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February 6, 2013
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • How education will adjust to the common core
    Changes are in store for teachers at all levels in states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards, education consultant Erin Powers writes in this blog post. The standards emphasize the role of all teachers in the development of students' literacy skills, and in math, focus will shift to the application of real-world skills -- rather than passing a test, Powers writes. The common core also recognizes the growing importance of technology in education and the expectation that students can access information anytime, anywhere, she writes. Powers' blog (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Helping students to think critically about popular culture
    Students are surrounded by popular culture that is often inappropriate with violence, sex and vulgarity, writes Marc D. Hauser, an educational consultant. In this commentary, he writes that when students want to include such video games, music or other items in class projects, teacher should use those opportunities to help students develop their critical-thinking skills to be able to recognize inappropriate materials. "Needless to say, this is not a topic of discussion and education that ever ends. But it is a topic that should be part of teachers' responsibilities," he writes. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Leadership 
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  Technology in the Classroom 
  • The downside of using cellphones in the classroom
    While there is widespread agreement that smartphones should be integrated into instruction, several issues arise when implementing mobile technologies in the classroom, said educators who participated in a discussion on the subject at the 2013 Florida Educational Technology Conference last week. Many educators have found that text-messaging is a distraction for students, and that the technology can be used inappropriately for cheating and bullying. Other concerns include misuse of social media, student safety, and whether all students and teachers have equal access to the technology. T.H.E. Journal (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Managing Budgets 
  • Obama proposes changes to delay cuts to federal K-12 funding
    President Barack Obama has introduced a series of proposals intended to delay the implementation of across-the-board spending cuts to K-12 education and other parts of the federal budget. Without action by Congress, the cuts are scheduled to take effect March 1. The spending cuts, known as the "sequester," have been considered since last year and already have been delayed once. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Judge: Texas' education-funding system violates constitution
    A judge ruled Monday that the school-funding system used in Texas is unconstitutional, in part, because of rising academic standards that have not accompanied additional funding. Also at issue is that education funding in the state is not equitable among low-income and wealthy districts. The ruling was a victory for more than 600 school districts that sued the state following a $5.4-billion cut from state education funding in 2011. Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)/The Associated Press (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Conn. reconsiders pace of teacher-evaluation reform
    The Connecticut Board of Education is expected today to consider a proposal that would allow school districts to apply a new teacher-evaluation system to about one-third of schools in a district -- rather than all schools. The new evaluations, which takes students' test scores into consideration, were expected to be implemented statewide in the fall, but educators say the move has been rushed. Supporters of a delay say it will decrease anxiety and allow more flexibility in implementation. The Hartford Courant (Conn.) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ASCD News 
  • Tips from the trenches
    Educator Stephen Sroka has been asking a diverse group of leaders to weigh in on working in education today. He's spoken with Geoffrey Canada, founder of the Harlem Children's Zone; Betsy Landers, president of the National Parent Teacher Association; Scott Gilliam, director of training at D.A.R.E. America; and many others. Their comments, organized into Whole Child Blog posts, address school safety, student services, administration and teaching. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Webinar -- Improving student learning one principal at a time: Walkthroughs and observations
    Join Jane E. Pollock for part two of her four-part webinar series based on the One at a Time series of ASCD books next Thursday, Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. EST. The webinar will focus on how to use GANAG for walkthroughs and observations. Register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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