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Principals pressed for time to lead instructional change
Education Week
This year, Principal Jennifer Hammond and her team of assistant principals will conduct three formal classroom observations of every teacher at Grand Blanc High School, a campus of 2,700 students in suburban Flint, Mich. With 135 teachers, that breaks down to roughly 100 classroom visits for each of the four administrators to evaluate faculty members who teach a wide array of courses, from Chinese language to woodworking.
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Why principals should be wary of homework
District Administration Magazine
Few topics generate as much debate in education as homework. Experts disagree on its educational value, and research offers little clarification. Teachers and parents vary in how much homework they think children should do. So where do principals fit into the homework system? The principal oversees the school hierarchy, injecting him or herself as needed, in a school building, during school hours. But with homework, the structure changes.
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Common Core is the latest reason to adopt standards-based grading
By: Brian Stack (commentary)
Recently, The Atlantic's Jessica Lahey reported out on how the adoption of the Common Core State Standards could usher in a new era of standards-based grading. If your school hasn't started discussions on what it would take to move to a standards-based model, I hope this article will inspire you to finally start planning. My school made the switch five years ago, and we haven't looked back. On a weekly basis, administrators in my school district are asked by educators from all over how they can begin this process. I'll share with you some of the advice our team gives them in five easy steps.
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7 digital curriculum implementation strategies
eSchool News (commentary)
School leaders know how important it is to "make the move to digital" — ensuring students are able to access digital tools and resources to cultivate skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and research and evaluation. To support this digital push, a number of solutions have flooded the market in an attempt to help districts make this transition. But before school leaders choose and implement a solution, they must make sure they're planning properly.
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Curriculum conundrum: What is and isn't STEAM?
MiddleWeb (commentary)
Anne Jolly, a contributor MiddleWeb, writes: "It's 4 a.m. as I'm writing this, and I am NOT a morning person. But I woke up during the night with this recurrent predicament cluttering up my head — again. So I decided to bring it to you for consideration. Last evening Nancy Flanagan and I were on a Twitter chat to discuss STEM/STEAM for an online course we'll be teaching in April. I'm the science person and Nancy is the artist/musician. Many of the Twitter participants were art teachers and administrators. They wanted to find out more about STEAM."
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Does the fight for a cursive comeback miss the point?
NPR
When was the last time you wrote in cursive? Was it a thank-you note for that birthday sweater? Perhaps a check to the baby sitter? The fact is, you may know how to loop and swirl with the best of them, but do your kids or your neighbor's kids know as well? Across the country, many school districts dropped cursive from their curricula years ago. The new Common Core State Standards now being implemented in most states never mention the word "cursive." Given longhand's waning popularity, lawmakers in several states, including Tennessee, are now trying to legislate a cursive comeback.
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Elementary financial literacy: Lesson ideas and resources
Edutopia (commentary)
Brian Page, a high school personal finance and AP economics teacher, writes: "My daughter is in elementary school. She hates math, but she loves to count her own money! I have used her allowance to help bring basic mathematics alive, including some of the lessons created by the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability exhibited on the website Money As You Grow. These are 20 essential, age-appropriate financial lessons — with corresponding activities — written explicitly for parents. At a time when parents are most involved with their children's lives, this is an ideal resource to engage them about teaching money management skills at home."
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The half-day kindergarten time crunch
The Washington Post
Mary Waldman began her career teaching kindergartners how to hold a pencil and write their ABCs. Fifteen years later, she is teaching Loudoun County students to read books and write stories. While academic expectations have grown exponentially over the years, the length of the school day has stayed the same: Three hours. She makes the most of her half-day class. Recess is not required. She rarely sets up paints or musical instruments or puppets. Some kindergarten teachers stopped offering a snack, because it takes up too much time. Waldman draws the line there.
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What happens at school when a girl doesn't act like a girl
The Christian Science Monitor
Several schools have sparked public outrage recently for how they've handled children who seemed to veer from gender expectations — including a short-haired Virginia girl who seemed too boyish to people at her Christian school and a boy in North Carolina who brought a "My Little Pony" bag to school. Gender nonconforming students, who don't follow stereotyped notions about their sex, and transgender students, who identify with the sex opposite the one assigned at birth, often face harassment, bullying, and misunderstanding at school. But the good news, advocates say, is that schools are getting better at including them and accommodating their needs.
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Instruction in motion brings PE into classroom
District Administration Magazine
Each afternoon between social studies and math, Marilynn Szarka's third-grade students start to get droopy. Szarka instructs everyone to stand up and spread out while she dims the lights, closes the door and flips on the interactive whiteboard that will take them on an aerobic adventure. One day, students run in place, pretending to hold the Olympic torch while they see — and learn about — scenes from ancient Greece flashing on the whiteboard. Another day, they bend down to pretend to collect leaves, counting by twos as they go.
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Report: Interest in flipped classrooms surpasses other digital learning trends
THE Journal
Flipped classrooms are having a significant effect on teaching and learning, according to a new white paper from Project Tomorrow and the Flipped Learning Network. The white paper, "Speak Up 2013 National Research Project Findings: A Second Year Review of Flipped Learning," reports on a survey of more than 403,000 K-12 students, parents, teachers, administrators and community members in the fall of 2013. The survey defined flipped learning as using lecture videos as homework while using class time for discussions, projects, experiments and personalized coaching.
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Elementary school children are 'getting things done'
Edutopia (commentary)
Busy, distracted, sleepless, anxious, stressed ... overwhelmed. Sound familiar? Over the past few decades, we have moved from the industrial age of linear work to the dynamic multifaceted age of knowledge work — with more information and stimuli than ever before. Feeling lost and pressured is a unique knowledge work phenomenon, but one that can be relieved.
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Finding middle ground a suggestion for keeping teens safe online
Medical News Today
Parents might take a lesson from Goldilocks and find a balanced approach to guide their teens in making moral, safe online decisions, according to Penn State researchers. In a study on parenting strategies and online adolescent safety, the researchers found evidence that suggests that parents should try to establish a middle ground between keeping their teens completely away from the internet and not monitoring their online activities at all.
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Obama officials tout Race to the Top, saying it has unleashed 'enormous positive change'
The Washington Post
The Obama administration credited its signature K-12 education program, Race to the Top, for unleashing "enormous positive change" in public school classrooms across the country. In a conference call with reporters to mark the fourth anniversary of the creation of Race to the Top, the White House's Domestic Policy Council director, Cecilia Muñoz, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan rattled off examples of what they said was proof that the $4 billion competitive grant was driving "dramatic change."
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4 ways to leverage federal funds for education technology
eSchool News (commentary)
Education technology is a priority in today's classrooms, and this includes ensuring that students have access to technology tools and high-speed internet to access digital learning resources. While school budgets are still burdened, federal funding programs, including formula and competitive grant programs, can funnel funds directly to digital learning opportunities, even if program rules and statutes do not explicitly reference ed-tech.
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Does the fight for a cursive comeback miss the point?
NPR
When was the last time you wrote in cursive? Was it a thank-you note for that birthday sweater? Perhaps a check to the baby sitter? The fact is, you may know how to loop and swirl with the best of them, but do your kids or your neighbor's kids know as well?

