Ten Tips for Teaching About the 2016 Presidential Election

The United States presidential election gives educators a unique, real-world teaching opportunity to help students understand the U.S. election process, what it takes to become president and to get excited about civic education. 

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The New First “R”

In the era of ed reform, redefining the Three R’s is a political pastime. “Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships” seems to be a common favorite. This reframing is well-intended, and sometimes enlightening, but it doesn’t translate well from catchphrase to classroom. No matter how pundits, pols, and policy wonks market education reform, “readin’, ritin’, and rithematic” remain the core of our curriculum. But as society changes, so must what we teach. The Three R’s are still the right R’s, but in the 21st century the first “R” is writing.
It’s not that reading doesn’t matter but that writing matters more. Billions of us have cell phones, tablets, and laptops. That’s “billions” with a “b’; half the world’s population by some estimates—and still growing. Many of us spend time almost daily engaged in text-based communication peer-to-peer and on social media sites. We contribute to blogging platforms and personal websites, and we still produce most of the traditional forms of writing that proceeded the Internet age.

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The Reading-Writing Connection

A strong correlation exists between reading ability and writing ability. But it’s much stronger in one direction than the other. Some students who read well, write well. But almost all students who write well, read well. Why is the correlation stronger from writing to reading? 

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Our Students- Learning's Untapped Resource

My first day as a high school English teacher introduced me to 174 sophomores. I was only a few years’ older than they. I had an imposing desk waiting for me in each of the rooms I shuttled through. They filed into rows of uncomfortable chairs with writing arms attached. Blackboard. Mimeograph machine in the English office. No air conditioning. 16 mm films. Filmstrips.

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To Teach Math Well, I Had to Re-Learn It and Try a New Approach

I love math, and I love teaching it. But it wasn’t always this way.

 

 

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FROM THE EDITOR

The 2015/2016 school year is all but done.

So how’d you do? If you are reading this, you are most likely a principal, superintendent or other administrator at the district or local level. When we started the school year, I challenged everyone to change our outcomes by changing our expectations – of our staffs, of our students, and especially of ourselves. Did you challenge yourself? Did you move the needle? Do you think that you made a difference?

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MARCHING TOWARDS COMPETENCY Competency Based Learning: Instruction that Matches the Needs of Each Student

In theory, the choice is simple. Continue to implement a time-bound; age-based; one-size-fits-all curriculum-driven instructional model that has not served us well for many decades. Or choose to develop a personalized competency-based learning system, which identifies crucial learning outcomes, gives students the instruction and practice they need at their level of readiness, and monitors and adjusts instruction for as long as needed until competency is fully achieved.

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THE OLD MAN AND THE KID

The Old Man is me. The Kid is my eight–year-old granddaughter Kyndall Faith Knight. The story was written from an experience during a family vacation in the East Tennessee Mountains last summer.

Some of life’s greatest educational lessons can come from life experiences shared on an outdoor adventure with a curious child exploring nature’s vast classroom.

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STUDENT WELLNESS: INCLUDE BRAIN WELLBEING

In looking up information on student wellness, much of what I find on the Internet is all about healthy eating, social and emotional growth and physical activity. All of which I applaud and am grateful for considering I have four children of my own. I certainly wanted them to go through our school systems being supported in all of those aspects of wellness. Recently, however, as I’ve thought more about the topic of children’s wellness as well as gotten much deeper into the brain research that’s being done around the world, I would have to add something to student wellness about their brain’s wellbeing.

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COMPETENCY-BASED EDUCATION THE WORKING DEFINITION

The advocacy for competency-based education (CBE) has grown considerably in mainstream education over the last few years. Out from the shadows of alternative education, the idea that skills based mastery leads to achievement has come of age. Universities, colleges, and K12 education now consider competency-based education a viable option for improving the quality and effectiveness of teaching.

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THE PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE

Excellence will not attack our schools, communities, states or nation. When we began the No. 1 program at Conway High School on January 20, 1984, we committed to an all out quest focused on Excellence for all stakeholders — not just the top few parents, students and “staffulty.” This community-wide noble goal propelled us to become the first high school in Horry County recognized by The U.S. Department of Education. They said, “We have never seen a school do what you all are doing!”

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MOVING TO COMPETENCY HOW WE DID IT

Neighboring towns Dresden, Farmingdale, Hallowell, Monmouth and Richmond were just that: neighbors. Each had an independent school system with local students, history and traditions. Each had its own mascot and school rivalries.

