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From the Current Issue:
College Applicants Sweat the SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn't
"Human intelligence is so multifaceted, so complex, so varied, that no standardized testing system can be expected to capture it," says the main author of two reports from "test-optional" schools (reports one and two). Morning Edition, NPR, February 17, 2014
NCTE's The Impact of the SAT and ACT Timed Writing Tests
Read "Rejecting the Standardized Test": Inside Higher Ed, February 12, 2014
. . . from the 2014 NCTE Education Policy Platform
Professional learning of educators is necessary for high-quality literacy instruction and student learning at all academic levels. Professional learning depends upon tapping the substantial expertise that already exists and upon sharing constantly emerging knowledge about literacy teaching and learning. This kind of professional learning requires time and is nurtured by
Establishing protected release time for collaboration among educators -- including those from across all disciplines -- to learn from student work, reflect on shared practices, plan curricula, and design assessments.
Including participation in professional learning as an essential element in teacher evaluation.
Educator Collaboration Is Key
Excluding administrative duties (e.g., planning field trips, ordering materials, scheduling duties, etc.), how much time per week do you spend working in structured collaboration with other educators?
More on Collaboration: Essential Ingredients
Connected Principals blog, February 7, 2014
Administrators' Roles in Successful Professional Development
NWP (National Writing Project) Blog Talk Radio
New Classroom Gives Educators in Duquesne a Professional Edge
Working together daily across disciplines. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 12, 2014
"What We Make Visible": Literacy in Learning Exchange, February 13, 2014
Seven Policy Shifts That Improve Professional Learning
Learning Forward's PD Watch blog, Education Week Teacher, February 12, 2014
NCTE's Principles of Professional Development
Literacy Education Advocacy Day Set for February 27
Register to attend. If you are unable to come to Washington, DC, join us for Advocacy Month during March by signing up to receive updates and tips. Find your voice and speak out to build support for your work as a teacher.
The National Center for Literacy Education, an NCTE initiative, will issue a report on February 27 during Advocacy Day, while NCTE participants are visiting their legislators to emphasize that educator collaboration is key to quality literacy instruction.
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