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April 25, 2012
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • States move to add accountability to other school subjects
    Seven of the 11 states that were granted No Child Left Behind waivers in the first round, and a dozen that received them in the second, plan to expand accountability beyond math and reading tests. Among those states, social studies, science and writing are most commonly added. While most states have focused solely on achievement in reading and math -- required under the federal education law -- experts say districts always have been able to add other measures of accountability. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. district sees success with teacher-led curriculum
    The Corona-Norco Unified School District in Riverside County, Calif., is known for its commitment to student achievement, with teachers given autonomy to create the most relevant lessons for students in the primarily low-income and Latino district. "We don't go buy something and impose it on them," said Colleen Hawkins, director of curriculum and instruction. "They are invested in it and created it. They own it and own the results." Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (4/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tenn. tests carry increased accountability for students
    State tests being administered this week to Tennessee students in grades three to eight will carry higher accountability for students, counting for 15% to 25% of students' second-semester grades. The increased accountability for young students is intended to help boost engagement in test preparation, education officials said. However, some parents said they are concerned. "To put so much importance on one test and make it part of their grade is unfair," said Annie Gillam, mother of a sixth-grader. The Tennessean (Nashville) (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Free Webinar April 30 by Victoria Bernhardt. Learn how to use data to •understand what your students know and do not know •get all students on grade level •agree on assessments •and direct interventions. Use RtI and Continuous School Improvement to improve learning for all students. Register to attend!
  School Leadership 
Meet 100% of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Writing and Language with the new Strategies for Writers! Tour the Strategies for Writers virtual classroom today to view free samples and an overview video of this exciting new 21st century writing and grammar program. You can also explore program research, CCSS correlations, and more!
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • How one school is incorporating the iPad into lessons
    Instructional technologist and blogger Andrew Marcinek in this post describes how a one-to-one iPad tablet computer program at Burlington High School in Massachusetts is translating into engaging lessons for students. In one example, students in a French class are using the application VidEditor to create video reenactments of a favorite scene or chapter from a novel. Meanwhile, as part of a history lesson, students take on the roles of renowned philosophers as they bring the ideas of the enlightenment to life using blogging and Twitter. Marcinek's blog (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Md. high school plans social media forum
    A Maryland high school will host a forum Wednesday to teach students and parents how to safely use social media websites. The event will include educators, elected officials and the Maryland State Police social media trainer. Robin Brock, school-resource officer at Owings Mills High School, said the goal is not to scare parents about social media, but to educate them so they can properly direct their children., Md. (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Managing Budgets 
  • Will schools sustain improvement efforts when SIG funding runs out?
    More than 13,000 struggling schools have benefited from the federal School Improvement Grant program, which was established under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Some, however, are questioning what will become of the improvement efforts as the $3.5 billion in SIG funding runs out as expected at the end of the 2012-13 school year. "Schools are optimistic and report that they're learning about what works well," said Diane Rentner, deputy director at the Center on Education Policy, which conducted recent studies on the program. "Unfortunately, oftentimes it does come down to having the resources." District Administration magazine (5/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Philadelphia budget, overhaul plan unveiled
    Officials in the Philadelphia School District on Tuesday outlined a $2.5 billion budget for 2012-13 and announced a plan to overhaul the academically and fiscally struggling district. The plan includes a dismantling of the central administration office and the closure of 104 schools by 2017 to help stem a budget deficit that they say could reach $1.1 billion by that time, if left unchecked. The Philadelphia Inquirer (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Coalition releases resolution opposing high-stakes tests
    A coalition that includes educators, as well as education, civil rights and parents groups, released a national resolution on Tuesday opposing high-stakes standardized tests. The resolution calls on officials nationwide to "reexamine public school accountability systems" and to "develop a system based on multiple forms of assessment which does not require extensive standardized testing" and "more accurately reflects the broad range of student learning." The resolution also addresses federal education law, which supporters say should be rewritten to place less emphasis on testing. The Washington Post/The Answer Sheet blog (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Faculty Lounge 
  • Studies support child-health benefits of regular family meals
    A review of 68 reports that studied the link between family meals and child health showed that they led to higher intakes of fruits and vegetables, fiber and foods high in calcium and vitamins, Rutgers University researchers reported at a nutrition conference. Data also showed that children who ate more family meals together consumed fewer unhealthy items, such as soda. United Press International (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • Webinar: Common Core State Standards for ELA and literacy -- shifts and instructional implication
    Expert Sandra Alberti is back to host a free, informational webinar on the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and literacy. Join Alberti on Wednesday, May 2 at 3 p.m. EDT for a discussion of the major instructional shifts required by the new standards and the evidence behind these shifts. You'll also connect with strategies for preparing educators and students at your school, or in your district, for the changes ahead. Register now.
    • In-person Common Core State Standards institutes are coming to a city near you this May and June. Browse the full lineup.
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  • Whole Child Network application deadline fast approaching
    If your school is ready to commit to a comprehensive school-improvement process that will use the Whole Child Tenets and their indicators as part of your sustainable approach, apply to join the Whole Child Network by April 30. Schools across the U.S. and Canada are eligible to apply and benefits of joining include implementation support through a three-school-year grant cycle. ASCD's Whole Child Initiative is an effort to change the conversation about education from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the development of children who are healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged within a sustainable approach to education and community engagement. Learn more and apply today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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