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Common Core Standards for Learning Supports: Looking for Feedback from All Concerned about Equity of Opportunity

Post written by Howard Adelman, PhD, and Linda Taylor, PhD, codirectors of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School Mental Health Project/Center for Mental Health in Schools. This post was originally featured on the James B. Hunt Jr. Institute blog, The Intersection.

When policymakers introduce another initiative for education reform, the press to implement the new initiative often draws attention away from other essential facets involved in improving and transforming schools. Currently, this is happening with the Common Core State Standards movement.

Efforts to revamp schools cannot afford to marginalize any primary and essential facet of what must take place at schools every day. As those who have followed the work of the Center for Mental Health in Schools know, we are moving efforts to improve schools from a two- to a three-component framework (PDF).

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Sean Slade

Do We Need to Burn Our Violins and Close Our Swimming Pools?

"To compete with China in education we will need to burn our violins and close our swimming pools."

Author Yong Zhao said this last week in Melbourne, Australia, at the 2012 Joint Australian Primary Principals Association and New Zealand Federation of Principals Trans-Tasman Conference. Zhao presented a keynote at the conference, as did ASCD Board of Directors member Pasi Sahlberg and author Andy Hargreaves. Interestingly, the themes each speaker touched on have relevance to not only Australian audiences, but also those around the world who are going through similar discussions.

Call them the Global Education Reform Movement (GERM) discussions.

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Sean Slade

The Whole Child Is Going Down Under

Whole Child Down Under

Over the next two months, we will be hosting a webinar series designed specifically for Australian educators. It has become obvious over the last year that the discussions being conducted in Australia about education reform reflect many of the same conversations held here in the United States. Whether it is the debate on the development and expansion of a national curriculum, the basis for funding for states and schools (Gonski), or even the premise and unexpected baggage that accompany initiatives that rank schools by—among other things—academic test scores (My School), there are lessons that Australian educators can learn by reviewing what has occurred in the United States. Larger than all of these discussions, yet embedded into all, is the fundamental question of "what do we want to achieve out of our education system?" Do we, as Australian Minister for School Education Peter Garrett stated, on reviewing the 2009 PISA Results, "prioritize English, Maths, and Science or see the Arts as fundamental to a fully rounded education? What do we learn from looking overseas?" (April 12, 2012).

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Whole Child Virtual Conference

Your Summer PD: Whole Child Education and Society

2012 ASCD Whole Child Virtual Conference

ASCD conducted its second Whole Child Virtual Conference in May 2012. This free conference showcases schools, authors, and research about implementing a whole child approach for a worldwide audience. View and share archived session recordings, presenter handouts, and related resources at www.ascd.org/wcvirtualconference.

Gain insight into the role of education in society, the purpose of schools in that society, and what we all can do to ensure that each child, in each school, and in each community is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged through these presentations:

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Klea Scharberg

The Differentiated School: Making Revolutionary Changes in Teaching and Learning

Educators and administrators should take their ideas for reforming classroom instruction and work with one another to form a collective plan for school improvement. Collaborating with each other gives students the best possible education and to revolutionize the way they learn.

In this video, teachers—both veteran and beginning—discuss ideas they feel could help improve their curriculum. These teachers have group sessions to bring their thoughts and ideas to the table. The sessions encourage dialogue among educators as a form of professional development. Learn more with ASCD Express.

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Whole Child Virtual Conference

Your Summer PD: School Improvement

2012 ASCD Whole Child Virtual Conference

ASCD conducted its second Whole Child Virtual Conference in May. This free conference showcases schools, authors, and research about implementing a whole child approach for a worldwide audience. View and share archived session recordings, presenter handouts, and related resources at www.ascd.org/wcvirtualconference.

Gain insight into ways to implement comprehensive, sustainable school improvement through these presentations:

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Whole Child Network Schools Embark on a New Adventure

Whole Child Network of Schools

The 10 schools from across the continental United States and Guam chosen to participate in ASCD's Whole Child Network kicked off their efforts last week with ASCD in Alexandria, Va. Teams of administrators and teachers from the participating schools gathered to formulate strategies and learn tactics for implementing a whole child approach to education in their schools.

The schools chosen to participate in the Whole Child Network have committed to a comprehensive school improvement process using the tenets of the Whole Child Initiative—healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged—and their indicators (PDF) as a sustainable whole child approach to educating participating schools' students.

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