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December 24, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Is there more to AP than passing the exams?
    Florida officials say more high-school students are taking Advanced Placement courses, but just 4 in 10 students passed the exams in 2012. The surge in participation is due largely to incentives offered by the state, as well as a partnership with the College Board and the inclusion of AP in the high-school grade formula. However, some observers say the benefits of AP go beyond the exams, giving students valuable skills in critical thinking and the demands of college-level work. The Miami Herald (free registration) (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  School Leadership 
  • 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
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  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Tech standards issued to help districts with common core testing
    The Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, one of two consortia designing curricula and assessments for Common Core State Standards, released on Friday its "minimum specifications" and "recommended" technology guidelines for testing under common core. The guidelines address such areas as acceptable screen sizes and devices permissible for the testing, plus the types of security needed regarding Internet access, cameras and other device features. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium earlier this month released its own list of technology requirements and recommendations. Education Week/Digital Education blog (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Nev. seeks to "get it right" on teacher evaluations
    Under a new system for evaluating teachers in Nevada, most teachers there will be assessed based in part on the work of other teachers, because not all subjects and grade levels are represented on state exams. Despite this challenge, Super­intendent of Public Instruction James Guthrie said he is working to make Nevada the first state to "get it right" when it comes to teacher evaluations, referencing problems experienced with reforms in Texas and Florida. Las Vegas Review-Journal (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Faculty Lounge 
  • Common core begins to take shape in early grades
    Implementation of the Common Core State Standards bring more rigorous instruction and a greater focus on college- and career-readiness, educators in Ohio say. Work already is under way in districts to align instruction in kindergarten through second grade with the common core -- a process officials say has required additional professional development for teachers. "We are really rebuilding our curriculum from the ground up," said Brian Davis, curriculum director in Washington Local School in Toledo, Ohio. The Blade (Toledo, Ohio) (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ASCD News 
  • Meet 2013 Annual Conference presenter Carol Ann Tomlinson
    In a video clip (second from the left) on the 2013 Annual Conference website, Carol Ann Tomlinson discusses her own start as a young teacher working in a school "spare in its means" and the Aha-moment that taught her that today is what we have to work with, whether it's perfect or not, and that "seizing the day is really the way to go." In the clip, Tomlinson shares a story about an educator who has embodied that mindset for the duration of his career. Watch. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What are you doing to raise financially literate kids?
    Addressing parents in a blog post, a member of the free ASCD EDge professional networking community for educators takes on the topic of teaching financial literacy -- at what age to start talking to kids about money, how to make money management a part of everyday life, and what learning tools are available to help. "The best place to start with your child's financial literacy is by simply opening the lines of communication when it comes to money," the community member suggests. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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