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April 20, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
 
  • Are there better alternatives to extending the school day?
    Simply adding more instructional time to the school day may not be enough to improve education, says Jodi Grant, executive director of the nonprofit Afterschool Alliance. Grant cites recent studies showing many current extended-day programs are expensive and may be unsustainable. Instead, Grant proposes more focus and support be directed to after-school and summer programs, which build on school-day learning but seek to engage students in different ways, she writes. The Washington Post (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Ideas for environmental lessons centered on Earth Day
    Earth Day, to be celebrated Sunday, offers opportunities to teach students about the environment. Among the suggestions of the writers of this blog are to study the history of Earth Day, teach the basics of the environment and ask students to reflect on where they live. They also suggest students study new ideas about the environment, establish wildlife habitats, study global warming, conduct an energy audit at school and analyze messages about the environment in popular culture. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/The Learning Network blog (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  School Leadership 
 
  • Ind. to offer grant awards to state's top teachers
    Several Indiana school districts are sharing a $6 million grant aimed at rewarding the state's top teachers. The new "Excellence in Performance Grant" awards will be given based on the results of new state-mandated teacher evaluations, which rate teachers as "highly effective," "effective," "improvement necessary" or "ineffective." The Star Press (Muncie, Ind.) (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why teacher, principal preparation is needed with common core
    Effective teacher and principal preparation will be a key component of successful implementation of the new Common Core State Standards, said Gene Wilhoit, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers. Wilhoit told attendees at a recent meeting that states must empower educators to attain necessary skills and knowledge to implement the common core, but to be careful not to impose pedagogical standards. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (4/19) 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!
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  Technology in the Classroom 
 
  • How the flipped classroom expands learning beyond the school day
    The popularity of the so-called flipped classroom means learning no longer is confined to the walls of the classroom or to the traditional instructional day, suggests Michael Hart, executive editor of T.H.E. Journal. He writes about a discussion of flipped classrooms that took place last month during the Consortium for School Networking conference in Washington, D.C., in which Bailey Mitchell, chief technology and information officer for Forsyth County Schools in Georgia, said the district sees an uptick in traffic on its learning management system between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. T.H.E. Journal (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Managing Budgets 
 
  • Most school budgets win approval from N.J. voters
    Voters in 90% of 70 New Jersey school districts with budget questions on Tuesday's ballot voted to approve the new spending plans. That percentage was up from last year, when 79.7% of 538 proposed school budgets were approved. This year, many school districts chose to cancel their budget votes because their budgets met the state's property tax cap. New Jersey Online (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Some Colo. districts turn to school-bus ads for needed funds
    More school districts in Colorado are choosing to run advertisements on their school buses as a source of new revenue amid ongoing budget constraints. The state became the first in the U.S. to employ the strategy, which is most popular in urban districts, officials said. "We just want people to see we really are trying to figure out other ways to make money. We're not sitting around here being helpless," said Don Herman, chief operations officer of Mapleton Public Schools. The Denver Post (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ala. committee advances "lean" education-budget plan
    A state Senate committee in Alabama on Wednesday advanced a proposed $5.5 billion budget that would, among other things, eliminate some teacher jobs, expand class sizes and cut funding for K-12 schools, plus public universities. The budget plan, however, maintains spending at current levels for several programs that have been shown to improve student performance. "It's lean, but we're maintaining the critical and essential parts of education in this state," committee Chairman Sen. Trip Pittman said. CBS MoneyWatch/The Associated Press (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
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  Policy Watch 
  Faculty Lounge 
  • School expands focus on wellness with new walking track
    A Tennessee elementary school recently completed work on a new walking track, which physical-education teachers say will provide students with a space to exercise outside. The track also will be available to staff and the community after school hours. "This is a win, win," said Abby Binkley, a physical-education teacher. "Healthy students learn better and healthy faculty work better." The Leaf-Chronicle (Clarksville, Tenn.) (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  ASCD News 
  • Civics in action motivates students
    Schools are being called on to teach a variety of 21st century skills -- from critical thinking to collaboration. But what if educators took this one step further, not only teaching the skills but also having students apply them toward improving their lives and communities? In an ASCD Express New Voices column, Generation Citizen's Scott Warren and Daniel Millenson propose that schools do just that using an approach called "action civics." Warren and Millenson explain the fundamentals of the approach and discuss how it can help schools fulfill academic and civic missions. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Strengthen your professional-development program
    The 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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