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Emerald Literati Network 2011 Awards for Excellence for a FASCD Member!
A chapter entitled "Leadership for inclusive schools and inclusive school leadership" by Ann Nevin and Cristina Devecchi, published in Advances in Educational Administration has been chosen as an Outstanding Author Contribution Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2011. This chapter was selected as it was one of the most impressive pieces of work the editor has seen throughout 2010. In this chapter, we argue that a new dialogue or discourse about the contributions that education research can make to the public sphere is essential to the continued implementation of school reforms related to including (rather than excluding) students with special education needs (SEN) from access to the same general education curriculum, pedagogy, instructional resources and materials, and assessment standards (with appropriate accommodations for specific disabilities that unfairly influence test scores). We argue that debate is not the preferred style for such dialogue because debate sets up 'winning side' vs 'losing side' and can result in continued beliefs and practices that alienate and marginalize those on the losing side. We argue perspectives that critical pedagogy and inclusion bring to the discourse can create a context for mutual change, support, and correction of social injustices perpetuated by the public school system (in particular, the continued marginalization into segregated or tracked instruction) towards the achievement of social justice goals. We posed two questions to guide our report of findings:How do effective inclusive school leaders keep their hope alive in the face of competing national educational policies and mandates? What does recent research on inclusive school leadership tell us about the emerging role and frameworks for understanding learning, teaching, and psychological well being of all learners? Interested readers can write to me --a retired professor emerita from Arizona State University and faculty associate at
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Habits of Mind - Professional Development Institute - Presented by Art Costa
Florida ASCD would like you to mark your calendar now! Art Costa will be joining us, October 22, 2011 for a full day PDI on Habits of Mind at NOVA Southeastern University Tampa Campus. He will discuss his Habits of Mind and help teachers, administrators and district staff find ways to infuse these habits into their curriculum, instruction and school structure. For more information, please click here.We have a student and group rate! Prices range from $69-159.
Broad Center: Superintendents Academy
The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems Superintendents Academy seeks leaders from business, the military, government, education, and nonprofit organizations to make an immediate impact as CEOs and senior executives in urban school districts. Maximum award: participation in the Broad Superintendents Academy. Eligibility: those with significant leadership and management experience at the central office level or the equivalent in another field. Deadline: resume submission -- June 30, 2011; application -- July 15, 2011. http://broadacademy.org/join/leaders.html
Dow Jones News Fund: High School Journalism Teacher of the Year
The DJNF High School Journalism Teacher of the Year program identifies outstanding high school journalism teachers. The winning teacher addresses the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, American Society of News Editors, and college journalism educators. Maximum award: a laptop computer; travel and lodging expenses and a per diem for substitute teacher fees for address and seminar; a quarterly column for the fund's newspaper, Adviser Update; and attendance at a seminar at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Fla. A senior student at the winning teacher's school will receive a $1,000 college scholarship to major in news-editorial journalism based on his or her performance in a writing contest held at the school. Eligibility: high school journalism teachers with at least three years' experience who have done exemplary work in the 2010-2011 academic year. Deadline: July 1, 2011. https://www.newsfund.org/PageText/Prg_HomePages.aspx?Page_ID=Prg_TeacherOfTheYear
United Methodist Women: A Brighter Future Grants
The Women's Division of the United Methodist General Board of Ministries offers grants of up to $4,000 for projects and programs addressing the needs of children and young people between the ages of 5 to 18 in the areas of violence prevention, anti-abuse, and relationship abuse. Maximum award: $4,000. Eligibility: small-scale, community and church-based programs and projects; groups affiliated with national organizations, hospitals, and organizations with budgets totaling more than $3,000,000 will not be reviewed. Deadline: July 1, 2011. http://new.gbgm-umc.org/umw/give/grants/brighterfuture/
EPA: Sense of Wonder Contest
To honor the late preservationist and ecologist Rachel Carson, the EPA, Generations United, and the Rachel Carson Council, Inc., are holding a photo, essay, and poetry contest "that best expresses the Sense of Wonder that you feel for the sea, the night sky, forests, birds, wildlife, and all that is beautiful to your eyes." In her book The Sense of Wonder (written in the 1950s and published in a magazine in 1956), Carson used lyrical passages about the beauty of nature and the joy of helping children develop a sense of wonder and love of nature. Maximum award: publication on the websites of EPA Aging Initiative, Generations United, and Rachel Carson Council, Inc. Eligibility: entries must be joint projects involving a person under age 18 and a person age 50 or older. Deadline: June 10, 2011. http://www.epa.gov/aging/resources/thesenseofwonder/index.htm
New Science Teacher Academy
The NSTA New Science Teacher Academy Foundation is a professional development initiative created to promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence, and improve teacher content knowledge. Maximum award: program expenses. Eligibility: middle or high school science teachers entering their second or third year of teaching, working a schedule with 51 percent of their classes in science. Deadline: June 13,2011.For more information, click here.
