten students by integrating physical activity into lessons in basic reading and math skills. In one recent lesson, students read words aloud before hopping over them, and pronounced letter sounds while stepping on colored buckets. "We really want kids to be able to read by the end of kindergarten," elementary-school literacy coach Kari Cunningham said. "Knowing their letters and other sounds are those foundational pieces. We want them to be prepared for the first grade." The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.) (free content) (10/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Leadership 
  • What do teacher evaluations mean?
    The San Diego Union-Tribune reviewed teacher evaluations of the 10 largest districts in the San Diego area to get a better look at how administrators assess their teachers. The newspaper found that most teachers were top-ranked, with one district -- La Mesa-Spring Valley School District -- giving all of its teachers the highest score on their professional valuations. Some experts say the findings confirm the need to include student testing in teaching assessments. San Diego Union-Tribune (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Student with autism uses social media as tool for activism
    Thirteen-year-old student Henry Frost, who has autism and other disabilities, posted a photo to Facebook that shows himself with a sign indicating he wants the right to attend the school of his choice. School officials have suggested he attend a specialized program for students with special needs, rather than his neighborhood school, but Frost says he wants to prove he can excel in a traditional classroom. Frost's photo has gone viral via social media. National Public Radio/StateImpact (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Whole Child 
  • Children with ADHD find stimulant drugs beneficial
    Many children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder who received stimulant drugs said that their medication helped them control their behavior, according to a study presented at a briefing in London. Ethical concerns that such drugs can "turn children into robots" are largely unfounded, lead researcher Ilina Singh said. Reuters (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Most states with NCLB waivers set different targets for some students
    Most states that have received U.S. Department of Education waivers from parts of No Child Left Behind no longer will hold all students to the same standards. While all states have set goals to close achievement gaps in reading and math, many states chose to set lower goals for minorities, students who receive special-education services and English-language learners. Eight states -- Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, South Carolina and Oregon -- set the same targets for all students. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Faculty Lounge 
  • High-school program offers language-interpreter training
    Highline School District in Washington state has developed a new high-school elective option called Student Interpreter program. The initiative was designed to help English-language learners enhance a marketable job skill using their ability to speak a foreign language. Officials say the program teaches the subtle points of acting as a translator, such as eye contact, enunciation and how to make sure you relay the speaker's message in the right tone to convey the proper meaning. What Kids Can Do (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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