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May 17, 2011
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • The science behind math anxiety
    Students' fear of math can hinder their learning, according to one study that shows math creates a stress reaction in the brain for some students that could direct brainpower to worrying -- rather than math. Separate experiments show that such students might otherwise be enthusiastic about the subject. Researchers also have found that students' anxiety about math often starts at an early age and even can be passed down from their parents. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (5/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.C. district adds new diploma to encourage service learning
    The Guilford County, N.C., school district will begin offering in 2012 a new service-learning diploma, as part of an effort to encourage students to identify and address community needs. Educators are working to integrate volunteer service throughout the K-12 curriculum and motivate students to take the initiative on long-term projects that benefit others. The district is considered a leader in the state on service learning. The News & Record (Greensboro, N.C.) (5/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Get to the "how" of improving teacher effectiveness and better meet the academic needs of struggling and English learners with A+RISE Instructional Strategy Cards. Renowned author Evelyn Arroyo presents K-12 educators with a unique collection of 70 instructional strategies packaged into one convenient card set. Learn more and download a sample set.
  Professional Leadership 
  • Broward County, Fla., sends layoff notices to 1,400 teachers
    More than 1,400 teachers in Broward County, Fla., are expected to receive layoff notices today, with hundreds more expected in the coming weeks as the district works to offset a $144 million deficit. Many of those laid off will be teachers whose salaries were paid with federal stimulus funds -- those with one-year contracts or who have worked in the district for less than two years. Some teachers in hard-to-fill specialties, such as chemistry and calculus, could be rehired after the final budget is approved. The Miami Herald (free registration) (5/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News

Rubrics. Test questions. Tiering assessments. Grading effort. Redos. Report cards. In his thoroughly revised edition of Fair Isn't Always Equal, Rick Wormeli provides a thorough guide for teachers and administrators to tackle challenging and controversial assessment and grading practices in the differentiated classroom. Preview the entire book!
  Technology in the Classroom 
SmartBrief’s 5th Annual STEM Pathways Summit
Join us Thursday, Oct. 18 in New York City for the 5th annual STEM Pathways Summit, a FREE high-powered one-day event for K-20 STEM leaders and decision-makers. Develop a STEM toolkit, build a learning network with peers and share success stories and lessons learned. Register to request your seat.
  The Whole Child 
  • Mentoring helps black teens avoid trouble, study suggests
    Black youths ages 17 and 18 were less likely to break rules or exhibit aggressive behaviors at age 19 or 20 when they received intervention from community mentors, and the benefit increased with better youth-mentor relationships, a study in the American Journal of Community Psychology found. Researchers also found that the mentoring program was more effective for youths who were experiencing hardships. United Press International (5/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Michigan school program improves children's heart health
    Researchers said a four-year program in a middle school in Ann Arbor, Mich., that aimed to promote healthy foods and regular exercise, among other goals, helped improve cholesterol levels and the average resting heart rate of children. The program will be extended to almost 20 middle schools in the state, the researchers said. HealthDay News (5/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Elimination of federal ed-tech grant program is criticized
    Some education groups are criticizing a House bill introduced Friday that would end 43 education programs, including the federal Enhancing Education Through Technology program -- the only dedicated funding stream for education technology. "The elimination of the ed tech funds is a disappointment," ASCD Policy Director David Griffith said. "It is both shortsighted and contradictory to support increased student access to technologies, improved student proficiency with technologies, and teacher capacity to utilize technologies while eliminating the funding supporting these goals." T.H.E. Journal (5/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Find out more: Read ASCD Policy Director David Griffith's response to the bill. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Future of Ga. charter schools is uncertain after ruling
    Georgia's Supreme Court has ruled that only local school boards can approve and finance charter schools -- not the Georgia Charter School Commission. It is unclear whether 17 authorized charter schools in the state -- eight of which were expected to open in the fall -- will continue to operate. Similar commissions are in place in six states and the District of Columbia, and four others are considering them, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (5/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Field 
  • Obama praises Memphis, Tenn., students in graduation speech
    President Barack Obama on Monday addressed graduating seniors and their families at Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, Tenn., along with many city and state leaders. The school, located in a poverty-ridden area of Memphis, won a national competition for the speech by demonstrating how it has worked to overcome adversity and pursue academic goals. "You inspire me, that's why I'm here," Obama said. Google/The Associated Press (5/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Real-world writing and real writers don't follow a script. The new DVD Writing with Mentors gives you and your staff an in-depth look at effective lessons that use children's literature to teach both informational and narrative writing. Over 3 hours of video, plus viewing guide. Click here to preview 2 sample clips!

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  ASCD News 
  • Focused feedback and practice: Teacher self-rating
    What does recent research reveal about the practice of teacher self-rating using video? In a recent blog post, Robert Marzano, co-author of the ASCD book "Effective Supervision: Supporting the Art and Science of Teaching," shares an excerpt on self-rating from the book. You'll find this excerpt and additional wisdom from Effective Supervision in Marzano's latest series of ASCD EDge posts. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mike Anderson on working smarter and staying sane inside the classroom and out
    Busy educators often neglect their own basic needs, choosing instead to focus exclusively on their students. If this sounds familiar, Mike Anderson's strategies for reinvigorating and improving your daily routine are for you. Visit his ASCD author's page to catch up on his latest work and learn how you can stay healthy and connected. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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