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Executive Function Skills: The “X” Factor in Early Education

It has long been known by educators, clinicians, and parents that developmental disorders involving attention, such as ADHD, can have severe detrimental consequences for academic achievement. But it is now becoming more commonplace to recognize the impact of even relatively small individual differences in “executive function” skills on school readiness and success. What are these skills, how do we measure them, and perhaps most importantly, what can we do to help improve them in young children before they experience school failure and the ensuing gaps in achievement and opportunity?

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MARS MISSIONS NOT REQUIRED Pragmatic Approaches to Competency-Based Education

As a participant vendor in the Competency-Based Education Network’s TIP (Technology Interoperability Project) last year, I had the pleasure of serving on a panel at the 2015 CBExchange in Phoenix, Arizona. It was a lively panel with a good mix of questions, but one question has resonated with me in the months since: a community college president asked, “When will community colleges really be able to take on direct-assessment competency-based education?”

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The Most Useful Study You’ve Probably Never Read

(And How to Start Using it Right Away)
We’re all reading more research than ever. But much of it isn’t relevant, and what is, is often difficult to use. Yet here we are in the age of research-based reform. Our decisions have to be tied to science, however thin that string may be.

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EVIDENCE IS EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS What do leaders need to know and do?

In the world of education, we experience shared rhetoric. One emerging family of education talk includes competency-based education, mastery learning, student-centered learning, personalized learning, performance assessment and data-informed decision-making. These related concepts trade on the belief that students and their needs should be the nucleus of teaching and learning. There is little doubt that student-centered teaching and learning is accepted as desirable and necessary. In fact, individualized learning and differentiation have been part of our education reform discussions for decades. What excellent teacher wouldn’t tell us that it is all about the students? Yet, what does it take to achieve an effective system-wide culture of true student-centered learning? Speaking from long experience with using data to enact meaningful change, any successful effort of this type hinges on two important words: evidence and leadership.

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Web Filtering: Finding the Right Balance for Student Safety

Virtually all schools use a web filter to keep students off restricted sites and ensure the school’s bandwidth is used appropriately. According to an American Association of School Librarians (AASL) survey, 94 percent of respondents reported the use of web filtering software at their schools. But the task of filtering the web is widely seen as a necessary evil: The AASL contends that too many filtering software solutions don’t take the value of the social aspects of learning into account. 

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Applying Cognitive Theory and Gamification to Improve Reading Comprehension


Differentiation and personalized learning should not be avoided.
What a tangled web we avoid when we try to throw 22 students together in a single classroom with a teacher who plans and designs a comprehension skill lesson for one.  Learning is a non-linear, messy process that has many curves and angles.  All students are unique and have different learning styles and needs, but educators continue to give students a single shot dose of uniformed curriculum using an instructional delivery designed to meet the needs of only one person- the teacher (convenience).  Of course, there are students reading on grade level or above who might do just fine (if staying status quo is okay).  I’m just not sure anyone would be happy there. 

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THE ONE ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE VS. COMPETENCY-BASED EDUCATION

Being in fourth grade and teaching phonics to first graders, participating in the eighth grade spelling lesson as a fourth grader, being taught in small groups of three to five students from mixed grade levels on particular skills or topics, having assessments on various skills before moving on, moving on to the next skill level when ready (regardless of grade level) — is this competency-based education?

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TEACHING STUDENTS HOW TO ‘DRIVE THEIR BRAINS’ IS KEY TO INCREASING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

The mission statements of schools across our country share a common theme: All students can learn, and we will help them to achieve. However, few schools are delivering explicit instruction consistently on two principles that could make this stated mission attainable:

  1. Learning changes the brain, allowing students to become “functionally smarter” if students experience conditions that facilitate their learning.
  2. All students can attain more of their academic potential if teachers are taught research-based frameworks for effective teaching and a range of versatile strategies to facilitate the process of learning,
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CLASSROOM CURRICULUM FOR TEACHING STUDENTS & TEACHERS

Teachers in the 42 states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSS-M) are trying to change how they teach. For most, the strategies and methods required are new, as is the depth of knowledge demanded, in both students and teachers. Many teachers are finding that studying standards-based curriculum can be a basis for their own professional development. But this is only possible when curriculum-makers write materials that are worthy of study.

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WHO TOOK THE PROFESSION OUT OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT?

