Educational Services Communication Updates: 2014-2015, # 4
September 23, 2014
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)
1) Can writing across disciplines deepen student learning?:
Can writing across disciplines deepen student learning?
Today's students would benefit from being given writing assignments across all disciplines, author and educator Katherine McKnight argues in this blog post. "Writing every day, in every class, encourages students to read, analyze and create arguments across content, applying the valuable skill of evidence-based thinking in every subject area," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (9/3)
2) Can music help underprivileged students succeed?:
Music may help bridge the achievement gap between underprivileged students and more-affluent peers, according to a recent study. Researchers found that students who participated in two years of music instruction were better able to process complex sounds, which could result in improvement with learning and language skills. Pacific Standard magazine online (9/2), KNTV-TV (San Francisco) (9/3)
3) Supervisor or colleague: How can principals create a culture of collaboration?:
Supervisor or colleague: How can principals create a culture of collaboration?
In this blog post, Catherine Nelson writes, "Principals know that fostering effective collaboration among their staff is one of the most powerful things they can do to elevate the level of learning (adult and student) in their building. But as administrators, supporting and especially participating in collaboration can be tricky. Finding the time and other resources for educators to engage in deep conversations around teaching and learning is only the beginning. Beyond those structural issues of budgets and schedules lie even more challenging cultural questions." Read on.
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