Weekly News Round-up: 5.16.2014

By Alex Honeysett 05.16.2014 blog

Here are a few of our favorite education-related stories this week. (Especially the last one!)

Do Teachers Really Hate Common Core?
This EdWeek article explores teachers’ feelings about the Common Core based on the findings of several surveys and polls. For example, according to a survey conducted by AFT, 75% of teachers support the Common Core. Do you? We’d love to hear how you feel about the Common Core. Let us know in the comments below.

Report Explores How More Time for School Can Boost Teacher Quality
A new report from the National Center on Time & Learning looks at how “expanded school schedules can be used to boost teacher effectiveness by creating more time for educators to plan with colleagues, analyze student data, and develop new skills.” More details in this EdWeek article.

7 Tenets of Creative Thinking
“What are the mental processes, attitudes, work habits, behaviors, and beliefs that enable creative geniuses to view the same things as the rest of us, yet see something different?” If you’re looking to help your students tap into their creative juices, check out this interesting article from Edutopia.

4 Steps to Better Writers
In this Edutopia blog, AP Literature teacher Brian Sztabnik explains the four-pronged pre-writing strategy he created for students, called P.O.E.T. Bonus points if you can guess what the letters stand for before reading the article!

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Acquires Channel One News
After the exciting week we’ve had, we couldn’t skip over our big news! Earlier this week, we were acquired by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, one of the world’s largest providers of pre-K – 12 education solutions. By joining forces with HMH, we’re excited to broaden our reach throughout the US, deepen our relationship with school districts and foster the development of new, innovative market opportunities. Have questions? Feel free to reach out to us at contact.us@channelone.com.

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