With all the rhetoric about what’s wrong with education today and how to fix it, there are no shortage of opinions and perspectives about raising the test scores that demonstrate student achievement. From assessment and accountability to standards and research-based instructional strategies, reformers are debating long and hard about what our teachers should be doing differently to improve student achievement.

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HOW DO WE TEACH 21st CENTURY STUDENTS?

All of our futures are increasingly linked to the challenges of the global community. The world’s population is predicted to grow from our current 7.3 billion to 8.5 billion in 2030 and to nearly 10 billion by 2050. Such population growth will affect a host of global issues including pollution, disease management, and depletion of energy, food and water resources.

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READING RECONSIDERED THE IMPORTANCE OF READING NON-FICTION

Much of what many students must read in college is nonfiction — often complex and dense nonfiction — but their reading during their middle and high school years is usually heavily weighted toward fiction, often insufficiently complex fiction. Thus students arrive on campus unprepared to read what is required of them. Students need to read more nonfiction to be ready for college. And they will need to be able to read more of it for the gateway assessments that will get them there, including the redesigned SAT, which will focus intensively—even more so than in the past—on cross-disciplinary reading.

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How do we get more highly-qualified STEM teachers?

How do we get more highly-qualified STEM teachers?  Research shows that even for teachers with years of experience, it is important to continually seek more professional development, either in the form of an advanced degree or through relevant workshops.

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Every Second Counts in an Emergency – Is Your District Prepared?

Following the Sandy Hook tragedy, Principal Jeff Green was in his office reviewing his school safety plan and realized three things:
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Personalize Learning with Data

Wright Solutions Group is making data personal; they are using technology in a new way to ensure that teachers, administrators and parents have the exact data they need, when they need it to help improve learning outcomes for every child. Utilizing a powerful set of data visualization tools, they provide teachers, principals and district administrators with easy-to-use yet comprehensive analytic tools. This solution allows teachers to drill all the way down to an individual student’s response, while allowing superintendents to view all schools from a mile-high view.

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Improve Your Student Outcomes Here’s How

Are you looking for a proven, replicable way to increase learning outcomes in your school or district beginning immediately? Erika Twani of the Learning One to One Foundation wants to explain how you can transform your district in a sustainable way using Fontan Relational Education.

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CONNECT YOUR STUDENTS WITH THE WORLD

If you’re ready to bring the world to your classroom, FieldTripZoom brings the educational experience to life with ease. Museums, zoos and historical sites are ready to visit your classroom live with FieldTripZoom - an online service that allows you to search, order, schedule, and connect to hundreds of live interactive programs. These programs provide your students with unique learning experiences that align with your courses, drive home the in-class materials, and can bring a new level of understanding to the material.

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The Ultimate in Thermal Body Cooling

REGULAR THERMAL REHAB USING POLAR BREEZE HELPS TO PREVENT THERMAL INJURY DISEASE.

Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke are the common terms for severe thermal injury disease. This occurs regularly across the globe resulting in more than 8,000 deaths annually; primarily in those exercising (football players, marathon runners and other school athletes) in hot and humid conditions. When the Heat Index (combined heat and humidity levels) exceed 110°F., thermal injury disease becomes likely. This occurs at 90°F. and 75% humidity or 95°F. and 57% humidity. At 90°F and 90% humidity, the Heat Index is 121.9°F. These can be lethal conditions. Research supports a rate for heatstroke of 1:1000 for those exercising in a hot environment. However, the rate of thermal injury with organ damage or failure may be 10x that of actual heatstroke. Heat Stroke is the second largest killer of athletes in the U.S.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul Launches Bullying Prevention Program in Schools Nationwide

Literacy-Based Program Brings the Power of Storytelling to the Fight Against Bullying

For over 20 years, educators have been using Chicken Soup for the Soul books in the classroom. Now Chicken Soup for the Soul has teamed up with education experts, anti-bullying experts and the non-profit Boniuk Foundation to bring Chicken Soup for the Soul Hallway Heroes, a literacy-based anti-bullying program, to schools nationwide.

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STOP the Summer Reading Slide

Looking to spark the imagination of students after the last bell rings for the school year? Summer reading can do just that and, with the right program, can make the months fly by. Kids Read Now is a K-3 summer reading program based upon the best practices of national literacy experts. These include student book choices, parental engagement, incentives to keep reading, and data analysis to measure efficacy. The program is proven to eliminate the summer reading slide experienced by many disadvantaged youths.

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HOW TO END THE MID-CAREER EXODUS OF TEACHERS

Where Are They Going?

