Reading Roundup: Education — 10-27-16

In today’s Reading Roundup, top stories include five characteristics for successful professional learning, how our future will be determined by the way we treat our schools and the manner in which they educate our future generations, and an eye-opening article on the effects of teaching absenteeism. There are four additional articles of interest below the spotlight articles.

“Start by doing the necessary, then the possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” — St. Francis of Assisi

5 professional learning practices for PBL | —Dr. Katie Martin has been asking teachers across diverse schools, districts, and states what they feel they need to be successful in shifting their practices and designing learning experiences to meet the needs of all students. Teachers consistently told her they want their professional learning to include the five characteristics outlined in this wonderful article.

Accountability doesn’t have to be a bad word | — “we have placed such a burden on our educators that their work is overshadowed by the task of assessing students, consuming too much instructional time and creating undue stress for educators and students. We must place trust in those educators on the front lines, and they should be placed at the center of genuine transformation efforts of our public education.”

1 in 4 U.S. teachers are chronically absent, missing more than 10 days of school | Washington Post — While much attention is being given to the 6 million students who miss more than 15 days of school each year, and its effect on achievement, teacher absences often play a role in the academic success of students. According to federal data, 27% of U.S. teachers miss more than two weeks of work each academic year.

Other recommended stories:
Tennessee makes huge strides in science scores | The Tennessean
Why students should learn ‘9 to ‘5 | The Christian Science Monitor
8% of teachers leave the profession each year – why? | EdcationDIVE
One more reason to use social media in your school | David Geurin Blog

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Reading Roundup: Education — 10-26-16

In today’s Reading Roundup, top stories include tips for dealing with difficult co-workers, micro-credential professional development in Tennessee, fear of how some will react to presidential election results causing some US schools to close the day after the election.

“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” — Bob Dylan

How to Build Respect with Difficult People | Forbes – The success of a school lies heavily on whether or not the faculty can come together and work as a team to meet the needs of its students. However, working together as a team may be a challenge in and of itself, as there is often at least one member who doesn’t connect with others in a respectful, trusting way. These individuals can bring down the entire organization and destroy all that the majority of the team are working to achieve. How can you build respect even with the most difficult people at work? Follow these steps to lay the groundwork, how to Build Respect with Difficult People.

Tennessee Department of Ed Pilots Micro-Credential PD | The Journal – The Department of Education in Tennessee has kicked off a pilot this fall to introduce its teachers to competency-based professional learning through micro-credentials. A micro-credential is a form of recognition issued to a person who has learned a set of skills in a specific category and then|  proven mastery through various kinds of assessments. For example, a micro-credential might cover how to help students learn fractions or collaborate in a team and both might be assessed through videos of the teacher performing those activities in the classroom. Additional news coverage can be found at PR Newswire.

Fearing Election Day trouble, some US schools cancel classes | Education Week – The fear is that the ugly rhetoric of the campaign could escalate into confrontations and even violence in school hallways, endangering students. “If anybody can sit there and say they don’t think this is a contentious election, then they aren’t paying much attention,” said Tolan, police chief in this seaside community.

What have you learned today?