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September 2017 Monthly Round-Up for Educators

By The Room 241 Team September 30, 2017

From a quick nod to Banned Books Week to a deep dive on the expansion of A.P. tests, below you’ll find an array of articles published this past month regarding education for you to skim during your free period.

DeVos urges superintendents to give principals more control over schools (Education Dive)

At this year’s Principal of the Year Institute in Washington this week, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy​ DeVos spoke about the need to give state and local leaders as much autonomy as possible. She also urged superintendents to extend flexibility and decision-making power to principals, reports Education Dive, with the goal of allowing school leaders to “spend more time focusing on the people, not on the paperwork.”

Preschool teachers need better training in science (Science Daily)

While they may not be balancing chemical equations just yet, preschool children do have the capacity to learn from scientific thinking. According to a Michigan State University study, however, early childhood educators’ self-reported ability and enjoyment is low when it comes to teaching science. Literacy? Much higher. Find out more in this snapshot from Science Daily.

Education experts share the best books they’ve read about teaching (The Washington Post)

Haven’t yet picked up Radical by Michelle Rhee? Joel Klein, chief policy and strategy officer for Oscar Insurance — and a former chancellor of the New York City Department of Education — says it documents some of the most important work ever done in school reform. See what books about teaching other education experts, like the chancellor of D.C. Public Schools and the 2016 Kentucky teacher of the year, find memorable and recommend to other educations. Spoiler alert: some aren’t even about education.
5 Reasons To Encourage Your Kid To Read Banned Books (HuffPost Education)

Speaking of books… The week of September 24-30 marked the 125th Banned Books Week, an effort started in 1982 by the American Library Association to celebrate the freedom to read. In case you’re looking for a few compelling reasons to encourage your students to dig into To Kill a Mockingbird, The Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby, and all those other titles you love that were at point banned or almost banned from classrooms and libraries, Common Sense Media’s Regan McMahon has those reasons for you in this article.

Who Benefits From the Expansion of A.P. Classes? (The New York Times)

Did you know that the Advanced Placement program was inspired by a fear that high school students in the U.S. were falling behind learners across the globe—particularly the Soviet Union? Launched in 1955, the program has grown rapidly over the last decade. In 2006, the article states, 1.3 million students took at least one A.P. exam. By 2016, the number had increased to 2.6 million. Is expanded access smart? Exciting? Too risky? Dive in with this close look at the numbers, the results, and the impact.

Iowa teachers try ‘flipped’ classroom teaching method (Education Week)

Curious about what others have experienced by employing a “flipped” classroom model—where students learn the lesson outside of class, then essentially do what would traditionally be considered homework in class? See how it fared for Dubuque Senior High School students in Angie Bishop’s Algebra 2 class.

3 Lessons Learned From Education Technology Research (U.S. News & World Report)

Researchers at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), an organization inside the economics department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, examined 113 studies on using technology in schools that were scientifically rigorous. “We wanted to find all the studies and distill the main lessons so that decision makers can decide which programs to scale up and invest in,” said Vincent Quan, who runs the North American education unit at J-PAL. Check out what they learned.

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