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Boosting Authentic Literacy Through Common-Core Instructional Shifts
In this special webinar, teaching expert Mike Schmoker will discuss the three instructional shifts inherent in the common standards and demonstrate how teachers across subject areas can use them to reshape literacy lessons. Schmoker will also address what he sees as potential pitfalls of the common standards—areas that could easily divert educators' attention from the "essence of authentic literacy."

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Students need vocabulary instruction every day to build lasting word knowledge. Word Nerds shows you how to fit it into an already-packed literacy schedule with a classroom-tested 5-part plan that improves achievement while building confidence and enthusiasm. Includes reproducible planners, organizers, and rubrics. Preview the entire book!

English teacher Nancy Barile uses 'Bowling for Columbine,' a documentary by Michael Moore, in her film course. Teachers May Need to Deepen Assessment Practices for Common Core
As teachers transition to common standards, experts say they may need to take on more of a "teacher-researcher" role in the classroom. Read more.
Teacher Home Visits: The Importance of Sharing a Meal
Elementary school teacher Emily Kilgore discovered that getting to know a student's family helped spark her sense of purpose. Read more.

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Traveling STEM Fair Draws In Teachers and Students
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AFT Says It Will No Longer Accept Gates Funding
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How are schools killing the love of reading? In Readicide Kelly Gallagher describes four damaging instructional practices, and offers suggestions on how teachers can cultivate lifelong readers. Click here to read Chapter 1: The Elephant in the Room.

Table for 22: A Real-World Geometry Project Table for 22: A Real-World Geometry Project
Middle school teacher Suney Park demonstrates how she backtracks to build students' content knowledge before teaching new information on area and perimeter. Her lesson, designed to meet the common standards, aims to get students to apply knowledge of area and perimeter to solve real-world problems . (14 min) Read more.

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Reducing Attrition in Urban Schools 'By Listening to Our Teachers'
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Turning China Terrorist Attack Into Lesson on Love
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Chicago Teacher Explains the Infamous Viral PD Video
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Who Should Evaluate Teachers?
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Clarifying the Role of School Board Members
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Unlearning Learned Helplessness
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CHAT - Tuesday, March 18, 2014 2 p.m.–3 p.m. ET
Digital Advances Reshaping Formative Assessment
Educational technology is reshaping formative assessment. But what impact are those changes having on teaching and student learning? Assessment expert Margaret Heritage and high school principal Alice DeWittie discuss the promises and realities of technology-enabled formative assessment. Sign up here to receive an email reminder for this chat.
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WEBINAR - Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 1 to 2 p.m. ET
Building a Stronger Digital Link Between Learning and Assessment
Educators are using digital tools in new ways to embed assessments into instruction and personalize learning. Our experts will help educators identify the best approaches for using technology to assess students and personalize learning. Click here to attend this free live event.
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WEBINAR - Thursday, March 20, 2014, 2 to 3 p.m. ET
Supporting Early Education in a Common-Core Era
Kyle Snow, research director for the National Association for the Education of Young Children, will join a school principal to talk about supporting teachers and young learners under common-core standards. Click here to attend this free live event.
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