Congratulations to the five Florida Teacher of the Year Finalists!
Belinda Nease of Southside Elementary School in Nassau County
Stephanie Thetford of Fort Walton Beach High School in Okaloosa County
Tracy Staley of Ponce de Leon Elementary School in Pinellas County
Lora McCalister-Cruel of A. Crawford Mosley High School in Bay County
Alvin Davis of Miramar High School in Broward County
The winner of the 2012 Macy’s/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year award will be announced during a ceremony on July 7 at 6:30 p.m. The event, hosted by Emmy Award-winning journalist Deborah Norville, will be held at Orlando’s Hard Rock Live at Universal Studios CityWalk.
Is diversity an issue in Florida's charter schools? Charter schools in Florida enroll a less-diverse student population than the state's traditional public schools, a newspaper analysis shows. Some criticize the move toward more segregated schools, but charter leaders say they are following the law and that parents have choices about where to enroll their children. Others say that grouping students by race or ethnicity may have academic benefits for students. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (4/30), Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (5/1) http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-charter-schools-segregation-20110430,0,2493897.story
New Website Provides Up-to-Date Information on Common Assessment System
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) has launched a new website that provides information and timely updates on the progress of the 25-state consortium in developing a next generation common assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English and mathematics. The website – www.parcconline.org – is part of the effort to ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for college and careers.
The website has five main sections:
About PARCC – Contains information on the goals, governance structure, key stakeholders, timeline and challenges.
The PARCC Assessment – Information is presented about PARCC’s major design elements and development work. In the future, the site will include the assessment blueprints and related materials, along with archived and new Requests for Proposals (RFPs) as they are released.
Implementation – Major policy and system-level issues are highlighted that states, districts, and/or schools need to address for a successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards and PARCC Assessments.
In the Classroom – This section is dedicated to the classroom teacher and focuses on the instructional resources being developed through PARCC. Instructional resources on the Common Core State Standards from other organizations are also included.
PARCC States – Each of the 25 member states has a page with information on the K-12 and postsecondary leaders managing the PARCC work in each state, as well as information on the state’s implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
Not there yet
The Common Core Standards are to be adopted by 42 states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands, but the experience of 100 schools in New York City now experimenting with them reveals challenges, The New York Times reports. There are guidelines for what students are expected to do in each grade, but districts, schools, and teachers must determine the finer points of curricula, such as what books to read. There is also no national body responsible for seeing that the standards are carried out, and depending on how No Child Left Behind is refashioned, each state may still be able to measure its own success. The standards set a goal, but don't dictate actual routes to get there. Timothy Shanahan of the University of Illinois at Chicago, who helped write the common core standards for incorporating reading into science instruction, said that as a whole, the standards also make no adjustments for students learning English or who might enter kindergarten without having been exposed to books. "If I'm teaching fifth grade and I have a youngster in my class who reads as a first grader, throwing him a grade-level text is not going to do him any good, no matter what the standards say," he explained.
Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/25/nyregion/100-new-york-schools-try-common-core-approach.html?ref=education
Florida school shines despite high level of student homelessness About 20% of students are homeless at Fern Creek Elementary School in Florida, reflecting a nationwide trend of increasing homelessness in the wake of the recession that hit an all-time high of nearly 955,000 during the 2008-09 school year. However, 77% of students at the Orlando school are proficient in reading and 85% are proficient in math, successes that officials attribute to small class sizes, experienced teachers and firm -- but caring -- discipline. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (5/1) http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/02/education/02winerip.html?_r=1
More Florida public schools are asking students to wear uniforms School uniforms are being required in more Florida districts, as more public schools are taking advantage of a law that allows them to require uniform dress. A federal judge rejected a legal challenge by more than 500 parents in one district, while 75% of parents in another district say the uniforms reduce costs and boost "community spirit." Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (5/8) http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-law-you-school-uniforms-20110508,0,2612416.story
Groups begin work on guidelines for teaching social studies More than a dozen social studies groups and specialists from nearly 20 states are working to develop broad guidelines and resources that states can share in teaching social studies to students. The goal is to re-establish a more prominent role for the subject and help states improve their own social-studies standards -- rather than create national standards -- which many say would be difficult, given the differing perspectives and priorities from state to state. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (5/18) http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/05/18/32socialstudies.h30.html?tkn=TLWFHyHf2p0%2Bi4X7ahBjwAC23dra1L7Wpdw2&cmp=clp-sb-ascd
Do students benefit from more instructional time? A panel of K-12 education experts gathered this week to discuss the benefits and challenges of extending the school day or year, at a time when budget cuts are shortening instructional time at some schools. The Cincinnati school district has seen success with its "Fifth Quarter," which convenes in June and provides basic academics and enrichment activities. However, panelists noted a need for professional development for teachers, as well as data on such programs to determine whether they are making an impact on student learning. Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (5/18) http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2011/05/18/extendedlearning.html?tkn=PPCCp8%2BciKRtqAKEgtW8Z%2FFQBjBqM5u2WQSV&cmp=clp-sb-ascd
How to create service-learning projects run by students Rosemary Owens, the assistant principal for curriculum at a Florida high school, highlights a literacy-oriented service-learning project inspired by the Aspen Ideas Festival, which she attended with a student in 2009. The project, which the student put into action with peers, has since added an additional focus and been expanded to two other high schools. Owens offers tips and suggestions in this blog post for creating a successful service-learning project in schools. Edutopia.org/Rosemary Owens' blog (5/19) http://www.edutopia.org/blog/service-learning-cafe-freedom-rosemary-owens-blake-oconner
Gates, Pearson Partner to Align Online Courses With The Common Core
Two education foundations said Wednesday they are working to develop 24 new online reading and math courses that will be aligned with the common core national standards. The courses will be developed by the Pearson Foundation -- associated with the major textbook company -- and will include video, social media, games and other digital materials. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will provide $3 million for four of the courses to be offered free to schools. The initiative appears to be the most ambitious effort so far to align textbooks -- online or otherwise -- with the new standards and may position Pearson as a leader in the market. The New York Times (4/28) http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/28/education/28gates.html?_r=2
Here are several resources to help keep you updated on the Common Core: ELL and Common Core. Read more here
ACT website www.act.org/education/statematch/. ACT has completed an alignment between the new Common Core State Standards and the ACT College Readiness Standards as well as an alignment of the Common Core State Standards and the ACT Core Course Standards (the course objectives for the ACT Quality Core Courses). This alignment is posted on the ACT website at www.act.org/commoncore.
www.scienceeducation.gov/ represents unification of federal agencies' science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational content, supporting both cyber-learning and open participation.
www.schoollibraryjournal.com Librarians have a role in teaching 21st-century skills required to comply with new core academic standards -- primarily through teaching students' research and information skills.
How hybrid learning is helping high-achieving students progress A California charter school is helping advanced students from disadvantaged backgrounds continue to excel in school with an individualized curriculum that combines face-to-face instruction with online learning. The hybrid-learning model at Rocketship Mateo Sheedy Elementary has students learning new concepts in class, then practicing through computer-based lessons. The intensive program features longer school days and encourages students to progress at their own pace. KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog (4/29) http://mindshift.kqed.org/2011/04/how-can-an-advanced-student-move-ahead-in-public-school/
Should students use their own mobile devices in the classroom? School policies that allow students to use their own mobile-technology devices in the classroom are becoming more popular as educators look for ways to introduce one-to-one computing. Research on one-to-one laptop programs suggests the benefits of mobile-learning initiatives might include better attendance, more educational resources and improved achievement. Some educators are concerned about students becoming distracted by the devices, but others say the novelty wears off and is replaced by higher engagement in academic uses. eSchool News (free registration) (4/29) http://www.eschoolnews.com/2011/04/29/bring-your-own-device-catching-on-in-schools/
