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ASCD Fall Conference
Register for the 2012 Fall Conference, which will be held Oct. 26–28 in Atlanta, Ga. This year's theme is "Revolutionizing the Way We Lead and Learn."
Free ASCD Webinars
Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works, Aug. 7, 2012, 3:00 p.m. eastern time
Ask Dr. Judy: How Can Resisting Immediate Gratification and Long-Term Goal Development Be Developed in Students? Aug. 14, 2012, 3:00 p.m. eastern time
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York High School leaders in Maine found a way to rethink homeroom to better leverage scarce resource to support student success.
Reflections on the Dynamics of Teaching
With technology's seemingly daily inroads into education, it's especially important to take time to figure out the best processes for teaching and learning, urges blogger Frank Noschese, a physics teacher in New York state.
Civics in Action
The run-up to the 2012 U.S. presidential and congressional elections provides classrooms any number of teachable moments for understanding civics and its importance in the life of the nation. What is your school doing to help students understand politics, society, and students" key role as future or current voters? While avoiding partisan bias, how can teachers help students observe, question, and explore the political beliefs underlying the political platforms of various candidates? How can students learn to see their own roles as voting citizens and activists for the common good in the U.S. political system?
Who's Afraid of Student Advisory?
Although parents are the first and primary educators of their children, families also rely on schools to provide academic and social guidance to students. What's the best way for schools to cultivate positive and productive relationships between family and school, between teachers and students, and among students themselves? Whether through guidance counselors or more extensive student advisory programs, how do schools ensure all students learn and grow as persons in a healthy social and emotional environment?
This issue of ASCD Express shows various ways to use a student advisory program to help students make their way profitably through the academic and social spheres of school.
Is Advisory the New "Superman"?
Regular discussions involving both academic and social goals between a student and a trusted mentor helped to boost the success of an urban Connecticut school's advisory program.
Empowering Latina High School Girls to Surmount Hidden Barriers
Through a targeted, short-term student advisory, Ralston High School in Nebraska fostered solidarity and mutual support among its Latina students to discuss social, personal, and academic issues and keep them on track for graduation and postsecondary education.
Easing the Transition to High School
"Doing well and being well" is the slogan of the Freshman Advisory program at Maine East High School outside Chicago. It reflects the school's goals of grounding students academically and socially, based on research that shows achievement strongly influenced by school environment.
Engaging the Whole Student
Advisory Can Make a Difference
Maine East High School near Chicago uses older students to mentor 400 freshmen in an advisory program that addresses the younger students" academic and social concerns.
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Tech for Teachers:
Wikis Let Students Actively Contribute to Their Learning
Using wikis in the classroom allows students an active role in sharing and creating knowledge because it deepens their understanding and gives them ownership of their learning.
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Social Learning Begins at Home (1950)
The more schools know about their children's home and family life, the better they'll be equipped to address students" needs in social education.
A Model for the 21st Century
Students want to be taken seriously as active members of the wider society, writes teacher William Tolley. So a school-based advisory should support development of students" intellectual and leadership skills to shape their future world.
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