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This is the last issue of INBOX for 2014.
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To close out the year, please find your favorite reads of 2014. 


. . . Losing Icons Hits Educators Hard

Walter Dean Myers Dies at 76; Wrote of Black Youth for the Young
The New York Times, July 3, 2014 

How High School Changed Robin Williams's Life
The Answer Sheet blog, The Washington Post, August 11, 2014 

Robin Williams -- a Teacher, a Genie, and a Nanny -- Dead at 63
Note the excerpts from Dead Poets Society.  Teaching Now blog, Education Week Teacher, August 11, 2014  

 . . . We Wonder about Our College Students

20 Things Incoming College Freshmen Will Never Understand, August 19, 2014  

Are American Students Grossly Unprepared for College?
The Answer Sheet blog, The Washington Post, March 17, 2014

. . . We've Been Thinking and Learning about Formative Assessment

How to Know If Your Students Are Learning from Day to Day
Sign up for NCTE's Facilitated Course -- Using Evidence to Guide Teaching and Learning (6-12). A summer participant noted after taking the course, "When it's working, formative assessment in particular creates a process by which teachers can get to really know each student, a task I struggle with each year. I want to be that teacher, and I now have tools by which I can work towards the goal."  Sign up for the Spring 2015 course today.

#nctechat February 16:  Formative Assessment That Truly Informs Instruction
In the archive of the February 16, 2014, Twitter chat, hosts Franki Sibberson (@frankisibberson) and Antero Garcia (@anterobot) and members of the NCTE Task Force on Formative Assessment answer questions and share information from the position statement their group worked on late last year.


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