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Redefining Books
A new digital book-sharing service gives students with disabilities access to books in alternative content formats.
How English-Language Learners Have an Edge
Non-native English speakers—who access meaning through more than one language—can offer novel insights during whole-class comprehension exercises, says one high school teacher.
Redefining Instruction With Technology: Five Essential Steps
One teacher learned the hard way that just bringing iPads into the classroom won't truly change things—you also have to redefine your practice.
Using Twitter in High School Classrooms
Bill Ferriter discusses several ways that teachers can use Twitter in classrooms to encourage reflection and conversation among their students.
Teaching: A Wired Profession
Educators are more tech-savvy today than they were just two years ago, according to a survey overseen by Project Tomorrow, a technology-focused education nonprofit.
Video-Lesson Project Flourishes
Can a free online library of video lessons revolutionize classroom instruction?
Special Needs and the Whiteboard Effect
A former National Teacher of the Year finds that multimedia instructional technology helps engage students with severe emotional disabilities.
Assistive Technology: Write Answers
Since difficulties in writing are wide-ranging—and technology is rapidly evolving—finding the right assistive technology device can be an ordeal.
Applicable Teaching Tools
Educators are discovering that iPads and other tablet computers offer new routes to learning for students with disabilities.
Passion-Based Learning for the 21st Century
Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach believes teachers need to bring a "sense of wonderment" back into student learning.
Your Future Colleagues?
South Korea hopes to have robot teachers in all of its 8,400 kindergarten classrooms by 2013.
Video Buffs

Making Math Connections
A project that uses smartphones as learning tools is giving students a new perspective on math.
Life Equations
Renowned educator Dan Meyer encourages teachers to drop the textbooks and teach students the math that's all around them.
Writing Re-Launched: Teaching with Digital Tools
Innovative language arts teachers are finding that adapting writing instruction to technology can enhance engagement without sacrificing the fundamentals.

Education Week: High Schools
Education Week: News and Information About Issues in Education for Educators

Proposed Higher-Ed Revamp Could Shake Up Student Aid, Teacher Prep - Education Week
Republicans in Congress want to simplify student aid forms in their rewrite of the Higher Education Act. But they also would end student-loan forgiveness programs that help some teachers, and would shut off funding for teacher-preparation programs.
When it Comes to Advanced Coursework, Equity is Access and Access is Equitable - Teacher-Leader Voices - Education Week Teacher
Around the nation students of color and low-income students are underrepresented in accelerated courses; this is a long-term driver and consequence of societal inequality.
Response: Policy-Makers Need to Know There are no 'Easy Fixes' in Education - Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo - Education Week Teacher
Donna Wilson, Marcus Conyers, Jen Schwanke, Dr. Rachael Gabriel, Dr. Sarah Woulfin, Karen Gross, and Brian Moore write what they think policy-makers are missing when it comes to education.
How Well Is Your State Improving High School Graduation Rates? - Inside School Research - Education Week
Nationwide, high school graduation rates have climbed for the past five years, but the improvement has been far from equal across states.
Apprenticeships or College? How About Both? - High School & Beyond - Education Week
Policymakers need to break down barriers that promote a false choice between apprenticeships and higher education. A new paper outlines steps to blend the two.
Prospect of Elite Competitions Inspires Top-Notch Training for High Schoolers - Curriculum Matters - Education Week
High schools step up to support students entering the Siemens Competition in math, science, and technology, which announced its winners this week.
Gunman Who Disguised Himself to Get Into a N.M. School Had Been Investigated by FBI - Education Week
A 21-year-old gunman who disguised himself as a student to get into a New Mexico high school where he killed two students had caught the attention of U.S. investigators more than a year ago, authorities said Friday.
Timing of Vocational Education Matters - Walt Gardner's Reality Check - Education Week
Vocational education courses for juniors and seniors in high school have their greatest impact.
Chicago CEO Resigns Amid Ethics Probe; Veteran Educator Named Interim Chief - District Dossier - Education Week
Janice Jackson, the chief education officer in Chicago, will ascend to the top job after CEO Forrest Claypool quit Friday. Jackson becomes the third chief of the city's schools in two years.
Multiple Measures: The Story Data Doesn't Always Show - Work in Progress - Education Week Teacher
As we continue to talk about data and the necessity of it while we are making choices about programs and students, we need to remember that each child's story is what makes the data valuable.
Police: Shooting reported at New Mexico high school - Education Week

