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Education Digest November 2015

November 2015 Volume 81, No. 3

Teachers Under Attack - Adrienne van der Valk / Principal Leadership

Educators report being bullied at higher rates than most other professionals. New legislation, the Healthy Workplace Bill, defines workplace abuse and circumstances under which it can be pursued as a civil offense. Will your state support this measure?

Teaching Takes Center Stage at Stanford - Brooke Donald / Stanford Graduate School of Education

Linda Darling-Hammond and others discuss messages they would give to the nation’s next president for how to improve education in the U.S. High-quality teacher education and adopting practices used in countries that outperform our nation are some suggestions given.

Building a Model Reading Program - James Johnston / Principal Leadership

An Oregon middle school that was on the brink of sanctions became a model school by changing students’ reading trajectory. Here are the 10 steps they followed that changed the dynamics of their reading program.

The Extra Time Payoff - David A. Farbman / School Administrator

In an effort to deepen student learning, address individual needs, and create more planning time for teachers, a growing number schools are adding more hours to the school year.

School Districts Respond to Fury Over Police Shootings, Black Male Achievement Gap - Liz Willen / The Hechinger Report

Black male advocate groups are forming to help address the glar¬ing problems and to give students voice and support, but public awareness is a critical first step.

Dealing With Compassion Fatigue - Mary Fowler / NJEA Review

Many educators bear witness to the daily suffering of their students, and it can deeply affect them. Here are symptoms and suggestions for those who suffer from secondary traumatic stress.

A Buyer’s Guide to High-Stakes Test Data - Steve Cordogan / The Illinois School Board Journal

Testing companies are businesses, and we cannot—and should not—believe everything we read about test data. The most impor¬tant factor in understanding test scores is student demographics.

How Schools Maximize Gifted Talent - Alison DeNisco / District Administration

The U.S. public schools’ focus on struggling students leaves high achievers—especially minorities, disadvantaged, and ELLs—without a challenging enough education. Here are ways to identify gifted students and ways to keep them challenged.

Supporting History Claims: Post It, Place It, Prove It - Aaron Brock / MiddleWeb

A middle school social studies teacher shares a class project that keeps students thoroughly engaged while addressing several CCSSskills that students themselves are responsible for utilizing.

Reconsidering Literacy in the Art Classroom - Hillary Andrelchik / Art Education

Reading product labels and artist and museum websites are some ideas for integrating functional literacy into the art classroom.

Easy A’s and What’s Behind Them - National Council on Teacher Quality

Recent report finds that grading standards for teacher candidates are much lower than for students in other majors and that their coursework fails to develop the critical skills and knowledge that new teachers need.

Charter Schools Stress College-Going Support - Melissa Sanchez / Catalyst Chicago

Many charters use privately raised money to support students academically, financially, socially, and emotionally.