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Opportunities For Students to Review Curricular Content and to Develop Cooperative Learning Skills

When teachers initially attempt to redesign block-of-time lessons, they frequently ask about the format of a typical lesson. Numerous creative instructional approaches are possible within longer time frames; therefore, teachers should be cautious about relying too heavily on familiar daily instructional routines. As a general strategy, however, teachers might consider planning 3-4 activities during the…

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Creative School and Community Leaders Are Discovering That They Need Each Other

Throughout both urban and rural America, school reformers and community builders are beginning to discover each other. Mutual interests and benefits abound. On the one hand, community organizers work to re-situate the school at the center of the community development process. On the other hand, creative school reformers activate community residents and resources as vital…

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Healthy Communities Must Have Healthy Schools

Healthy schools and healthy communities depend on and nourish each other. Healthy schools aren’t sustainable if their surrounding communities are in peril. Healthy communities can’t exist for long if they fail to nurture productive, committed, engaged, aware, and resourceful citizens for the future.   It is an appropriate way to begin a conversation about bridging…

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Improved Student Learning and Strengthened Communities

The new Project on Education is a collaborative action research project to examine and make a case for the roles and results of community organizing in reforming schools, improving student achievement, and revitalizing communities. We used collaborative inquiry processes to bring parents, community members, educators and students together to examine and reflect on their efforts…

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Creating Schools That Are Successful In Teaching And Learning

Nationwide, low-performing schools are high on the agenda of urban school reform leaders. The current focus reverses the neglect that has plagued these schools for years. Many of them are situated in distressed communities that show the results of years of disinvestment, communities where a growing concentration of poverty and its consequences has taken a…

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The Urgent Need For School-based Primary Prevention Programs

The prevalence of American youth who engage in antisocial and health-damaging behaviors is unacceptably high. 24% of American 10 to 17 year olds engage in multiple, interrelated social and health risk behaviors, such as delinquency and substance use. An additional 26% experiment with some risk behaviors. Such widespread involvement jeopardizes the development of young people…

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Commitment to Retaining Talented Teachers

Training is a component of many teacher induction programs. All too often, inductees have received insufficient professional preparation. With increasing numbers of inductees entering the classroom via alternative routes, many induction programs today are compensating for little or no previous training whatsoever, in effect blurring the line between teacher preparation and induction.   Even if…

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Help New Teachers Establish Themselves Professionally

The involvement of higher education institutions in induction is less prevalent than it should be, given the promise these partnerships offer for improving teacher preparation by redefining the boundaries between college and K-12 classrooms. Sadly, the scarcity of this type of collaboration is a missed opportunity to provide new teachers a link between their pre-service…

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The Leading eBook Retailer EbooksChoice.com Today Announced its Annual Black Friday Weekend Deals

EbooksChoice.com, the leading eBook retailer, today announced its annual Black Friday Weekend deals that customers won’t want to miss. The deals will be available online beginning on Black Friday, November 24, through Sunday, November 26. Use this promotional code at checkout: EBOOKSCHOICE-TQZD50 to save 50%. Using Promotional Codes: 1. Write down the promotional code. 2.…

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How To Get Started Improving Your Efforts To Support And Assess Novice Teachers

Many professions offer orientation and support experiences for professionals starting out in a field. Medical residents and law associates—even rookie baseball players—receive extended training, development, and mentoring (working alongside a seasoned expert) before taking on the responsibilities of a full professional. In contrast, novice teachers often are left to fend for themselves, with little or…

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Obstacles for Special Education Teachers

With the word “accountability” on every teacher’s and parent’s lips these days, one controversial tool that’s emerging is state mandated proficiency exams. Statewide assessments become truly ‘high stakes’ when school quality, teacher competence, and individual student capability are judged by their results. The stakes hit the ceiling when these test scores are used by states…

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