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The 100th day: Learning's tipping point deep in the school year
The Christian Science Monitor
Most elementary schools celebrated the 100th day of school around this time of year. "Bring in 100 of something," the teachers will say. And the day will be devoted to enumerating all manner of things: pennies, Cheerios, acorns, etc. In my former school, it was the day when Zero the Hero saved the day by restoring the specially decorated 100 cake. You can't have 100 without Zero.
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School climate: Missing link in principal training?
Education Week
Improving a struggling school's climate can be both the foundation of long-term school improvement and a source of immediate, visible progress for a new principal. The tricky part for many principals, experts say, is translating an idyllic vision into classroom reality. That's why groups preparing so-called "turnaround leaders" increasingly say principals need more training — not just on data and academics — but also on how to build relationships and support for learning among staff and students.
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States draw a hard line on third-graders, holding some back over reading
The Washington Post
A growing number of states are drawing a hard line in elementary school, requiring children to pass a reading test in third grade or be held back from fourth grade. Thirteen states last year adopted laws that require schools to identify, intervene and, in many cases, retain students who fail a reading proficiency test by the end of third grade. Lawmakers in several other states and the District are debating similar measures.
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Commission calls for 'radically different' tests
Education Week
Emerging technology and research on learning have the potential to dramatically improve assessments, if educators and policymakers take a more balanced approach to using them. That's the conclusion of two years of analysis by the Gordon Commission on the Future of Assessment in Education, a panel of top education research and policy experts that was launched in 2011 with initial funding from the Educational Testing Service.
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Are grading trends hurting socially awkward kids?
The Atlantic
Children have long been graded not just for academics, but also for elements of "character" — particularly behavior and emotional maturity. However, in the last few decades, socially eccentric children have seen their awkwardness or aloofness factored into their grades in math, language arts and social studies. Ironically, this trend has coincided with a rise in diagnoses of autistic spectrum disorders. For children on the autism spectrum, new social studies curricula pose a particular challenge. Once restricted to readings, worksheets and essays on history, government and politics, the subject increasingly requires students to reflect on their connections within their local communities.
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Student mentors: How 6th- and 12th-graders learn from each other
MindShift
When Tracy Edwards posted on Facebook last October that she was searching for a part-time writing instructor for a middle school program, Kip Glazer jumped immediately at the chance. But Glazer wasn’t applying for herself. Instead, she envisioned her 100 senior high school English students, who were about to become virtual writing mentors to 200 sixth-graders halfway across the nation.
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Anxiety attack: Conquering the fear of math
The New York Times
A shy second-grader who excelled at reading, Zoey's parents and teachers were concerned about Zoey's poor performance in math and her reluctance to do her math homework. What intrigued us was a passing comment mom made during the intake interview: Zoey frequently complained of stomachaches during school, landing her in the nurse's office almost daily. The nurse could never find a reason for Zoey's pains, and after a quick check-up would send a happy Zoey back to class. What the teachers and nurse missed was that Zoey's pains were getting her out of math class; nobody at the school considered Zoey might be experiencing math anxiety.
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Schools close doors to voters for safety
USA Today
Local election officials are moving polling places out of schools as the shootings in Newtown, Conn., have intensified concern about opening school doors on Election Day. In New York, Rockland County officials will relocate polls this year away from 10 schools at the request of the local school district in Clarkstown and Nyack. "In the wake of what happened in Connecticut, it's definitely taken on more urgency," says Kristen Stavisky, a county election commissioner. "Voters in these schools will have to move. They won't be going to the polling sites that they've been going to — for some of them, since they were eligible and registered to vote."
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Effectively maximizing teacher leaders at the elementary level
Connected Principals
Jonathan VanderEls, a contributor for Connected Principals, writes: "'No one person can do it alone...' This statement is especially accurate in a school. Donna Johnson, assistant principal, and I recognized this truth prior to beginning our tenure as Memorial School's administrative team five years ago. The formulation of a dedicated group of teacher leaders set a tone and expectation for collaboration heading into our first year, and I firmly believe that this group, as a whole, has been the instrumental driving force for change within our school."
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7 steps to success with mobile learning
eSchool News
Implementing a mobile learning initiative is a complicated undertaking, no matter how much funding or stakeholder support you have. But a new resource from the Consortium for School Networking offers an outline for school administrators who hope to launch and sustain a successful mobile learning project. The first step, investigating, is to determine why you want to implement mobile learning.
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4 keys to success with digital textbooks
eClassroom News
Moving to digital textbooks is easier said than done — it takes months of planning, stakeholder buy-in and perseverance. A new infographic from OnlineCollege.org pulls data from the Federal Communications Commission's Digital Textbook Playbook to highlight important aspects of digital textbook implementation. Each year, school districts spend $7 billion on textbooks, but most textbooks are 7-10 years old before they are replaced. In a survey, 81 percent of teachers said they think tablets can enhance students' learning. For example, laptops or tablets can use internet connectivity, interactive and personalized content, learning and video games, applications that encourage collaboration, and instant teacher and student feedback to boost engagement and understanding.
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Rational decisions and heartbreak on school closings
The New York Times
When it comes to school closings, the arguments may make sense on paper, but the reality is much messier. At University City High in Philadelphia, staff members and students were trying to absorb the decision by a state commission to close the school along with 22 others in the city. At an often-heated and sometimes tearful hearing, 19 protesters, including Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, were arrested, school district officials said they needed to shut down schools to close a gaping budget hole.
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What makes a good broadband network for schools?
eSchool News
A panel of broadband experts recently agreed that high-quality access for schools and districts means more than providing a connection to the Internet — good broadband provides a foundation for innovative initiatives, cloud services, telecommunications and much more. Hosted by the State Educational Technology Directors Association, the panel discussed the power of broadband access in schools and how it takes extensive planning, research and legislative backing to ensure not just access, but high-quality access that can sustain growth.
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School climate: Missing link in principal training?
Education Week
Improving a struggling school's climate can be both the foundation of long-term school improvement and a source of immediate, visible progress for a new principal. The tricky part for many principals, experts say, is translating an idyllic vision into classroom reality.