We are seeing a growing trend of mid-career teachers leaving the profession. According to the National Education Association, approximately 17 percent of teachers are leaving every year. While that number is substantially higher in the first five years, the dramatic increase in those leaving the profession with eight to 12 years of experience should be sounding a siren!

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SYSTEMS THINKING LEADERS

WHAT WOULD A SCHOOL LEADER DO IF THE SCHOOL DAY BEGINS WITH LATE BUSES, A TEXT MESSAGE THAT TWO CLASSROOMS ARE WITHOUT TEACHERS, FOLLOWED BY A FRUSTRATED PARENT IN THE OFFICE, ALL DEMANDING YOUR ATTENTION?

After addressing the early morning complications, a systems thinking leader would find time to step away from the chain of challenges and make efforts to see possible patterns, and examine the causal factors that contribute to the problems that pop up.

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FIVE SECRET RISK REQUIREMENTS HIDING IN YOUR FEDERAL GRANT

For many of us, federal grants have long seemed like loads of easy money with very few strings attached.

Often there was little or no scrutiny by federal agencies until after the bulk of the funds were spent, and even if there were an issue, the federal dollars just seemed to keep flowing year after year after year.

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What Educational Leaders Must Do to Ensure Mentoring Success

As an education leader you already know the value of mentoring. But how do you go about institutionalizing that value for others?

You may have tried launching a mentoring program and achieved a modicum of success and are looking for a solution that will assure long-term sustainability and impact.

A Mentoring Culture Solution

A mentoring culture strengthens relationships throughout an organization. It supports and sustains all the mentoring that goes on in an organization. It adds to the vibrancy and productivity of a school district or system. It helps people feel more connected to each other. And, most importantly, it promotes mentoring excellence as the standard of practice.

Sounds great and like work, right? Creating a mentoring culture is an iterative process. It involves continuously promoting individual and organizational readiness, generating multiple learning opportunities, settings and processes to foster cognitive, affective and behavioral learning, and providing support to help everyone engaged in mentoring be successful at it.

An organization like a school, a school district or a school system with an existing learning and/or development culture has a distinct advantage in creating a mentoring culture.

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CHALLENGES & ADVANTAGES OF COLLABORATIVE LEARNING: Developing Workforce Readiness in Students

Ask management level professionals what is the most difficult part of their job and many will respond, “finding good help.” Arguably, the biggest complaint GenExers have about “workforce rookie” Millennials seems to be their lack of preparedness when entering the “real world” after school. There has been a lot of discussion about using collaborative learning in both K-12 and higher education classrooms to help close the skills-gap. At the forefront of these discussions has been the variety of instructional technologies designed to enhance collaborative classrooms and the modification of lecture-centered pedagogy. There are many technologies and resources available to teachers that support an active learning curriculum. While technology in itself is not collaborative, i.e. collaboration systems are only collaborative if students and instructors utilize them to that end, it can help facilitate and provide a conduit for collaborative, active and group learning.

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NATURE & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY SPRINGS SUCCESSFUL LEARNING

In today’s world of technology and social media overload, our children are becoming more sedentary and nature deprived than any other generation before.

Today’s children and families have limited opportunities to connect with the natural environment.

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SECURITY TRAINING A KEY PART OF ANY CONSTRUCTION PLAN

Given the numerous mass shootings at schools that we have seen across the country, it only stands to reason that administrators are looking to integrate security features into any new school buildings or renovations.

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TECHNOLOGY CHANGES QUICKLY PEOPLE NEED TIME

Today we are all experiencing the technology revolution.

There are so many good things about this revolution – wonderful tools to communicate with, go-anywhere-find-anything Internet shopping, convenient on-line banking, and ever-less-expensive pleasures!

At the same time, this revolution is making many of us feel stressed about keeping up with it all.

As a publisher, my company has felt tremendous pressure to bring in new technology and adapt our business to new ways. The threat for companies is that if we don’t keep up, we’ll be left behind.

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MORE BANG FOR YOUR TECHNOLOGY BUCK

No matter how you look at it, educational institutions across the board are dealing with continuing budget constraints. The financial pressure is real, and it can be particularly daunting in the case of technology purchases. Higher standards, new trends, and technological advances make it difficult to keep up.

Many schools have discovered that they can get more technology for their money by joining a purchasing cooperative. These partnerships allow member organizations to aggregate volume on technology purchases, and in doing so, achieve better pricing than they could have on their own. 

