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Many teachers are worried they'll have to scratch poems from their syllabi under the common standards, but teacher Ben Curran says all that's needed is a shift in the way poetry is read and discussed.


Awards
The Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance project has announced the five winners of the 2012 Award for Excellence in Culturally Responsive Teaching, created to honor educators who've excelled in teaching students from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.

Read the award winners' bios and watch videos of their work.


FEATURED DISCUSSION
Education Week's latest annual Quality Counts report, which came out Jan. 10, explores the impact of a school's social and disciplinary environment on students' ability to learn and on the teachers and administrators tasked with guiding them.

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Teaching Now
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Research Review: Teacher Expectations Matter
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Creating 'master teachers' and encouraging schools and districts to expand learning time are among N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposals to lawmakers. (Education Week)
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Educators would get more done if they eliminated bitterness and condescension from their debates, writes Jeff Camp. (Education Week)

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Using a "train the trainer" approach, Hillsborough County, Fla., is immersing teams from every elementary, middle, and high school in a deep content dive into the standards, digging especially into their "text complexity" demands. Cleveland is focusing first on K-2, with teachers doing the nitty-gritty work of revamping their scope and sequence and assembling instructional materials aligned to the standards.

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As an elementary school administrator you are tasked with supporting the transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Join Dr. "Skip" Fennell for this lively presentation and open Q&A dialogue around the latest thinking on the CCSS and implementation in elementary mathematics.

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Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2 to 3 p.m. ET

Two experts who coach teachers share guidance for cross-disciplinary writing and for writing that builds workplace-relevant skills.

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Thursday, Jan. 31, 1 to 2 p.m. ET

Recognizing the need to prepare students for all aspects of college life, more schools and community organizations are turning their attention to life skills training as part of college-readiness efforts. Join this discussion about the benefits of a broader approach to college readiness and successful programs promoting responsibility and independence.

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