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Teachers Look to Film to Foster Critical Thinking

Proponents of teaching film studies in the K-12 classroom say it boosts students’ complex literacy skills and dovetails with the new common standards. (August 15, 2013)

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March 11, 2014 - Education Week
Arthur C. Graesser, a University of Memphis professor of experimental and cognitive psychology, says "you have to be very subtle in smuggling in serious content."
March 10, 2014 - Education Week
Teachers in Indiana may be a step ahead of the state's policymakers in implementing sweeping academic standards.
March 10, 2014 - Education Week
As teachers transition to common standards, experts say they may need to take on more of a "teacher- researcher" role in the classroom.
March 5, 2014 - Teacher
The idea that a standardized assessment can measure something so broad and nebulous as "critical thinking" or "college readiness" or "teacher efficacy" should be given up entirely, says high school English teacher Ilana Garon.
March 5, 2014 - Teacher
A school district in southwestern Oregon is making a concerted effort to ensure the data its teachers collect and analyze prominently include samples of students' discursive writing.
March 5, 2014 - Teacher
Deborah Meier recounts her experiences in schools during the "heyday" of the campaign to end poverty and considers where the fight stands now.
March 4, 2014 - Education Week
The charter-management group in Chicago is taking a novel approach to building a corps of highly qualified, and racially diverse, teacher-candidates by recruiting its alumni.
February 25, 2014 - Education Week
The test-maker says the goal of its new offering is to serve not only as an assessment, but also as a learning tool for prospective educators.
February 25, 2014 - Education Week
Even though it's a state under Democratic control, California's education policies do not fall in line with those of the Obama administration, writes Charles Taylor Kerchner.
February 25, 2014 - Education Week

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