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February 20, 2013
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Pa. students have a ball sitting in the classroom
    Teachers in some Pennsylvania districts credit replacing traditional desk chairs with stability balls for the improved performance of students -- a trend backed by studies showing students are more attentive and engaged in learning when sitting on exercise balls. Educators say the balls, which started being used as chairs for students with autism and challenges with attention, allow students to move without being disruptive to the class. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ky. teacher lets Hollywood help teach history
    Chris Gage, a history teacher at South Warren High School in Bowling Green, Ky., uses films ranging from "Gangs of New York" and "Hotel Rwanda" to "Braveheart" and "The Count of Monte Cristo" to help reinforce certain issues such as imperialism, class struggle and racism, while examining where filmmakers take dramatic license and stray from the facts. "The whole idea really is the film stays with students longer than any verbal information I may give them," said Gage, who teaches "Reel History" as an elective for junior and senior students. Daily News (Bowling Green, Ky.) (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Leadership 
  • Calif. district looks inside for professional development
    The Long Beach, Calif., school district has adopted a training system in which classroom teachers work collaboratively to improve teaching and learning, a shift from outsourcing professional development. "Our system is really invested in building internal capacity," said Jill Baker, the district's assistant superintendent for elementary and K-8, plus chief academic officer. "What that means is teachers become leaders and trainers. We're not bringing someone in from the outside. We're teaching teachers within to go back to their school sites to train others." The Hechinger Report (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology in the Classroom 
  • How students can maximize the benefits of digital feedback
    Students today are inundated with digital feedback, asserts teacher Kristen Swanson, who shares in this blog post three ways students can maximize the feedback they get. First, she suggests having students lay out a goal for their work beforehand and examine feedback while they review their initial goal. She then suggests setting specific times in which to consider digital feedback and have students consider ways they have adapted to feedback. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Managing Budgets 
  • Colo. could direct more funds to needy schools
    Available funding for schools in Colorado would increase and the money would be divided in new ways under a proposal expected to be considered by state lawmakers in the coming weeks. Under a draft of the plan, developed by Sen. Mike Johnston, D-Denver, more funds would go to schools with the greatest needs. However, even if approved by lawmakers, the plan also would require voters to approve a tax increase in November. Education News Colorado (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Calif. district drops health, geography from graduation requirements
    The school board for Temecula Valley Unified School District in California voted Tuesday to immediately halt requirements that students take health and geography courses to graduate from high school. The courses still will be offered as electives, but officials say eliminating them as requirements will free up more time for students to participate in band, International Baccalaureate, student government and other programs. Critics, however, are concerned that students will not be exposed to important health information. The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) (free registration) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ind. considers speedier state takeovers of schools
    Lawmakers in Indiana are considering legislation that transforms the way the state assesses school performance and -- in cases where schools are struggling -- provides a shorter time frame for state takeovers. Under the bill, the state would be able to take over a school that receives a failing grade for three consecutive years, rather than the current standard of six straight years. The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Faculty Lounge 
  • Key teachers' unions merge in 5 states
    Branches of the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers have merged in five states, following the recent decision by members in North Dakota to do so. Other states in which mergers have taken place are Florida, Minnesota, Montana and New York with several districts, including Los Angeles, following suit, while Wisconsin is moving toward joining the list. Union leaders say the mergers are driven in part by a desire for educators to speak with one united voice on issues. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • Education for the 21st century: Creating a climate of success for all students
    Stop by the Inservice blog for a preview of Freeman A. Hrabowski III's Annual Conference session, scheduled for Saturday, March 16. From his unique vantage point as President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, a position he's held since 1992, Hrabowski will discuss how the school transformed campus culture and produced exemplary academic programs. "I will be emphasizing the important role that all of us must play as leaders in setting a tone that encourages creativity and support, and establishes high standards for all students." Read on.
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We must travel in the direction of our fear."
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