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Meet the Finalists for NASSP/Virco AP of the Year
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The role of the assistant principal has changed dramatically in the past decade; today's assistant principals are involved in all aspects of education, including curriculum development, research, personalization, and school-community relationships. The finalists for the 2010 NASSP/Virco National Assistant Principal of the Year award program stand out in their ability to excel in this ever-demanding role. The winner will be announced during the 2010 NASSP Convention. More

The Teacher Leader: No Place for the Hatfields and McCoys
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Stuart Singer's discussion of the role of the department chair brought forth some interesting and intriguing responses. While many focused on the specific proposals, a number of others saw it as an opportunity to discuss the difficulty of creating a positive, productive, and trusting relationship between the administrative team and the teaching staff. More importantly, there was a general consensus that a strong "we vs. they" mentality exists in many schools and when allowed to fester it can seriously impair the morale and effectiveness of a building. More

President Proposes $170 Million Dedicated Federal Funding Stream for Principals
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In his fiscal year 2011 budget request to Congress, President Barack Obama has called for a dedicated funding stream of $170 million for the recruitment, preparation, and retention of effective principals and school leadership teams. The proposed funding would come under a new Excellent Instructional Teams program that would consolidate several existing programs, including the School Leadership program and Improving Teacher Quality State Grants program, which currently provide the bulk of federal funding for principal training and professional development under Title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. More

NASSP Supports Student Non-Discrimination Act
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New legislation introduced by Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) and 60 original cosponsors would extend civil rights protections to public school students who are, or are perceived to be, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Upon its introduction in late January, the Student Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 4530) or "SNDA" was celebrated by civil rights and education groups alike. SNDA would establish a federal prohibition on discrimination in public schools that is based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. It would also provide victims of such harassment, bullying, intimidation and violence with more effective legal recourse in federal courts. More

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Join Us in Phoenix for the 2010 NASSP Convention
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Featuring such education luminaries as Robert Marzano and Pedro Noguera and strands specific to middle level leaders, assistant principals, and all school leaders looking to build their technology leadership, the 2010 NASSP Convention promises to further the professional growth of all attendees. Come a day early and attend the Breaking Ranks School Showcase or apply to attend the Mobile Learning Institute. More

Bring a Chinese Guest Teacher to Your School
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The Chinese Guest Teacher Program is designed to help U.S. schools develop Chinese language and culture study programs and to promote international exchange between the United States and China. The Program provides an experienced language teacher from China for the host school or district for a period of one to three years. This is your chance to build a Chinese program efficiently and affordably. More

Virtual Visit: RTI in Action at the Secondary Level
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The RTI Action Network travels to schools across the nation to find examples of real people doing real work with RTI. These Virtual Visits offer you frontline perspectives combined with informative stories of schools implementing RTI with success and dedication. More

Obama to Seek Up to $4B in New Education Spending
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President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union address that his administration will work with Congress to expand school improvements across the country, saying the success of children cannot depend on where they live. As he prepares to ask Congress for billions of dollars in new spending for education, Obama said the nation's students need to be inspired to succeed in math and science, and that failing schools need to be turned around. More

States to Government: Hands Off Education
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As the U.S. government discusses reauthorizing a sweeping education law and prepares to distribute billions of stimulus dollars for school reform, state legislatures are sending it a strong message: hands off. Education policy has always been the territory of state and local governments, but in the last decade the U.S. government has interjected itself into curriculum and school reforms, the National Conference of State Legislatures said. More

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    Obama to Seek Sweeping Change in 'No Child Left Behind' Law
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    The Obama administration is proposing a sweeping overhaul of President Bush’s signature education law, No Child Left Behind, and will call for broad changes in how schools are judged to be succeeding or failing, as well as for the elimination of the law's 2014 deadline for bringing every American child to academic proficiency. Educators who have been briefed by administration officials said the proposals for changes in the main law governing the federal role in public schools would eliminate or rework many of the provisions that teachers' unions, associations of principals, school boards and other groups have found most objectionable. More

