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September 21, 2011
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Broad Prize: How Charlotte-Mecklenburg narrowed achievement gap
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina on Tuesday received this year's Broad Prize for Urban Education to recognize the district's efforts to improve student achievement and narrow the income- and minority-based achievement gap. The district was commended for several strategic practices, including placing top principals and teachers in struggling schools and basing layoffs on performance, as well as seniority. The prestigious prize comes with $550,000 in scholarships for the district's high-school seniors. The Christian Science Monitor (9/20), The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Some Chicago schools are preparing for longer days
    Teachers and administrators at six Chicago schools are preparing to add 90 minutes of instructional time beginning next Monday. Some schools will use the additional time for core subjects, while others are planning to increase enrichment activities such as art. Thirteen schools so far have agreed to the longer days under a plan by district and city officials to boost student achievement. The plan has created divisiveness by offering financial incentives directly to teachers and schools and bypassing the Chicago Teachers Union. Chicago Tribune (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions
Just released! “This book begins with the seemingly simple request to get students to ask their own questions, but at heart it's a book about creating a classroom alive with dialogue, inquiry, and respect for students' minds.” —Mike Rose, author of Why School? Learn more about the book.
  School Leadership 
  • Strike continues in Tacoma, Wash., as teachers face sanctions
    A teacher strike in Tacoma, Wash., continued for a sixth day on Tuesday with schools expected to remain closed again today for about 28,700 students. Roughly 1,900 teachers who defied a court order to return to work are expected to receive contempt-of-court notices this week, and many could face sanctions. Meanwhile, contract negotiations are continuing daily with teachers at odds with the district over reassignment policies, class sizes and salaries. Reuters (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology in the Classroom 
  • How to model technology use in the classroom
    Veteran teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron offers 20 tips for using and modeling the use of technology in the classroom. Teachers should involve students in setting up new technology, use digital tools -- such as document cameras, videoconferencing and interactive whiteboards -- throughout the school day and use tech-inspired vocabulary, even when talking about offline activities, she writes. Walpert-Gawron's blog (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mich. district launches ambitious iPad program
    A Michigan school district is the first in the state to adopt a program that will put an iPad in the hands of each student in grades 3-12 by next fall. Just two weeks into the program, educators say it is changing the way they operate and provide instruction. One ninth-grade literature teacher says the devices allow students to participate more directly in class, highlighting passages in books as they are discussed. Others say they are using the devices to record and deliver lessons via video, while some students are creating their own safety video for a metal-shop class. Detroit Free Press (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Managing Budgets 
  • Facebook donation to Newark, N.J., schools to go to teachers
    A portion of a $100 million gift from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to Newark, N.J., schools will go directly to public classroom teachers, under a new plan set to be announced today. Under the two-year, $600,000 plan, teachers or groups of teachers could receive $10,000 grants to pay for innovative programs in the classroom. A group of city and state education officials will review other grants being funded by Zuckerberg's gift, which has been used primarily to open new schools, lengthen school days and recruit new teachers. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Schools are eager for cash included in Obama's jobs plan
    Officials in some school districts say they are eager to receive a portion of the $55 billion for K-12 education included in President Barack Obama's jobs plan, in part to repair facilities and avoid teacher layoffs and cuts to programs. However, some say the money will do little to make a dent in the estimated $270 billion backlog of maintenance projects at schools nationwide. "Most places will burn through it quickly, simply getting their schools up to safety standards," said Michael Griffith, senior school finance analyst for the Education Commission of the States. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • NYC schools leader announces plan to improve middle schools
    New York City schools chief Dennis M. Walcott on Tuesday announced a two-year plan to bolster the city's middle schools by opening 50 new campuses -- primarily in poor neighborhoods -- and replacing leadership at five struggling campuses. Some educators welcomed the plan, which includes a focus on literacy and training for teachers who work in low-income middle schools. However, others said the plan does not go far enough. "We need a strategy that focuses on instruction and lowering class size," teachers union President Michael Mulgrew said. "Rearranging the deck chairs isn't going to do it." The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/WNYC (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Grassroots campaign aims to reduce truancy in Baltimore schools
    A new program in the Baltimore City school district has community members going door-to-door to encourage chronically absent students to attend school. The School Every Day program began over the summer and is aimed at reducing chronic absenteeism in four neighborhoods where a large number of students miss more than 20% of school. Senior citizens, church members, firefighters and community officials are participating in the outreach effort, which also included handwritten postcards to students encouraging them to come back to school. The Sun (Baltimore) (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Faculty Lounge 
  • Enlisting parents as partners in their children's education
    Elementary-school principal Peter DeWitt encourages educators to partner with parents to help students be successful in school. DeWitt calls on parents and educators to strike a balance that allows children to be supported but also allows them to develop resiliency through problem-solving and making their own mistakes. Schools also should work to develop effective relationships and adequate communication with parents, he writes. Education Week/Finding Common Ground blog (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • Creating the opportunity to learn: Moving from research to practice to close the achievement gap
    Despite decades of reform efforts, the achievement gap persists in U.S. schools. In a new publication, education, psychology and equity experts A. Wade Boykin and Pedro Noguera explain what can be done on the school and classroom level to close this gap once and for all. In Creating the Opportunity to Learn: Moving from Research to Practice to Close the Achievement Gap, these ASCD authors clarify which factors lie at the heart of the problem, point to gap-closing strategies and the research that supports them, and celebrate schools and districts that are already closing this gap for their learners.

    Learn more about the book.

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  • September savings on select professional-development tools
    Whether you're in need of a video clip chock-full of proactive teacher strategies or are on the lookout for tools to help you effectively facilitate a DI-themed professional-development session, don't miss ASCD's DVD clearance. Visit the ASCD store to browse a selection of available professional learning videos that will be on sale through the end of the month.

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