Wellness, Administrator Resources, 2012 FallWellness, Administrator Resources, 2012 Fall - Many teens are not aware of the serious risks drugs and alcohol pose to their health, to their success in school, and to their future. According to a  2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report   , Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, and South ...
Helping Teens Shatter the Myths About Drugs and Drug Abuse

By Brian Marquis | 11/14/2012

Many teens are not aware of the serious risks drugs and alcohol pose to their health, to their success in school, and to their future. According to a 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report , Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, and South Carolina are among the top five states for teen abuse of methamphetamine, marijuana, inhalants, heroin, or steroids. Read More...

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Wellness, Special Features, 2012 FallWellness, Special Features, 2012 Fall -  As educators, we all understand that substance abuse affects many youth and families across the United States. With a lack of effective prevention programs available, the average age students begin experimenting with drugs is consistently becoming y...
Engaging Your Students in Drug Prevention Education All Year

Brianna Giambrone | 11/08/2012

As educators, we all understand that substance abuse affects many youth and families across the United States. With a lack of effective prevention programs available, the average age students begin experimenting with drugs is consistently becoming younger and younger. However, not all hope is lost. Let’s collectively set an intention to engage our students on their level - what good is any drug prevention program if it doesn’t get real and meet youth where they are? Read More...

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Special Education, Administrator Resources, Special Features, 2012 FallSpecial Education, Administrator Resources, Special Features, 2012 Fall - Students who perform below their intellectual capabilities are often considered underachievers, lazy, or just not very smart. These students tend to be among a hidden group of learners that have difficulty with visual processing of information delive...
The Unconventional Learner: Hidden in Plain Sight

Sylvia R. Cadena Smith, Ed.D. | 11/07/2012

Students who perform below their intellectual capabilities are often considered underachievers, lazy, or just not very smart. These students tend to be among a hidden group of learners that have difficulty with visual processing of information delivered via conventional means (i.e., in a manner typical of traditional classrooms). Frequently, these students are mislabeled as being unwilling or incapable of learning when, in fact, they can learn, but are ‘unconventional’ in how they process information. Read More...

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Common Core, Special Features, 2012 FallCommon Core, Special Features, 2012 Fall -  A decade ago, project based learning (PBL) was popular in a few schools and with a few teachers, but hardly widespread. Not so now. With the rise of 21 st  century skills instruction, the advent of career and college readiness goals and a renewed em...
Project Based Learning: The 10 Step Plan

Thom Markham, Ph.D. | 11/05/2012

A decade ago, project based learning (PBL) was popular in a few schools and with a few teachers, but hardly widespread. Not so now. With the rise of 21 st  century skills instruction, the advent of career and college readiness goals and a renewed emphasis on inquiry, the game is changing. PBL is popular. The most visible evidence of PBL’s new level of acceptance is a phenomenon rarely encountered in prior years: Districts have begun to see PBL as the primary method for teaching and learning in all grade levels, and are backing up their decision by offering in-depth PBL professional development and coaching to teachers. Read More...

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STEM Education, Common Core, Special Features, 2012 FallSTEM Education, Common Core, Special Features, 2012 Fall - Research in STEM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) indicates that a key factor in creating an effective STEM curriculum is to provide accessible opportunities to engage students in group problem solving. Such an approach allows for...
Four Steps to More STEM Learning

Sapna Prasad | 10/05/2012

Research in STEM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) indicates that a key factor in creating an effective STEM curriculum is to provide accessible opportunities to engage students in group problem solving. Such an approach allows for on-the-spot reasoning and discussion, and allows students to test their own understanding (Wieman & Perkins, 2005) through practical hands-on engagement. Read More...

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2012 Fall2012 Fall -  “Is this good enough?” 
 “How much more do I need to do to get a C?”
Grading with student-created assessments

BY DAVE ORPHAL | 08/21/2012

“Is this good enough?” “How much more do I need to do to get a C?” Read More...

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2012 Fall2012 Fall -  Florida’s Hillsborough County (which includes Tampa and nearby towns) is the eighth largest school district in America — so launching a comprehensive new evaluation system has been a complicated effort. 
 
Funded by a $100 million Bill & Melinda G...
Teacher Peer Evaluation in practice: Two teachers’ perspectives

BY PAUL GOODLAND and ROB KRIETE | 08/21/2012

Florida’s Hillsborough County (which includes Tampa and nearby towns) is the eighth largest school district in America — so launching a comprehensive new evaluation system has been a complicated effort. Funded by a $100 million Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant awarded in 2009, the Empowering Effective Teachers (EET) initiative has been developed collaboratively by the union and district. The system addresses new teacher induction, professional development, evaluation of teachers and principals, and eventually the district’s compensation plan. Read More...

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2012 Fall2012 Fall -  When my state (Kentucky) adopted the ELA Common Core State Standards (CCSS), AP English Language and Composition teachers escaped many of the anxieties — and much of the extra work — that typically accompany the arrival of new standards. Text comple...
Assessment and the Common Core Standards Advice from an AP English language teacher

BY LAUREN HILL | 08/21/2012

When my state (Kentucky) adopted the ELA Common Core State Standards (CCSS), AP English Language and Composition teachers escaped many of the anxieties — and much of the extra work — that typically accompany the arrival of new standards. Text complexity? Analysis of syntactical structures? Informational and argumentative reading and writing? These were already essential elements of our course. And the CCSS directly support the AP English Language emphasis on non-fiction reading and analysis, as well as the importance of argument. Read More...

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In This Issue

Virtual Classrooms:
Boldly Committed To Student Success

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Helping Teens Shatter the Myths About Drugs and Drug Abuse
Engaging Your Students in Drug Prevention Education All Year
The Unconventional Learner: Hidden in Plain Sight
Project Based Learning: The 10 Step Plan
Four Steps to More STEM Learning
Grading with student-created assessments
Teacher Peer Evaluation in practice:
Will your school join the National Call to Character?
Assessment and the Common Core Standards
Character education and bullying
Promoting Social and Emotional Learning to improve academic engagement
Fundraisers provide opportunity for healthy lifestyle education
Fuel Up to Play 60 helps students improve nutrition and physical activity
The safety of school bus transportation
School Safety: It’s about saving lives
Proficiency-based assessment and personalized learning
The National Obsession with teachers and standardized testing
Learning goals versus performance goals
Generation WiFi: Social Networking and Student Safety
Finding harmony in college selection
Testing and Work Refusers
Personality-college major match predicts undergraduate success
Preparing students for an undergraduate science major
Creating the STEM pipeline: The A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering
FROM the EDITOR - Fall 2012
Career exploration and guidance for students
Teaching in urban schools
Preparing educators to be effective leaders with specialized degree programs
Asperger’s Syndrome expertise from ‘Down Under’
The student with Asperger Syndrome in a middle or secondary classroom
Treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Working memory in the classroom and beyond
New opportunities in engineering, technology offered by expanding field of industrial robotics
U.S. Manufacturing:
Youth Hostels: the educational component
Carolina Gold: A history of rice in S.C.
Field trips can get students excited about life science
Discover adventure at Busch Gardens
Education and Fun at Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Kennedy Space Center
Reach higher ground in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
Biltmore: Continuing the innovative spirit
Galveston Island’s beaches, attractions and history make learning fun
Innovative education aboard the USS Yorktown
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