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English teacher Nancy Barile uses 'Bowling for Columbine,' a documentary by Michael Moore, in her film course. Performance Assessment Re-Emerging in Schools
Looking for better ways to measure the "deeper learning" goals of the common standards, schools are increasingly turning to formalized performance tasks. Read more.
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PD Webinar: Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 4 to 5 p.m. ET
Boosting Authentic Literacy Through Common-Core Instructional Shifts, With Mike Schmoker

All middle-grade math teachers should have It's All Relative at their fingertips during planning and instruction. This handy 98-page flipchart is designed to engage students and develop deep conceptual understandings while correcting common misconceptions. 30 modules focus on key standards with instructional strategies, activities, and reproducibles. Download 3 free lessons!

How Movies Can Connect Students to Writing and the Common Core
Teacher Nancy Barile writes how she found movies could help students understand using evidence to support claims and how to analyze literary and informational texts, among other skills required by the common standards. Read more.
Getting Ready to Write: Citing Textual Evidence Getting Ready to Write: Citing Textual Evidence
Middle school teacher Dawn Norris shows how she teaches a lesson that is aligned to the common standard on citing textual evidence. See how she helps her students develop the skills to examine, discuss, and write about what they learned. (5 min) Read more.

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Teach For America to Pilot Yearlong Training, Retention Efforts
(Teacher Beat)
Chicago Test Boycott Expands, Gets Support of National Union
(Curriculum Matters)
Designing Infographics for Common-Core Instruction
(Teaching Now)
Teachers Lead the Way in Nevada Common-Core Project
(Education Week)
Obama Budget Pitches Race to Top for Equity, New Money for Ed Tech
(Politics K-12)
How Implementation Problems Bedevil New Ed. Initiatives
(Teaching Now)
New Guidelines Offered for Helping Schools Create Reliable Internet Networks
(Digital Education)
When Education Is But a Test Score
(Education Week)

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In Three Months, I Forgot How to Teach
(Charting My Own Course)
What My Almost-Dropout Brother Taught Me About Education
(Lessons From China)
Response: Building 'Political Will' to Retain Teachers in High-Need Schools
(Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo)
John Kuhn at the NPE Conference: 'This Is Our Education Spring'
(Living in Dialogue)
There IS Time for Professional Learning
(Learning Forward's PD Watch)
How Do I Become an Instructional Coach?
(The Art of Coaching Teachers)
No Mystique, No Respect: On Valuing Teachers and Teaching
(View From the Bronx)
WEBINAR - Friday, March 7, 2014, 2 to 3 p.m. ET
Using Transitional Coursework in High School to Improve College Success
Some states and districts now offer transitional curricula for high school students who aspire to college but need more preparation to succeed. This webinar will examine developments in this area, with a special focus on a new Tennessee initiative. Click here to attend this free live event.
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WEBINAR - Thursday, March 13, 2014, 2 to 3 p.m. ET
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