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Dealing with Common Core backlash
District Administration Magazine
As debate over the Common Core continues to spread in major media outlets, local administrators must address parent and community concerns to keep the focus on student learning. "The need for parent communication with the Common Core caught many administrators by surprise, because this idea of having standards and revising curriculum isn't new for district administrators," says Sandra Alberti, director of field impact at Student Achievement Partners, a nonprofit started by Common Core creators to help educators implement the standards.
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Motivation + trust = learning
By: Pamela Hill
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Study identifies children at risk for persistent mathematics difficulties
Penn State News
A recent study published in the Journal of Learning Disabilities suggests early screening and intervention may prevent persistent math difficulties for at-risk children. The study identifies at-risk children as being those as young as 2 years old from low socioeconomic status households; with cognitive and behavioral issues; and with vocabulary and reading difficulties. Previous studies have found that young children experiencing mathematics difficulties will likely continue to experience these difficulties as they grow older.
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House Republican leaders defer No Child Left Behind vote
The Christian Science Monitor
In a political embarrassment for Republicans, House GOP leaders abruptly cancelled a vote on a bill to update the George W. Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law after struggling to find support from conservatives. The bill would keep the annual testing requirements on schools but would give more freedom to states and districts to spend federal dollars and identify and fix failing schools. But conservative opponents said it doesn't go far enough to let states and districts set education policy. Such conservative groups as Heritage Action for America and Club for Growth are among the opponents.
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Study: Students in struggling schools more likely to attend, but misbehave
Education Week
As pressure increases for schools who miss accountability benchmarks, students become less likely to be late or miss class — but more likely to get into fights and get reported or suspended for misbehavior. That's the conclusion of a new study by Duke University researchers John B. Holbein and Helen F. "Sunny" Ladd, for the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research, or CALDER.
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Not giving up on a student
Edutopia (commentary)
Ben Johnson, an administrator, author and educator, writes: "It was late Friday, just before the winter break. Since I was the principal of this school, I was meeting with a parent and her son. I watched the 15-year-old boy smirk when he was asked about why he did not attend school regularly. After the meeting, I talked with his mother privately for a few minutes to find out what was really going on. She shared that she was a single mother trying to raise a family of rebellious boys."
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Will gifted education weather the Common Core?
THE Journal
According to a study by the Fordham Institute, education reform "gadfly," some districts and states believe that the Common Core gives them a reason to "ditch" services for gifted students, equating the standards with advanced education. "The Common Core was really meant to be a floor and not a ceiling," said Jonathan Plucker, a professor of education at the University of Connecticut and an expert in gifted education, who wrote the Fordham paper examining the situation for high-achieving students.
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More conflict over cutting federal role in education
The New York Times
As the House of Representatives prepared to take up a Republican proposal for the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, Congress and the White House inched toward a confrontation over the federal role in education. The House is expected to pass a plan this week that would cut back federal regulation of education from kindergarten through 12th grade and give state and local authorities more discretion over everything from assessing teacher and student performance to the flow of Title I money, the largest stream of federal funding for low-income students.
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    Better night's sleep may help kids with ADHD (Reuters)
Differentiated instruction: Top 5 low-prep strategies (By: Savanna Flakes)
Lawmakers look to rein in alternative diplomas (Disability Scoop)
Poll: Widespread misperceptions about the Common Core standards (The Washington Post)
Bullying prevention: Can students make kindness cool? (The Christian Science Monitor)

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Teacher prejudices put girls off math, science, study suggests
American Friends of Tel Aviv University via Science Daily
Although higher education has already opened the door to equal opportunities for women and minorities in the US in the math and science professions, a new study suggests that elementary school teachers' unconscious biases significantly influence female students' academic choices later on.
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Study suggests mental reflection and rest boost learning
Psychology Today (commentary)
Keep your "nose to the grindstone" is the advice we often tell young people is an essential ingredient of learning difficult tasks. A joke captures the matter with the old bromide for success, "Keep your eye on the ball, your ear to the ground, your nose to the grindstone, your shoulder to the wheel: Now try to work in that position."
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Progress needed on dyslexia research and diagnosis
Children with dyslexia must be diagnosed early and given treatment as soon as possible, say experts. The current state of dyslexia research and treatment are discussed by Robin L. Peterson, Ph.D., and Bruce F. Pennington, Ph.D., of the University of Denver, in a seminar article in the Lancet. They explain that dyslexia involves slow and inaccurate word recognition, although comprehension is normal. Those affected do not tend to have intellectual impairments or sensory problems. It affects about seven percent of the population, with boys being about twice as likely to be diagnosed with the condition as girls. But this discrepancy is partly due to a higher rate of comorbid conditions such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in boys.
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