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EDUCATION WEEK BLOGS of the WEEK | NEWS | Learning Without Limits Using Social Media To Extend Learning Social media is one of the trendiest ways teachers are enhancing lessons and engaging students both in and out of the classroom. With just a smartphone, iPad, laptop, or a computer, social media can extend learning time in a way students get excited about. In a new paper, “Mobile Learning: Transforming Education, Engaging Students, and Improving Outcomes,” Brookings Institution scholar Darrell West examines how both mobile learning and social media are enabling and engaging learning for students. “We need to think of education as an individualized and year-round activity, not just something that takes place in bulk form within schools between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Fridays when schools are in session,” he writes. Teachers are finding innovative ways to use social media, such as having students share and provide feedback on each other’s work with Twitter hashtags, Facebook groups, or Instagram. They are also sharing ideas and lesson plans on Pinterest and websites like Teachers Pay Teachers. Taking a cue from online course creators like Khan Academy, teachers are posting their own videos online to help students with particular concepts. | NEWS | Teacher Beat Chicago Teachers Mixed on Evaluations New teachers in Chicago face higher expectations under a teacher-evaluation system rolled out last school year. And while teachers appear to find feedback generated by the system helpful, they remain deeply wary of its emphasis on test scores. That’s the take-away from two new data dumps on teacher evaluations in Chicago. About 40 percent of nontenured teachers scored at the “developing” phase, the second-lowest of four categories on the system, while 48 percent were deemed proficient, according to results from the Chicago district. The results are notable partly because of the context surrounding the new system, called REACH, which represents the first overhaul of teacher Make the Transition to College Readiness with the 2014© Common Core Edition of SpringBoard. SpringBoard is the College Board’s fl exible curriculum framework for English Language Arts and Mathematics. • Rigorous instruction • Formative and summative assessments • Exemplary professional development SpringBoard provides students with the knowledge and skills to meet the demands of the Common Core and delivers authentic college readiness. Learn more. Watch the overview videos online at evaluations in Chicago in 40 years. Teacher evaluation was among the precipitating factors in last year’s seven-day teachers’ strike. The recent closing of 49 schools generated several rallies in the city and has contributed to teachers’ general distrust of the district administration. Nevertheless, the Chicago Teachers Union and the district mapped out many details of the new review system on a labor-management committee. Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the district’s CEO, said that devising a system that helped teachers get better was first and foremost in that committee’s mind. Karen Lewis, the president of the CTU, was much less positive about the first-year results. She focused on a separate analysis, released last week by the Consortium on Chicago School Research, in which more than half of teachers surveyed said tests were weighted too heavily in the reviews. | NEWS | College Bound Middle-Grades Effort Promotes College Educators eager for the right formula to motivate low-income students to aspire to college can n SEPTEMBER 25, 2013 n find promise in a new study that endorses early exposure to college, mentoring, and community service leadership. —L.H.M. University of Michigan researchers found that the combined interventions used by the 22-year-old nonprofit College for Every Student had a substantial impact on college-going attitudes of disadvantaged students. Threequarters of participants in the study plan to attend four-year colleges, compared with 5 percent of students in a control group. The study focused on the program’s effectiveness among a sample of 1,100 middle school 11 students in 21 schools across 10 states. Teachers in the program are trained to deliver the services and provide the extra support, along with volunteer mentors. College students, business representatives, and other community members are often involved. Sessions take place before or after school, in a special period of the day, or during lunch. The evaluation found cfes had the right balance of approaches that made a difference in college-going rates for disadvantaged kids. —CARALEE J. ADAMS > > To see all Education Week blogs, go to English Language Arts Mathematics Grades 6-12 Shift —LAURA HEINAUER MELLETT to Rigor. Achieve Readiness. ©2013 The College Board. College Board, SpringBoard and the acorn logo are registered trademarks of the College Board. 146-594_SB_EdWeek_25Sept13_Jr_Page_Ad_FNL.indd 1 9/13/13 4:03 PM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - September 25, 2013

Education Week - September 25, 2013
DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Phila. Seeks Salvation in Lessons From Model School
INDUSTRY & INNOVATION: Schools Investing in New Measures To Boost Security
For Intellectually Disabled, a ‘Landmark’
States Mull Next Steps on Testing
News in Brief
Report Roundup
New Research Consortium Targets D.C. Schools
Social Studies Framework to Guide Standards
Charters Turn to More-Unified Application Systems
Blogs of the Week
Texas Lesson-Plan Brawl Resonates Beyond State Border
Business Organizations Rally on Common Core
Fiscal Face-Off
How to Improve the Common Core
Silence Is Not Neutrality
What Are We Doing to Support Great Teachers?
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
A Pathway for the Future of Education

Education Week - September 25, 2013