Here’s what has been happening at ASCD:
- Merit pay, accountability, tenure, students first, testing, failing schools, poverty, and unions. Students need to understand the effect of global climate change or all those other issues may be moot.
- Can’t make it to Fall Conference? Check out ASCD’s live-streamed sessions on October 28–30.
- The latest Healthy School Communities newsletter examines school lunches, physical education, and mental illness awareness, among other topics.
- The Whole Child Initiative stresses the importance of professional learning communities (PLCs).
- Is there a generational divide in education or simply an education divide when it comes to technology?
- Could Steve Jobs have saved education?
- When teaching, are you more like a scientist or an engineer?
- Isaac Berrueta talks about the importance of a student-teacher professional development coordinator.
- ASCD author Judie Haynes says parents should speak their native language because it actually helps students better learn English.
- Steven Weber is back with a post about how the five stages of data analysis mirror the five stages of grief—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.
- The founder of #edchat talks about a conference put on by Eric Sheninger called Edscape, which focused on social media.
- Only 23 percent of students whose parents had graduated from high school were proficient in English language arts, whereas 83 percent of students whose parents had graduated from college were proficient. Read about No Parent Left Behind.
- Teacher quality is only half the performance equation. The other half is principal quality.
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