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These days, school lunch hours are more like 15 minutes
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It's lunchtime at Oakland High School in Oakland, Calif., and that means fence hoppers. Several kids wear mischievous grins as they speedily scale a 12-foot-high metal perimeter. In theory, anyway, Oakland High is a "closed campus." That's done in the interest of safety and security and to cut down on school-skipping. It means kids can't leave during school hours without parental consent, especially at lunchtime. But it doesn't stop several students from breaking out. Inside the cafeteria the lines are long, and complaints about the food are as plentiful as the fence jumpers. Today's lunch is "popcorn chicken," potatoes and tamales. A plastic bowl with little packets of carrot sticks looks lonely.
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Project-based learning: Working together for deeper understanding
By Archita Datta Majumdar
There are two important aspects to project-based learning: digging into the core of every subject to gain deeper insights and learning by doing instead of a one-way instructional pattern. Though PBL is by no means a new concept, it has gained major momentum in recent years. Educators across the country are focused on harnessing the various tools and technology available to make learning more interesting and informative and to engage students deeper. More and more states are opting for PBL curricula, with states like Texas leading the pack on more innovative ideas of teaching and learning.
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Could these new standards work better than Common Core?
eSchool News
Imagine this "unicorn" scenario in education: You take an entire subject–one whose mastery could push the country to the forefront of innovation — and spend years doing nothing but perfecting its standards and assessments with absolutely no looming deadlines or high-stakes requirements. Be prepared to believe, educators, because this scenario is real, and it's happening with new science standards. In a recent webinar hosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education, "Scientific Assessments: Innovations in the next generation of state assessments," noted state education leaders described the enormous potential the Next Generation Science Standards could have for states and how assessments may be developed from these standards.
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Creating a custom reading experience with mobile devices
Edutopia (commentary)
Beth Holland, a communications and instruction at EdTechTeacher, writes: "I'll admit it. At the end of the day, I like to read books — the paper kind. Twitter alerts and email don't randomly pop up when I read a hardcover book, nor does the lure of checking 'one more thing' tempt me from the pages of a paperback. I have a singular focus, unfettered by a device — or the tools behind it."
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7 steps to preparing for Common Core and mobile device rollouts
THE Journal
Trying to implement a mobile device initiative while your district's teachers and staff are preparing for the Common Core online assessments can be like to trying to balance on two wild horses with a single set of reins. Fortunately, planning a mobile strategy in the context of the Common Core looks a lot like preparing for any major education technology initiative.
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Educators combat 'creativity crisis' in art instruction
District Administration Magazine
In a world of constant technological change, the ability to adapt is priceless. Creativity is a necessary skill in the modern workplace, and in a 2010 survey by IBM, American CEOs identified it as the best predictor of career success. But those same CEOs said they believed that Americans were becoming less innovative. For years, employers and colleges have asserted that recent high school graduates lack fundamental critical thinking skills, and the data concurs. U.S. scores on the Torrance test, an internationally recognized measure of creativity, have been steadily declining since 1990.
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Computer Science Education Week: How will you participate?
eSchool News
Computer Science Education Week is full of resources and events to help curriculum directors and educators integrate and implement computer science lessons. As of Dec. 6, 167 countries had planned 33,247 events for 4.5 million students — and those numbers definitely increased over the weekend. Educators and stakeholders can take a number of steps to support Computer Science Education Week and broader nationwide initiatives.
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How to get students to love reading
Edudemic
Reading is one of the major foundations of any student's studies. In any subject — including math — understanding how to read and being able to comprehend words on a page is a make or break in academics and in life more generally. Some kids take to reading naturally, and you'll find them with their nose in a book at any given time and nearly every time you turn around. Others don't take to it quite as naturally, though they'll eventually get into it, and others feel the same about reading as they feel about going to the dentist.
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How to get effective teachers in the most needy schools
The Washington Post (commentary)
Jeff Bryant, a contributor for The Washington Post, writes: "This week's media extravaganza over the latest results from the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, were the latest distraction from what really matters for the nation's education policy. Embracing the urge to say something about the 'meaning' of PISA to the extreme, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan took the release of the scores as an opportunity to stage PISA Day, a 5-hour media event. What really matters, of course, are the real effects of the Duncan-led reform agenda on the ground. And what are those effects?"
