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March 21, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Ideas for helping students master their fears of school
    North Carolina math teacher Todd Rackowitz in this blog post offers tips to help struggling students overcome their fear and intimidation regarding math as well as school as a whole. Rackowitz draws an analogy with teaching new swimmers, suggesting teachers first build trust with students, allowing them to learn new skills at their own pace. Next, students should be gradually introduced to what they will learn and what will be expected of them, and supported until they are able and willing to progress independently. CNN/Schools of Thought blog (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • History projects promote research, in-depth learning
    Students at a number of Washington state schools each year create websites, documentaries, research papers, dramatic performances and other exhibits as part of projects for History Day, an event designed to help develop their research skills and a deeper understanding of various topics of their choosing. A project by three seventh-grade students considering the impact of Seattle-based Starbucks on the coffee industry was an award winner at a Regional History Day competition. Kitsap Sun (Kitsap Peninsula, Wash.) (free registration) (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Common Core-aligned Success for All can turn your school around, increase student achievement in reading, and more. Take advantage of SFA's incredible discount by scheduling an appointment. Visit booth #1155 at ASCD's National Conference, or contact us at (800) 548-4998, ext. 2372.
  School Leadership 
  • N.Y. educators debate value of standardized testing: In New York, where teachers will be evaluated in part based on standardized test scores, some are criticizing the newly adopted system, saying it could override input from principals. At a recent panel discussion on high-stakes testing, the new evaluation system was called into question, primarily for its focus on testing. Sean Feeney, a principal, called the state's standardized tests "flawed," saying they have led to a narrower curriculum. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/SchoolBook blog (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Every English learner has something to say. Imagine Learning helps English learners find their voice—and have more of a choice—with innovative software that focuses on academic language development, instruction in five literacy areas, and strategic first-language support. Download free case study.
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Helping students develop online-searching skills: Tasha Bergson-Michelson, a member of the Google Search Education team, in this blog post offers suggestions for providing students with a comprehensive education in online searching. Students need to be taught specific skills for conducting searches and given projects that help them gain experience, she writes. Bergson-Michelson advocates a multi-tiered approach that includes teaching students to identify problems or patterns in their search results. blog (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Managing Budgets 
  • Colo. legislators consider changes to school-funding system
    Colorado state legislators are considering changes to the state's nearly 20-year-old formula for funding education. One legislative proposal would link policy and finance and allow voters to choose whether to "trigger" a new system. "What I believe is how voters answer the question, 'How much are you willing to spend on K-12 education in Colorado?' is inextricably linked to how we answer the question, 'How do you plan to spend it?' " said Democratic state Sen. Mike Johnston of Denver, a former high-school principal and the bill's sponsor. Education News Colorado (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Advocates call for more state aid for education in N.J.
    A number of education advocates at a state Assembly Budget Committee hearing Monday described how ongoing budget cuts have harmed schools and argued that recent funding increases are not enough to address the problem. Districts in recent years have had to make difficult choices, such as increasing class sizes, cutting teacher jobs and eliminating programs, advocate Jennifer Keys Maloney said. "These choices have had an irrevocable impact on the education we provide to our students," she said. New Jersey Online (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News

Developing Readers in the Academic Disciplines strips away the one-size-fits-all approach to content-area literacy and presents a much-needed instructional model for disciplinary literacy—showing teachers how to mentor middle and high school learners to become "academic insiders" who are college and career ready. Preview the entire book!
  Policy Watch 
  • Reports consider federal school-improvement program
    Two new reports released Tuesday by the Center on Education Policy offer insight into the successes and challenges of the School Improvement Grant program, a federal initiative aimed at helping states improve their lowest-performing schools. The reports found many Title I schools are satisfied with the four approved strategies for school improvement, with most choosing the "turnaround" and "transformation" approaches. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Faculty Lounge 
  • More U.S. youths are diagnosed with ADHD, study shows
    The number of children and teens in the U.S. diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder from 2000 to 2010 increased by 66% to 10.4 million in 2010. Researchers reported in the journal Academic Pediatrics that more ADHD diagnoses were made by specialists instead of primary care doctors. United Press International (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Math Work Stations by Debbie Diller helps K-2 teachers organize materials & spaces, foster independent learning, differentiate instruction, and more. Packed with full-color photos from real classrooms and practical activities linked to NCTM & state standards. Browse the entire book online!

If you or a colleague will be attending the ASCD Conference in Philadelphia this weekend, be sure to plan a visit to the Stenhouse booth (#1018) to shop a wide selection of books & videos and get 20% off your entire purchase. Exhibit hours are Sat 8:30-5, Sun 8:30-4, and Mon 8:30-1. Click here to make a shopping list!

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  ASCD News 
  • Read the best of the EduBlog Awards
    Referring to the EduBlog Awards as a "useful, crowd-sourced cheat sheet for those who find blogs valuable but don't always have enough time to ferret out the good ones," ASCD reference librarian David Snyder spotlights the awards website in his latest EdBlog Watch post. Snyder explains what readers can expect to find on the awards site and points to several award-winning blogs. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Webinar -- Common core: Assessment Shifts
    If you're on the lookout for crucial information about assessments that are compatible with the Common Core State Standards, mark your calendar for 3 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 3. Assessment expert and ASCD author Sue Brookhart will provide an overview of SBAC and PARCC assessments and help you develop classroom assessments that align with the new standards. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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