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Rethinking Principal Evaluation: Nation’s Principals Release New Framework for Policy and Practice

Rethinking Principal Evaluation is a set of policy recommendations and practical guidelines designed to help states and districts to adopt a new paradigm including the institution of multiple and meaningful measurement systems of principal and assistant principal effectiveness.

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ASCD Announces Additional Common Core State Standards Institutes for Fall 2012 and Winter 2013

These new institutes are part of the association’s ongoing effort to support educators at all levels nationwide as they implement the Common Core State Standards.

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DreamBox Learning Expands K-5 Math Curriculum Intelligent Adaptive Learning Technology at Center of Blended Learning Strategies in Schools Nationwide

With its latest release, DreamBox Learning has dramatically expanded its K-5 grade coverage, adding 120 lessons for grades 4-5 with new content that includes: fraction multiplication and division, standard algorithms, and multi-digit multiplication and division. 

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C-SPAN’s 2012 StudentCam Challenges Students to Compete in National Documentary Contest

The public affairs network today announces its call for entries in the 2012 StudentCam. Now in its eighth year, C-SPAN’s national competition invites all middle school students (grades 6-8) and high school students (grades 9-12) to produce a five- to eight- minute video documentary using C-SPAN programming.

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Wanderful Launches New Collection of Interactive Storybook Apps

These interactive storybook apps deliver imaginative and fully interactive experiences for young and emerging readers through high-quality animated content loved by children, parents and teachers alike. The three new apps –Mercer Mayer's "Little Monster at School," Marc Brown's "Arthur's Teacher Trouble" and Aesop's "The Tortoise and the Hare," – are available beginning today on the App Store.

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New Report Offers Deeper Look at STEM Learning Across States

Vital Signs 2012 examines not only student performance but also access to educational opportunity and the amount of instructional support schools and teachers receive. The 51 state reports, which include data never available before, offer specific recommendations for each state to improve STEM teaching and learning in grades K-12.

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Schools May Now Apply for Nationwide ‘Healthy School Makeover Contest’

Video entries are now being accepted for the nationwide Healthy School Makeover Contest, with the winner receiving an unprecedented grand prize worth $45,000 in educational materials, training, and equipment. Individuals can nominate a school by submitting a short video explaining why their school needs a healthy school makeover and how they’ll use the Grand Prize award to improve the health of their students. 

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Pennsylvania Department of Education Selects Teachscape’s Framework for Teaching Proficiency System

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has chosen Teachscape, the leader in delivering Web-based professional learning content, innovative technologies, and expert services to improve teaching practice, to provide a system by which to train and assess the state’s 5,350 teacher evaluators. 

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New MimioReading Software Suite Offers Proven Supplemental, Intervention Support for Reading Comprehension

The MimioReading programs teach strategies for mastering the four primary components of comprehension – finding facts, making inferences, identifying themes and the "main idea," and learning vocabulary in context – via age-appropriate content and challenging, meaningful activities that improve retention and promote collaboration.

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FundingFactory Inspires Participants to Reach New "Green" Goals

Participants in the free fundraising-by-recycling program can sign into their accounts to set a yearly fundraising goal, measure their progress, and share that information with students, parents, community members, and business supporters.

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