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May 31, 2011
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • A guide to effective team teaching
    Two California teachers share their insights on team teaching in this blog post. High-school teachers Mike Fauteux and Rose Zapata say it's important to give and receive feedback. They suggest constructive criticism based on observation and data -- rather than subjective comments. It also is important to focus comments on the lessons and student achievement, rather than the teacher or a specific student, they say. Ray's blog (5/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Activities to celebrate students' reading accomplishments
    Sixth-grade language arts teacher Donalyn Miller offers suggestions for student-driven projects to help close out the school year and prepare students for summer reading. Index cards listing book recommendations -- by students, for students -- are posted on the classroom Recommendation Wall, while student-designed surveys and a Title Tally record how many books have been read and recognize students' reading habits and accomplishments. Education Week/The Book Whisperer blog (5/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Professional Leadership 
  • Teachers to have online resource to implement common standards
    The Council of Chief State School Officers and five states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards will help design and test a resource for teachers implementing the new standards. The free open-source online platform will allow teachers to create and download resources, while also allowing them to access tools and a network of teachers. The initiative was launched amid concerns from teachers that they would not get the support they need to implement the standards. Education Week/Teacher Beat blog (5/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Informal EdCamps draw teachers for professional development
    A growing number of EdCamps -- voluntary, teacher-driven conferences -- are being held across the country, drawing teachers to participate in a less-structured form of professional development than districts typically offer. The camps are free and do not have keynote speakers, or sometimes schedules, but teachers are allowed to sign up and speak about topics that interest them. "They're there to share and to learn. That collaborative spirit of the conference really makes it stand apart from anything else I've ever attended," Philadelphia teacher Meenoo Rami said. The Philadelphia Inquirer (5/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Use entrepreneurship education to end the school-to-prison pipeline
Incarceration is a fact of life for some students, but entrepreneurship education can help them find a better path by exposing them to new opportunities and teaching them agency. Join Nadia Lopez and Kanoe Namahoe on October 22 for a discussion during the STEM Pathways Summit and more! Register Now.
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Can virtual simulations take the place of live dissections?
    A California high school is the first in the country to replace animal dissections with virtual simulations for all of its students. Rancho Verde High School will receive free software -- provided by educators concerned about animal rights -- in exchange for a promise to stop the animal dissections for at least five years. Supporters say the simulations are more cost-effective, safer, allow more student involvement and help protect amphibian species from extinction. However, others maintain that students benefit more from the live dissections. The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) (free registration) (5/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Whole Child 
  • Researchers to study effects of teacher stress on the classroom
    Researchers at the University of Houston are about to embark on a three-year study looking at how chronic stress among middle-school teachers can affect the classroom, including teachers' well-being and student performance. Results from a preliminary pilot study showed that educators older than 55 were better able to manage their stress, suggesting a scenario where veteran teachers could be paired with newer educators in the classroom. Houston Chronicle (5/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile health clinic serves uninsured, underinsured children
    The Presbyterian Hospital's Community Care Cruiser, a mobile children's clinic that has at least five staff members -- including a nurse, a nurse practitioner and a social worker -- aims to provide care primarily for uninsured or underinsured children from birth to age 17. Since its inception in November 2007, the clinic has accommodated 5,513 patient visits and vaccinated more than 7,500 children. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (5/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Stakeholders debate whether Detroit Public Schools can be saved
    A plan to overhaul Detroit Public Schools by closing 20 campuses and converting up to 45 to charters has some officials asking whether the district's public schools are worth saving. Some say many top-performing Detroit schools are going unrecognized and unsupported. However, others say the school system as a whole is underserving its students, and would like to see public schools replaced completely by independently run charters. Detroit Free Press (5/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mathews: All students could benefit from honors courses
    Despite a national trend toward fewer academic tracks, parents in Fairfax County, Va., are seeking to preserve a three-track school system that allows students to choose from basic, honors and Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate classes. However, education journalist Jay Mathews advocates a scenario where just the basic option -- rather than the honors option -- is eliminated, and all students are held to a higher standard and given a better chance to succeed in school and life. The Washington Post/Class Struggle blog (5/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  In the Field 
  • Some students receive special lessons on Memorial Day
    School was in session Monday for a few districts in the Dallas area, where bad weather days necessitated a make-up day for students. One middle school dedicated the day's lessons to the commemoration of the Memorial Day holiday, decorating the halls and classrooms in red, white and blue, and one teacher who served in the Marines wore his fatigues to school. "It's a great opportunity for our students to learn the true meaning of Memorial Day," principal Susanna Ramirez said. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (5/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASCD News 
  • ASCD Summer Boot Camp webinar series commences June 14
    Join Lisa Dabbs, education coach and founder of the Twitter #ntchat for new and pre-service teachers, as she kicks off ASCD's summer webinar series at 3 p.m. EDT on June 14. Find out which strategies for success belong in your new teacher's toolkit and learn how to mold any classroom into an environment fit for 21st-century learners. Continue your back-to-school training throughout the summer months with a full lineup of webinar programs intended for educators of all experience levels.
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  • Enjoy the perks of volunteering at ASCD's Summer Conference in Boston
    Take a deep dive into top approaches to teaching and learning -- differentiated instruction, Understanding by Design, What Works in Schools and curriculum mapping -- and reap all the benefits of being an ASCD conference volunteer at this year's ASCD Summer Conference, July 1 to 3. Learn more about volunteer duties and benefits -- like vouchers that can be applied toward any ASCD Professional Development Institute or conference in the coming year -- on the website. Visit the volunteer page. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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