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Middle school language arts teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron says teachers need to commit themselves to linking instruction more directly to the skills students will need for life after high school.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011 2 p.m. EDT

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 2 p.m. EDT

Women, minorities, and people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds have long been underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. In this webinar, you will learn about specific programs and strategies for engaging students—in particular those who are statistically less likely to pursue STEM careers—in the process of science.

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Featured Discussion
Is Bad Teacher Good for Education?

The new movie, Bad Teacher, is drawing varied reviews from our EdWeek bloggers. Rick Hess, of Rick Hess Straight Up fame, sees it as a revealing glimpse into human nature and a commentary on merit pay. On the other hand, Nancy Flanagan, of Teacher in a Strange Land, worries that it's giving people a worse impression of schools.

What are your thoughts? Is Bad Teacher doing more harm than good with the behavior of the title character? Or are the conversations being sparked about public education redeeming the movie?

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This Summer, Get Focused With the Education Week Teacher Book Club

Remember to join us July 19-21 for our online Teacher Book Club discussion with Mike Schmoker, author of Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning.

In Focus, Schmoker makes a bracing case for a back-to-basics approach to education. He calls on educators to abandon ever-changing "fads, programs, and innovations," and zero in on what he calls the "three essential elements" of high-quality instruction: coherent curriculum, effective lesssons, and intensive reading and writing.

You can buy the book here or here. For a summary, see our Book Backgrounder.

Then share your thoughts, critiques, and questions with colleagues nationwide July 19-21. A direct link to the discussion will be sent that week to all Teacher Book Club members. Sign up to become a Book Club member here.

Teacher Beat
NEA Convention Coverage

Education Week reporter Stephen Sawchuck was blogging from the NEA's annual convention in Chicago this weekend. Catch up on all the developments, including NEA's new teacher-evaluation proposal, a grudging endorsement of President Obama, and a swipe at Teach For America.

The Michigan Legislature approved changes to the teacher tenure system that supporters say would make it easier to remove ineffective teachers from the classroom. (Associated Press)
A new synthesis of 50 years of National Education Association data underscores the need for ways to direct and systematize disparate education research activities, the NEA's Darrel Drury writes. (Education Week)
Special Report: Multimedia Transformation
Schools are incorporating computer simulations and 3-D modeling to help students visualize and understand complex concepts. (Education Week)
Former Superintendent Beverly Hall knew about cheating allegations on standardized tests but either ignored them or tried to hide them, according to a state investigation. (Associated Press)
California lawmakers sent the governor a bill that would require public schools to include the contributions of gays and lesbians in social studies curriculum. (Associated Press)

Living in Dialogue
Anthony Cody defends Diane Ravitch against recent media criticism.
Coach G's Teaching Tips
David Ginsburg blogs about the International Society for Technology in Education conference.
Teacher in a Strange Land
Nancy Flanagan says she will march in the Save our Schools movement for her granddaughters, who are considering becoming teachers.
A Place at the Table
On our nation's birthday, Susan Graham recalls John Adams, who said: "There are two types of education ... One should teach us how to make a living, and the other how to live."
Learning Forward's PD Watch
As leaders, it is crucial that we remind the adults in our schools and districts of their responsibility to protect all children.

Education Week Teacher's editorial blog, Teaching Now, provides the latest news, ideas, and resources for teacher leaders. Comments welcome.

Upcoming Webinar
Wednesday, July 19, 2011 2 p.m. EDT

Many arts advocates suggest integrating dance, music, theater, and visual arts across the curriculum holds great promise to enhance student learning—and revitalize the arts in public schools. Although not a new idea, teaching "through" the arts appears to be gaining a stronger foothold, proponents say. Examples span the country and content areas. Take dance, where the art form has been used in a Baltimore County, Md., school to help teach scientific concepts like photosynthesis, and in suburban Minneapolis to bring the Underground Railroad to life. A White House advisory panel recently made the case for "reinvesting" in arts education and drew special attention to arts integration, suggesting that it can boost student motivation and provide both academic and social benefits. This webinar will explore the potential of bringing together the arts with other subjects in a mutual learning experience and point to promising examples, as well as the challenges to ensure that such efforts achieve their academic goals.

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The Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Culturally Responsive Teaching

Education Week Teacher readers are encouraged to apply or nominate colleagues for the new Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Culturally Responsive Teaching. The award will honor educators who excel at teaching students from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.

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Real-World Learning: Creating Authentic Lessons in Math and Reading

The Spring 2011 issue of the Teacher PD Sourcebook is now online. This issue looks at how innovative educators are working to build stronger connections between math and literacy instruction and students' own lives. See the complete table of contents.

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The STEM Teacher as Project Manager: Leveraging Outside Knowledge and Resources PD Webinar July 13, 2:00 p.m. Eastern
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