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November 21, 2013
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Finalists for Race to the Top-District grants named in 21 states
The U.S. Department of Education has selected 80 school districts across 21 states as finalists for $120 million in federal grants through the Race to the Top program. The department will select 10 winning applicants to receive four-year grants of between $4 million to $30 million each. "This year's finalists created innovative plans, to drive education reform and improve student achievement, that serve as an example for the rest of the country," Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. T.H.E. Journal (11/20)
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It's the small accomplishments that help student writers flourish. Celebrating Writers shows you how to build celebrations throughout the writing process, encouraging students to respond, reflect, rejoice, and support each other in their writing. Includes tips for using online social networks and 40 end-of-unit ideas. Preview the entire book!
 
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How to use iPhone photography in lessons
Teachers can use iPhone cameras as a part of classroom lessons, including by starting with lessons on basic photography and technology skills, said Nicole Dalesio, a fourth-grade teacher in California. Dalesio recommends teachers take students outside to explore photography and integrating images with writing to develop digital story-telling skills. So-called "iPhotography" also can be used to help students learn geometric shapes and math, she said. T.H.E. Journal (11/18)
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9 ways educators can counter performance anxiety
College professor and former teacher Todd Finley in this blog post offers nine ideas to help teachers -- both new and experienced -- cope with and overcome stage fright. His ideas include dropping surprises such as silly pictures into a lesson or presentation, and beginning a class by asking students to share good news from their lives. "Remember to concentrate on students learning instead of you performing perfectly," he writes. Edutopia.org/Todd Finley's blog (11/19)
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Teacher Language That Helps Children Learn
The Power of Our Words has shown thousands of teachers how to use language to build a classroom where students feel safe, respected, appreciated, and excited about learning. New second edition links teacher language to Common Core State Standards and offers more on using language to boost academic engagement and achievement. Learn more and order.
 
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Committee calls for scaled-back iPad program in Los Angeles
A committee in the Los Angeles Unified School district has issued an advisory ruling to authorize $45 million for the district's troubled iPad program, far less than the $135 million sought by district officials. The committee also rejected a plan to issue iPads to all teachers and administrators and scaled back the number of tablets that will be issued to students. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (11/20)
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Fostering Independent Writers
Help your young writers take charge of their own writing with Jennifer Jacobson's, No More,"How Long Does It Have to Be?" for grades 3–8. Order today and be rewarded with a more gratifying writing time for you and your students, no longer hearing those dreaded words: "How long does it have to be?"
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Neb. education majors learn through co-teaching, collaboration with mentors
Student teachers in the secondary education program at the University of Nebraska Omaha are receiving more classroom time co-teaching and collaborating with mentors and instructional coaches. The college students spend two hours a day for five weeks working in a classroom during their junior year, and a year co-teaching during their senior internship. "Teaching is a practice, and teaching candidates need practice," said Sarah Edwards, the university's education department chairwoman. Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (11/18)
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Superintendents in Fla. seek to delay common core transition
School superintendents in Florida want a three-year extension of the 2015 deadline for the implementation of Common Core State Standards. Volusia County Superintendent Margaret Smith recently told the state board of education that teachers need more time for training and preparation of classroom materials. Students in kindergarten through second grade have started using the standards, with other grades slated to switch over in the fall of 2014 and testing beginning in early 2015. StateImpact/Florida (11/19)
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3-Minute Motivators is a collection of over 100 simple, fun activities for any grade that will help you use "a little magic" to take a quick break, engage students, and refocus them on the task at hand. Click here to browse Chapter 1 online!
 
National Board Update
"Ask an NBCT" Question of the month
Which of the Five Core Propositions most resonates with you? Share your answers by e-mail to opportunities@nbpts.org (through message or a 1-minute video) or answer via Twitter, tagging @NBPTS and using the hashtag #‎askannbct‬! Learn more.
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Responses from last month's "Ask an NBCT"
Last month, we asked NBCTs to list their top three reasons to renew their certification. Check out some of the responses here! Additionally, continue to weigh in with your responses to why #RenewalMatters via Twitter, Facebook and to our opportunities inbox at opportunities@nbpts.org
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