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Dealing with Common Core backlash

As debate over the Common Core continues to spread in major media outlets, local administrators must address parent and community concerns to keep the focus on student learning. Conflicting information from so many sources makes communication from the district crucial. 

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One username, one password

To make sure teachers keep their focus on learning and teaching—and not on logistics and subscriptions—curriculum and technology specialists must work together to see that information systems make materials accessible from the moment students and educators walk into the classroom.

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Inside the brain of a struggling reader

While home environment, access to books, and social and economic factors all play a part in children’s literacy development, brain differences also play a crucial role. This means a one-size-fits-all approach to education simply does not work for every child, and can keep struggling students behind.

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Fostering true teacher leadership

Teachers want to have influence in their schools, but formal leadership roles in K12 schools are limited. If many teachers leave their schools because they feel that opportunities to advance are lacking, why do some building leaders still fail to empower teachers with some autonomy over their own work?

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Tips for hiring the best tech staff

Student-centered CIOs must now focus more on the user experience than on just keeping networks and machines functioning. The spread of mobile devices and apps in the classroom makes hiring the right technology leaders a priority for digital learning initiatives.

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Do teacher prep programs lack rigor?

A National Council on Teacher Quality report citing a lack of rigor and grade inflation in teacher preparation courses is being disputed by the organization that represents college and university education programs.

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Districts campaign to compete in era of school choice

The era of school choice and open enrollment has driven many district leaders to create innovative programs and to more aggressively publicize their offerings to compete with charters and private schools that have drawn away families and funding.

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Inside the science of learning

In his book How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens, New York Times science reporter Benedict Carey examines well-worn advice about learning, only to find much of it misguided or outdated. Instead, recent research shows that sometimes contradictory study techniques may actually lead to greater success in the classroom.

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Psychological stress on schools

In many schools, psychologists have time for little more than assessing students. That prevents them from using their range of skills in counseling, data analysis and preventing bullying, suicide and violence.

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Find, keep, cultivate the best teachers

Teacher quality is crucial to the success of schooling, yet the teacher-hiring process is sometimes rushed and ad hoc. A late-summer flurry of activity in which subjective factors—from where a candidate went to high school to how many resumes an exhausted principal has already reviewed—can weigh as heavily as meaningful evidence of academic achievement or instructional effectiveness.

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