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March 26, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Students' career goals are mapped out in high school
    A growing number of schools are developing individualized plans to help students reach their college and career goals. Much of the planning for students' career maps is done online, and some districts pair online tools with in-person mentors to keep students on track. "The focus on individual learning plans is so students enter college prepared to do good work," said Chad d’Entremont, executive director of the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Test less, teach more™ — Educators spend an average of four weeks per year assessing student reading skills. Lexia Reading®, enables schools to reduce time spent on testing, lowers costs and helps tie data to instruction so teachers can offer differentiated practice. Find out how.
  School Leadership 
  • Changes to teacher-layoff policies are recommended in Calif.
    A new report by the state legislative analyst's office calls for changes to the way teachers are laid off in California, urging a later June 1 deadline for the issuance of pink slips to ensure no more are issued than necessary and encouraging policymakers to consider basing layoff decisions on factors other than teacher seniority. "Ideally districts would use multiple factors in making layoff determinations -- factors that result in the least harm to students, the overall teaching workforce and the school community," the report states. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Discussions with key education authors at the ASCD conference
    Education blogger Liana Heitin describes in this post her conversations with several education authors at this year's ASCD conference. Among them, author Allison Zmuda describes her inspiration for penning the book, "Breaking Free from Myths About Teaching and Learning," while the author of "Never Work Harder Than Your Students and Other Principles of Great Teaching," Robyn Jackson, describes the need for more rigor in education reform. Education Week Teacher/Teaching Now blog (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Duncan: Teachers' ratings should not be published
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan has criticized the decision by some newspapers to publish teachers' ratings -- echoing similar statements by Bill Gates and others. Duncan said he supports a strategic release of data to teachers, principals and parents. "There's not much of an upside there, and there's a tremendous downside for teachers," he said. "We're at a time where morale is at a record low. ... We need to be sort of strengthening teachers, and elevating and supporting them." Education Week/Teacher Beat blog (3/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The Top 5 Things to Watch Out For in Classroom Response Systems. Read this special report to learn the top 5 things to look for—and watch out for—in a classroom response system. See how some companies keep you buying and re-buying expensive systems that have to be replaced every few years. Even if you already have a system, this special report is a must-read.
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • N.J. district to issue iPad 3 devices to students, staff
    A New Jersey school district has announced plans to purchase 1,400 Apple iPad 3 devices, which will be issued to middle- and high-school students. The tablet computers also will be distributed to school faculty, beginning next month, and representatives from Apple are expected to conduct training sessions for educators. "This will take Lyndhurst education to the next level," superintendent Tracey Marinelli said. (Hackensack, N.J.)/South Bergenite (free registration) (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Virtual trip to Hollywood gets students moving
    A dozen schools in the Shreveport, La., area are part of Fit Cities Challenge's 2012 Children's Challenge, which includes counting the 3.3 million steps in a virtual trip to Los Angeles. Physical-education teacher Kesha Ivy at Bossier Elementary says the challenge has motivated children who otherwise were not involved because "they don't want their number to be the lowest." The Times (Shreveport, La.) (3/23) 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.
  Hot Topics 

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  Policy Watch 
  • Residency forms draw concerns in some Ariz. districts
    The parents of all K-12 students in Arizona schools are being asked to complete new residency forms to determine students' eligibility to enroll in school in the fall. The forms are not expected to cause significant changes in enrollment but could raise anxiety among the state's Latino population, officials said. "It's already difficult -- especially with all of the other things going on in this state -- for many Hispanic families to trust that they're going to be safe when coming to events or getting engaged in our schools," said John Pedicone, superintendent of Tucson schools. Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ind. delays implementation of new accountability system
    The implementation of a new accountability system for Indiana schools is being placed on hold while a new legislative commission studies the potential effects of the changes. Concerns about the new system include the increasingly large number of schools that would be subject to state takeover within just a few years. The Indianapolis Star (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Faculty Lounge 
  • How savvy are middle-school students about online privacy?
    Middle-school students may be more savvy about online privacy than parents or teachers give them credit for, say researchers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As part of a small study to be published in the journal Learning, Media and Technology, researchers found that tweens are aware of online risks, and take various steps to protect their privacy on the Internet. blog (3/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • ASCD announces 2012 Outstanding Young Educators at annual conference
    A panel of diverse education professionals selected superintendent Matt McClure in Arkansas and teacher Liliana Aguas in California as ASCD's 2012 Outstanding Young Educator Award winners. "Both of the educators selected make incredible contributions in their school and their local communities," said Dr. Gene R. Carter, executive director and CEO of ASCD. "Each works hard each day to dedicate their career to educating the whole child, and they continue to inspire greatness in the lives that they touch on a daily basis." Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Conference Daily: What makes good teachers great
    As ASCD Inservice blog manager Laura Varlas put it, ASCD Annual Conference keynote Atul Gawande has spent "his career mining the nuances that separate competence from excellence." "Genius doesn't make you great; how you work in a system does," she quotes Gawande in her Conference Daily coverage of his session, which emphasized the important role teamwork and coaching play in the success of professionals in any field. Read on.
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