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March 4, 2013
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Now learning the ABCs is as easy as uno, dos, tres.
Introducing Imagine Learning Español, a new educational software solution designed to help pre-K and kindergarten students build Spanish language and literacy proficiency. It's a better way to give young learners a strong foundation to build on. Click here to see the program in action.
  School Leadership 
  • Standardized testing boycott sparks growing debate
    Backlash against standardized testing has drawn boycotts from teachers in Seattle and elsewhere, as well as support from education historian Diane Ravitch and others. At issue is whether certain high-stakes standardized tests are effective in evaluating students' achievement and should be used to assess teachers' effectiveness. "We are just seeing the very beginning of this testing revolt," Jesse Hagopian, one of the teachers who has protested exams in Seattle, adding, "[m]aybe you can call it the 'Teachers' Spring.'" Reuters (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
STAR Assessments Aligned to the CCSS.
STAR Enterprise™ is a favorite of teachers and is also a vital part of an administrator’s ability to make data-driven decisions. STAR Enterprise assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, linked to state tests, and also received the highest ratings by the National Center on Response to Intervention. Learn more.
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Idaho launches first-of-its-kind partnership with Khan Academy
    Idaho will launch a pilot program in the fall, becoming the first state to partner with the Khan Academy to provide free, online access to math, physics and history classes. The program, to be implemented in 47 schools, is funded through a $1.5 million grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation. "Idaho has the students, the schools and the determination to succeed in showing the nation how to innovate within our public education system," said Jamie MacMillan, the foundation's executive director. KBOI-AM (Boise, Idaho)/The Associated Press (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Are your students bored? Beat Boredom gives you proven, out-of-the-box strategies and activities for engaging high school students in any class. You'll see how to generate active engagement and move way beyond traditional passive memorization of information. Informed by a survey of 800+ high school graduates. Preview the entire book!
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  Policy Watch 
  • Student: Calif. district's grading system monopolizes teachers' time
    A student from Yuba City Unified School District in California says a new grading system, in which teachers are required to submit grades through an online system within seven days, is leaving educators with little time to help students before and after class. During a recent school board meeting, River Valley High School student Sumana Kondle said the system, which applies to sixth- through 12th-grade teachers, has led her biology teacher to opt for more multiple-choice testing. The district's superintendent, Nancy Aaberg, said the grading system is intended to improve communication with parents, and teachers who refuse to meet deadlines could face disciplinary action. Appeal-Democrat (Marysville-Yuba City, Calif.) (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.Y. school officials expect test scores to drop under common core
    New York officials are preparing for the expected decline in test scores as it becomes one of the few states to align this year's tests with the Common Core State Standards. Officials in Florida, Georgia and Kentucky have reported lower scores since the implementation of the common core. The New York State United Teachers questions the decision to test students on the new standards so soon after their introduction in classrooms. The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Efforts ramp up to stop cyberbullying
    The cyberbullying epidemic increasingly is affecting students -- on social media and beyond -- with about one-quarter of teenagers reportedly having experienced cyberbullying at some point, according to one researcher. Experts and advocates recommend keeping a record of online bullying and showing evidence, such as an e-mail or Facebook communication, to a trusted adult. The organization also provides a place where victims of bullying can connect, find resources and share their stories. CNN (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

In her new DVD, Moving into Math Stations, K-2, Debbie Diller builds on her best-selling book Math Work Stations, bringing your staff into two real classrooms to see how to use manipulatives, manage time & space, incorporate whole-group instruction, encourage meaningful math talk, and more. View a 7-minute segment online!

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  ASCD News 
  • PD: Targeted, ongoing, and an opportunity to develop teacher leaders
    In a recent post, ASCD EDge community member Patrice Bucci blogs about the many changes occurring in the professional development space. "Delivery models are evolving" and "teachers are rapidly becoming consumers of their own professional development," she points out. In her post, Bucci offers tips on how to navigate this new PD landscape and what to focus on as you do. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How an ASCD institutional membership can support your work
    ASCD institutional membership is available to any school or district interested in creating or strengthening its professional development program. The institutional membership offers educators group access to professional learning tools, publications, online research archives and more. Learn about the specific member benefits associated with this type of ASCD membership and find out how you can use it to grow your professional learning community. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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