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TRANSPARENCY AND THE ART OF PROTECTING STUDENT PRIVACY

School improvement efforts have driven data collection to new and alarming heights in recent years. Many argue that data is essential for improving students’ achievement in schools and preparing them for success in life, while others feel this holds true only if privacy, safety and security considerations are integrated from the start and implemented throughout.

Data, when collected and used correctly, brings value to schools and students; when amassed in a cloak of secrecy, without clear and discernable goals, screams trouble. Transparency plays an important role in protecting student privacy. For schools, focusing on areas of safety, security and trust are key to implementing effective student privacy initiatives.

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WHEN USED WELL DATA ARE A POWERFUL TOOL FOR CHANGE

One of the best things about delivering professional development and consulting in schools is working side by side with teachers and administrators to answer questions and solve problems by drilling down into data until we find root causes so targeted plans can be developed that address the real heart of the issues.

Some common threads we’ve found in all this work have helped us see:

  • There is no shortage of data available.
  • The heavy lifting of data analysis is best received when it answers the question: How does this help my teaching or my school?
  • For the most part, teachers and administrators want to analyze data but are not always sure how best to go about it.
  • This sometimes leads to time spent going down ultimately unproductive tracks.
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NO BORDERS RURAL SCHOOLS CONNECT TO INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS VIRTUALLY

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ELECTRONICS CERTIFICATION Gives Students Power To Succeed

There are many paths to successful careers. College degrees aren’t for everybody, so technical certification may be a key factor to increased employment opportunities and higher pay. In today’s competitive job market, certifications can provide validation of industry-specific knowledge.

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THE PROBLEMS, PITFALLS, AND PROMISES OF A SCHOOL WIDE DISCIPLINE

Desiyah, a 10th grader, began arguing with one of her classmates about a group project they were working on. The teacher asked her repeatedly to calm down and lower her voice. Desiyah ignored her teacher. Instead, she continued to argue and became increasingly agitated. She used inappropriate language and cursed at her classmate. The two girls faced off in the front of the classroom while other students reached for cell phones to record what was sure to become another one of Desiyah’s legendary fights. The teacher walked over to Desiyah and placed herself between the girls to prevent a physical fight. Desiyah screamed, “Leave me the f--k alone!”

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EDUCATING STUDENTS WITH DYSLEXIA HOW INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS FOR DYSLEXIA CAN HELP PUBLIC EDUCATION

As an educator, you know that reading is fundamental to a student’s long-term success in the classroom and beyond. You also probably know that some bright and hardworking students still struggle to read. The underlying cause of their reading difficulties may be dyslexia — one of the most common and most commonly misunderstood learning differences.

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AUTISM FOR LEARNING IN GROUP ENVIRONMENTS EVALUATING THE ABILITY OF LEARNERS WITH AUTISM TO WORK IN SMALL GROUPS

An essential goal for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is to reach maximal independence on a variety of tasks that facilitate vocational engagement and community integration. In addition, increased independence reduces the need for intensive staffing. While many learners with autism are provided individual, or one-to-one, instruction throughout much of their day, moving to group instructional formats provides many positive benefits.  Individual instruction is less efficient and more costly, and can lead to overdependence on a small number of instructors. It is beneficial for learners to adapt to a variety of instructors. Furthermore, group instruction is the normative arrangement in most adult placements. One-to-one instructional arrangements do not prepare individuals with autism to function within group contexts, and limit opportunities for positive social interactions with peers.

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WORRIED SICK COPING WITH TEST ANXIETY

I’m in ninth grade. I’m taking a make-up history test: a one-question exam. Panicked thoughts race through my mind: “Only one question! And I don’t know how to answer it. Where do I start? This makes no sense to me. I’m going to fail!” My heart pounds wildly, and my face flushes pomegranate. A sweaty hand holds my pencil in a death grip.

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THE SILENT EPIDEMIC AFFECTING YOUR STUDENTS

Do you know what is the most prevalent chronic illness among children in the U.S.? Diabetes? Obesity? Asthma?

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the number one chronic childhood illness in the U.S. is pediatric dental disease, also known as severe tooth decay. Though cavities are often viewed as a normal part of childhood, the severity of the consequences associated with childhood tooth decay is often unknown.

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MAKE EDUCATION FUN AT BUSCH GARDENS WILLIAMSBURG AND WATER COUNTRY USA

The beautiful charm of Europe meets an unparalleled mixture of thrill rides and adventure at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. The Virginia theme park has something for everyone with world-class roller coasters, captivating shows and exciting animal encounters. The park’s collection of educational programs is designed to help educators turn the world’s most beautiful theme park into a classroom of wild and thrilling proportions. Students can soar like eagles and roam like wolves while they experience what they’ve only ever read about in textbooks.