How can text-messaging be best used for learning? As schools begin to experiment with using mobile phones for educational purposes, this blog post focuses on how text-messaging on simple, low-end phones might be used in a lesson or assignment. The writer asks educators to consider seven questions in developing such a project, including what type of learning is best suited to texting, whether schools could subsidize any texting fees and whether students could or would choose to participate. KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog (5/10) http://mindshift.kqed.org/2011/05/seven-questions-to-ask-about-texting-in-class/
Online program encourages students to work collaboratively A high-school science teacher in Iowa is using the Web-based software Webspiration Classroom to make classroom assignments more interactive. The program allows students to create concept maps -- diagrams showing the relationships between particular concepts -- on a computer screen and select the program's "collaborate" feature to share their work with classmates. The program also allows the teacher to provide feedback on the students' work. T.H.E. Journal (5/4) http://thejournal.com/articles/2011/05/04/creating-an-interactive-classroom.aspx Are educators prepared to teach students about online safety? K-12 educators are not prepared to teach students about online safety, ethics and security, according to a survey released today by the nonprofit National Cyber Security Alliance. Results of the Microsoft-sponsored survey find that while 81% of school administrators were satisfied with their school's teaching of online safety, 36% of teachers reported received no training in the past year on the subject and 40% received between one and three hours of training. USA TODAY (5/4) http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2011-05-04-online-safety-students-schools_n.htm
FLATE, the National Science Foundation Center of Excellence for high-tech manufacturing, is hosting an Engineering Technology Summer Institute June 15 – 17, 2011, at the Clearwater Campus of St. Petersburg College. The two-day professional development opportunity will focus on additive manufacturing (3D printing) and 3D modeling and design, as well as sessions on student recruitment and retention. The Institute is open to all full-time faculty in secondary or postsecondary public institutions who teach engineering technology, engineering, or related courses in Florida. There is no charge for the Institute and a $250 stipend may be available to eligible participants. The deadline to submit an application is May 1, 2011. For more information, visit http://www.fl-ate.org or contact Dr. Marilyn Barger at email@example.com or (813) 259-6578 or Brad Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Language arts, math, nutrition, social studies and science teachers will benefit from the 2011 National Agriculture in the Classroom conference June 22 – 25, 2011, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Engaging interactive workshops and tours will showcase unique agricultural operations in South Florida and illustrate how educators can incorporate real-life agriculture applications into their lesson plans. Visit http://www.conference.ifas.ufl.edu/aitc/ for more information and conference registration.
Educators are invited to apply to attend the Summer Seminar offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities June 26 – July 29, 2011. During the five-week program, participants will study the economy of the North Sea region in northwestern Europe. The seminar will meet at the Institute for Historical Research at the University of London for the first week and at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in Wassenaar, The Netherlands, for the remaining four weeks. For an application and a full description of the seminar, visit http://www.umassd.edu/euro/neh_prosp_app.cfm.
Florida Association for Pupil Transportation Summer Symposium June 28 – 29, 2011 Ocala Hilton Ocala, Fla.
Student transportation professionals and others from across the state are invited to attend the 63rd Florida Association for Pupil Transportation Summer Symposium June 28 – 29, 2011, in Ocala. The symposium comprises two full days of general and concurrent sessions and includes workshops on bullying prevention, school bus stop selection and safety, serving charter schools effectively, and using benchmarking and key transportation performance indicators to measure and improve performance. For more information, visit http://www.faptflorida.org/FAPT%20Summer%20Symposium.htm.
ASCD introduces four new courses to popular PD Online™ series ASCD's lineup of Web-based multimedia training programs in the PD Online series now includes four new courses. Connect with the expertise of ASCD author Robert Marzano with The Art and Science of Teaching ASCD PD Online Course. Get better acquainted with the Understanding by Design framework with the Understanding by Design: An Introduction ASCD PD Online Course, featuring ASCD authors Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe. Also, see what else is new by visiting the ASCD.org website.
Add your message to ASCD's "Value of Each Voice" campaign ASCD developed the "Value of Each Voice Campaign" to encourage educators like you to share professional successes with others around the globe and tell ASCD what you think about our work. What has been your greatest triumph as an educator? What types of resources and tools would help you better support the unique needs of each learner? See what others have said and upload a video with your personal message.
Four days, four thought-provoking professional-development institutes The ASCD Summer Showcase is coming to New York City July 12 to 15, and this year's experience is all about supporting English learners. Rethink policies and practices for English Language Learners and their families with an institute on shifting the paradigm within the existing ESL model, enroll in another one-day session on differentiating instruction to support language development for every student or take advantage of all four institutes. Learn more.
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