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February 12, 2013
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • 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. Isselhardt's blog (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teacher: Avoid my-way-or-the-highway classroom management
    Teachers who do away with rules and consequences in the classroom have an opportunity to focus more on cooperation and engaging activities, writes Mark Barnes, a veteran classroom teacher. In this blog post, he suggests teachers alter their my-way-or-the-highway method of classroom management and instead adopt the Results Only Learning Environment, a student-centered approach in which students and teachers work collaboratively to improve learning. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Leadership 
  • Is coaching better than getting peer advice online?
    Transformational leadership coach Elena Aguilar writes that she is dismayed by the need to conduct a two-year study comparing individualized teacher coaching to offering an online chat community as methods of professional development. Early results from the study in Tennessee show that teachers are pleased with coaching but fail to consistently engage in the online community, writes Aguilar, who isn't surprised by the results. She concedes that the study is necessary if coaching is to receive financial support. Education Week Teacher/The Art of Coaching Teachers blog (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Supporters line up on both sides of flipped instruction debate
    The flipped instructional method has become increasingly popular in New Jersey and elsewhere, despite criticism that the approach is unfair to students who lack access to technology at home. Despite opposition, supporters say the approach allows students to learn at their own pace and use class time more effectively. "This way, I can show them that they do know how to solve the problem. It gives them a sense of tenacity and I think that's been huge," said Kathleen Chesmel, a science teacher at New Egypt High School in New Jersey. Asbury Park Press (Neptune-Asbury Park, N.J.)/The Associated Press (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Whole Child 
  • School environment may influence risk for teen depression
    High-school students whose schools were ranked lower in terms of socioeducational environment during eighth grade had a slightly greater risk of having depressive symptoms in 10th and 11th grades, a study showed. The influence of school environment was slightly more prominent among teenage girls than boys, researchers reported in the journal Pediatrics. (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Test scores to weigh more in Md. teachers' evaluations
    The Maryland State Department of Education has instructed nine counties to revamp how they evaluate teachers and principals, saying that original plans do not place enough emphasis on students' scores on standardized tests. State officials said student test scores on the Maryland School Assessment should account for 20% of assessments. Counties have been given until May 15 to submit new teacher-evaluation plans to the state. The Washington Post (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Faculty Lounge 
  • Social media leaves trail when students plan pranks
    Social media increasingly is being used by students to coordinate large-scale pranks, such as a lunchtime water balloon fight at an Ohio high school last month that led the principal to cancel prom. However, officials say that students using social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, to plan their hijinks also leave behind a trail of clues. This was demonstrated recently when school officials used social media to stop students' plan to dump flour from a high-school balcony while the evidence was still in students' lockers. Cincinnati Enquirer, The (tiered subscription model) (2/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • Planning for Chicago?
    If you're heading to ASCD's 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibit Show in Chicago next month, look out for ASCD's conference app, which debuts on March 6. Available for a range of Web-enabled devices, the app can help attendees create a personal agenda, access exhibitor listings, and view the floor plan. Read ASCD's recent press release to learn more and access veteran conference goers' tips for first timers. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    ASCD institutional memberships are available for schools and districts. Intended to help you create or strengthen a professional-development program, the ASCD institutional membership offers group access to professional-learning tools, publications, online research archives and more. Learn about specific member benefits and how to use the institutional membership to grow a professional-learning community on LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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