Study reveals reading patterns among students | Report ranks top states for K-12 education | What teacher programs can learn from pilot training
January 9, 2015
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Study reveals reading patterns among students
Reading aloud to children and restricting online screen time may boost the number of young children who read on their own, according to a recent study. Research shows older students are more likely to read on their own when they have free time during the school day. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/8)
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Report ranks top states for K-12 education
Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland, Vermont and New Hampshire top this year's Quality Counts ranking report on public education. Some states made big gains this year, including Wyoming, which jumped to 7 from 23, thanks -- in part -- to revised rating criteria. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (1/8)
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What teacher programs can learn from pilot training
The U.S. Department of Education has taken steps to increase oversight of teacher-preparation programs. Deborah Ball, dean of the University of Michigan's School of Education, says programs vary from state to state, and calls for a model similar to that used for pilot training. PBS/WGBH (1/8)
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How is software really used in schools?
Online resources, from mobile apps to computer-based tools, abound for educators - but how are they really being used in schools, and how often? Read this SmartFocus on how schools can better analyze software data for more informed purchasing and greater student outcomes.
Technology in the Classroom
Chart compares, contrasts tablet alternatives
The mobile device market continues to expand, and schools now have the option of choosing an alternative to the traditional tablet, including a phone-tablet device or a convertible notebook. This article offers a chart that contrasts and compares these devices. EdTech magazine online (1/7)
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How lower fuel prices could affect schools
Schools could save about $2 billion under lower oil prices, according to Trace Urdan, managing director and senior analyst for Wells Fargo Securities. Urdan predicts big savings for most states, but Urdan also notes that those relying heavily on funding from crude oil production could take a financial hit. T.H.E. Journal (1/7)
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Policy Watch
Are current education-reform policies too much, too soon?
Some educators and experts say introduction of the Common Core State Standards, new standardized tests and revised teacher evaluations set the foundation for national backlash. "Teachers need time and support to acquaint themselves with the new standards before high-stakes consequences are applied," said Susan Pimentel, who helped write the Common Core literacy standards. The Hechinger Report (1/8)
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U.S. lawmakers prepare for hearing on standardized testing
A large part of the debate about overhauling No Child Left Behind will focus on scaling back standardized testing, according to this blog post. This post details lawmakers' various positions on testing ahead of a U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing. Education Week (tiered subscription model)/Politics K-12 blog (1/8)
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Study: Misinformation influences teens' behavior
Stereotypes about teenagers most often are caricatures and do not often represent students' actual personalities and behavior, according to a recent study. Researchers say teenagers remain influenced by the stereotypes, and their misinformation can influence their drug and alcohol use and other behaviors. Medical News Today (1/8)
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The Buzz
"Should be on every teacher's must-read list" (Jim Trelease). In Defense of Read-Aloud by Steven Layne challenges and inspires teachers of all grades and subjects to make the most of this essential literacy practice. Includes valuable tips on preparation, book selection, and how to read with expression to engage students. Preview the entire book online!
STEM makers and shakers
Examples of STEM implementation demonstrate creative ways to bring education to life for students with hands-on, real-world applications. On this episode of the Whole Child podcast, ASCD's Walter McKenzie and guests explore what it means to be a "STEM school," discuss STEM's place in a supportive and challenging whole child approach in education, and share working models. Listen to the episode.
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