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Kit Harris, ASCD Research

ED Pulse Poll Results: What Is the Best Way to Communicate with Parents About the Common Core?

ASCD continually seeks to provide solutions to the challenges that face educators of all levels. Recently the ASCD SmartBrief ED Pulse poll addressed methods of educating parents about the Common Core State Standards.

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Tina Byland

A Commitment to Educating the Whole Child: Inservice Roundup

Here at ASCD, the Whole Child Initiative drives our daily work—regardless of what our job descriptions entail. As a former teacher, I am particularly devoted to supporting the whole child and ensuring the safety and health of every student I encounter. Keeping the whole child in mind, I post content for ASCD's Inservice blog that consistently reflects our commitment to fostering a healthy, safe, engaging, supportive, and challenging environment for students.

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Kristen Pekarek

September Is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity now affects 17 percent of all children and adolescents in the United States. Research shows that childhood obesity puts kids at greater risk for health problems—including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease—and, once a child enters school, can undermine classroom and overall lifetime success. Encouraging new research indicates we are making some progress to reverse this epidemic: a new report on childhood obesity shows obesity among low-income preschoolers has declined slightly in 19 states and territories, and a new report on school health shows there have been improvements in the way we teach nutrition and physical activity in schools. But there is still a lot of work to be done.

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Melanie Olmstead

Redemption for Educators!

Educators may bear the brunt of school performance criticisms, but the public's opinion of educators is on the rise, with the majority of Americans believing that educators teach students well and keep them safe. More than 70 percent of Americans have trust and confidence in the men and women who teach in public schools, according to the 45th annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll (PDF) on the public's attitude toward public schools. Eighty-eight percent of parents feel their children are safe at school—the highest figure ever recorded by the poll—compared to the 66 percent who believe their children are safe playing in their neighborhood.

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Klea Scharberg

ASCD Arias Author Panel: Answers You Need from Voices You Trust

What keeps you up at night? Perhaps you're struggling with preparing your students for the real world, or confused about how to assess individual learning when students work together. Maybe you need strategies to integrate tablets with effective instruction or to maximize time for learning in your classroom. Join leading ASCD authors in a free webinar about their new ASCD Arias™ publications, which provide the answers you need from voices you trust.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 3:00 p.m. eastern time
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Melissa Mellor

ASCD Kicks off August Recess Campaign

Don't let your senators go on vacation! Take time during the August recess to ask your senators to become cosponsors of S.1063, the Effective Teaching and Leading Act. This important bill supports induction and mentoring programs and enhances ongoing professional development for teachers and school leaders.

The more cosponsors and support the bill has, the more likely it is to be added to the Senate's Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization bill when it’s considered on the Senate floor.

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ASCD Whole Child Bloggers

Free Webinar: Children Are Born to Learn

Join Wendy Ostroff, author of the recent ASCD book Understanding How Young Children Learn: Bringing the Science of Child Development to the Classroom, in a free webinar on how to engage children in learning through motivation. How children learn is the single most important subject for teachers to understand. And to understand learning in all its complexity, we need to examine its development.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 3:00 p.m. eastern time
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ASCD Whole Child Bloggers

Free Webinar: Walk-Throughs for Teachers Observing Peers

Join Donald Kachur, author of the new ASCD book Engaging Teachers in Classroom Walkthroughs, in a free webinar on learning how to plan and implement an engaging form of embedded professional development in which teachers are actively involved as observers of peers in classroom walk-throughs.

Tuesday July 30, 2013, 3:00 p.m. eastern time
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ASCD Whole Child Bloggers

What Resources Have Helped You Implement and Sustain School Climate Improvement?

To improve and create more effective resources, whole child partner National School Climate Center, in partnership with whole child partner Character Education Partnership and the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, is invested in assessing and understanding educators' professional learning resources and needs in two ways:

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ASCD Whole Child Bloggers

Free Webinar: Speaking and Listening Across the Common Core

Join Terry Roberts, director of whole child partner National Paideia Center, in a free webinar on how the Paideia Seminar can provide educators with a consistent and powerful way to teach speaking and listening standards. In this presentation, Roberts offers educators an opportunity to zero in on these College and Career Readiness anchor standards for the benefit of all learners.

Wednesday July 10, 2013, 3:00 p.m. eastern time
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