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5 common myths about school administration
eSchool News
It's not always teachers who face criticism in the U.S. Many school administrators say that misconceptions about their career motivations and the position in general still exist today — and many myths have survived for decades.

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How much teachers get paid — State by state
The Washington Post
How much do teachers across the United States get paid? Here is data, state by state, collected from the National Center for Education Statistics by Jon Boeckenstedt, associate vice president at DePaul University in Chicago.

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5 ways Race to the Top supports teachers and students
Homeroom (commentary)
In the four years since the Obama administration announced its first Race to the Top grants, the president's signature education initiative has helped spark a wave of reform across the country, according to a new report by the White House and Department of Education. Since the Obama administration announced the first Race to the Top grants to Tennessee and Delaware four years ago — many state and local leaders, educators, and communities are deep in the hard work of education improvement, and the nation is seeing progress.
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How do we know that Race to the Top worked?
The Hechinger Report
The Obama administration is announcing major progress as its signature education policy, the Race to the Top competition, winds down and the money runs out. Many states that won a federal grant in the $4 billion program that is now entering its fourth year have followed through on promises to adopt the Common Core State Standards and launch new teacher evaluations along with an assortment of other policies, including opening new charter schools, training teachers, and offering more Advanced Placement classes. Others are still working on it.
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Cheat sheet: Race to the Top progress
Education Week
Race to the Top has been a hot topic, what with new reports on the program from the White House and the Center for American Progress, coming on the heels of the U.S. Department of Education's latest progress reports on the program.
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California schools are rolling out new standardized tests
Los Angeles Times
Schools across California are set to begin administering new standardized tests Tuesday that are designed to demand more of students and offer a clearer picture of how much they are learning. More than 3 million students will be tested in English and math through June 6, and for the first time, everyone will take the exams on a computer — either tablet, laptop or desktop. All public school students in grades 3 through 8 are supposed to participate, along with some 9th and 10th graders and most 11th graders.
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School bullying scores raise questions of effectiveness
Courier-Post
Schools across New Jersey this week posted self-assessed anti-bullying scores designed to evaluate their participation in the battle against bullying. The scores, which ranged from a low of 46 in Camden schools to a near perfect 73 in the Medford School District, raise interesting questions about how effective anti-bullying programs are, even as area school districts are shelling out thousands of dollars for them.
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Bolster instructional leadership with Twitter
NAESP
On Monday, March 31, join Maryland principal Peter Carpenter for a webinar on using Twitter to become a more effective instructional coach. Participants will explore how to create Twitter groups, participate in chats, and create teacher learning communities. This free session requires a working knowledge of Twitter. Visit NAESP's webinar page to register for this and other upcoming online learning opportunities.
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10 tips for effective fundraisers
NAESP
Though principals may have conflicting feelings about fundraising, the vast majority agree that the results are worth the effort. This is especially true with opportunities such as the newly launched fundraising and reading program, Club Connect. To maximize such a program, follow these fundraising tips collected from principals, parents, teachers and fundraising professionals.
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