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January 10, 2013
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Collaborating to advance literacy learning

  Transforming Literacy Learning 
  • Minn. school reinvents its library without books
    A Minn. school library disposed of nearly all of its print collection and transformed the space into a collaborative-work center where students read e-books and print books, conduct research on computers, work on group projects and learn with the help of math and literacy coaches. "We used to think of a library as a building with stacks of books," Benilde-St. Margaret's School's principal, Sue Skinner, said. "Now we should think of it as a space where people come together to share ideas, be creative, access information, and even read." School Library Journal/The Digital Shift blog (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Understanding literacy development in students
    Research shows that simply reading aloud to a child is not enough to help them acquire the necessary pre-literacy skills, educator Erika Burton writes in this blog post. She highlights six activities -- such as pointing to each word as it is read and asking a child to predict the story based on picture clues -- that parents can learn to do so their preschool-age children develop the necessary cognitive skills for reading comprehension. "Children need parents to be their reading role models with daily practice in order to navigate successfully through beginning literacy skills," Burton writes. Burton's blog (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Literacy Everywhere 
  • Blended learning seen as offering the best of both worlds
    A high school in Arizona that has adopted blended learning, in which students learn part of the time in traditional classrooms and the remainder of instruction is online, is highlighted in this article as an example of the instructional model. Supporters say blended-learning programs allow students to move at their own pace, taking on more advanced work if they are able. However, some educators say the key to successful blended learning occurs offline, through peer tutoring, small-group work and projects. The Deseret News (Salt Lake City) (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Education Policy 
  • N.M. governor seeks $13.5M for reading program
    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez will ask the state legislature to approve $13.5 million for early-reading interventions in the upcoming session. The "New Mexico Reads to Lead" program would target kindergarten through third-grade students who are not reading at grade level by providing more assessments and interventions, such as reading coaches. The funds also would provide professional development for educators. American City Business Journals/Albuquerque Business First (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership and Capacity Building 
  • Connected approach is used to help develop teacher-leaders
    One teacher trainer is looking to change the way teachers learn by helping them connect and collaborate with each another. Digital-learning advocate and teacher trainer Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach says the transformation of professional development in her approach involves connected educators collaborating in professional learning communities -- often online. However, Nussbaum-Beach says she prefers more meaningful connections, as opposed to Twitter. T.H.E. Journal (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What principal-leaders should be doing in 2013
    As the role of the principal-leader continues to evolve, North Carolina elementary-school principal Steven Weber offers a checklist for principals in the new year. Among his suggestions in this blog post are that school leaders continually assess everything from student exams, professional development and their own decisions. He also suggests there be a focus on collaborating, implementing the Common Core State Standards, finding the school's next generation of leaders and using Twitter effectively. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Learning 
  • Teachers seek professionally driven social networking
    Facebook remains a popular social-networking site for teachers in their personal lives, but for professional uses, teachers increasingly seek social networks tailored for educators, a recent survey shows. More teachers say they are joining sites such as edWeb and Edmodo, which aim to provide secure spaces for teachers to facilitate student learning and grow professionally. "A lot of teachers are on Facebook as general-population consumers," said Jessie Arora, founder of Teacher Square. "[But] they aren't on Facebook with their teacher hats on." Education Week (premium article access compliments of (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCLE Spotlight 
  • Implementing RTI in a high school: A case study
    This case study chronicles the efforts of a high school over a two-year period as it examined two major questions: (a) As Response to Intervention (RTI) is implemented in one high school, what happens to student achievement? And (b) How are interventions organized and delivered in a high school that focuses on RTI as a school improvement process? Major themes of the systemic implementation of RTI included shared agreements and adoption of a schoolwide focus on core literacy practices, development of curriculum-based assessments that made the intervention meaningful, and the need for dedicated resources. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Representing close readings in academic writing
    Whether we call it critical literacy, problem solving, or meaning making, being able to read and analyze with precision and judgment empowers students in all academic courses. In this chapter, author Eileen Murphy Buckley demonstrates how poetry provides an opportunity to teach close reading skills within one class setting, to give students practice in making claims and supporting them through oral arguments, and to shape evidence-based writing. The poems offered as examples provide a wealth of cross-disciplinary opportunities for teaching and learning. In addition to the text, you can access an extended audio interview with the author in which she discusses some of these teaching and learning opportunities. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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