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Our new reality: Social media monitoring in school
eSchool News (commentary)
Mark Anderson, a contributor for eSchool News, writes: "As principal of Decatur Middle School, it is my goal to make sure that all of our students' academic needs are met throughout the school year. However, as instances of bullying continue to plague students throughout the country, questions of whether we as principals and administrators should do more to monitor students' online interactions come to the forefront. Is it our responsibility to monitor social media sites to help protect students from the dangers of bullying, drug use, violence and suicide?"
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Passive aggression in the classroom: Student vs. student
Psychology Today
Passive aggressive behavior occurs on a continuum, from everyday acts of procrastination, selective hearing and convenient forgetting to extraordinarily destructive acts of personal vengeance and workplace sabotage. Truth be told, all passive aggression is damaging to relationships in the long run and most people who find themselves on the receiving end of this behavior style feel worn down by the pattern of covert hostility.
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Rebecca Sedwick suicide: What response is needed to combat cyberbullying?
The Christian Science Monitor
Two Florida girls who allegedly harassed and bullied 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick before she committed suicide last month were arrested Monday night on felony charges of aggravated stalking. The girls, who are 12 and 14 years old, are accused of threatening to beat Rebecca up and sending her messages encouraging her to kill herself. "Drink bleach and die," one of the messages reportedly said. Authorities have been investigating the harassment since Rebecca jumped to her death last month. They've said as many as 15 girls may have been involved in the online bullying that they believe was a factor in her suicide.
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Is opting out of state assessments the right answer?
Education Week (commentary)
Peter DeWitt, an elementary school principal, writes: "Perhaps it's a growing movement or just the circles I find myself in these days, but opting out comes up more and more in conversations. School leaders are getting many questions from parents when it comes to opting out, and I think it is important to weed through the debate. Due to the poor implementation of the Common Core State Standards, and tests that were aligned to them before teachers ever had the proper resources, New York State needs to be prepared for an explosion of opt outs. Let's face it ... state education leaders, not schools, are responsible for this explosion."
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The importance of modeling positive use of social media
Connected Principals Blog (commentary)
Cyberbullying. Stalking. Pedophilia. Narcissism. Screen time. These are the headlines that grab the most attention around the topic of students using social media. These articles and reports strike fear into parents and schools to the point that has resulted in the banning of social media. By banning, we put our heads in the sand and cross our fingers that somehow, in some way, students will avoid using social media or somehow miraculously figure out how to use it in a positive manner. When we do this, what actually ends up happening is we get students sneaking around using social media tools and teaching themselves what is and what is not appropriate.
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3 keys to making BYOD work for your classroom
Edudemic
BYOD continues to change the learning ecosystem, which includes administrators, teachers, faculty, students and school IT. Today, schools supplement books and whiteboards with smartphones, web portals and other technologies that make education an interactive experience. The consumerization of IT is driving widespread adoption of mobile devices throughout K-12 programs, supplementing school-owned desktops and laptops.
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The most crucial moments in a child's educational life
The Atlantic
Early last month, Maricella Perez thought she had all the pieces together. Her essays were done. The letters of recommendation, requested and complete. Her 99.7 grade-point average, and her track record of coordinating student blood drives, raising money for cancer research, and serving as Theodore Roosevelt High School's student-council president were described in detail. Perez's application for the University of Texas at Austin, her dream school, was done.
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Creating a custom reading experience with mobile devices
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Beth Holland, a communications and instruction at EdTechTeacher, writes: "I'll admit it. At the end of the day, I like to read books — the paper kind. Twitter alerts and email don't randomly pop up when I read a hardcover book, nor does the lure of checking 'one more thing' tempt me from the pages of a paperback."

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New Common Core resources for educators
eClassroom News
New resources released this month link Common Core-aligned curriculum with any school system’s assessment data, and what's more, these resources for educators are also 100 percent free. The resources, housed on Activate Instruction, are part of an open platform where educators can browse, search, rate, add, share and organize their favorite Common Core-aligned resources, and put them together in personalized playlists for students.

