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September 5, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Oregon schools seek to boost financial literacy
    Oregon students are learning about savings, credit and other aspects of economics and personal finance as the state seeks to turn out more financially responsible young adults. Some schools, however, are still grappling with how to implement state-mandated financial literacy standards into the curricula from kindergarten through high school. The Oregonian (Portland) (9/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Great teachers must be supported, built
    A highly structured student-teaching environment in preservice is important for building great teachers, Washington teacher Dan Brown writes in this opinion article. Brown shares his own story and writes that outside of the classroom, top teachers build relationships with students' families and are focused on continuous improvement. "Great educators are cultivated, not anointed," Brown writes. WJLA-TV (Washington, D.C.) (8/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Back-to-school necessities can't always be bought
    The new school year should be about providing psychological support to students rather than buying school supplies, author Madeline Levine and filmmaker Vicki Abeles write in this blog post. "Both clinical research and common sense says that what makes children truly excited about and prepared for school -- about life -- takes the work of the whole community," they write. The Washington Post/The Answer Sheet blog (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Leadership 
  • How to identify good schools
    Strong schools share five key characteristics, writes Robert Maranto of the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas. He writes in this opinion article that good schools are transparent, positive and honest places. Teachers put education before other issues and are challenged just as much as the students, he writes. The Baltimore Sun (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Teaching math with a "magic pen"
    Florida high-school math teacher Donna Noll uses a Livescribe smart pen to record her spoken and written notes, then posts the content on her class Facebook fan page for her students. Noll says she includes overviews and sample questions for students in her calculus and algebra classes. She adds that the technology allows her to explain problems quickly, as if she's sitting right next to students. U.S. News & World Report (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Managing Budgets 
  • Ohio schools charge sports fees to raise funds
    Almost half of Ohio high schools charge parents sports participation fees to raise funds because of budget challenges. However, the practice is prompting concerns among parents and school officials because it appears to be discouraging students from playing sports. According to the Ohio High School Athletic Association, 180,000 students participated in sports in the 2010-11 school year, almost 12,000 fewer than the year before. WHIO-TV (Ohio)/The Associated Press (9/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Democratic Party unveils education platform
    The newly released Democratic Party 2012 platform promotes the importance of Common Core State Standards, according to this blog post. The common core was not mentioned in the Republican Party platform, while the Democratic platform praises President Barack Obama's record on education and support for teachers. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Faculty Lounge 
  • Superintendent explains changes to how grades are assigned
    Dansville, Mich., schools superintendent Amy Hodgson shares in this opinion article how the school system is implementing grading changes. The school system is shifting to a standards-based grading system in which students are given clear learning goals and teachers use common assessments within different grades and subject areas. Students will be graded mostly on test scores and projects. The Lansing State Journal (Mich.) (9/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • Webinar -- Flipped-Mastery Learning Model: Students in Charge of Learning, Part II
    Join ISTE/ASCD authors of "Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day" Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams for their ASCD webinar on the Flipped-Mastery Learning Model on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 3 p.m. EDT. Find out just what the Flipped-Mastery Classroom has to offer, learn how to help students determine their own level of mastery, and hear about Bergmann and Sams' own flipped class experiences. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Power to the students: An interview with 17-year-old Nikhil Goyal on taking kids seriously
    Nikhil Goyal, a student in Long Island, N.Y., has set out to revolutionize our education system; he's held a TED talk, published articles, and has authored a new book that offers the student perspective on school. In a recent ASCD EDge blog post, Allison Zmuda, author of several ASCD books, including "Breaking Free from Myths About Teaching and Learning," shares her interview with Goyal and describes a project that she is collaborating on with Goyal and Michael Fisher. Read on.
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