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November 23, 2010
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  • Districts nationwide are reforming the way teachers are paid
    School districts are altering teacher pay, and in some cases adopting performance-pay systems that reward top teachers with additional pay. In Pittsburgh, officials have overhauled teacher compensation and adopted a system that could pay some teachers $100,000 annually if their students learn 1.3 times above grade level. Eligible teachers take on additional duties to earn performance bonuses. Districts in Texas, Colorado, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere also are experimenting with teacher-pay reforms. The Hechinger Report (11/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Focus on Practice 
  • How to engage students in class assignments
    High-school technology-integration specialist Andrew Marcinek offers suggestions in this blog post for reviving students' interest in learning. Marcinek set up a wiki for his English 101 class and outlined a new set of classroom expectations that included reminding students to have fun with assignments and encouraging them to collaborate, share and not be afraid to make mistakes along the way. Marcinek's blog (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Using social media to foster student collaboration, learning
    A Chicago-area English teacher is using social media to help interest his high-school students in literature and reading. Chuck Moore uses PBworks and edmodo, which both offer free social networks for students to collaborate and discuss assignments. Moore's students use the Internet to further their understanding of books and social networking to discuss books online. "It's like what they're used to doing when they socialize with each other," Moore said. The SouthtownStar (Chicago) (11/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Should Thanksgiving parties give way to academic lessons?
    Teachers at a Wisconsin elementary school say they are not celebrating Thanksgiving with class parties. Rather, students are reading and writing about the holiday in what teachers say is an increasingly academic focus. Students still draw turkeys and write what they are thankful for, but teachers say lessons also include typing ideas. WSAW-TV (Wausau, Wis.) (11/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Schools Today 
  • How important are small classes to student achievement?
    Research shows small class sizes benefit younger students, but studies are unclear about the effect of smaller classes on students in upper grades. "Experience and teaching style really make the difference," said Patrick Westcott, a Rowan University associate professor of teacher education. "If you teach in a lecture style, classroom size is probably not going to make a difference. But studies show that classroom reduction really makes sense in kindergarten through grade three." Asbury Park Press (Neptune-Asbury Park, N.J.) (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.J. governor's effect on education reform not yet clear
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has developed a reputation as an aggressive supporter of education reform and is pushing for merit pay and alterations to teacher tenure. Christie also has made statewide education budget cuts and criticized the teachers' union, whose leaders claim Christie has made them a scapegoat. The governor's long-term influence over New Jersey's education system is not yet clear, and many of his proposed reforms must make it through a Democratic-controlled legislature. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (11/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • All high schools in Calif. district to focus on college prep
    A California school district is adopting a college-preparatory curriculum for all of its high schools to ensure that students are graduating ready to attend state universities. The A-to-G curriculum will be the standard beginning with next year's freshman class, although it will not be required for graduation and some students in career-academy programs will be able to opt out. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Academies help prepare Georgia sixth-graders for middle school
    Three sixth-grade academies in Georgia serve only one grade level in an effort to help ease the transition from elementary school to middle school. At the Marietta Sixth Grade Academy, students learn proper study habits and organizational skills, details about their individual learning styles and other skills they'll need in middle school and beyond. However, one expert says that segregating sixth-grade students could harm some students who are more advanced socially and emotionally. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free registration) (11/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Developing Leaders 
  • NBCT: Teachers are not being heard on education reform
    National Board Certified Teacher Anthony Cody writes in this blog post that communication between teachers and the Department of Education is "broken." Cody details the many efforts he and other teachers and education groups have made to communicate with the Obama administration, including a letter-writing campaign and a conference call that have resulted in little feedback. Cody argues that Education Secretary Arne Duncan and others are not engaged in true dialogue with teachers on education reform. Teacher Magazine/Living in Dialogue blog (11/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy News 
  • District to move grading focus toward individual performance
    A California district has adopted a new grading policy that aligns students' grades more closely to individual performance that takes into account student behavior and content knowledge. The new model is "more rubrics-based" than traditional grading, one educator says. However, some say the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District's policy is "lowering the bar" for students. The Monterey County Herald (Calif.) (11/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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"The focus on skills testing is unparalleled. It is also, in my opinion, unconscionable." (Steven Layne). Igniting a Passion for Reading shows how to engage kids in all grades through interest inventories, book chats, teacher modeling, reading lounges, author visits, and more. Click here for details!

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  NBPTS Update 
  • Earmark ban would impact NBPTS, TFA, RIF and others
    Congress is expected to vote Monday on Coburn amendment #4697 to S. 510, which would ban congressionally directed spending in fiscal years 2011-13. While this amendment is meant to eliminate congressional earmarks that are typically local projects benefiting the district of one member of Congress, Sen. Tom Coburn's amendment would also eliminate funding to well-established national programs such as the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Teach for America, Reading Is Fundamental, National Writing Project, New Leaders for New Schools and more. Read the letter signed by the leaders of 13 national education organizations that urges a no vote on this amendment. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NBCTs profiled in Education Update newsletter
    National Board Certified Teachers are profiled in the November issue of Education Update. The article, written by Rick Allen, explores ways NBCTs affect students, parents and their communities. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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