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Homework or not? That is the (research) question
District Administration Magazine
Woe unto the administrator who ventures forth into the homework wars. Scale it back, and parents will be at your door complaining about a lack of academic rigor. Dial it up, and you'll get an earful from other parents about interference with after-school activities and family time.

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Study: What makes a good teacher
The Washington Post
Even as most of the nation's 15,000 public school districts roll out new systems to evaluate teachers, many are still struggling with a central question: What's the best way to identify an effective educator? After a three-year, $45 million research project, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation believes it has some answers.

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Sequester harms education and our economy
ED.gov Blog (commentary)
There has been a noisy debate in Washington over whether sequestration's harm is real and at what point our public schools will feel the pain, but for educators outside of Washington, D.C., that's a settled question. They're not wasting time debating it, because some had already eliminated jobs and cut programs in anticipation of Congress's dysfunction. Right now they are focused on figuring out how to deal with an even worse situation next school year.
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Obama proposal raises issue of pre-K teacher prep
Education Week
Amid the attention stemming from President Barack Obama's focus on early-childhood education in his State of the Union address, some advocates are wondering what the proposal will mean in the way of expectations for teachers. In particular, they are zeroing in on the president's call for "qualified" teachers — a term that carries baggage in a field where debates loom large about how to simultaneously improve the quality of instruction, increase the number of children served, and raise the prestige and pay of pre-K's approximately 1.8 million teachers.
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Advocacy group to monitor reform efforts in public schools
The New York Times
Diane Ravitch, the historian and former assistant education secretary who has become an outspoken critic of those who favor high-stakes testing, tenure reforms and other controversial measures aimed at the public schools, has joined with other education advocates to form a group that will grade and endorse political candidates.
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New poll shows while most back government cutbacks, they'd also like more spent on pet programs
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
As President Barack Obama and lawmakers spar over huge federal deficits, they're confronted by a classic contradiction: Most Americans want government austerity, a survey shows, but they also want increased spending on a host of popular programs: education, crime fighting, health care, Social Security, the environment and more. Less for defense, space and foreign aid.
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Shocked by Sandy Hook, South Dakota allows teachers to arm themselves
The Christian Science Monitor
South Dakota became the first state since the shootings in Newtown, Conn., to allow teachers to carry a gun into the classroom. The bill, signed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard, does not mandate that teachers carry guns. Instead, it allows any school board to create a so-called "school sentinel program" that involves the local county sheriff and establishes a firearms-training course for employees in K-12 schools.
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Bill: Let competent Utah students skip classes or move faster
The Salt Lake Tribune
More students might soon be able to bypass traditional classes in subjects they've already mastered or move more quickly through them if a bill that gained committee support Tuesday becomes law. The House Education Committee narrowly voted in favor of HB393, which would allow school districts and charter schools to create ways for students to gain credit based on their competency in a subject. Schools would still receive state funding for those students, based on a formula to be decided in the future.
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A school brings brain research to the center of its curriculum
The Washington Post
Most teachers would tell a panicked student simply to calm down, but that's not what teacher Glenn Whitman did when a junior came to him in knots about a major oral history project. "Maddy," he said, "I care about your amygdala." She stopped in her tracks. She was bewildered but also, as Whitman had hoped, plucked out of the mental trap of anxiety. "What," she asked, "is an amygdala?" Specifically, Whitman, of the private St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac, Md.,was referring to the almond-shaped set of neurons in the brain's medial temporal lobe that plays a big role in the processing of emotions. He meant that the panic she had been feeling can shut down clear thinking.
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Children's Book Award deadline Friday
NAESP
Calling all aspiring authors. Submissions for National Children's Book Award Contest are due March 15. Prospective authors may submit a picture or chapter book written for children ages 3-16. Judging will be based on content, originality and age-appropriateness. Winners will receive a contract with Charlesbridge Publishing.
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Prepare to vote in NAESP election
NAESP
This spring, eligible NAESP members will elect a new president-elect as well as directors for Zones 3, 4 and 6. The election will take place April 1-30. Electronic ballots will be available on the NAESP website — but you will need to log in to access the ballot, which is members-only content. Visit the NAESP website for candidate information and instructions for logging in.
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