Two Students, Gunman Dead After Shooting at New Mexico High School - Rules for Engagement - Education Week
Two students are dead after a shooter entered a New Mexico high school near the Navajo Nation Thursday morning. The gunman also died at the scene, police said.
Colleges Expand Commitments to Recruit Underserved Students - High School & Beyond - Education Week
Colleges and universities are expanding their commitments to bring more low-income, high-achieving students onto their campuses as part of the American Talent Initiative.
What's Behind the Record Rises in U.S. Graduation Rates? - Education Week
Experts and policymakers offer differing thoughts on the reasons behind the recent rises in high school graduation rates, which are affecting students from nearly every racial and income group and those with disabilities.
What's Behind Rising Graduation Rates for English-Learners and Native-American Students? - Learning the Language - Education Week
Educators and researchers are questioning whether the increase in high school completion rates means the needs of those students are being better served in the nation's K-12 schools.
Data: U.S. Graduation Rates by State and Student Demographics - Education Week
Interact with the charts below to see how graduation rates for U.S. students, and different student populations, have changed over time and how your state's gradation rate compares.
The Elusive Goldilocks Model of School Accountability - Rick Hess Straight Up - Education Week
Adam Edgerton recently shared with me a thoughtful take on practical challenges states confront when it comes to accountability. In particular, he flags the challenge of striking a Goldilocks balance of being more "supportive" without simply being squishy.
NAEP vs. PISA? Hands down, It's PISA - Top Performers - Education Week
PISA's collection of background data provides policymakers critical insights beyond just student performance. Marc Tucker makes the case that NAEP should collect similar information.
Rethinking High School (and Accountability, Choice, and Philanthropy): Russlynn Ali of XQ Institute - Digital Education - Education Week
Personalized and competency-based learning will be key to remaking high schools, XQ Institute CEO Russlynn Ali told a gathering of education reporters.
How the Russians Hacked Our Math Curriculum - Education Week
An overemphasis on calculus in high school may be harming students, writes Dickinson College professor Jeffrey Forrester.

Education Week: Dropouts
Education Week: News and Information About Issues in Education for Educators

Timing of Vocational Education Matters - Walt Gardner's Reality Check - Education Week
Vocational education courses for juniors and seniors in high school have their greatest impact.
How Well Is Your State Improving High School Graduation Rates? - Inside School Research - Education Week
Nationwide, high school graduation rates have climbed for the past five years, but the improvement has been far from equal across states.
What's Behind the Record Rises in U.S. Graduation Rates? - Education Week
Experts and policymakers offer differing thoughts on the reasons behind the recent rises in high school graduation rates, which are affecting students from nearly every racial and income group and those with disabilities.
What's Behind Rising Graduation Rates for English-Learners and Native-American Students? - Learning the Language - Education Week
Educators and researchers are questioning whether the increase in high school completion rates means the needs of those students are being better served in the nation's K-12 schools.
U.S. Graduation Rate Hits New All-Time High, With Gains in All Student Groups - High School & Beyond - Education Week
The high school graduation rate has reached yet another all-time high, with notable gains in all groups of students.
How can alternative education meet the needs of kids? - Education Week

New Analyses Boost Claims of Lasting Benefits From Pre-K - Education Week
A pair of recent studies reinforce the value of high-quality preschool, suggesting that future research may pivot toward just why such programs are effective.
Washington experiments with providing schooling for adults - Education Week

Faced with high illiteracy rates, DC pushes adult learning - Education Week

Transforming High Schools: 8 Strategies for EdLeaders - Vander Ark on Innovation - Education Week
Transforming urban high schools is enormously challenging. In this post, Tom shares 8 effective strategies he's observed through his work and visits to hundreds of schools around the country.
New Analysis Finds Long-Lasting Benefits From Early-Childhood Education - Early Years - Education Week
Participating in high-quality preschool can reduce special education placement and grade retention and increase high school graduation rates, according to a new analysis of multiple studies.
Career Education - Education Week
Taking career and technical education classes in high school increases students' odds of graduating on time but doesn't improve their chances of enrolling in college, finds a new study in the American Educational Research Journal.
'There Is No Oversight': Private-School Vouchers Can Leave Parents on Their Own - Education Week
The Florida private schools that last year collected $825 million in taxpayer-funded vouchers and scholarships have few requirements for informing the public on how they are serving students.
No Montana curriculum yet for child sexual abuse prevention - Education Week

Philadelphia Mayor Calls for Local Control of City's Schools - District Dossier - Education Week
Mayor James Kenney says a local board to govern the city's public schools would be appointed, making him ultimately accountable for the success or failure of the district.
Vocational Education Awards Are Needed - Walt Gardner's Reality Check - Education Week
Vocational education would gain greater respect if the media gave more coverage to the world championship of vocational skills.
Career and Tech Ed. Courses Don't Boost Chances of College-Going, Study Finds - High School & Beyond - Education Week
A new study finds that career and technical education courses can reduce dropping out in high school, and increase on-time graduation. But it also finds that CTE courses don't necessarily boost college enrollment rates.
How Segregation Impedes Graduation: New Research to Know - Inside School Research - Education Week
And as segregation intensifies, efforts to raise graduation rates and achievement may stall, new studies suggest.
Ohio's Largest Virtual School Threatens Closure Amid Enrollment Controversy - Education Week
At the heart of the dispute are software-login records, which Ohio officials used to determine attendance and enrollment at the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow.
Graduation Rates - Education Week
The high school dropout rate among Hispanic students is at an all-time low, says a new study by the Pew Research Center.

