Schools boost AP success with national program | Mich. school adopts student-centered philosophy | 13 "implementation indicators" for Next Generation Science Standards
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April 7, 2017
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Schools boost AP success with national program
Schools boost AP success with national program
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Some schools have joined the National Math + Science Initiative's College Readiness Program to help increase passing rates on Advanced Placement exams. The program provides teacher training, additional test-prep resources and Saturday study sessions.
EdSource (4/6) 
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Mich. school adopts student-centered philosophy
Mich. school adopts student-centered philosophy
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Educators at a Michigan school use a student-centered model to help students take ownership of their learning. Principal Mark Morawski says the approach has helped students become more resourceful and collaborative.
Edutopia.org (4/6) 
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Transformational Leadership
Can principal autonomy improve schools?
Can principal autonomy improve schools?
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Principals in some Florida schools will have more decision-making power, starting next year. The Principal Autonomy Program exempts participating schools from some laws and policies in areas such as staffing, textbooks and curriculum.
Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (4/6) 
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One school’s Visible Learning journey
High-quality professional learning goes beyond one-day workshops to create meaningful experiences that improve instruction. Read how one school achieved outstanding growth in teacher practice through a sustained commitment to the Visible Learningplus program. Download white paper.
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Technology in the Classroom
Report features 9 educator-reviewed tech tools
Report features 9 educator-reviewed tech tools
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Four educators recently evaluated the quality and usefulness of nine free or low-cost digital tools as part of a report by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Educators considered factors such as ease of use and alignment with college- and career-readiness standards.
T.H.E. Journal (4/6) 
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Managing Budgets
Idaho seeks to bridge AP access gap
Idaho seeks to bridge AP access gap
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Every seventh- through 12th-grade student in Idaho received $4,125 in an online account this year. The funds are intended to help remove the financial barrier to college-preparation programs, such as Advanced Placement, and other academic or career extras.
The Hechinger Report (4/6) 
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Ind. could adopt online pre-K program
Ind. could adopt online pre-K program
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Indiana lawmakers are considering allocating $2 million for an online program to prepare students for kindergarten. The program, developed by the Utah Department of Education and nonprofit Waterford, already is available in Utah, South Carolina and one county in Indiana.
Chalkbeat (4/6) 
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Policy Watch
Will Title IV become a state-level competition?
Will Title IV become a state-level competition?
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The future of the Every Student Succeeds Act's Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants -- also known as Title IV -- may be uncertain. Some lawmakers and advocates say a proposal is underway to shift the grant program from a formula-funded model to a state-level competitive-grant program.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (4/6) 
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Faculty Lounge
Should pre-K teachers hold degrees?
Should pre-K teachers hold degrees?
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Thirty-three of the 57 state-funded prekindergarten programs require a bachelor's degree for lead teachers, according to research by a Rutgers institute. Advocates say requiring a college degree helps put qualified teachers in classrooms, but critics say the requirement makes programs less affordable.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (4/7) 
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ASCD News
Dyslexia: Disability or difference?
Kyle Redford, veteran 5th-grade teacher and education editor for the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, argues that Universal Design for Learning, a framework of supports often used with students with learning disabilities, can be helpful in giving students with dyslexia better access to curricula and alternative ways to demonstrate their learning. Read how in her new article in Educational Leadership.
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With math, seeing is understanding
Helping students make sense of math requires moving back and forth among visual, relational models and the abstract lexicon of math symbols. Whether using everyday objects (like the classroom rug), or graphic organizers (like a tape diagram), visual cues make math concepts stick, and help students learn in lasting ways. When students can envision a problem, they internalize the structures of mathematics, and aren't dependent on memorization to find solutions. Read now.
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