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December 24, 2012
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  Transforming Literacy Learning 
  • How does IB fit into the common core?
    San Diego-area educators trained to teach the International Baccalaureate program say its inquiry-style lessons shares some of the rigorous requirements of Common Core State Standards. "It's the exact same intent, and in some cases the same wording as well," said David Weber, an IB math teacher at the Preuss School-University of California, San Diego, in La Jolla, Calif. However, some IB proponents say they worry the common core's focus on standardized tests might diminish IB's use of portfolio assessments to gauge student learning. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Literacy Everywhere 
  • Taking project-based learning into the real world
    Whether looking for ideas for projects that help the community or ways for students to collaborate with peers in other cities or countries, journalist Suzie Boss in this blog post lists several resources to help teachers take project-based learning beyond their classroom walls. Not only does PBL help students, but broadening the scope of projects helps teachers to connect with and learn from colleagues worldwide, Boss writes. Boss' blog (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Education Policy 
  • At what age should children enroll in kindergarten?
    The cutoff date for children in Tennessee to enroll in kindergarten has been moved back. Under the change approved by state legislation, in the 2014-15 school year, children must be 5 years old by Aug. 15 to enroll -- earlier than the current cutoff of Aug. 31. The previous deadline was Sept. 30. The move is part of a trend emerging nationwide in which districts -- and parents -- are in favor of giving students more time to mature before enrolling in kindergarten. The Tennessean (Nashville) (tiered subscription model) (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership and Capacity Building 
  • How does teacher learning influence instruction?
    The way a teacher learns affects how he or she instructs students, but teachers can learn to adapt their style to better meet students' needs, writes Geralyn Schmidt, an educator in Harrisburg, Pa. In this blog post, Schmidt lists eight factors that influence teacher learning -- from life experiences to knowledge and skills -- that can, in turn, affect their teaching style. "In a nutshell, today's teacher needs to be able to learn continuously from their students as they present the curriculum," she writes. Powerful Learning Practice (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Learning 
  • Ky. district provides collaboration, coaches for teachers
    Professional development is called "professional learning" in the Lexington, Ky., public-school system, says superintendent Paul Ash, who credits its ongoing program with improving student test scores. The program offers a mix of seminars, workshops and classes with continuous development opportunities such as teacher collaboration teams, coaches and peer mentors. "The evidence is overwhelming -- professional learning turns a good school system into a great one," Ash said. Wicked Local/Lexington, Ky. (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCLE Spotlight 
  • Walking the walk
    Rex Babiera provides several resources about and gives insights into the process of implementing a learning walk. He says, "When it comes to learning about and improving the instruction that actually occurs in classrooms, there is no substitute for observing classrooms. Learning walks provide valuable feedback for school sites about the coherence of instruction across classrooms." Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Content literacy video examples
    A selection of four video clips: Developing Academic Language -- A middle school math teacher reinforces student use of academic language during a pre-algebra discussion; Introducing Vocabulary -- A biology teacher uses several strategies to introduce the vocabulary; Lesson Debrief -- A biology teacher debriefs with a physics teacher after watching her teach a lesson; and Using Academic Language in Foods Class -- A consumer sciences teacher thinks aloud with a recipe as she models her understanding of the academic language of her discipline. View the videos. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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