Education Week - May 22, 2013 - (Page 1)

head S KEY. OTE) AM E R ICAN E DUCATION’S N EWS PAPE R OF R ECOR D • © 2013 Editorial Projects in Education • $4 BREAKING NEWS DAILY COMMON CORE: A STEEP CLIMB FIRST OF FOUR PARTS District Bets Big On Standards Hopes, Frustrations Mark Experience By Catherine Gewertz Washington The big clock in Dowan McNair-Lee’s 8th grade classroom is silent, but she can hear the minutes ticking away nonetheless. On this day, like any other, the clock is a constant reminder of how little time she has to prepare her students—for spring tests, and for high school and all that lies beyond it. As an English/language arts teacher in the common-core era, Ms. McNair-Lee is part of a massive nationwide push to turn millions of students into powerful readers and writers. The District of Columbia, where she’s taught for 11 years, was quick to adopt the Common Core State Standards. But putting them into practice demands a heavy lift: With their emphasis on mastery of complex text, the standards require far stronger literacy skills than most students here—and many in the 46 states that also PAGE 10 > Jared Soares for Education Week as he Education Week VOL. 32, NO. 32 • MAY 22, 2013 ▲ y in 1 Dowan McNair-Lee helps 8th grader Mikel Robinson with an English/language arts assignment at Stuart-Hobson Middle School. The District of Columbia has marshaled its resources to bring the common-core standards into classrooms. FOCUS ON: EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS INDUSTRY & INNOVATION States Stepping Up Mandates for School Safety Drills Schools Facing The Expiration Of Windows XP By Nirvi Shah Hundreds of U.S. schools will supplement fire drills and tornado training next fall with simulations of school shootings. In response to the December shootings by an intruder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., several states have enacted or are considering laws that require more and new types of school safety drills, more reporting to state agencies about safety planning, and new audits of school security. An Education Week analysis of school safety measures proposed since the Newtown shootings showed that, while proposals that involve arming teachers or adding armed police at schools are getting national attention, they are gaining ground in only a few states. Meanwhile, proposed mandates for emergency-preparedness drills and planning are getting traction quickly in many statehouses this legislative season, and dozens of similar bills have yet to be considered. (Only about half the legislatures have finished their sessions.) Some examples of new laws adopted so far:    •  In April, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, signed a measure that requires additional “intruder” drills in schools and speeds up the deadline for when schools must conduct their first fire drills each school year.    •   irginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, also a ReV publican, approved a bill in March to add two lockdown drills to the slate of safety exercises schools already conduct.    •  Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, approved legislation in April that requires four annual lockdown drills instead of one in Wash- based arguments about whether it was their friend or foe.    •  An Ohio teacher’s biology students analyzed the dna of foods, including hot dogs and chicken nuggets. The new standards call for bringing greater depth to K-12 students’ understanding of the subject and asking them to apply knowledge through the practices of scientific inquiry and engineering design, among other elements. “The teachers say they are already changing instruction, changing how they look Microsoft’s plans to end support for Windows xp, believed to be the dominant computer operating system in K-12 education, could pose big technological and financial challenges for districts nationwide— issues that many school systems have yet to confront. The giant software company has made it clear for years that it plans to stop supporting xp next year, and it has been urging districts, as well as businesses and other customers, to upgrade to Windows 7 or 8. Technology experts who work with districts say many of them have yet to take that advice, or to buy other up-to-date operating systems, either because of tight budgets or a reluctance to disrupt a technology that is familiar to many teachers, students, and administrators. But now the need to upgrade has become more urgent. Districts that do not upgrade from xp will no longer receive the regular updates from the company that protect their systems against online viruses and other security risks, as well as other updates to ensure reliability, or timely support if problems arise. In addition, software providers are un- PAGE 18 > PAGE 17 > PAGE 16 > SCIENCE IN PRACTICE: SECOND OF TWO PARTS Digital Curricula Evolving This special report is the latest installment in an ongoing series about how online education is changing teaching and learning and the development of curricula, prompting schools to create more personalized educational experiences for students. See the pullout section opposite Page 16. Teachers Shift Instructional Approaches To Bring ‘Next Generation’ Into Class By Erik W. Robelen Well before the Next Generation Science Standards became final last month, teachers in pockets around the country were already exploring the vision for science education espoused by the document and bringing elements of that approach to the classroom.    •  A South Dakota teacher scrapped one of her traditional activities on earthquakes and volcanoes and started anew, turning her students into investigating scientists.    •   Kentucky teacher revamped a lesson on A friction, and had students make evidence- By Sean Cavanagh

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - May 22, 2013

Education Week - May 22, 2013
District Bets Big on Standards
FOCUS ON: EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: States Stepping Up Mandates for School Safety Drills
INDUSTRY & INNOVATION: Schools Facing the Expiration of Windows XP
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Debates Roil Over Control of Schools in Baton Rouge
Study: Teenagers’ Brains Are Wired for Peer Approval
Analysis Calls for Dual-Language Pre-K for Young ELLs
PROFILE: Brian Pick
PROFILE: Dowan Mcnair-Lee
PROFILE: Mikel Robinson
States Tighten Disclosure of Teacher Evaluations
Blogs of the Week
NRC Framework Seen as Valued Resource for Educators
A Spec. Ed. Twist on Common-Core Testing
K-12 Colors Campaigns in Virginia, New Jersey
Policy Brief
CYNTHIA G. BROWN: The ‘How’ of Equitable School Funding
JIM CHILDRESS: Designing Learning Spaces for A New Age of Discovery
JEANNE ZAINO: Teaching the Metric System: A Cautionary Tale for the Common Core
Topschooljobs Recruitment Marketplace
LISA HANSEL: The Common Core Needs a Common Curriculum

Education Week - May 22, 2013