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The state of the Common Core
Edutopia
Millions of teachers and thousands of districts in 45 states are currently undergoing a sea change in the way that they teach and assess students. The new Common Core Standards for learning have been phased into states and districts since 2010, and the digitized Common Core Assessments are scheduled to deploy in states that have adopted them as early as the 2014-2015 school year.

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Education Department official: Other countries beating US at own game
Education Week
There has been a good amount of concern expressed about the results that American students put up on the Programme for International Student Assessment, although my colleague Liana Heitin has spelled out some reasons not to rush to conclusions based just on those test results. But during a conversation with state legislators at the National Conference of State Legislature's forum in Washington on Dec. 6, acting U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education James H. Shelton argued that it was "mythology" to say that the U.S. had truly "fallen behind" in terms of actual educational performance.
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The trouble with testing groups' agreements on student data privacy
Education Week
While the two state testing consortia are drafting or finalizing policies to safeguard student data, they are contending with a stumbling block created by the very entity that is paying for the development of those tests: the federal government. The agreement that each consortium signed with the U.S. Department of Education is giving some parents, data-privacy advocates, and others cause for jitters, and handing critics ammunition in their attacks on the Common Core project that is taking shape in millions of classrooms.
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Tech, teacher bonuses, data help transform Utah middle school
The Salt Lake Tribune
The 780 students at Northwest Middle School face myriad challenges. Ninety-two percent come from low-income homes and 87 percent are ethnic minorities. Nearly two-thirds don't speak English at home. And yet, three years after receiving a $2.3 million multiyear school-improvement grant, the west-side Salt Lake City school has risen from the bottom to the top tier of Utah junior high and middle schools in student achievement.
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Tensions rise as Indiana schools chief and governor clash over new agency
The New York Times
For Glenda Ritz, who took office as Indiana's top education official this year, the awkward reality of being the lone statewide elected Democrat here did not take long to blossom into all-out combat. Now her conflict with Gov. Mike Pence, a conservative former congressman, has become one of the most public and combative political fights to face his new administration. Ritz has accused the governor of creating a new education agency to undermine her office. Pence says that was not his aim. But the tension, months in the making, has boiled over at monthly State Board of Education meetings, where Ritz and board members, who are appointed by the governor, continue to wrestle for control over the state's education policies.
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Kansas to decide standards for student handwriting
Lawrence Journal World
Teaching children how to write on paper with a pen or pencil may be going by the wayside in some parts of the country, but not in Kansas. The Kansas State Board of Education is expected to vote this week on new standards for handwriting that include both printing and cursive writing. In many states, the focus on computer and keyboard skills has helped marginalize the importance of handwriting. That's been especially true since many states adopted the Common Core standards for English language arts, which focus on technology skills and make almost no mention of handwriting skills.
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Some Ohio schools line up for virtual classrooms
The Marietta Times
Area schools are attempting to provide more educational options and recapture some of the students — and money — they've lost to online community schools in recent years by offering their own virtual classrooms. All six traditional public school districts in Washington County have purchased "seats" in the A+ program through the Ohio Valley Educational Service Center at a discounted rate that averages about $500 a seat, according to ESC Superintendent Chris Keylor. Students can engage in credit recovery to make up for classes they missed or didn't pass, and in some districts, attend school partially or completely online while remaining a student of the district.
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Early learning walkthroughs
NAESP
Oral language provides the foundation for students to read and write — but many of America's students enter kindergarten with language delays or deficits. To address the achievement gap, principals need to be aware of the importance of language experiences in early learning classrooms. Teachers of young children should provide child-focused learning environments that build language skills. Use this walkthrough template to support teachers as they establish language-rich early learning environments.
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Stock up on the latest must-reads from the National Principals Resource Center
NAESP
Curl up with a good book this winter from the National Principals Resource Center. Peruse the NPRC bookstore for guides on hot topics, such as Common Core, instructional leadership, professional development, and RTI. Plus, pick up sale items while they last and gift cards for your colleagues.
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