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March 31, 2010
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38th Annual Conference

November 17-21
Fort Worth, Texas


EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!!!!
REGISTER NOW ... and receive up to $25 in savings!*

Join us for NABSE's 38th Annual Conference:
  • Professional Development and Best Practice Workshops
  • NEW Workshop Strands addressing Special Education and School Board Administration
  • Unparalleled Networking Opportunities with over 4,000 Educators and Administrators
  • Over 300 Exhibitors and Vendors
  • Interactive School Tours
  • Plenary Sessions Led by Nationally Known Education Leaders
*EARLY BIRD SPECIAL . . . Registrants who register by May 1, 2010 under the "INDIVIDUAL" category will receive a deduction of $15!! INDIVIDUAL registrants who register ONLINE will receive an additional $10 off the current Registration Rate.

ALL registrants who REGISTER ONLINE will automatically receive a deduction of $10 from the Registration Rate!!!



National Lab Day (NLD) is more than just a day. It's a nationwide initiative to build local communities of support that will foster ongoing collaborations among volunteers, students and educators. NLD is the ultimate educational matchmaker.

Volunteers, university students, scientists, engineers, other STEM professionals and, more broadly, members of the community are working together with educators and students to bring discovery-based science experiences to students in grades K-12. When an educator posts a project, our system will help them get the resources needed to bring that project to fruition.

NLD is already underway! We currently have projects throughout the country - Interactive Map.

In the first week of May, 2010 (May 5th is the actual day) we will celebrate this collaboration with National Lab Day activities across the country.

Please visit
www.nationallabday.org to learn more about National Lab Day

National Lab Day is sponsored by the following:
INDUSTRY NEWS

School Boards: What Does The Future Hold?
from American School Board Journal
Want a glimpse into the future of local school governance? Look to a new law in California that forces boards to restructure low-performing schools if parents demand it. Or to last year's unsuccessful bid to strip Louisiana school boards of their oversight of personnel matters and to make it harder for them to fire a superintendent. These days, it doesn't take a crystal ball to see the challenges facing school boards in the years ahead. More
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House Boosts College Aid for Students in Need
from eSchool News
Riding the coattails of a historic health care vote, the House on March 21 also passed a broad reorganization of college aid that affects millions of students and moves President Barack Obama closer to winning yet another of his top domestic policies. The bill rewrites a four-decades-old student loan program, eliminating its reliance on private lenders and using the savings to direct $36 billion in new spending to Pell Grants for students in financial need. More
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ESEA's Effect on Rural Areas, ELLs, Spec. Ed. Eyed
from Education Week
School administrators and policy analysts are calling attention to the needs of students in rural districts, as well as English-language learners and students with disabilities, as Congress begins the process of reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. More
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Bipartisan Effort Vowed on Congressional Review of 'No Child' Law
from Diverse
While gridlock is the norm on many domestic issues, Republicans and Democrats are pledging a joint effort to address the future of the No Child Left Behind law. Though work is just underway, the pledge is giving analysts some confidence that lawmakers will examine NCLB's most difficult topics, from achievement among students of color to the future of persistently failing public schools. More
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Teenagers in Need of Direction Can Turn to Apprenticeships
from USA Today
Only after he put his hands to metal on a factory floor did Jordan Vail begin to grasp the point of math, communications and other skills he was supposed to be learning in high school but wasn't. More
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National Broadband Plan Focuses on e-Rate, Online Learning
from eSchool News
More students should have access to online learning, and the federal e-Rate program should be more widely deployed and should embrace and encourage innovation, according to the National Broadband Plan, which the Federal Communications Commission unveiled on March 16. More
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50 Years of Black Education
from BNET
In the face of insurmountable odds, at a time when America boldly flaunted its Jim Crow roots, a generation of students, parents and masterful instructors - evidenced by such pioneers as Mary McLeod Bethune, Benjamin E. Mays and Carter G. Woodson - widened the boundaries of the American educational system for all Americans. More
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