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February 13, 2013
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  • Ariz. students shoot for stars in rocketry challenge
    Students at a middle school in San Luis, Ariz., are aiming to compete in the finals of the Team America Rocketry Challenge. "The kids are putting to the test their knowledge, but above all they are using something basic in science and technology -- that is, persistence and teamwork," said Francisco Vasquez, team adviser and science teacher. The Yuma Daily Sun (Ariz.) (2/12)
  • Why arts teachers may be experts in project-based learning
    Core-subject teachers should consider looking to arts teachers for ideas on how to do project-based learning, Canadian educator Brenda Sherry writes in this blog post. Arts teachers, who spend most of their class time guiding students in the creation of solo or group projects, have expertise in setting up a classroom environment where students feel safe to collaborate. "Routines are established that teach students how to cooperate; how to lead sometimes, and how to be led by peers other times," Sherry writes. Powerful Learning Practice/Voices from the Learning Revolution blog (2/8)
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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  • Chicago schools use career training to help fill skills gap
    High-school students in five Chicago public schools now have more options when it comes to preparing for life after high school. The schools are offering an alternative curriculum designed in partnership with local businesses. Students who complete the program leave with technical certifications and credit toward an associate degree. U.S. News & World Report (2/11) Email this Story
  • Md. school maps out project-based learning with the common core
    A public middle and high school in Baltimore this year adopted a schoolwide project-based learning approach aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The school's adoption of PBL included the creation of a map that offers a diagram of standards under the common core, writes Eric Isselhardt, chief academic officer at the Green Street Academy. A project route then was created, which aligns with the standards map, and educators then focused on what was needed for students to be successful and whether the project met the standards, Isselhardt writes in this blog post. Edutopia.org/Eric Isselhardt's blog (2/11)
 
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