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Integrating Common Core and Character Education

Character Education Partnership, 2013. (PDF, 12 pgs.)

With more states adopting the Common Core, it can be overwhelming for schools and teachers to consider “adding” anything else. But character education isn’t about adding, it’s about integrating with all that you already do. In this whitepaper, you will discover: details on integrating character education and the common core; three ways to strengthen common core; and powerful strategies and best practices for your school to integrate.
 

Responsive Classroom Drives Common Core Success

Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc. 2013. (Responsive Classroom) (PDF, 8 pgs.)

Skillful teaching and effective instruction are keys to achieving the goals set by the Common Core State Standards. This white paper describes how the Responsive Classroom approach hones teacher effectiveness and explains in detail how Responsive Classroom teaching practices address four specific CCSS challenges: creating a climate of learning, engaging students in rich academic conversations, teaching more complex content and skills, and fostering genuine student engagement.

Position Statement on Early Childhood Art Education

National Art Education Association, Revised 2013. (PDF, 2 pgs.)

The visual arts are essential to early learning. Every child is innately curious and seeks to construct personal knowledge and understanding of the world. Children construct knowledge in meaningful social contexts with peers and adults. Children experience their environment in holistic ways that are best served by an interdisciplinary approach that includes both guided and spontaneous learning experiences. The visual arts support multiple ways of knowing and learning that are inherent in the unique nature of each child. The visual arts empower children to communicate, represent, and express their thoughts, feelings, and perceptions. The visual arts offer opportunities to develop creativity, imagination, and flexible thinking. The arts enrich a young child’s understanding of diverse cultures. Early childhood art programs should be comprehensive in scope, including studio experiences, interactions with artists, real and/or virtual visits to museums and art galleries, and opportunities to respond to art through conversation, storytelling, play, dramatics, movement, music, and art making. For additional information, please refer to the Position Paper on the Early Childhood Issues Group section of the NAEA website.

Policy Update: Cyberbullying

National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), 2007. (PDF, 2 pgs.)

A brief policy update from the Policy Information Clearinghouse on cyberbullying including issues to consider and state actions to address the problem.

Whole Child Newsletter: Pathways to Success

ASCD, 2011 (web resource)

Did you know that recent molecular biology research has detailed how physical activity has a positive influence on your ability to learn, emotional stability, and physical health?

Dangerous Intersection Ahead

American Association of School Administrators (AASA), 2007. (web article)

Interviews with Daniel Pink, Stephen Covey, and Michael Gelb discuss preparing students for the world beyond high school.

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