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STEM EDUCATION AT A LIVING HISTORY MUSEUM HENRICUS HISTORICAL PARK

The English Citie of Henricus, the Virginia Indian Community of Arrohateck and the Rise of Science and Technology of the 17th Century in America

Located in Chesterfield, on the banks of the Historic James River, near Richmond, Virginia.

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NORFOLK THE HEART OF THE VIRGINIA WATERFRONT

Located conveniently along the Mid-Atlantic coast, Norfolk, Virginia is the ideal destination for action-packed and affordable, educational tours. With an abundance of outdoor activities, historical and cultural attractions, this riverside city offers exciting choices for new learning! Let your students become researchers discovering the wonders of African wildlife at Norfolk’s Virginia Zoo. Students will learn how to do an observation by practicing in a classroom and then venturing out into the African exhibit.

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HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND

Located in Western Maryland, Hagerstown is located at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, and just south of the Mason-Dixon Line. We are part of the Appalachian Highlands, where you can take in the beauty of cultivated valleys, and pastoral low rolling mountains.

Founded in 1776, we are laced with five National Parks, and over 30 museums and monuments that span three centuries. Our historical story includes Fort Frederick - the only remaining French and Indian War fort, Antietam National Battlefield, 19th century stone arch bridges, and the Cheasapeake & Ohio Canal.

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YOUR PASSPORT TO A FUN-FILLED LEARNING ADVENTURE PENSACOLA’S GORGEOUS GULF COAST

Well known for its sunny skies, sugar-white beaches and warm, emerald waters, Pensacola is putting its unique stamp on educational tourism, and all you need to start exploring is a passport.

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THE LOGGERHEAD MARINELIFE CENTER

Sea turtles put the fun in Science! STEM is a common acronym for the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC), a non-profit sea turtle and ocean conservation organization in Juno Beach, Florida, embraces and focuses on the Science discipline of STEM.

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INSPIRING CONSERVATION THE SOUTH CAROLINA AQUARIUM

Inspiring Conservation at the South Carolina Aquarium

Students who visit the South Carolina Aquarium with their classes take back an important message to protect nature and practice conservation of the natural world. The fun shows and interactive exhibits at the aquarium are designed to deliver more than just smiles to your students. Each of these activities helps your students make a connection with water, wildlife and wild places and learn to be good stewards to the environment.

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MAKIN’ IT REAL What’s So Important About Student Travel?

Have you wondered how student travel could ever make a difference in the world of education? As a teacher, teaching and learning most often is limited to what the imagination can allow within the confines of the walls of a classroom. Some teachers expand their classrooms by holding classes outside, in the library or even with a walk through a park. Perhaps the extension of your classroom is in a creek bed with a microscope. Traveling to sites that you have taught about only extends that classroom even further. Imagine walking through the rotunda of the Nation’s Capitol building where presidents and dignitaries have lain in state.

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JEFFERSON PARISH

Adventure awaits next door with history, culture and fun! Neighboring New Orleans, Jefferson Parish is the place to explore. Stretching 60 miles from the shores of Lake Pontchartrain to the beaches of Grand Isle Jefferson Parish, established in 1835 is named after Thomas Jefferson and his role in purchasing the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803. Jefferson is a diverse community with some of the nation’s best historic districts, cuisine, nature trails and unique wetland adventures.

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THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

Bring your crowd to their feet with a trip to the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience. Our 45-yard indoor playing field and state-of-the-art interactive exhibits make the Hall of Fame the perfect place to engage your students and experience amazing moments.

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GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN FIELD TRIP SCHOLARSHIP CONNECTS STUDENTS WITH NATURE

Grandfather Mountain offers students a unique opportunity — the chance to learn about nature from nature itself.

But with North Carolina schools facing sizable budget constraints, this isn’t always possible.

Enter the Grandfather Mountain Field Trip Scholarship, a program designed for schools in financial need, and one that’s already had a profound effect on some North Carolina students.

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Our Goal: to reinvigorate the spirit of American education.  The Southeast Education Network, through SEEN Magazine and www.SEENmagazine.us, presents resources, ideas and techniques to help educators become more effective while growing personally and professionally. SEEN Magazine is dedicated to educators, school administrators, and the education community.