Vt. schools work to spark STEM interest among girls | Students at Ore. high school revive newspaper program | 1950s-themed lesson teaches Pa. kindergartners math and reading
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November 18, 2013
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All-male schools in NYC aim to improve achievement
The fifth school of the all-male Eagle Academy recently opened in New York City to help improve achievement for some of the city's students from the lowest-income families. While single-gender education remains controversial, supporters of the Eagle Academy program cite encouraging graduation rates. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (11/17)
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Vt. schools work to spark STEM interest among girls
Four schools in Vermont are working to develop programs aimed at increasing the number of female students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The schools have received grants from the Vermont Education Agency to help provide teachers with professional development, technical assistance and connections with the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, a group designed to ensure equal access to opportunities. The programs developed could later spread to other schools. The Burlington Free Press (Vt.) (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (11/17)
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Students at Ore. high school revive newspaper program
Student interest and skills in writing have improved in the year since an Oregon high-school teacher revived the school's newspaper. Kevin Cliff, a math teacher and student media adviser, teaches the combined yearbook and newspaper elective and will be participating in the Journalism Education Association mentioning program to learn more about helping students produce quality newspapers. The Oregonian (Portland) (11/16)
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Top 3 Things to Look for in a Common Core Reading Program
(1) Does it include authentic text from a wide variety of genres, with the right balance of informational and literary text? (2) Do the questions consistently require students to give text-based evidence to support answers? (3) Does it embed professional development at the point of instruction? See all 13 things to consider in a CCSS program.
 
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How the role of the teacher is changing in a high-tech world
Technology increasingly is changing the way students learn, and changing the role of the teacher "to give students what technology can't -- motivation, respect, empathy, and passion," said author-educator Marc Prensky, who made a presentation at a recent conference on learning and the brain. Education-technology expert Will Richardson also said at the conference that educators must be "learners first, teachers second." Education Week Teacher/Teaching Now blog (11/16)
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Successful math teachers share tips in 2 new booklets
In two FREE new booklets, math teachers share their tried and true techniques for high school and K12 CCSS success. From educator tips to success stories and CCSS implementation, find out what worked for math teachers in their classrooms. Get them free here.
 
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Film of JFK's assassination is included in Okla. classroom lessons
Londaryl Perry, a high-school history teacher in Oklahoma, said he will use footage of President John F. Kennedy's assassination to help teach students about the 50th anniversary of his death. "Those kids need to understand. They need to see. That's when you take time to reflect," Perry said. The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (11/17)
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Minn. moves to the next stage of transition to online exams
Officials in Minnesota are in the process of selecting a vendor to administer online assessments, despite what some have described as a rocky transition to the online exams. In April, students had a difficult time taking the exams, but officials say they are hoping for fewer problems when almost all students take exams online beginning in 2015. Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.) (11/16)
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Va. district's board seeks to set its own class-size regulations
The Prince William County, Va., school board is seeking the introduction of state legislation that would give the board more flexibility to avoid some state mandates, including one that sets class-size limits. The board called the mandates burdensome and contends it should be free to set its own student-teacher ratios, though one official said the intent is not to raise class sizes. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (11/16)
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Club brings students together during enrichment period
Students with and without disabilities at a Massachusetts school are using icebreakers, board games and outdoor activities to get to know each other. The activities are part of the school's Linked Up social club, which takes place weekly during an enrichment period. Guidance counselor Tessa Riley says the program, which boasts 150 students this year, helps build social connections and leadership skills. Wicked Local/Lexington, Mass., Minuteman (11/14)
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"Practical and brilliant…required reading for primary-grade teachers" (Education Oasis). Reading with Meaning is a complete resource for teaching comprehension, modeling the kind of teacher decision-making demanded by new standards. The 2nd edition includes new planning and assessment tools, updated "go-to" children's book titles, and FAQs. Preview the entire book!
 
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Points of entry
"[W]e don't simply expect our students to hurtle themselves headlong into a piece of complex informational text alone," write ASCD authors Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher. In their November Educational Leadership article, Frey and Fisher discuss how teachers can be skilled guides, pointing students to access points that will enable them to master informational texts. The authors provide examples of four access points, including establishing the purpose of reading by modeling and thinking aloud. Read on.
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A charge to all aspiring educational administrators
"We want to teach them about life and about how to live it in a valuable way. That's why I became a teacher. And that's why I want to become an educational administrator," writes ASCD EDge community member Lindsay Gelay. In her recent ASCD EDge blog post, Gelay shares her ideas on how an educational administrator can still work towards teaching students how to be functional and thoughtful citizens of this world. Read on.
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