Note: The articles compiled in this newsletter come from independent media sources who are solely responsible for their content. Northwest AEA staff did not participate in writing any of these articles and Northwest AEA does not necessarily endorse the content of the articles.

Calif. district uses RTI to boost achievement for all
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/03/02/22rti-speced.h30.html?tkn=XQYFzqNlxdKIfU5NbfedhN/WNdtaTet9%2B4gt&cmp=clp-edweek?Intc=RTI11TWT

Why school leadership matters
http://hechingerreport.org/content/why-school-leadership-matters_5018/

When test scores seem too good to believe
http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2011-03-06-school-testing_N.htm

New group connects transformers
http://www.iowafuture.org/2011/03/04/new-group-connects-transformers/

Guest column: Higher education: An Iowa success story
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20110305/OPINION01/103050305/1001/NEWS01/?odyssey=nav|head

People who understand what’s needed in education do not play the blame game
http://www.parenting.com/blogs/mom-congress/kathryn-young-thompson/people-who-understand-what-s-needed-education-do-not-play-?cid=tw

Leaders call for shared curriculum guidelines
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/03/09/23curriculum.h30.html?tkn=SONFPm%2FzvbaH3lJupk0%2FYdzDaTb7O0ajGL04&cmp=clp-edweek

Schools weigh the benefits of more classroom time
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-school-year-20110307,0,5302597.story

What teachers want (in a principal)
http://hechingerreport.org/content/what-teachers-want-in-a-principal_5024/

Teacher incentives and student achievement: Evidence from New York City Public Schools
http://papers.nber.org/papers/w16850

Rubber balls replace classroom chairs
http://www.suntimes.com/news/education/4176445-418/rubber-balls-replace-classroom-chairs.html

BYU study: Video ‘exergaming’ as healthy as walking for kids
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home/51379458-76/games-kids-video-activity.html.csp

Kindergarten prep: Whether at preschool, home or day care, kids need to learn
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20110308/LIFE/103080333/Kindergarten-prep-Whether-at-preschool-home-or-day-care-kids-need-to-learn

Catholic school to try year-round education
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?
 
Population shift continues to hurt rural Iowa school districts
http://thegazette.com/2011/03/09/population-shift-continues-to-hurt-rural-iowa-school-districts/

School board drops K-8 schools concept
http://www.amestrib.com/articles/2011/03/09/ames_tribune/news/doc4d76f79ee344e029407771.txt
 
New science apps from Pearson to help English language learners and struggling middle schoolers
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/03/prweb5115184.htm

Children taught how to think and act like scientists
http://educationresearchreport.blogspot.com/2011/03/children-taught-how-to-think-and-act.html

Northey: Farm to school program's "Wrap Your Own-Iowa Grown" initiative accepting applications
http://www.iowaagriculture.gov/press/2011Press/press03092011.asp

For Detroit schools, mixed picture on reforms
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/14/education/14winerip.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&ref=education

Schools use digital tools to customize education
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/03/17/25overview.h30.html?tkn=PYLFtrWERwO2MkCgsRg0p6y8%2F91h421D%2Fgna&cmp=clp-edweek?TC11EWH

Plainfield schools program allows dads to get involved
http://www.suntimes.com/news/education/4303842-418/plainfield-schools-program-allows-dads-to-get-involved.html

Lieutenant governor favors Iowa high school graduation test
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011110314012

Blended learning innovations & schools of the future
http://educationresearchreport.blogspot.com/2011/03/blended-learning-innovations-schools-of.html

60-minute exercise raises GPAs of minority students
http://educationresearchreport.blogspot.com/2011/03/60-minute-exercise-raises-gpas-of.html

A different take on how the public thinks about the economy, budget
http://www.publicagenda.org/blogs/a-different-take-public-economy-budget-0

Redesigning education: Why can't we be in kindergarten for life?
http://www.fastcodesign.com/1637619/redesigning-education-why-cant-we-be-in-kindergarten-for-life

Transcendental Meditation improves standardized academic achievement
http://educationresearchreport.blogspot.com/2011/03/transcendental-meditation-improves.html

Social skills are critical for those with disabilities
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/03/23/26houghton.h30.html?tkn=XNUFH1BEqFmlanVeHBnwZTOkxC8GPrzfrb0j&cmp=clp-edweek

International motivation, methods differ on ed-tech
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/03/24/26globaltech.h30.html?tkn=QXZFNwVPeiwS1MxPGDvX5xRmIagUwQgfwaRK&cmp=clp-edweek

Darling-Hammond: U.S. vs highest-achieving nations in education
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/darling-hammond-us-vs-highest-achieving-nations-in-education/2011/03/22/ABkNeaCB_blog.html

Report probes the 'Diversity Gap' on teacher tests
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacherbeat/2011/03/report_probes_the_teacher_dive.html

Survey: Teachers want more access to technology, collaboration
http://www.eschoolnews.com/2011/03/23/survey-teachers-want-more-access-to-technology-collaboration/

Docs warn about Facebook use and teen depression
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/28/facebook-depression-2011_n_841282.html

One-to-one school: The old factory approach to education makes the case for change
http://amestrib.com/articles/2011/03/28/adel_news/news/dcn_news/doc4d8c98f8eef31646563493.txt