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Five Teaching Tips for Creating 'Wild Readers'
Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer, says teachers must model, explicitly teach, and reflect on students' development of lifelong, avid reading behaviors. Read more.
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Upcoming PD Webinar: Cultivating Deep Reading Skills and Habits in Students
with Donalyn Miller, Thursday, April 3, 2014, 4 to 5 p.m. ET.

One of the keys to early literacy is background knowledge. Let's Find Out! shows you how to achieve extraordinary results by strategically using 20 teaching tools such as observation, dramatization, talking, and movement to ensure all kids develop the content knowledge they need. Includes 45 minutes of online video. Preview the entire book online!

A Crash Course in Building Effective Learning Relationships With Students
Kim Worth, a veteran teacher and curriculum specialist, recounts how she got to know 90 students in three days—and, in the process, set the groundwork for boosting their achievement. Read more.
The Coming Age of Instructionally Integrated Testing
James W. Pellegrino, an expert on cognitive science and psychometrics, offers his views on what's next in educational assessment and how it will change teaching and learning.
STORY PACKAGE: New Directions in Assessment
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Free download from Education Week: Spotlight on Differentiated Instruction
Explore how teacher-led schools approach differentiation and blended learning.
Congress Weighs How to Improve Teacher Preparation
(Politics K-12)
Digital Games Yield Key Data to Teachers
(Education Week)
Q&A: Lora Bartlett on Migrant Teachers
What Standards Are Indiana Educators Teaching to Today?
(Teaching Now)
Using Hip-Hop as an Educational Tool
(Teaching Now)
Black Students Less Likely to Be Taught By Certified Teachers, Ed. Dept. Data Show
(Teacher Beat)
Report: As Teacher Demographics Change, Districts Must Prioritize Retention
(Teacher Beat)
A Glimpse Into an Engineering-Focused Secondary School
(Curriculum Matters)
Embracing Teachers as Critical Thinkers
(Education Week)
Deeper Learning: A Series Overview Deeper Learning
This overview video examines teachers' and students' perspectives on "deeper-learning" initiatives, including teaching models that emphasize real-world experience, academic mindsets, and collaborative project work. The clip is part of a new Teaching Channel series designed to showcase work being done in 10 deeper-learning networks across the country. (12 min) Read more.
What Professional Development Should Be
(Teacher in a Strange Land)
The Common Core: Are They Even Really Standards?
(Living in Dialogue)
Does Duncan Believe in 'Teach to Lead?'
(Teaching for Triumph)
Is Getting Consensus on Beliefs Really Important?
(Learning Forward's PD Watch)
Great Teachers Focus on Connections and Relationships
(Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo)
Tips for Giving Feedback
(The Art of Coaching Teachers)
WEBINAR- Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 2 to 3 p.m. ET
More Time for Reading: How Florida Schools Are Using a Longer Day to Bolster Literacy Instruction
A curriculum director from a large Florida district and a school principal discuss their strategies for making the most of a longer day with extended time for reading. Click here to attend this free live event. Read more.
WEBINAR - Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 2 to 3 p.m. ET
The Last Green Mile: A Teachable Moment Around Textbooks
Join former California Secretary of Education Dave Long, environmental expert Susan Kinsella and GreenSchools.org's Robin Organ for a discussion on school-sustainability initiatives. Learn how you can not only maintain your bottom line but increase educational and societal success as your district helps save 4 million trees and 2 billion gallons of water annually. Click here to attend this free live event.
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1. This Online Game Shows the Hard Choices Teachers Face Every Day (Teaching Now)
2. 3 Things You Can Do This Summer to Be a Better Teacher in the Fall (CTQ Collaboratory)
3. Teacher's Feedback Can Do More Harm Than Good, Study Finds (Teaching Now)
4. Teachers, Parents Seek Principal's Removal at Los Angeles-Area School
5. 7 Reasons to Empower Students to Self-Assess (Work in Progress)

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