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Poll: Many teachers say they need training in Common Core standards
The Washington Post
Most public school teachers feel unprepared to teach math and reading to the Common Core standards that are rolling out in 45 states and the District, according to a poll of 800 teachers released by the American Federation of Teachers. The new standards, written by a group of states and embraced by the Obama administration, set common goals for reading, writing and math skills that students should develop from kindergarten through high school graduation. Curriculum is left to the states. The standards emphasize critical thinking and problem solving and are supposed to encourage students to think deeply about fewer topics.
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Play-based interventions
District Administration Magazine
Mental health services for children are frequently provided by schools, especially when families are unable or unwilling to engage with often limited resources in their own communities. Therefore, if educators do not address the social-emotional health of their students, the difficulties will likely continue or increase, and school success and even completion may be jeopardized.
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Majority of doctors do not follow treatment guidelines for ADHD
TIME
More than 90 percent of pediatric specialists who diagnose and manage attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in preschoolers do not follow the American Academy of Pediatrics clinical-treatment guidelines. That's the conclusion of researchers from the Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York, which sent the Preschool ADHD Treatment Questionnaire to a random sample of 3,000 physicians who specialize in diagnosing and treating neurobehavioral conditions nationwide.
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Meeting the challenges of student writing in the digital age
ED.gov Blog
Writing is an important part of the Common Core State Standards in English language arts, but what about students learning to employ the digital tools so natural to them outside the classroom to express themselves in school? The challenges to "going digital" with writing instruction range from choosing the best methods to employ the latest technological tools to accessing quality in-service and joining communities of practice to staying current with the changing definition of a "literate" citizenry.
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How does multitasking change the way kids learn?
MindShift
Living rooms, dens, kitchens, even bedrooms: Investigators followed students into the spaces where homework gets done. Pens poised over their "study observation forms," the observers watched intently as the students — in middle school, high school and college, 263 in all — opened their books and turned on their computers.
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Report: Federal rules impede competency-based learning
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Competency-based learning, which allows students to progress at their own pace after they've shown mastery of a subject, rather than by their age, is quickly gaining momentum. Already, a few states like New Hampshire, Maine and Oregon are moving towards implementing competency-based learning models throughout the entire state. What's more, 40 states have at least district experimenting with the model. But despite this growth, its proponents say federal policies for accountability and assessment are holding the movement back.
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Rethinking difficult parents
Edutopia
View difficult parents as misguided advocates. Keep in mind that even an angry parent is better than an absent parent. While they can be very unpleasant, their anger often conveys advocacy. Virtually all parents, including most whose actions border on irrational, will cooperate if they really believe you care about their child, have their child's interests at heart and respect them.
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Your child's brain on math: Don't bother?
Reuters
Parents whose children are struggling with math often view intense tutoring as the best way to help them master crucial skills, but a new study released suggests that for some kids even that is a lost cause. According to the research, the size of one key brain structure and the connections between it and other regions can help identify the 8- and 9-year-olds who will hardly benefit from one-on-one math instruction.
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States' online testing problems raise Common Core concerns
Education Week
Widespread technical failures and interruptions of recent online testing in a number of states have shaken the confidence of educators and policymakers in high-tech assessment methods and raised serious concerns about schools' technological readiness for the coming Common Core online tests. The glitches arose as many districts in the 46 states that have signed on to the Common Core State Standards are trying to ramp up their technological infrastructure to prepare for the requirement that students take online assessments starting in 2014-2015.
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Wisconsin told to boost oversight of voucher schools' disability rolls
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction must take much stronger steps to ensure children with disabilities are enrolled and served properly by private voucher schools, according to a just-released letter from the U.S. Department of Justice that emboldened disability rights advocates. The directives from the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division seemed to bolster allegations that some private schools in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program denied enrollment to some children with special needs or forced them out of the school as a result of their disability — or behavior stemming from it.
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Majority of doctors do not follow treatment guidelines for ADHD
TIME
More than 90 percent of pediatric specialists who diagnose and manage attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in preschoolers do not follow the American Academy of Pediatrics clinical-treatment guidelines.

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Is the Common Core initiative in trouble?
The Washington Post
Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently met with Chamber of Commerce leaders and urged them to be more vocal and forceful in defending the Common Core State Standards. Why?

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Researchers find a biological marker for dyslexia in kids
TIME
Detecting the reading disorder as early as possible may help more children to overcome reading and learning problems.

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Rewards for schools key facet of NCLB waivers
Education Week
One of the chief complaints about the No Child Left Behind Act has been that districts and schools that fail to meet achievement targets face serious sanctions, while schools that do a good job of closing the gaps between traditionally overlooked groups of students and their peers essentially get little in return. To help alleviate those concerns, the U.S. Department of Education asked states to identify so-called "reward schools" in their applications for waivers easing demands of the NCLB law, the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which Congress has yet to revise.
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Arkansas citizens celebrate 'Dyslexia Bill'
KTHV-TV
Senate Bill 33, also known as the "Dyslexia Bill" was signed by Gov. Mike Beebe on April 16. And to celebrate, dozens of people released balloons on the steps of the capitol. Dyslexia is a language processing disability that affects at least one in every five children in the United States, but with the enactment of Senate Bill 33, those children will get the resources and support they need from the public school system to be successful students.
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