Education Week: Teaching Profession
Education Week: News and Information About Issues in Education for Educators

Teacher Professional Development: Many Choices, Few Quality Checks - Education Week
A diffuse—and mostly unregulated—set of providers has sprung up to meet teachers’ varying needs for renewal credits.
Cutting a New Path on License Renewal for Teachers - Education Week
License renewal requirements affect every teacher on a regular basis, educator and former policymaker Kim Walters-Parker writes. Why isn't the process meaningful?
Is Teacher Recertification Broken? - Education Week
Advocates and state officials should think about how the neglected policies could be used as a lever to improve teacher quality, experts say.
How Licensing Rules Kept One Teacher of the Year Out of Public Schools - Education Week
Megan Allen is an award-winning, National Board-certified teacher. But when she crossed state lines, her teaching license didn't follow.
Inching Toward Relicensure, One 'Microcredential' at a Time - Education Week
The bite-sized competencies are gaining ground as a PD tool. In Tennessee, they can also help teachers maintain their licenses.
It's Not How Long You Spend in PD, It's How Much You Grow - Education Week
Georgia is one of more than a dozen states where teachers looking to renew their licenses can ditch the one-off seminars and instead craft personalized plans for improving their instruction.
Even National Board Teachers Don't Get a Pass on License Renewal - Education Week
Only about half of states allow the rigorous certification process to count toward the renewal of teacher licenses—a figure the National Board wishes to change.
Making a Case for 'Timely, Purposeful, Progressive' PD - Education Week
When the professional development that teachers must take to renew their licenses is meaningful, teachers will stay in the profession and maintain a high level of job satisfaction, argues Brian Curtin, an Illinois English teacher.
When It Comes to Sexual Harassment, Schools Are Not Immune - Education Week
The cascade of sexual harassment and assault allegations against high-profile men in politics and entertainment has raised concerns across industries, including in education.
Motion in Congress on Tax Plans With Effects on K-12 - Education Week
House and Senate proposals differ on changes to the federal tax code that could affect out-of-pocket teacher expenses, school choice, and even federal funding.
Teacher Salaries, Experience Down Since Wis. Curbed Collective Bargaining - Education Week
Teachers in Wisconsin are earning less money and exiting the profession at higher rates than they were before the state restricted unions' collective-bargaining rights, concludes a study from the Center for American Progress.
The Evolution of the Networked Educator - Education Week
Thanks to digital and face-to-face networks, teachers have the capacity to be valuable collaborators with one another from potentially anywhere in the world—meaning more ways to share ideas and improve education, writes Paul Barnwell.
Teachers Get an Invite to Policy Table in N.M. - Education Week
After some contentious debates over its tough teacher-evaluation system, New Mexico is reaching out with new initiatives aimed at incorporating teachers’ input on education decisions made at the state level.
What's Next for This State's Tough Teacher Evaluation System? - Education Week
A higher percentage of teachers come up short in New Mexico than in many other states—but that could change.
Are States Changing Course on Teacher Evaluation? - Education Week
Current trends indicate states are backing away from using student-growth measures—and standardized-test scores, in particular—to gauge teacher quality.
Spotlight on English-Language Learners - Education Week
Rural schools are tackling unique challenges to provide a quality education to their students. In this Spotlight, see how schools are expanding access to hard-to-staff courses, building up talented teacher workforces, and developing place-based lessons to reach promising students.
Five Things to Know About the $250 Tax Break That Teachers Could Lose - Education Week
Here are five questions—and some answers—about the popular tax deduction for teachers that the Republicans’ proposed tax overhaul has put on the chopping block.
Give Teachers a Voice in Education Reform - Education Week
Here are four guiding principles for a more robust public education system, from the leaders of the Teacher Union Reform Network.
How to Make the Most of Your Time as a Principal - Education Week
Make the most of faculty meetings, leverage parent volunteers, and other tips for school leaders from author and educator William Sterrett.
Pronouncing Students' Names Correctly Should Be a Big Deal - Education Week
As a South Asian American student, Punita Chhabra Rice spent over a decade mispronouncing her own name to make it easier for teachers to say. Now that she’s an educator, Rice shares eight pronunciation tips for teachers of students from diverse backgrounds on how to get names right the first time.

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