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March 20, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Teachers prepare to implement common core
    As school districts move closer to adopting the Common Core State Standards, some educators report they feel more prepared than two years ago. The standards will go into effect in three years, but some still question whether that is enough time to prepare. There is still a long way to go, some say, and several outstanding questions, such as the level of professional development that will be available. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ore. school's black students excel in AP calculus
    Two-thirds of the students in an advanced placement calculus class at De La Salle North Catholic High School in Portland, Ore., are black, though recent data show few black students across the state are taking the course. The school, which serves low-income students with promising academic potential, fills the AP course with students who have the strongest math skills and helps the students form a community around their common goal. The Oregonian (Portland) (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
New Common Core Instructional Resources
Benchmark Writer’s Workshop provides ready-to-use tools and lessons that teach K-6 students to write informational, opinion, and narrative prose. Reader’s Theater: Word Plays help Grade 3-6 students improve foundational skills, and Genre Big Books introduce key text types in Grades K-1. Visit ASCD Booth 718 or click for free sampler.
  School Leadership 
  • Could loan forgiveness be used to retain experienced NYC teachers?
    Michael Mulgrew, president of New York City's teachers union, on Monday weighed in on a proposal by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to offer loan forgiveness as a benefit for new teachers. Such a program would require negotiation with the union, and should be used to retain experienced teachers as well, Mulgrew wrote in a letter to Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott. "The point of such a program is not just to bring in recruits -- it is to bring in candidates who will learn the craft of teaching and build a successful career in our schools," he wrote. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/SchoolBook blog (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Talented leadership is essential to improving student achievement. Groundbreaking and thought-provoking, Linking Leadership to Student Learning distills the results of an ambitious five-year study to show how leadership at every level — classroom, school, district, community, and state — impacts student performance. Learn more...
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Ideas for using Pinterest in teaching and learning
    Author and high-school principal Eric Sheninger in this blog post writes about his experience using the digital tool Pinterest to create virtual bulletin boards based on his interests. He suggests several ways in which it could be used in teaching and learning, as a way to curate content, brainstorm, engage students or share notes and resources from conferences. Pinterest also offers an opportunity to teach students about copyright and Creative Commons, he writes. Sheninger's blog (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Middle-school students are challenged to Tune Out technology
    Seventh-grade students at Greendale Middle School in Wisconsin on March 1 unplugged from technology as part of the school's annual Tune Out challenge. Some students lasted just a day or two, while others are hoping to make it until June 1. Math teacher John Marzion started the program five years ago, and said it leads to an increase in concentration among students, who also have more time to do homework or play outside as the weather gets warmer. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Every day, research reveals more about how the brain learns. Are you ignoring the implications of these discoveries in your school? Develop strategies that allow students to succeed in classrooms that contain a diverse mix of strengths and needs: read a free chapter of Differentiation and the Brain.
  The Whole Child 
  • Ariz. recruits parents to advocate for children's health
    An Arizona county has launched a pilot program in which 60 parents have been recruited and trained to advocate for children's health. As part of their responsibilities, the parent "ambassadors" will advocate for school policies related to children's health. Participating parents learned strategies to encourage schools to provide healthier meals and snacks and to keep playgrounds open during non-school hours. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Del. partners with USDA to provide summer meals for students
    State agencies in Delaware will help provide summer meals for 5,000 students who qualify for free and reduced priced meals. The program, operated with help from the USDA, will provide families with up to $60 a month on an electronic meal card to use at participating stores. About 60,000 students statewide qualify for subsidized school meals, and students will be selected via lottery for the summer program. (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

"A must-have book for teachers who want to see more growth in their students' writing."Cris Tovani. A Closer Look offers quick, easy-to-use formative assessment strategies and tools to enrich your K-6 writing instruction. Includes online videos, teacher-to-teacher spotlights, and student work samples throughout. Preview the entire book!
  Policy Watch 
  • Districts could be eligible for NCLB waivers
    The Department of Education could offer No Child Left Behind waivers to school districts in states that did not apply. Officials say the district-level waivers could be offered following a third round of judging for state waivers in September. So far, it appears Texas and California will not seek waivers, which have been awarded to 11 states. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • In support of a new homework policy for L.A. schools
    A new districtwide homework policy being proposed by Los Angeles schools chief John Deasy is a welcome change from an earlier version, writes the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times. The policy would allow homework to count for up to 20% of a student's grade, while setting appropriate limits on how much homework can be assigned in each grade, they write. Los Angeles Times (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Faculty Lounge 
  • Lack of home Internet access a barrier for some low-income students
    Many low-income students in central Florida lack Internet access at home, a situation that can interfere with their ability to complete schoolwork. Officials say the problem is expected to increase as more schools provide digital devices for students. "The digital divide is not because students lack devices," said Ocoee Middle School principal Sharyn Gabriel. "The digital divide stems from the lack of Wi-Fi." Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Dr. Yeap Ban Har, the world’s foremost expert on Singapore Math teacher training, presents a two-day SDE advanced institute, Singapore Math: Beyond the Basics. Probe deep into the core competencies in math. Understand how students learn math. View math as a platform to teach thinking. 8/2-3 in Houston, TX and 8/6-7 in Oak Lawn, IL. Learn more here. (800) 462-1478.

Traditional history instruction doesn't work. "Why Won't You Just Tell Us the Answer?" shows teachers how to move beyond just lectures and textbooks toward a more question-centered approach that fosters historical thinking and leaves a lasting impact. Includes 6 sample American history units. Preview the entire book online!

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  ASCD News 
  • Best questions: Good schools
    "One of the great ironies of public opinion research on education is that everyone rates the school with which they are most familiar as good and 'all those other schools' as bad," writes Managing Director of Whole Child Initiative Molly McCloskey in a recent Whole Child Blog post. But what tool or measure should someone use to objectively evaluate a school's quality -- test scores, neighborhood conditions, graduation rates? McCloskey points to the Whole Child indicators as a comprehensive answer. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The seven Cs of effective teaching
    Have you asked your students about their perceptions of the learning environment in your class? It may be time, suggests ASCD author Muriel Rand in a recent ASCD EDge blog post. Reflecting on a recent conference on assessment, Rand shares ideas from keynote speaker Ronald Ferguson's research on the seven Cs that make a difference in the learning environment -- "caring" and "challenging" among them. Rand also points to findings about the reliability of surveying students on teacher effectiveness. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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