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|TOP STORY |
Teacher Leaders Network 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.
| ||Use multiple-choice math tests to improve instruction! Each of the Beyond the Bubble books (grades 2-3 & 4-5) dissects 30 sample problems spanning five major strands, showing you how to prompt conversations that reveal strengths and weaknesses. Click here for details!|
|Education Week PD Webinars |
|Wednesday, July 13, 2011 2 p.m. EDT|
In this webinar, you'll learn how innovative STEM teachers are locating and coordinating outside materials and expertise and integrating them into their curriculum and instruction—taking on more of a project manager role. The presentation will also explore how the effective use of such resources can enhance students' problem-solving skills.
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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?
Join the discussion.
|TEACHER BOOK CLUB |
| 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.
|MORE HEADLINES |
|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)|
CommentaryA 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)
|TEACHER BLOGS |
Teacher in a Strange LandNancy Flanagan says she will march in the Save our Schools movement for her granddaughters, who are considering becoming teachers.
|TEACHING NOW |
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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|Ed Tech 2012: Boosting Student Achievement |
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 8 a.m. EDT
Friday, October 7, 2011 8 a.m. CST
Join education technology experts at Ed Tech 2012 for an interactive day focused on learning how schools are using ed tech to improve teaching, learning, and school management.
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|EDUCATION WEEK EVENTS|
|EDUCATION WEEK SPOTLIGHT|
|Spotlight on Teacher Evaluation|
New for 2011! Assessing teacher performance is a complicated issue, raising questions of how to best measure teacher effectiveness. This Spotlight examines ways to assess teaching and efforts to improve teacher evaluation.
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