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Killeen Independent School District Deepens Professional Development Partnership with ASCD

Killeen Independent School District (ISD)—whose more than 6,100 staff members serve approximately 42,000 students—is deepening its relationship with ASCD to meet its professional development goals.

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Portland Public Schools Adds More Teachers to Budget After Parental Outcry

Superintendent Carole Smith added 58 high school teaching positions to her initial budget proposal on Monday after parents publicly decried a schedule that doesn'™t allow most students to have a full school day.

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ASCD Publishes Leadership Guide on Transforming Any Teacher into a Master

ASCD is pleased to announce the release of Never Underestimate Your Teachers: Instructional Leadership for Excellence in Every Classroom by best-selling education author, renowned educator, and professional development expert Robyn R. Jackson.

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Teacher Pay Hurt by Recession, Report Says

According to a report released Tuesday, the vast majority of teachers in the nation’s largest school districts took a pay cut or saw their pay frozen at least one year between 2008 and 2012.

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ASCD Summer Reading List Identifies 10 Books That Can Transform Teaching and Learning

In the spirit of promoting year-round professional development, ASCD has assembled a diverse list of books essential to educators who seek to improve their practice over the summer months.

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The Right - and Wrong - Role for Teachers

Bill Gates’ faith in test scores as indicators of effectiveness makes it clear that he buys the conventional wisdom that the teacher’s role is to “deliver information.” But what if the conventional wisdom is wrong?

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Portland Public Schools Proposes Adding 66 Positions in Budget Proposal

Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith on Monday proposed adding 66 staff positions -- a big share of them art teachers -- in a "relatively stable" 2013-14 budget propped up by increased state funding and a city-wide arts income tax.

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Miami-Dade School District Rewards Top Teachers with Performance Bonuses

Monday’s pomp and circumstance marked the second year of the school district’s unique foray into performance pay, a controversial issue pushed both by the Obama administration’s Race to the Top program and the Florida Legislature.

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Unions' Charter-School Push

Charter schools have spread across the country while generally keeping organized labor out, with operators saying they can manage schools better when their staffs aren't unionized. But labor groups are now making a big push to get a stronger foothold in this educational realm.

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