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A resilient community is one that shares stories

Windy Lopez  July 12th, 2013  Comments • 2

Our world, our communities, our lives seem to be changing by the second these days. So, it’s not surprising that over the past few months many of us have been reading and...

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Thinking of the Common Core as a starting point

Tyler Reed  July 12th, 2013 

Here's an interesting post from Catherine Gewertz of Ed Week about what she sees as a possible shifting in the rhetoric around the Common Core.

By thinking of the...

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Two American Families, one broken dream

Suzanne McCabe  July 11th, 2013 

This week, PBS delivered on a journalistic promise that began with "Mother" Mary Jones: "Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." The network aired Two...

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Ed Week's first superintendents poll

Tyler Reed  July 10th, 2013 

Education Week and Gallup just released their first (they're planning to do four every year) Superintendents Panel poll. There's some interesting data in there on...

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Video: Sir Ken Robinson on the importance of finding one's passion

Tyler Reed  July 9th, 2013 

Here's a fantastic and beautifully built short video from The RSA in the UK featuring Sir Ken Robinson. In it, he explains why schools and communities can do more to help...

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#MondayLinks: An exercise in creative thinking

Tyler Reed  July 8th, 2013 

Scott McLeod spotted this great video of an exercise a teacher did that shows how the wording of a question can kill creativity -- or how it can unleash it!

#MondayLinks: Can taking a ‘first guess’ help you learn?

Tyler Reed  July 8th, 2013 

Dan Willingham writes about some useful research here that shows evidence of what he calls "the testing effect," that taking a first guess at an answer (in this case, the...

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#MondayLinks: Reading can slow cognitive decline

Tyler Reed  July 8th, 2013 

Even more evidence here of the healthfulness of reading. A new study shows that people who read more (early in life even more so, but also later in life) have sharper...

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Quote: Childhood and favorite books

Anne Sparkman  July 3rd, 2013 

I recently heard Margery Mayer give a speech while accepting the Corporate Award from the Education Commission of the States on behalf of Scholastic and she shared with us...

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Map: State by state membership in assessment consortia compiled by Ed Week

Tyler Reed  June 28th, 2013 

Here's a handy-dandy map for all you Common Core watchers. Compiled and continually updated by Ed Week's editorial staff, it shows which states are members of which...

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Information does not equal knowledge

Suzanne McCabe  June 27th, 2013 

Does the term "informational text" dominate your stream of Common Core consciousness? I wonder what more felicitous phrase it has edged out of my own ruminations. ...

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As gaming matures, educational games must be fun to create real change

Alex Sarlin  June 26th, 2013  Comments • 2

The 10th Annual Games for Change Festival took place in New York this week, bringing together game designers and researchers with educators, non-profits, documentarians,...

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New themed-based K-6 collections—and a contest!

Anne Sparkman  June 25th, 2013  Comments • 269

With the Common Core State Standards requiring students to dive deep into rigorous texts and focus on nonfiction to build knowledge, educators have been telling us they...

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Globally or locally, summer is the perfect time to encourage family and community engagement

Windy Lopez  June 25th, 2013 

When I was a teacher I loved being able to take time at the end of the school year to reflect on both the good and bad, the successes and failures, and most importantly,...

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Will ‘wearable tech’ be useful in education?

Tyler Reed  June 23rd, 2013 

Will Google Glass be a game-changer in education?

Readying kids for success by empowering parents

Tyler Reed  June 20th, 2013 

This is a great story reinforcing something that has been understood for a long time, but can never be repeated enough: The involvement of a child's parents in their...

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Quote: Tell your story

Suzanne McCabe  June 20th, 2013  Comments • 2

The Common Core calls for students to become proficient in crafting arguments. No argument there. Citing evidence is refreshing. But, as literacy expert Pam Allyn reminds...

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Getting ready to make the most of ISTE 2013

Tyler Reed  June 19th, 2013 

I'll be attending my third ISTE next week and, like every year, I know there won't be enough time in the day to take advantage of everything the massive ed tech convention...

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I saw it on Twitter

Suzanne McCabe  June 18th, 2013 

I saw it on Twitter. Not great for the purposes of this post. Then I read it online. Another strike against me. Now I'm blogging about it.

There's more bad news:...

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LA Times editorial board weighs in on Common Core

Tyler Reed  June 17th, 2013 

The LA Times became the latest big city paper to weigh in on the Common Core in its opinion pages today. Near the end, editors call for a moratorium "during the first...

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Quote: I am not just an educator...

Anne Sparkman  June 14th, 2013 

This so simply puts how complicated it can be to be a teacher today.  You each wear so many hats all in one day!

From Primary Sources 2012: America's Teachers on...

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Pencil, no computer mouse down

Anne Sparkman  June 14th, 2013 

Common Core implementation is under various stages throughout the country with a common thread, the assessments are coming.  While some states are already working with new...

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Video: Does math actually exist?

Tyler Reed  June 14th, 2013 

Does math exist and it's something we discovered? Or did we create it as a way of explaining and modeling the world?

Is it just a really good story?


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Has the ship sailed on the goal of having Common assessments?

Tyler Reed  June 13th, 2013 

One of the promises of the Common Core State Standards is a uniform way to compare student achievement across the country -- and along with it, a uniform way to measure...

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Kids would rather eat broccoli than do a math problem

Tyler Reed  June 12th, 2013 

It does seem that struggles with math tend to turn into a full on phobia later in life. Is the same true for other subjects and skills? Part of the problem, it seems to me...

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