Educational Leadership
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2/9/2016

A California teacher and his class for two straight years were featured in a Super Bowl commercial for Microsoft. Scott Bedley, a fifth-grade teacher, said he did not know at the time that his class would be featured in the commercial until their Mystery Skype session was broadcast during the game.

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2/9/2016

Teacher teams have the power to transform schools into places where all students receive an equitable education, transformational leadership coach Elena Aguilar writes. In this blog post, she describes the characteristics of good teams and how they work using a middle school as an example.

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Edutopia.org
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2/9/2016

Students at an Illinois school participated in activities based on 20 Common Core State Standards at an annual outdoor field trip. The participating fifth-graders performed skits, built fires and baked corn bread.

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2/8/2016

School districts should invest in ways to instill passion, compassion and soul in their leaders, K-12 education leadership experts Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers advise in this blog post. "Leaders need to attend to these attributes as do the communities who support them and the boards who oversee them," they write.

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2/8/2016

While employers appreciate workers who don't easily give up in tough situations, sometimes too much "grit" can harm a career, according to a new study. The key, psychotherapist and author Amy Morin suggests, is to find a balance "between blind persistence and a defeatist mindset."

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2/8/2016

Using videoconferences to connect students to other classrooms around the world is one of the top trends in K-12 education, panelists said at the recent Texas Computer Education Association 2016 Convention and Expo. "It has allowed teachers to transform their learning environments and go beyond their four walls," said Rachelle Wooten, a digital-learning specialist from Houston.

2/8/2016

Even though Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is pushing for a $3,000 pay raise for state teachers, some lawmakers say there's no money to make it happen this year. A drop in energy prices, tax cuts and other factors have left the state struggling financially, the legislators say.

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Tulsa World (Okla.)
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2/5/2016

Virtual field trips can be a fun educational alternative to traditional field trips, Discovery Education's Kyle Schutt suggests. In this commentary, he shares five tips to help educators make the most of virtual field trips and notes that, in his experience, event-based virtual trips are most effective.

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2/5/2016

Having students design a country incorporates writing into social studies through a creative hands-on project, middle-grades writing teacher John DePasquale writes in this blog post. He describes the steps involved in the project, such as designing the country's flag, writing the laws and presenting the new country at a mock UN meeting.

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2/5/2016

Math teachers at five middle schools in South Dakota have found success using a rewards-based, cooperative learning strategy developed by the Success For All Foundation. Called PowerTeaching, the strategy divides the class into three- to five-member teams where students are awarded points and receive rewards by how well they work together on academic tasks.