States expected to focus on 3rd-grade retention
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_edwatch/2012/01/post_14.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_term=education,+policy

Do schools need a longer school day? A debate
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/do-schools-need-a-longer-school-day-a-debate/2012/01/02/gIQA0GPGZP_blog.html

Students of online schools are lagging
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/06/education/students-of-virtual-schools-are-lagging-in-proficiency.html?ref=education

Big study links good teachers to lasting gain
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/06/education/big-study-links-good-teachers-to-lasting-gain.html?_r=2&ref=education

Outside the lines: Johnston students compose songs in music theory class
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012301080040

Six ways to avoid feeling isolated in the classroom
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/avoid-teacher-isolation-stay-connected-rebecca-alber

Curriculum the missing ingredient in school reform, book says
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2012/01/curriculum_the_missing_ingredi.html

Response: Ways to include students in the formative assessment process
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/classroom_qa_with_larry_ferlazzo/2012/01/matt_townsley_asked_carol_boston.html

Japanese strategy for improving teachers is catching on in Chicago
http://hechingerreport.org/content/japanese-strategy-for-improving-teachers-is-catching-on-in-chicago_7350/#.Tw3rffL_mXk.twitter

Five key skills for effective school principals
http://www.21stcenturyfluency.com/blogpost.cfm?blogID=2404

Quality Counts 2012 takes a global view of education
http://www.edweek.org/ew/toc/2012/01/12/index.html

Study: Underutilized young adults cost society trillions
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/inside-school-research/2012/01/study_unemployed_and_out-of-sc.html

My view: Flipped classrooms give every student a chance to succeed
http://schoolsofthought.blogs.cnn.com/2012/01/18/my-view-flipped-classrooms-give-every-student-a-chance-to-succeed/?hpt=hp_c2

Tablet computer technology transforming speech therapy
http://dailyiowegian.com/local/x1666053504/Tablet-computer-technology-transforming-speech-therapy

New autism definition could exclude many from diagnosis
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/speced/2012/01/a_proposed_new_definition_of.html

Special educators borrow from brain studies
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/01/18/17disable_ep.h31.html?tkn=LMXFDy6XqFv7sn5DXU3UF95gi99fRZj%2FKgUr&cmp=clp-edweek

STEM education gets boost from new round of grants
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2012/01/stem_roundup_new_grants_to_dri.html

District adding new online K-12 school
http://www.kcci.com/news/29935277/detail.html#.Tx2JgXmZtHg.email

Math and Reading for breakfast
http://wdmcs.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/math-and-reading-for-breakfast/

Collaboration plan gives teachers gift of time
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012301230036

Sharing a screen, if not a classroom
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/23/nyregion/sharing-a-computer-screen-if-not-a-classroom.html?_r=2&ref=education

Iowa warned that state may lose tech-savvy students
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012301260074

Today's college freshmen hitting books harder, study says
http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/story/2012-01-26/college-freshmen/52795436/1

After-school programs' newest activity: Supper
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/01/25/18supper_ep.h31.html?tkn=YQRF1BiakAdcr0G%2BSxmgrySre9w0T%2BlPSJ3D&cmp=clp-edweek