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January 7, 2013
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  • What are the education trends for 2013?
    This year is expected to bring rapid change to education, particularly with the anticipated implementation of Common Core State Standards, Annie Murphy Paul writes in this blog post. The new year also is expected to include better use of education technology, as well as a dose of reality regarding what technology can -- and cannot do -- for students, she writes. It's also likely, she writes, that educators will be discussing effective ways to use resources to educate students outside of the classroom. blog (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Focus on Practice 
  • Hands-on lessons make classes more engaging
    There are many benefits to hands-on learning and some schools that have found success in the "learning by doing" approach, write Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen, authors of "Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun." They write in this blog post about a school in New York, which has a digital prototyping and manufacturing facility called the Fab Lab that allows students to engage in math and science through hands-on activities. "I don't believe you can just pour knowledge into students. They have to learn things by trying them out," said Jaymes Dec, Marymount School's lab administrator. The Huffington Post/The Blog (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Schools Today 
  • Race to the Top funds states' creation of tool to customize instruction
    An online "instructional improvement system" is being developed for teachers by the education departments in Ohio and Massachusetts. The tool will allow teachers to individualize instruction for students, using resources, such as lesson plans and tests, available online. The new system should be available to teachers in both states in the 2013-14 school year, and Race to the Top grants are being used to fund the project. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pa. educators gear up for new subject-specific exams
    Schools in Pennsylvania are implementing a statewide exam that will be used to determine if schools are making adequate yearly progress. The new Keystone exams will be administered this school year to 11th-graders in math, biology and literature. One concern is that students who took Algebra I in eighth or ninth grade may not perform well on the math exam because it has been so long since they studied the subject. Schools are taking extra steps, such as providing tutoring and test preparation sessions, to help students get ready. The Evening Sun (Hanover, Pa.) (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Developing Leaders 
  • Ind. superintendent-elect favors National Board Certification
    Indiana school superintendent-elect Glenda Ritz, a National Board Certified Teacher, recently said she opposes a system that allows anyone with a bachelor's degree and a 3.0 GPA to take a content-area exam and be hired as a classroom teacher. Instead of the so-called "adjunct teachers," Ritz said she would prefer more teachers seek National Board Certification. StateImpact/Indiana (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • Common core transition challenges Ariz. educators
    Educators in Arizona say they are in the process of implementing the Common Core State Standards, but the rapid pace of change has some teachers worried they will not be ready by fall. Questions also remain about the cost of adopting the common core and assessments. While teachers have received some training and are trying to prepare, many say they are unsure if they will be ready. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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