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Many of today’s classrooms are designed and practiced as teaching classrooms, where the actions and learning are focused on and driven by the teacher. Teaching classrooms however, do not match the needs and expectations for 21st Century learning. To be successful in the 21st Century students need to be engaged in learning classrooms, where the actions and learning are focused on student outcomes and classroom practices that strengthen and deepen not only students’ content knowledge but their overall ability to think deeply, communicate, analyze, problem solve, and take responsibility for their learning.
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Teachers Can't Go It Alone

Teachers Can't Go It Alone | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
When we blame teachers, we fail to address the roles played by budget cuts and by family and child poverty, and we fail to recognize those who are dedicated to student success in the face of great challenges.
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Online Testing, Version 1.0

Online Testing, Version 1.0 | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

At a time when teachers everywhere are complaining that testing takes too much time away from instruction, the state of Oregon has implemented a test that students can take up to three times a year. And that’s just fine with Oregon educators.

That’s because the test is administered on computer. Teachers and students receive almost instantaneous results, and the information can be used diagnostically to target students who need further help to meet state standards and provide them with additional instruction. In that way, the state test, which is intended to provide summative information about what students know, also provides some formative information along the way.

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Back-to-school gadgets that make the grade

Back-to-school gadgets that make the grade | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Forget books, binders and backpacks — today's students also need access to three other B's: broadband, blogs and Bluetooth.
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The 100 Best Twitter Tools For Teachers (2012 Edition) | Edudemic

The 100 Best Twitter Tools For Teachers (2012 Edition) | Edudemic | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
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Math and science fields battle persistent gender gap

Math and science fields battle persistent gender gap | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

Some colleges that specialize in math- and science-related fields have taken steps to increase female enrollment and are seeing results.

 

If the goal of an engineering camp at Kettering University is to get high school girls jazzed about math- and science-related careers, let there be no doubt that Lauryn Watkoske is jazzed.

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Why are people so irrational about the teaching profession?

Why are people so irrational about the teaching profession? | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Of course parents want the best education for themselves or their children, but the welfare of the teacher is way down their wish-list.
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Realigning to Common Core - Stories from School

Realigning to Common Core - Stories from School | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

This summer, I've been participating in a book study about challenges in implementing Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts. In that spirit, I sat down today to look at my scope and sequence for the classes I teach (Freshman English Lit and Comp). All along I've been saying to myself and others that this whole Common Core Standards shifting is no big deal: we're already doing that work, it's just a matter of identifying in those standards all the things we already do--we won't really have to do much that is "new."

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Educators Urge Congress to Support Technology Professional ...

Educators Urge Congress to Support Technology Professional ... | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
This week Don Knezek and I delivered the ISTE Petition urging Congress and the Obama administration to support professional development for digital learning to Congress. The petition, circulated during ISTE 2012, was ...
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Common Questions about the Common Core: commoncore | Glogster EDU - 21st century multimedia tool for educators, teachers and students

Common Questions about the Common Core: commoncore | Glogster EDU - 21st century multimedia tool for educators, teachers and students | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
See the Glog!Common Questions about the Common Core: commoncore | Glogster EDU - 21st century multimedia tool for educators, teachers and students (Common Questions about the Common Core http://t.co/9nOI0jz7...)...
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Thanks for sharing my glog, which came out of some PD with teachers.
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CCSSI Mathematics: CCSSI—reaching higher? or grasping at straws?

CCSSI Mathematics: CCSSI—reaching higher? or grasping at straws? | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
In June 2010, the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, the two organizations that jointly produced CCSSI, issued Reaching Higher, a laudatory report co-signed by many influential ...
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Teaching Innovation Is About More Than iPads in the Classroom

Teaching Innovation Is About More Than iPads in the Classroom | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

Innovation is the currency of progress. In our world of seismic changes, innovation has become a holy grail that promises to shepherd us through these uncertain and challenging times. And there isn't a more visible symbol of innovation than the iPad. It's captured the hearts and minds of disparate subcultures and organizations.

 

In education it's been widely hailed as a revolutionary device, promising to transform education as we know it. Unfortunately, it's not as simple as bulk purchasing iPads and deploying them into the wilds of education. Innovation can't be installed. It has to be grown -- and generally from the margins.

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How Common Core will change testing in schools

How Common Core will change testing in schools | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

"At first glance, the assessments now being developed to accompany the Common Core State Standards do not appear to be much more than we already have, at least in terms of subject-matter covered and grade level. According to the organizations working on developing standards and tests (PARCC and SBEC), as is the case with NCLB there will be summative end-of-the-year tests in grades 3 through 8 and once in high school and these additions: Writing is added as a component of language"

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Largest School Districts See Steady Drop in Enrollment

Largest School Districts See Steady Drop in Enrollment | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

Public schools have struggled with the poor economy, home foreclosures and changes in immigration, and with competition from charter schools.