    States Struggle to Keep Top Teachers
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    Most states are holding tight to policies that protect incompetent teachers and poor training programs, shortchanging educators and their students before new teachers even step into the classroom, according to a new national report card. The study from the National Council on Teacher Quality paints a grim picture of how states handle everything from pay to discipline for public school teachers. States are using "broken, outdated and inflexible" policies that ultimately hurt how children learn, according to the report. More

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    New Program Combines Technology, Community Service
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    Students at six schools from across the country are taking part in a pilot program that uses "service learning" as a way to revitalize their schools and communities while gaining valuable 21st-century skills. The Service & Technology Academic Resource Team program, launched by the Corporation for National and Community Service and Microsoft Corp., aims to create a new kind of collaboration between students and teachers through technology-focused service learning. More

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    New Critiques Urge Changes in Common Standards
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    A draft of grade-by-grade common standards is undergoing significant revisions in response to feedback that the outline of what students should master is confusing and insufficiently user-friendly. Writing groups convened by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association are at work on what they say will be a leaner, better-organized, and easier-to-understand version than the 200-plus-page set that has been circulating among governors, scholars, education groups, teams of state education officials, and others for review in recent weeks. More

    School Districts Spend Thousands on Litigation Over Special Education
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    Over the course of several weeks, Jennifer King will argue to keep her son included in a regular classroom for the entire school day. His school district wants to put him in a special education class for two subjects each day. King said she believes there are more ways to modify her son's curriculum within a mainstream classroom and that doing so gives him a better chance of success after schooling. "It is almost inevitable that the expectations drop when the child is moved to a special education classroom," King said. "My son's capability could be far, far greater than anybody can imagine right now. I'm careful not to limit what the possibilities would be for him." More

    States Said to Lag in Using Data Systems Well
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    States have made progress in building data systems that track student performance over time, but are behind the curve in sharing the information in a way that leads to meaningful decision-making, according to a national survey. The Data Quality Campaign, a foundation-funded organization in Washington that promotes and tracks the use of data in education, has been focused since 2005 on identifying the key components of state data systems and pushing for their development. Now that much of that work is under way, the group is shifting its focus to describe and promote the use of the data. More

    Missouri Lawmaker Pushes for Cyberbullying Law
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    Public school students who use text messaging, social networking sites and other electronics to harass and intimidate their peers could find themselves in trouble if a recently proposed bill is enacted. Sen. Yvonne Wilson, D-Kansas City, is sponsoring a bill that would require every school system to enact a bullying policy that includes bullying over electronic communications. She told the Senate Education Committee that cyberbullying has gained prevalence over the past few years as a growing number of teens have access to cell phones and broadband Internet. More

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    Wisconsin District to Launch Online School
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    Howard-Suamico School District of Green Bay, Wis., has announced it will partner with Kaplan Virtual Education to launch Bay Port iAcademy to provide full- and part-time online education opportunities to middle school and high school students throughout the state. Since BPiA will be part of a public school district, all students will be able to attend tuition free. The courses at BPiA will conform to Wisconsin state curriculum standards, with certified teachers leading the online instruction, and will use a range of educational technologies, including audio, video, online teaching tools, and interactive whiteboards. More

    Girls Might Learn Math Anxiety from Female Teachers
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    Young girls might learn to fear math from the women who are their earliest teachers, new research suggests. Despite gains in recent years, women still trail men in some areas of math achievement, and the question of why has provoked controversy. Now, a study of first- and second-graders suggests what might be part of the answer: Female elementary school teachers who are concerned about their own math skills could be passing that concern along to the girls they teach. More

    Students Failing Because of Twitter, Texting and No Grammar Teaching
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    Little or no grammar teaching, cell phone texting, social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, all are being blamed for an increasingly unacceptable number of post-secondary students who can't write properly. For years there's been a flood of anecdotal complaints from professors about what they say is the wretched state of English grammar coming from some of their students. Now there seems to be some solid evidence. More

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