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The 50th Annual conference will be held in Orlando at the Renaissance Hotel (airport) and Lake Nona High School on September 24-25, 2010. Our keynote speakers include: Dr. Gene Carter, ASCD's Executive Director and Dr. Jim Warford, FASA's Executive Directory. Registration is open and in full swing.
AGI: We Depend on Energy
The American Geological Institute is sponsoring a photography contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2010. The photography theme for this year is: "We Depend on Energy." Maximum award: $300. Eligibility: interested residents of the United States of any age. Deadline: October 15, 2010. http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/photography/index.html
NEA Foundation: Learning & Leadership Grants
NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grants support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of two purposes. Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment. Maximum award: $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. Eligibility: public school teachers grades K-12; public school education support professionals; or faculty and staff at public higher education institutions. Deadline: October 15, 2010. http://www.neafoundation.org/programs/Learning&Leadership_Guidelines.htm
NEA Foundation: Student Achievement Grants
The NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants provide funds to improve the academic achievement of students by engaging in critical thinking and problem-solving that deepen knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students' habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: practicing U.S. public school teachers, public school education support professionals, or faculty or staff at public higher education institutions. Deadline: October 15, 2010. http://www.neafoundation.org/programs/StudentAchievement_Guidelines.htm
Fulbright Teacher Exchange
The Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program provides opportunities for teachers to participate in direct exchanges of positions with colleagues from other countries for a semester or academic year. By living and working in the cultures of their host countries, Fulbright teachers gain an understanding and appreciation of the similarities and differences in national cultures and education systems. Maximum award: year-long or semester-long direct exchange of teaching positions with a counterpart in another country teaching the same subject(s) at the same level. Eligibility: full-time U.S. teachers. Deadline: October 15, 2010. http://www.fulbrightteacherexchange.org/cte.cfm
State Farm Grants State Farm is committed to meeting the needs of communities by giving in three areas: Safe Neighbors (safety), Strong Neighborhoods (community development), and Education Excellence (education). Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: nonprofit, 501(c)3 organizations; Canadian charitable organizations, educational institutions, and governmental entities. Deadline:October 31, 2010. http://www.statefarm.com/about/part_spos/grants/cogrants.asp
States to create next generation of standardized tests The Education Department awarded $330 million to two groups of states to begin work on new national standardized assessments to test students' skills in math and English. The two groups -- which include 44 states -- will work with testing experts and university professors to design computer-based tests that measure higher-level abilities, such as synthesizing information and completing performance-based tasks. The tests, which will be given as end-of-year exams as well as during the school year to monitor progress, are expected to be in place by the 2014-15 school year. The New York Times (free registration) (9/2) http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/03/education/03testing.html?_r=2&ref=education
Florida Wins in Race to the Top Competition
The Sunshine State has been named a winner in Phase II of the federal Race to the Top competition, and is slated to receive up to $700 million over the next four years to fund education reforms designed to improve the lowest performing schools, develop a system that properly recognizes and rewards the hardest working teachers, and increase the academic achievement of students. A total of 69 local education agencies (school districts) signed on to participate in this historic grant opportunity including 54 school districts with local educator union support. Local school districts will now work to develop their own local plans designed to focus around the grant’s four assurance areas: Standards and Assessments, Building Data Systems, Teachers and Leaders, and Turning Around the Lowest Performing Schools. For more information on Race to the Top, including how to become involved in your local planning efforts, visit www.fldoe.org/arra/racetothetop.asp.
Sixth-graders are working 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 2 California schools Two low-performing middle schools in Oakland, Calif., reopened this year with longer school days that have sixth-graders in class from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The schools are partnering with the nonprofit group Citizen Schools and will employ teachers working toward full credentials to provide the extra instructional time and hands-on activities. Students attending the longer school days will not have homework, completing all their assignments at school. San Francisco Chronicle (8/31) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/08/31/BAH41F5SAG.DTL
US Department of Education Summit on Bullying
US Department of Education convened the first-ever National Summit on Bullying. The summit gathered a range of non-governmental organizations, corporate leaders, and state and local officials, as well as the members of the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Working Group. "Bullying is undeniable," Secretary Duncan explained, dispelling multiple myths about bullying. "It has a common definition, and a legal definition in many states. Effective prevention programs work to reduce bullying. And bullying is very much an education priority that goes to the heart of school performance and school culture." FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE GO TO http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osdfs/news.html. (Note: The Secretary's remarks are available at http://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/myths-about-bullying-secretary-arne-duncans-remarks-bullying-prevention-summit.)Meanwhile, a new web site, http://www.bullyinginfo.org/, is a "one-stop" site for parents, educators, and community members seeking federal resources on bullying. The Department's reinvigorated Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has also stepped up enforcement in the last year, vigorously investigating complaints of bullying and harassment. In addition, many federal agencies (Education, Agriculture, Defense, Health and Human Services, Interior, and Justice) have been -- and will continue -- collaborating to combat bullying.