 

Enrollment in nearly half of the nation’s largest school districts has dropped steadily over the last five years, triggering school closings that have destabilized neighborhoods, caused layoffs of essential staff and concerns in many cities that the students who remain are some of the neediest and most difficult to educate.

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Can Bad Teachers Get Better? Study Says Yes, In Math

Can Bad Teachers Get Better? Study Says Yes, In Math | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
The question of what to do with bad teachers has stymied America's education system of late, sparking chaotic protests in state capitals and vitriolic debate in a recent congressional hearing.
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Five Myths About the Common Core State Standards

Five Myths About the Common Core State Standards | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards are one of the most significant initiatives in American education in decades. Yet the swiftness with which they were developed and adopted has left educators uncertain about exactly what they are. A number of myths about the standards have emerged.

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Can Twitter Replace Traditional Professional Development?

Can Twitter Replace Traditional Professional Development? | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

Twitter and Facebook might soon replace traditional professional development for teachers. Instead of enduring hours-long workshops a few times a year, teachers could reach out to peers on the Internet in real time for advice on things like planning a lesson (or salvaging a lesson that’s going wrong), overcoming classroom management problems, or helping students with disabilities.

 

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Teacher training: how can we attract, recruit and retain the best teachers? - The Guardian (blog)

Teacher training: how can we attract, recruit and retain the best teachers? - The Guardian (blog) | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

Teacher training: how can we attract, recruit and retain the best teachers?

 

We need a debate about what teachers need to learn when they begin their training and what should be done to keep them in the classroom, says the ATL's Nansi Ellis

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YOUTUBE CURRICULUM GREAT SUPPORT FOR COMMON CORE

As the new common core standards are ushered into classrooms around the nation, teachers will need to bring in videos to provide access to content subjects for ELLs especially. In the past, many districts did not allow access ...
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Early Reaction to 'Publishers' Criteria' for Math Common Core

Early Reaction to 'Publishers' Criteria' for Math Common Core | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Feedback is starting to roll in on a set of "publishers' criteria" issued this month for the Common Core State Standards in mathematics, with many (but not all) of the early impressions I'm hearing generally positive, even as some specifics are sparking debate, such as the call for elementary textbooks to not exceed 200 pages in length.
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Summer of Personalized Professional Development - blog*spot

Summer of Personalized Professional Development - blog*spot | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Summer of Personalized Professional Development. This is a great summer! No, not the hot, hot, hot weather, but all the wonderful opportunities to learn more and engage with folks about what I am interested in.
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5 ways to teach kids to use technology safely - Washington Post (blog)

5 ways to teach kids to use technology safely - Washington Post (blog) | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

The Internet has always been around as far as our children can tell. Today, as many as half of all kids up to age 8 use Internet-connected devices, 7.5 million kids under 13 use Facebook, and 30% of apps on parents’ phones are downloaded by their kids. They’re playing games,
Two-year-old Maggie Awad plays an app game called, Icee Maker, on her mother's IPod Touch (Melina Mara/THE WASHINGTON POST) watching videos, or using Skype with far-off relatives. As early as kindergarten or first grade, they are being introduced to their teacher’s website using the PC or laptop in the school library.

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Common core brings rigor, anxiety to classrooms - Atlanta Journal Constitution

Common core brings rigor, anxiety to classrooms - Atlanta Journal Constitution | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionCommon core brings rigor, anxiety to classroomsAtlanta Journal ConstitutionThe year-round Clayton County charter school is one of the first in the state teaching the much-anticipated "Common Core" standards, a new...
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Chicago's big school deal: Longer days for kids, hundreds more teachers

Chicago's big school deal: Longer days for kids, hundreds more teachers | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools have come to a rare agreement, and both sides are claiming victory.

 

Under the tentative agreement, hundreds of teachers -- 754 of them -- will be added to the payroll, primarily in elementary schools. Two hundred seventy seven teachers were already in the pipeline, but Tuesday's agreement adds 477 more.

 

Additionally, the school day for all students will be lengthened.

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National teaching schools : The Department for Education

National teaching schools : The Department for Education | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

Details of the new designation giving outstanding schools a leading role in the training and professional development of teachers, support staff and headteachers. Teaching schools give outstanding schools a leading role in the training and professional development of teachers, support staff and headteachers, as well as contributing to the raising of standards through school-to-school support.

 

Who can apply?

 

The designation of teaching school is open to all schools in England,

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Private schools with vouchers saw test scores fall

The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne analyzed the test scores of 189 private schools with voucher students that administered the statewide test and had 2011 data for comparison. The newspaper reported ( ) Monday that its analysis showed those schools' passing rate for both math and English fell to 85 percent this year, down from 86 percent the year before.

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