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November 8, 2012
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  • Best practices for one-to-one iPad classrooms
    Schools should provide true one-to-one iPad environments, not circulate a cart among classrooms, writes Jennie Magiera, who has worked with 20 one-to-one iPad classrooms this year. A member of the Teacher Leaders Network, Magiera shares tips about what she's learned, including the importance of teacher buy-in and supporting teachers through professional learning communities. She also writes about the need for a contingency plan -- for added expenses and unexpected failures. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

So What Do They Really Know? shows English teachers how to make formative assessment a powerful part of everyday instruction, with lessons and strategies for getting to know students well, differentiating instruction, giving feedback, grading, and more. Read Chapter 1, Assessment: It Doesn't Have to Be the Enemy.
  Focus on Practice 
  • N.H. school embraces elections for civics lessons
    Teachers at a New Hampshire middle school began social studies lessons on Wednesday by discussing the results of Tuesday's presidential election. Leading up to the election, teachers also planned a series of election-themed lessons on topics such as the electoral college and political advertisements. The presidential election also came the day after the school's elections, in which 23 students ran for six school-council seats, and students were asked to vote for president along with their school representatives. SeacoastOnline (Portsmouth, N.H.) (tiered subscription model) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Educators stick a pin in online resources
    A growing number of educators say they are using the social cloud resource Pinterest for classroom resources and as a professional networking tool. One school counselor, Julia V. Taylor, has used her page to pin resources on school counseling, tech-savvy educators, education, leadership and other topics. This article also includes links to resources on Pinterest that may be of interest to educators. T.H.E. Journal (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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We asked teachers, "What is one Responsive Classroom book every elementary teacher should own? Why?" From now through December 14, buy all four of the most frequently mentioned and get 20% off the regular price. Learn more about these four essential books.
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  • Teachers' unions come out winners on Election Day
    The defeat of Indiana superintendent Tony Bennett by a veteran teacher Glenda Ritz in Tuesday's election was one of several victories nationwide for teachers' unions. In other states, including Idaho and South Dakota, unions prevailed in overturning laws that would eliminated tenure and weakened unions. While Bennett said the union-backed victories dealt a blow to the education-reform movement, he said it was "not a staggering blow." The Baltimore Sun/Reuters (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Will Indiana's education-reform efforts be scaled back?: Tony Bennett, superintendent of schools in Indiana, was defeated in his re-election bid Tuesday, raising questions about the future of the education-reform movement he championed. Implemented under his tenure were an expansion of private-school vouchers, school accountability and charter schools, as well as the adoption of a teacher-evaluation method based in part on students' test scores. The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Weather wreaks havoc on school calendars
    Some schools in Connecticut have used all of the scheduled snow days for the year in the days following Superstorm Sandy. Now, as the state endures a nor'easter, officials say they will have to wait and see if they'll have to use days reserved for spring and summer breaks as instructional days. Also under consideration are waivers from the state's requirement that there be 180 instructional days per school year. (Connecticut) (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Tips on becoming a transformative teacher leader
    Teacher leaders discover how to speak to all teacher leaders but not spend time in the teachers lounge, writes José Vilson, a middle-school math teacher and coach. Vilson writes in this blog post that transformative teacher leadership means spending time in the classroom with students but not become isolated. He also suggests teacher leaders show others how to become leaders, but he advises against pushing them too hard.é Vilson's blog (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Common core, NCLB expected to dominate Duncan's second term
    If he serves as education secretary during President Barack Obama's second term, Arne Duncan is likely to tackle five main issues, according to the writers of this blog post. The issues include the implementation of plans agreed to under No Child Left Behind waivers, the anticipated end of Race to the Top funding, the challenge of reaching bipartisan agreement on a reauthorized No Child Left Behind law and the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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