DEN Trend Report: 11/19/14

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4 Strategies to Build Strong Teacher Leadership (eSchool News)

School leaders take on many forms, including students, support staff, and teachers. Building strong teacher leaders helps support a positive and high-achieving school culture, and one of the first stops on the path to teacher leadership involves defining the purpose of teacher leadership.

Technology Revitalizes Hands-On Education in Classrooms (Scientific American)

Enter the maker movement: students are making things, designing things—actual things. The maker movement is an approach to design that shifts production of items from corporate manufacturing to a smaller, personal scale with the help of technology. This movement—in conjunction with the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts/architecture, and math movements—has taken hold in part thanks to a strong push from the federal government to promote science in schools and classrooms across the country.

Goodbye, Snow Days: Students Study From Home (Associated Press)

The early arrival of wintry weather in the Midwest this week gave Grewing an opening to test out a virtual class day at St. Cloud Cathedral high school in central Minnesota, having students whip out laptops or iPads and work from home. After a successful test run, Grewing declared Tuesday that students’ cherished snow days are a thing of the past — at least at Cathedral.

When Lifting a School Cellphone Ban Is a Win for Poor Students (The Atlantic)

New York City’s public school district is gearing up to scrap a controversial policyforbidding its 1.1 million students from having cellphones on campus. The thing is, plenty of students are already ignoring the ban. It turns out some of the poorest kids in the city are the ones who will notice the change most.

Principals Push for More Safeguards for Student Privacy (Education Week)

With rising concern over student privacy ushered in by the increasing use of technology in schools—from apps in the classrooms, cloud services for storage, and other digital products that collect students’ personal information—the National Association of Secondary School Principals released today a set of recommendations to help safeguard student privacy.

Can A Teacher Be Too Dedicated? (The Atlantic)

James Cavanagh is 22 years old, fresh out of the University of Delaware. With his degree in elementary education, he could have gotten a job anywhere—and he chose to teach at one of the most demanding public schools in America.

Playing High-Action Video Games May Speed Up Learning, Studies Say (Education Week)

Contrary to the popular stereotype of a distracted teenager lost in Halo or Call of Duty video games, new evidence suggests playing such high-action video games may help students learn and react faster—but not more impulsively.

 Why Education Is a Global Matter (U.S. Department of Education)

Educators, families and students are working hard to implement a comprehensive vision for cradle-to-career improvements here in the U.S. so every child can receive a world-class education, and to ensure that our nation remains globally competitive. But U.S. education leaders are also committed to an international education agenda that’s deeper and more collaborative than ever.

Number of Homeless Children in America Surges to All-Time High: Report (Associated Press)

Titled “America’s Youngest Outcasts,” the report being issued Monday by the National Center on Family Homelessness calculates that nearly 2.5 million American children were homeless at some point in 2013. The number is based on the Department of Education’s latest count of 1.3 million homeless children in public schools, supplemented by estimates of homeless pre-school children not counted by the DOE.

Teaching Our Children Can Be a Profession: Column (USA Today)

Having run New York City’s public school system for eight years under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, I am often asked, “If you could wave a wand and change one thing, what would it be?” This isn’t an easy question. Lots of things need changing. For example, giving far more school choices to families, using technology to improve teaching and learning, adopting a knowledge-based curriculum and starting education before a child is 5 years old. But if I had to choose one, it would be to professionalize teaching, making it like other well-respected professions, such as law and medicine.

To Help Language Skills of Children, a Study Finds, Text Their Parents With Tips (New York Times)

A new study shows that mobile technology may offer a cheap and effective solution. The research, released by the National Bureau of Economic Research this month, found that preschoolers whose parents received text messages with brief tips on reading to their children or helping them sound out letters and words performed better on literacy tests than children whose parents did not receive such messages.

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