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Turns Out, Snow Days Don't Impact Students' Test Scores

Turns Out, Snow Days Don't Impact Students' Test Scores | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Students, parents and administrators often make a fuss about snow days, but it's really individual absences that affect learning, according to a new study." School closings for snow "have no effect at all on student achievement for the sample...
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Our Sixth Annual Found Poem Challenge

Our Sixth Annual Found Poem Challenge | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"The bad news? We won’t be judging the challenge this year, or declaring winners. The good news? The Learning Network is hopefully getting an upgraded commenting system soon."
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Resources for Assessment in Project-Based Learning

Resources for Assessment in Project-Based Learning | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Looking for tools and strategies for effective assessment in project-based learning? To support you, we've assembled this guide to helpful resources from Edutopia and beyond."
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Maine teacher wins first-ever Global Teacher Prize, $1 million

"Nancie Atwell, who founded the Center for Teaching and Learning in Edgecomb, was picked from a field of 10 teachers."
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Reaching Math Students One by One

Reaching Math Students One by One | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
A "digital-based program lets teachers divide up a class of 30 students into 30 different levels at which to teach them critical skills."
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How exactly is America exceptional?

How exactly is America exceptional? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Lawmakers in Oklahoma recently joined officials in Colorado, Texas, Georgia, Nebraska, Tennessee and elsewhere in trying to prohibit high schools in their states from adopting the new American history Advanced Placement exams."
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What’s an Adolescent Brain’s Weakness? Other Tweens

"Adolescents get a bad rep for being irrational. The bad news: It's kinda deserved. The good news: Teen brains come equipped with an internal Mr. Spock, trying to keep them safe."
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Google's Art Project Extension Makes Every Tab Classy

Google's Art Project Extension Makes Every Tab Classy | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Google Art Project, developed by the Google Cultural Institute, puts fine art on every new tab you open."
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More than 1,400 new species of marine creatures added to world register

More than 1,400 new species of marine creatures added to world register | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"There's plenty more fish - and other marine creatures - in the sea, according to a new world register which has added 1,400 new species to its list."
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Empowerment: The Key to the Future

Empowerment: The Key to the Future | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
“'We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.' • John F. Kennedy issued this call at Rice University to encourage Americans to support the first manned mission to the moon in 1962. His powerful words ushered in a new era of space exploration that stretched Americans’ thinking and capacity to innovate. Since then, the U.S. manned space program has been constantly evolving. From the Apollo program to the Space Shuttle program to the International Space Station, NASA has been pushing the impossible further and further from Earth. Unless NASA changes its thinking and way of doing things, however, these manned missions may have reached their limit."
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The Teaching Brain and the Science Behind Great Teaching

The Teaching Brain and the Science Behind Great Teaching | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"I recently read The Teaching Brain: An Evolutionary Trait at the Heart of Education by Vanessa Rodriguez with Michelle Fitzpatrick."
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Kindergarten Reading Instruction: Ignoring the Experts

Defending the Early Years and the Alliance for Childhood have released a report about the use of Kindergarten reading instruction. Authored by Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin, and Joan Wolfsheimer Almon, the report gives up its conclusion in its title: "Reading Instruction in Kindergarten: Little To Gain, and Much To Lose." • If you prefer your information in video form, here's a handy short clip they've created to tout the report's conclusions:"
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Read the full transcript of Obama's rousing, emotional speech in Selma

"What greater form of patriotism is there than the belief that America is not yet finished?" • The President's speech begins at a point 2 hours and 13 minutes into the video.
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7 Questions About the Meaning of the Germanwings Crash

7 Questions About the Meaning of the Germanwings Crash | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"One of the plane's pilots appears to have downed the aircraft deliberately. What are the consequences?"
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Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement

Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Blogger and English teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron asked her eighth grade students what they find most engaging in the classroom."
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5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools

5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"With tools like Socrative, Kahoot, Zaption, Chatzy, and Plickers, teachers can use tech for immediate feedback about how students are learning and understanding the lesson."
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Teacher prize winner gives away $1m

Teacher prize winner gives away $1m | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Nancie Atwell, an English teacher from [Maine,] US, wins an inaugural competition for the world's best teacher, but pledges to give the prize money to her school."
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‘An African’s Message for America’

‘An African’s Message for America’ | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"This short documentary profiles a Kenyan activist who asks American student volunteers: 'Why do you want to help us? Help your own country.'"
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On Pi Day, Celebrate Math’s Enigmas

On Pi Day, Celebrate Math’s Enigmas | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Pi’s combination of utility and enigma is the perfect metaphor for the subject."
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Diane Ravitch's March 9th Speech in Long Island

Diane Ravitch's March 9th Speech in Long Island | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"On March 9, 2015, education historian Diane Ravitch offered a 35-minute keynote address at the "Stand Together to Save Public Education: A Call to Action" rally in Long Island, New York."
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The Apollo 11 Virtual Reality Experience - Education VR

The Apollo 11 Virtual Reality Experience - Education VR | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Using Virtual Reality you will become Neil Armstrong on what is the 20th century's most enduring achievement."
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Learning Apps Outstrip School Oversight, and Loss of Student Privacy Is Among the Risks

Learning Apps Outstrip School Oversight, and Loss of Student Privacy Is Among the Risks | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Apps and other software can put powerful teaching tools at teachers’ fingertips, but concerns abound over data security, effectiveness and marketing."
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Vermont: The Heavy Fist of the Federal Government Demands Testing!

"Vermont is not only a beautiful state, but it is a wonderful state when it comes to education. Early on, Vermont policymakers made clear that its educators would do what was right for children and would not be bullied by federal bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. • But something strange is happening. Keri Gelenian, the principal of Rivendell Academy, sent out a letter to 196 other principals and SBAC testing coordinators the Common Core test to inform them that the school would not administer the test. The response was silence. Then State Commissioner Rebecca Holcombe, who was earlier named a hero of American education by this blog for her steadfast values, wrote a letter to all schools warning that they would lose all federal aid–Title I, special education, and everything else– unless they gave the Common Core test. I assume she believes this to be true or she would not have sent out this warning."
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Miami Charter School Hailed by Jeb Bush Ended in Ruin

Miami Charter School Hailed by Jeb Bush Ended in Ruin | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"The Liberty City Charter School, the first of its kind in Florida and a pioneer in what became a national movement, is a ruin baking in the sun."
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Future Ready Schools: Empowering Educators through Professional Learning toolkit | Office of Educational Technology

Future Ready Schools: Empowering Educators through Professional Learning toolkit | Office of Educational Technology | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"This toolkit provides leaders with a multi-step decision-making process, practical tools, and numerous examples for setting a trajectory of positive change, moving assertively toward achievement of student learning and improvement goals. The toolkit recognizes that improvements in student learning are related to improvements in educator practice and that strengthened practice is supported by research- and standards-based professional learning.
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