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Education Digest October 2015

October 2015 Volume 81, No. 2

Creating Opportunity for Struggling Students - Michael Foran / Principal Leadership

Alternative high school turns around disconnected students with an adjusted academic structure and the support of a highly committed staff that builds positive relationships.

Court Case Threatens Teachers’ Union Financing - Stephen Sawchuk / Education Week

If the decision is overruled, unions may face the elimination of a significant source of revenue and experience member defections.

How Much Math, Science Homework Is Too Much? - American Psychological Association

An hour is optimal—but doing homework alone and regularly produces the biggest gain.

Schools on U.S. Military Bases Are Adopting CCSS—But Don’t Call It That - Emily Richmond / The Hechinger Report

Phasing in the controversial new academic standards under a different name to side-step some negative public sentiment.

It Always Takes an Organized Village - Christa Grim / P21 Blogazine

Electronic integration system links county agencies, schools, and organizations to provide a coordinated, efficient intervention protocol for needy families and children.

Rethinking the High School Diploma - Chester E. Finn, Jr., Richard D. Kahlenberg, and Sandy Kress / Education Next

As CCSS kick in, authors discuss adoption of a two-tiered diploma system in which one denotes college and career readiness and one denotes passing grades on mandatory state requirements.

Graphic Novels Offer Diverse Perspectives, Narratives - Pam Watts / Teaching Tolerance

Visual texts often include subject matter related to struggle, conflict, and injustice—great resources for teaching social justice issues.

The Evolution of Early-College High Schools - Matt Zalaznick / District Administration

Aside from providing a money-saving jump start on college, early college programs are spurring closer collaboration between K12 and higher ed to prepare students for the rigors of college life.

Teaching Outside the Walls - Joy Brunt Veverka / The Journal of Adventist Education

Kids benefit in many ways from field trips and they allow teachers to correlate learning experiences with curriculum and community involvement. Here are steps for field trip planning.

Diverting Young Offenders from Prison - Jennifer Kellman Fritz / Bridge Magazine

Program pairs first-time offenders with social work student interns who serve as mentors. This is “smart justice” at work.

4 Things You’ll Miss by Banning Cell Phonesin Your Classroom - Robert Sterner / The Center for Teaching Quality

Phones provide a chance to teach about proper use and respon¬sibility; they can be banned as punishment for bad behavior; and they’re great for doing research and photojournalism.

Internet Searches Create Illusion of Personal Knowledge - American Psychological Association

A series of experiments found that people still feel smarter even when their online searches reveal nothing.

Students Believe Tablets Are Game Changers - Pearson

Study finds a high level of optimism, engagement, and confi¬dence with mobile devices among U.S. students.