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May 1, 2012
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  • N.J. governor seeks more testing for high-school graduation
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has proposed requiring high-school students to pass 12 exams covering different subjects, including science and social studies, to graduate from high school. Currently, students take one exam that covers math and English. Christie said the testing expansion -- similar to the system adopted in New York -- will improve students' readiness for college and career. The Wall Street Journal (4/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
"Once in a blue moon, you read a professional book that is so good...that you stay up half the night to read it in its entirety" (SLM Essential Reads). Writing to Explore gives you everything you need to carry out an exciting adventure writing project in grades 3-8. Packed with student samples and practical teaching tips. Preview the entire book online!
  Focus on Practice 
  • Some Calif. students are rewarded for performance on state tests
    Some schools in California are offering incentives and rewards -- from electronic gadgets to kayaking trips -- to students who score well or make improvements on standardized tests that determine the schools' Academic Performance Index ratings. Some educators say the policies are unfair for students at schools that do not offer the rewards, while others say such rewards may interfere with students' intrinsic motivation. Educators at schools offering the rewards say the strategy is effective at boosting student scores. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (4/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Is 3D the next step in curriculum?
    Some school districts are beginning to embrace 3D technology to allow students to take a concept and display it visually. "With 90% of most learners being visual in nature, I definitely see 3D as the next step in curriculum," said Jeff Epps, information technology director for a North Carolina district, where students are creating their own 3D content. In one project, students use the technology to create images from "The Hunger Games" book series. eSchool News (free registration) (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • American-history students "experience" the Civil War era
    Students in Indiana middle-school teacher Jim Seibe's history classes don't just read about the American Civil War era -- they experience it by participating in historically appropriate activities such as playing a baseball-like game of Rounders and writing songs and poetry. "We even do photography that they tried to stage in the Civil War," said Seibe of his students. Evansville Courier & Press (Ind.) (free registration) (4/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Doing Math in Morning Meeting gives teachers 150 quick and lively math activities to use in morning gatherings or any time during the day. Guessing games, songs, chants, experiments, and more will help students practice skills while sparking their interest in math. K-5. Learn more and order.
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  • Education Department is critical of Va. NCLB waiver request
    The U.S. Department of Education has responded to Virginia's No Child Left Behind waiver request with a series of criticisms. At issue, according to federal officials, is the Virginia's departure from the education law's focus on narrowing achievement gaps, its need for more rigorous achievement targets and the need for more accountability, among other things. The commonwealth has until today's deadline to respond. The Washington Post/Virginia Schools Insider (4/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Data show many Ill. students receive ACT testing accommodations
    At least 1 in 10 high-school juniors received special accommodations when taking the ACT college entrance exams last spring -- double the national average -- testing data show. Accommodations such as extra time to complete the tests are given to students who apply for them because of reading or anxiety disorders, physical disabilities or other impairments. However, the data are raising questions about the process for awarding accommodations for students. Chicago Tribune (4/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Initiative connects teachers with low-cost professional development
    Two veteran educators are helping to connect teachers with low-cost professional development through the Partners for the Advancement of Teaching at California State University, Monterey Bay. Linda Turner Bynoe and Jennifer Colby have opened a depot, where teachers can enroll in workshops. They also are collecting classroom supplies for teachers, and showing the documentary "American Teacher." The Monterey County Herald (Calif.) (5/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Should ELL training be mandatory for all teachers?
    All teachers should be trained to address the needs of English-language learners, according to a recent paper published by the Center for American Progress. The authors write in the paper that general-education teachers should be trained in oral language development, students' culture and in helping English-learners develop an academic vocabulary. Currently, some states -- Arizona, California, Florida, Pennsylvania and New York -- require ELL training as part of teacher certification. Education Week/Learning the Language blog (4/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • NYC teachers are told to avoid Facebook contact with students
    Teachers and other school staff in New York City should expect their online interactions with students to be monitored, under new digital guidelines released Monday. Under the rules, teachers are told to reject friend requests from students, and personal and professional social media accounts should be separate. Training in the new guidelines is expected to begin this month. The Wall Street Journal (5/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mich. could test new teacher-evaluation methods
    Twelve school districts in Michigan could test new methods for evaluating teachers beginning in the fall. A commission charged with recommending a new way to evaluate the state's teachers is seeking funding to pilot three potential methods -- including a value-added model -- to test their effectiveness. "If we do this well, we can build something no one else in the country has. To provide useful feedback and help improve teaching and learning in Michigan -- that's radical," said commission Chairwoman Deborah Ball. The Detroit News (5/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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