Time Magazine: The Importance of Third Grade
A recent Time Magazine feature, Why Third Grade Is So Important: The 'Matthew Effect', presents the opinion that third grade, and not, as many would believe, junior year of high school, is the most important year in a child's academic career.

Nonfiction Holiday Roundup from Booklist
Booklist put out a list of nonfiction books to assist students with research projects this holiday season.

Writers Speak to Kids Webseries
A free intiative from NBC Learn (part of NBC News), Writers Speak To Kids is a new video series on the web that features interviews with many popular children's authors, including Peter Brown, Doreen Cronin, Jeff Kinney, Daniel Kirk, Mo Willems, and many more.

National Student Poets Program Launches
First Lady Michelle Obama helped launch a new arts program to pick five high school student poets, who will spend one year promoting poetry through readings, workshops and other activities. The National Student Poets Program is an effort by The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

States To Lead Effort To Write New Science Standards
A group of 20 states has been selected to lead an important effort to improve science education for all students. The 20 states will lead the development of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), a state-led effort that will clearly define the content and practices all students will need to learn from kindergarten through high school graduation. The NGSS process is being managed by Achieve, a non-partisan education non-profit. Drafts of the science standards will be made available for public input at least two times during the NGSS development process. The NGSS should be completed by the end of 2012.

U.S. News Ranks Nation's Best High Schools
U.S. News released the fourth edition of the Best High Schools rankings. The 2012 edition includes data on nearly 22,000 public schools, 500 of which received gold medals.

Why Are Finland's Schools Successful?
Smithsonian Magazine takes a look at why Finland's achievements in education "have other nations doing their homework."

NCTE Resources on Core Standards Implementation
NCTE reviews the Common Core State Standards and offers a Virtual Conference series on their website.

Challenge Your Students to Become Energy Efficient
NSTA and the U.S. Department of Energy opened registration for America's Home Energy Education Challenge, a nationwide student contest to help families save money by saving energy at home. The contest will engage students in elementary and middle schools to make smarter energy choices. Students, teachers, and principals are encouraged to register to participate.

Read Together Pamphlet for Parents
   The NCTE Commission on Reading pamphlet "Read Together Pamphlet for Parents" provides valuable information for anyone who reads with young children. Specifically targeted to parents, it includes read together book lists for different developmental reading levels. ReadWriteThink.org shares more read-aloud strategies.

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