Over the past year, the Department has stepped up its efforts to address bullying to include a new, $27 million Safe and Supportive Schools grant program (http://www2.ed.gov/programs/safesupportiveschools/), a pilot that will enable states to measure school safety at the building level and to provide federal funds for interventions in those schools with greatest needs. Moreover, the Department's proposed blueprint for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) calls for a dramatic increase in appropriations for the Successful, Safe, and Healthy Students grants program (http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/blueprint/successful-safe-healthy.pdf).
Teachers in Texas redesign lessons to include active learning Some Texas educators are adopting a "brain-based" teaching method that encourages learning by keeping students engaged mentally, emotionally or physically. In the Harlandale Independent School District, about 200 teachers learned about such techniques during a summer workshop, where they participated in a scavenger hunt. One example of brain-based teaching is taking students outside for a math exercise, rather than relying on calculators. San Antonio Express-News (8/31) http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/education/beyond_the_lesson_plan_brain-based_learning_101851168.html
Students take part in pilot of 3-D classroom technology A pilot program sponsored by a division of Texas Instruments is introducing 3-D projectors and educational content into classroom lessons in eight school districts across the country. One teacher in Texas used the technology to give third-grade students a virtual tour of the solar system, while another found that a 3-D math simulation helped simplify a lesson on volume for her sixth-grade students with learning disabilities. The Dallas Morning News (9/3) http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/090310dnmet3Dschools.27e7761.html
E-readers replace textbooks for all students at Florida high school Students at Florida's Clearwater High School are using Kindle e-readers instead of textbooks this year as part of a new initiative. The students will have access to all of their texts on the district-owned Kindles, as well as additional features that allow them to take notes and highlight text as well as access word definitions and text-to-speech technology. The school opted for e-readers over laptops because of the lower cost, which is roughly equal to the price of two textbooks, the principal said. T.H.E. Journal (9/2) http://thejournal.com/articles/2010/09/02/opening-up-to-digital-textbooks.aspx
ASCD's Fall Conference Oct 29-31, Chicago
The ASCD Fall Conference on Teaching & Learning will be held Oct. 29 to 31 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. Join us in Chicago this year for education's largest event focusing exclusively on closing the K-12 learning gap. Registration, travel & lodging, and sessioninformation are now available!
A call for article submissions on effectively teaching boys An ASCD blog post highlights alarming recent data on boys' academic achievement. Based on factors such as reading levels and high-school dropout rates, boys across different ethnic backgrounds are underperforming when compared with their female counterparts. Educators with practical classroom examples are encouraged to share their tactics and teaching innovations with the greater education community in ASCD Express. Submissions must be made by Sept. 15 to be considered. Review the submission guidelines. http://ascd.typepad.com/blog/2010/09/teaching-boys.html
ROCK THE VOTE!! ASCD Elections Open TODAY thru Oct 15, 2010
If you are an ASCD member, you may vote online or return the paper ballot enclosed in the Sept Education Update. Go green! To vote online, go to https://my.ascd.org, enter your Member ID and password, and follow the instructions.
Slate of Candidates for 2010 ASCD Elections At its meeting in San Antonio, Tex., the 2009-2010 Nominations Committee determined the slates of candidates for ASCD's 2010 General Membership and Leadership Council elections. This year's slate of candidates is as follows:
General Membership Election: President- Elect Debra Hill, Illinois
Gail Pope, Virginia
Board of Directors Two positions, three-year terms:
Larry Cartner, North Carolina
Darlene Fisher, Turkey
Mary Kay Kirkland, Utah One position, two-year term:
Marc Cohen, Maryland
Mariann Helfant, New Jersey
Leadership Council Members-at-Large Four positions, three-year terms:
Cynthia Anderson, Georgia
Gary Babiuk, Manitoba, Canada
LaQuanda Brown, Georgia
Katinia Davis, South Carolina
Kurt Schneider, Wisconsin
Leadership Council Election: (online only) Board of Directors Two positions, three-year terms:
Glenna Adams, Illinois
Joseph Goodnack, Pennsylvania
Judith Golden, Connecticut
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