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November 13, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • How teachers can avoid power struggles with students
    Deal with student disruptions quickly -- but wait until the end of class to privately discuss it with the student and address potential consequences -- to avoid power struggles during class, education consultant and author Allen Mendler writes in this blog post. Mendler recommends teachers avoid stopping instructing in response to student behavior. However, teachers should explain this strategy to students at the beginning of the year and ensure them there are consequences to bad behavior, even when meted in private. Mendler's blog (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Superstorm fuels cries for climate-change lessons
    Sandy, the so-called superstorm that caused destruction along the East Coast, shows it is time for educators to begin addressing climate change in the classroom, asserts Laurence Peters, author and former counsel to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Select Education. Peters writes there are many reasons that teachers avoid the topic -- primarily a lack of knowledge about it and fear of parents' reactions. "If ever there was a subject that lent itself to student-centered problem-solving using those much-lauded 21st-century skills, surely this is it," Peters writes. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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What Does it Mean to Comprehend What One Reads?
When students understand what they read, they are applying a constellation of skills and strategies to interpret the text based on both the features of the text and their own knowledge. In this paper we discuss the building blocks of teaching reading comprehension. Download the Free Whitepaper
  School Leadership 
  • Diversity gap persists among teachers, principals
    The diversity gap among teachers is greater than that among principals, according to research that shows 11% of principals nationwide are black, compared with 7% of teachers, Jackie Zubrzycki writes in this blog post. Data also show that black and Latino teachers were more likely to be promoted to assistant principal. Stanford University researchers found, however, that the percentage of black teachers and principals still falls short of the number of non-white students, which is more than 40% nationwide. Education Week/District Dossier blog (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Discover how to build and strengthen your PLC from those who know the process best! A lineup of experts including PLC at Work™ architects Richard DuFour, Robert Eaker, and Rebecca DuFour will address assessment and grading practices, RTI, and more. You'll also receive tools and strategies proven to enhance student learning. Register now!
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Nook e-readers replace textbooks in Ohio school
    A Cincinnati school has purchased 1,200 Nook Color e-readers to replace traditional textbooks. Officials say students at the school, which includes grades seven through 12, will be able to take the devices home, ensuring they have mobile access to academic resources. Officials say the Nooks will be less costly than traditional textbooks and help schools update texts more frequently. However, they also are worried about the potential for theft. The Cincinnati Enquirer (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Whole Child 
  • School's environment is a key factor in achievement
    Successful turnarounds of struggling high schools hinge on fostering environments where teachers and students are supported, and parents and community members are engaged, suggests Charles Payne, a University of Chicago professor and affiliate of the university's Urban Education Institute. "You can create all the pockets of good instruction you want, [but] if the organizational environment doesn't support [the change], it is likely to destroy it," he said. Culture change requires a combination of teacher collaboration, community connections, rigorous instruction, supportive leadership and safe environment, he said. U.S. News & World Report/High School Notes (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What does student churn do to schools?
    Researchers studying student mobility in Ohio say the number of students who switch districts -- especially in suburban districts -- is surprising. In Columbus-area schools, about 19,000 students over a two-year period switched districts. Researchers said such churn can take a toll on student achievement, and also can create difficulties for teachers and the students who stay in place. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Plan calls for racial, ethnic diversity in Ariz. district
    A proposal announced Friday in a decades-long desegregation case in an Arizona district appears to have support from the various parties involved, though public comment will not be heard until later this month. Under the plan, a "culturally relevant" curriculum would be adopted for black and Hispanic students in the Tucson Unified School District, and schools and programs would increase their racial and ethnic diversity. Diversity of administrators and disparities in the disciplining of students also would be addressed. Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Faculty Lounge 
  • Is year-round education the best option?
    Officials in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., school district say they are considering expanding calendars at nine schools -- taking a cue from other districts in the state that have adopted year-round schedules. Supporters say the schedule is beneficial to students and teachers, who get more frequent breaks. Critics, however, say implementation of such schedules often is tricky depending on the model adopted. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • The art and science of teaching with Robert Marzano
    Is your state, district, or school looking for tools and resources that support research-based school improvement? ASCD's PD In Focus professional-development application offers a video channel, guided by Robert Marzano, that shows research-based classroom practices in action. The Art and Science of Teaching channel walks viewers through how to combine the science of research-based instruction with the art of lesson planning and formative assessment. Learn more about PD In Focus channels and experts. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What mindsets drive teacher effectiveness?
    "Teaching for learning requires adaptive mind-sets, flexibility, and persistence," explain Arthur L. Costa, Robert J. Garmston and Diane P. Zimmerman. "When focusing on teaching and learning, the dispositions of the teacher's mind are more predictive than discrete behaviors." In a co-authored ASCD Express article, they list five dispositions that they say drive effectiveness and should be enhanced. To help educators consciously activate those states of mind, Costa, Garmston and Zimmerman present questions that each educator should ask when faced with a difficult situation. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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