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Resource Bank


Practical Intelligence

Doctoral research at the University of Texas at Arlington found superintendents from both thriving and failing school districts have comparable levels of practical intelligence, as indicated by similar scores on a tacit knowledge inventory test.
    In addition to interpersonal, intrapersonal and organizational tacit knowledge, the researchers evaluated the superintendents’ amount of experience and school district demographics.
    The study of superintendents in Texas concluded that the lack of differences in practical intelligence scores might be due to the numerous other similarities in the superintendents’ experiences.
    Copies of “Superintendent’s Practical Intelligence Across High and Low Performing School Districts” are available from ProQuest at 800-521-0600 or disspub@proquest.com.


Bullying Prevention

A report from the American Educational Research Association presents a series of 11 briefs on the prevention of bullying in schools and universities.
    Topics include peer victimization among vulnerable populations, gender-related harassment and improving school climate.
    Access the report at http://tinyurl.com/aera-bully-prevention-report.

Top Film Available

Free copies of the Academy Award-winning film “12 Years a Slave” are available to public high school teachers.
    Accompanying educator toolkits include a softcover copy of the Penguin book, a printed study guide and a letter from the film’s director, Steve McQueen.
    Access a toolkit at www.foxconnect.com/12yas-toolkit.

Civic Education

The Civics Renewal Network provides free online access to civic education materials for K-12 educators.
    The comprehensive resource is searchable by subject, grade, resource type, standards and teaching strategy.
    Access the database at www.civics​renewalnetwork.org/resources.

Interactive Learning

Properly implemented technology can improve achievement and boost engagement among at-risk students, according to a report by the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education.
    This review of more than 70 research studies finds that incorporating interactive learning, using technology to explore and create, and blending teachers and technology improves learning outcomes.
    For details, visit www.all4ed.org/reports​-​​factsheets/usingtechnology.

Early Digital Literacy

The Rand Corporation has identified goals for technology use in early childhood education in their report “Getting on the Same Page.”
    The findings indicate technology use remains a topic of considerable debate in early childhood education and children from low-income families may need the most support to ensure digital literacy readiness.
    Read the full report at www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR673z1.html.

Summer Learning

Participation in summer learning programs has increased from 25 percent to 33 percent of U.S. families over the past five years.
    In “America After 3 p.m.,” the Afterschool Alliance reports that demand for summer learning is high and unmet need has grown.
    Read the full report at http://bit.ly/america_after_3pm.  

Best Pedagogy

A Pearson report on the characteristics of excellent schools and teachers has identified 11 successful pedagogic strategies.
    “Exploring Effective Pedagogy in Primary Schools: Evidence from Research” details the findings of researchers who observed the classroom practices and processes in 125 English primary schools.
    Learn more at http://bit.ly/Pearson_Effective_Pedagogy.  

Conference Daily Online

Whether or not you attend AASA’s national conference in San Diego Feb. 26-28, you can follow the major proceedings through AASA’s multimedia daily news publication, Conference Daily Online.
    The publication includes short articles about the keynote speakers and award winners, a conference blog involving four AASA member superintendents, audio and video clips, a photo gallery each day and a lively Twitter feed.     Access the coverage at www.aasa.org.

Breakfast Mini-Grants

To provide school breakfast to more low-income students, AASA awarded mini-grants to six school districts: Grainger County Schools in Rutledge, Tenn.; Hannibal, N.Y., Central School District; LaRue County School District in Hodgenville, Ky.; Lawrence County School District in Moulton, Ala.; Murphy School District 21 in Phoenix, Ariz.; and Taos, N.M., Municipal School District.
    Funded by the Walmart Foundation, the AASA breakfast initiative significantly increases the participation in existing federal school breakfast programs. For more details, visit the Children’s Programs site at www.aasa.org.



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