Report: All students learn differently | Commentary: Why schools should save electives | School makes lesson planning collaborative
June 28, 2018
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Report: All students learn differently
Report: All students learn differently
Educators must account for "learner variability" among students, according to a report published by the nonprofit Digital Promise, an organization that offers free, open-sourced materials through its Learner Positioning System. LPS helps educators tailor lessons to students' individual needs by suggesting adaptations, including new classroom arrangements and different ways for students to show what they have learned.
T.H.E. Journal (6/27) 
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Ready Mathematics: Highest-Rated K–8 Program
EdReports is an independent nonprofit that delivers evidence-based reviews of instructional materials. Ready Mathematics met all criteria during the review and is the highest-rated K–8 program across all three categories: Focus and Coherence, Rigor and Mathematical Practices, and Usability.
Transformational Leadership
School makes lesson planning collaborative
Teachers at the Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science in the Bronx, N.Y., work together to plan lessons. The school's "lesson study" system allows for teachers to collaborate and observe how their colleagues are implementing the lessons in their classrooms.
The Hechinger Report (6/28) 
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How school leaders can turn hope into action
School leaders can help turn the hopes of their students and staff into actions, writes Matthew Joseph, director of digital learning, informational technology and innovation for Milford Public Schools in Massachusetts. In this commentary, he shares five tips to make the most of hope, including developing personal connections and celebrating successes.
eSchool News (6/27) 
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Technology in the Classroom expands reach in US schools is used by about 25% of US students, according to the nonprofit, which is seeking to expand computer science education to younger students. However, some are worried about the influence of screen time, particularly among the younger children.
The Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News (tiered subscription model) (6/27) 
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Formative Assessment Informs Instruction
FAST offers one solution to quickly screen, measure and monitor student progress, and empowers educators with reliable data to guide interventions. See how FAST streamlines assessment, simplifies data analysis and supports MTSS for just $7/student.
The Whole Child
Study: Children have better self-control today
When researchers conducted a more recent marshmallow test study on self-control, they found that children from the 2000s were able to wait two minutes longer on average to delay gratification than children in the 1960s, according to a study published in the journal Developmental Psychology. Researchers say that higher IQ scores, increasing abstract thought and the growing emphasis on early education may have had an effect on the ability of children to wait longer.
Psych Central (6/27) 
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Policy Watch
Justice Kennedy's retirement set for July
Justice Kennedy's retirement set for July
Kennedy (Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative who has cast key votes in many high-profile cases, including those affecting areas of public education, said in a letter to President Donald Trump that he is retiring from the court effective July 31. His departure gives Trump a second opportunity to steer the course of the court by nominating a justice who will strengthen the court's conservative bloc.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (6/27),  CNN (6/27),  The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (6/27),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (6/27) 
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Unions under pressure after high court decision
Unions under pressure after high court decision
The US Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
The US Supreme Court has issued a 5-4 decision stating that public-sector unions cannot contractually require nonunion employees to pay fees, a decision that could profoundly affect collective bargaining for teachers' unions. The majority held that mandating payments violates the First Amendment. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said unions "will continue fighting, caring, showing up, and voting, to make possible what is impossible for individuals acting alone."
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (6/27),  Politico (6/27),  National Public Radio (6/27),  The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (6/27) 
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ED Pulse
Do you feel that the naming of "gaming disorder" as a mental health addictive behavior will affect the use of gamification/educational games in the classroom?
No, I don't feel it will reduce the use of educational games in school.  54.98%
Not sure.  23.25%
Yes, I feel it will reduce the use of educational games in school.  21.77%
Faculty Lounge
ISTE launches PD hub for teachers
ISTE launches PD hub for teachers
Educators will have access to professional development focused on teaching with technology through a new hub from the International Society for Technology in Education, called ISTE U. The suite of online courses will be available beginning this summer.
EdScoop (6/25) 
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How group hires help prevent teacher burnout
New teachers get a built-in support system when teacher education programs and hiring administrators collaborate to place new teachers from the same prep programs together in a school or on a grade-level team. A teacher educator describes the steps to facilitating group hires and explains why the extra effort is worthwhile.
New quick reference guide: Building Teacher Capacity Through Reflection
This guide from authors Pete Hall and Alisa Simeral, shows teachers ways to deepen their thinking and reflect on their capacity as educators to improve their effectiveness in the classroom.
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