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December 13, 2011
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • What are the benefits of dual enrollment for high-schoolers?
    Dual enrollment in high school and college can have a positive result on college enrollment and completion rates, a study by the National Center for Postsecondary Research shows. The benefits of such programs largely depend on the content of the college courses and where they are held, researchers found, with the best outcomes associated with courses taken on college campuses. Education Week/College Bound blog (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Leadership 
  • Principal fosters improvements at school for struggling students
    Former special-education teacher Ronald Gorsky was hired in 2004 as the principal of Concord High School on New York City's Staten Island. The school, a transfer school for students who have not succeeded elsewhere, has since moved off the city's list of underperforming schools to earn an A rating in the last four progress reports. Gorsky credits the improvement in part to the school's ability to offer individualized attention, and a new culture in which student success is measured by progress made and college-readiness is a focus for all. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/WNYC (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Effectively measure how your students are meeting common core standards. Start with these free reproducibles from Formative Assessment & Standards-Based Grading by Dr. Robert J. Marzano, and you’ll see why assessment should occur throughout instruction, rather than at the end of it.
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Incorporating technology into project-based lessons
    Instructional technologist Andrew Marcinek offers his strategies for using project-based lessons to teach digital literacy to students. Marcinek lets students demonstrate understanding of classroom topics using videos, websites or blog posts, which can help students practice critical thinking and analysis, discern reliable and false information, and use technology to share their findings. Marcinek's blog (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The Proven Learning Benefits of Purposeful Play
As many schools head back to hybrid and traditional classroom settings, teachers and faculty members should look for new and innovative ways to improve learning outcomes for their students and make engagement in learning a priority. Here's how incorporating purposeful play gives teachers the necessary tools to improve learning outcomes. Read the SmartFocus
  The Whole Child 
  • Seattle may ease its ban on vending machine junk food
    The Seattle School Board is considering whether to ease its strict policy that bans junk food in vending machines after student governments have complained that the drop in revenue has cost them thousands of dollars used to fund activities and athletics. Opponents of the ban say it doesn't even accomplish the goal of promoting health because some students use the district's open-campus policy to buy junk food from convenience stores. The Seattle Times (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • D.C. school finds ways to emphasize fitness, nutrition
    Trainers from the District Crossfit gym in Washington, D.C., spent a day teaching students at Thurgood Marshall Academy about fitness and nutrition. The area around the school lacks access to affordable gyms and fresh food, so the school built a gymnasium, added athletic programs and participates in the D.C. Farm to School Network. The Washington Post (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
A Pandemic-Fueled Digital Transformation
COVID-19 has forced many US public schools to embrace remote learning. As such, schools, and educational institutions in general, have been forced to engage in some type of digital transformation. This SmartFocus explores the technological changes and advancements that have taken place in the educational space. Download Now!
  Policy Watch 
  • NCLB waivers prioritize changes to teacher evaluations
    Eleven states seeking waivers from No Child Left Behind must demonstrate the plan they have in place to evaluate teachers. Observers contend that it remains unclear what criteria federal officials are using to assess those plans. States that are granted waivers also could have difficulty making those plans a reality under state laws and collective bargaining agreements. Officials have said that the flexibility granted under the waivers could be revoked if conditions are not met. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Is the use of corporal punishment declining in Mississippi schools?
    Some 100 of 152 Mississippi school districts report using corporal punishment to discipline students, but many say their use of the practice is declining. In one district, officials are using positive reinforcement to help shape student behavior and only rely on corporal punishment as a last resort. Officials in another district say they are focusing on counseling and other preventative measures. The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Why Education Leaders Need Coaches, Too
Teachers and staff carry an ever greater responsibility for student success. And if there was ever a time when leader coaching and professional development were needed, it's now. Read this SmartFocus to make sure your leader PD and coaching has the potential for greatest impact.
  Faculty Lounge 
  • Can chewing gum help improve students' performance on tests?
    Students who chewed gum for five minutes before a series of cognitive tests showed improvements in working memory, episodic memory and speed of processing, compared with those who did not, according to a study by Serge Onyper, a professor of psychology at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. The study showed, however, that gum chewing requires some brain power needed for optimal testing performance, suggesting that students should stop chewing before testing begins. Learning Curve blog (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  ASCD News 
  • Classroom management during the holidays
    Have you noticed that you have less patience or that students seem more easily frustrated this time of year? Even if the holiday season is not a particularly intense time for you, "anxiety can exist within systems of people" warns ASCD EDge user Muriel Rand, meaning that "even if you are not particularly stressed out yourself, you can absorb the stress that's in the environment. And so can children." In her recent blog post, Rand offers educators suggestions for easing the stress and maintaining a positive classroom environment. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Favorite freebies
    Educational Leadership asked educators where they turn for no-cost professional development and instructional resources, and the responses poured in. Ohio high-school teacher Christina Hank says that she turns to the Free Tech 4 Teachers website, the Inservice blog, and Education Week's Curriculum Matters blog, while literacy specialist Julie Purinton in New York recommends Starfall Education's free public website. You'll find a full list of readers' favorite freebies in the December/January issue of EL. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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