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Using Google Hangouts for Virtual Field Trips

Source: Google Connected Classrooms, Nov 2013 Advertisements

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Ten Tips for a More Creative School Year

Source: CreativeTeach.me, Aug 2013 Consider the physical atmosphere in your classroom. Model questioning and curiosity. Be cautious about the reward systems in your classroom. Leave room for choices, big and small. Have fun Do not be cowed by the Common Core. (US specific) When talking to colleagues about curriculum planning, bring creativity strategies into the …

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The US$4M Korean Teacher (of English)

Source: WSJ, Aug 2013   Kim Ki-hoon earns $4 million a year in South Korea, where he is known as a rock-star teacher—a combination of words not typically heard in the rest of the world. Mr. Kim has been teaching for over 20 years, all of them in the country’s private, after-school tutoring academies, known …

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Benchmarking Relative to Other States

Source: Tampa Bay Times, Jul 2013 (Jeb Bush editorial) … they must allow us to compare student achievement in Florida with student achievement in high-performing states such as Maryland and Massachusetts. To elevate our kids, we must measure them against the best. Effective tests backed by accountability provisions drive results. What gets measured gets done.

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Invent to Learn

Source: Invent to Learn website, May 2013

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Protected: 2013-April-Update

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OCPS (2012) Considers K8 schools

Source: Orlando Sentinel, May 2013 The Orange County school district runs three K-8 schools, all considered successes. Should it open more? District officials have pondered that question on and off since at least 2003, and they are doing it again. The result could be that the district considers whether to open a few more of …

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Brightworks Adapts to Reality

Source: KQED Mindshift, Aug 2012 Now, students are grouped into age-based cohorts, or “bands,” so that age-appropriate work could move along more smoothly. … Overall the typical structure involves a few key parts: 1) Morning Circle, when the entire school gets together to check in and make announcements; 2) “band” meetings, or small-group reflections where students …

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HS Class Size Limit is 25, per FL DOE requirements

Source: FL DOE document, Oct 2012 (10) Are charter schools subject to compliance with the class-size reduction law? Yes. The 2010 legislature clarified that charter schools must comply with Section 1003.03, F.S., relating to maximum class size, except that the calculation for compliance is for the school average by grade group.

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