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The year in education — a look back at 2012
The Hechinger Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In 2012, new teacher-evaluation systems and merit pay spread across the country. Technology continued to transform classrooms, and presidential candidates made education an unexpected focus on the campaign trail. Yet widespread problems in America's education system persisted, and the nation remained behind much of the international competition. At The Hechinger Report, we traveled from coast to coast to examine new approaches to improving U.S. schools and to answer important questions about what's working and what isn't. More


Evaluations bring stress to teachers, principals
The Associated Press via Education Week Teacher    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One by one the squares on the board in Principal Brett Gruetzmacher's office are being filled, each one marking another step in the long march of teacher evaluations. As the process rolls on, another magnet goes up beside the name of one of the 81 teachers and staff Tecumseh Jr. High School administrators in Lafayette, Ind., have been tasked with evaluating this year. Each magnet denotes the date and time of a classroom observation or one-on-one meeting between an administrator and a teacher. More

How to promote literacy skills in the digital age
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Digital apps that claim to teach children important reading and literacy skills do not always impart higher-level abilities that children need to develop strong reading skills, according to a report from the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Most of the skills these apps target are very basic, and parents and educators often do not have in-depth — or any — knowledge of how the apps work or if they work at all, claims the report, "Pioneering Literacy in the Digital Wild West." More

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Why STEM education and minority achievement gaps are interlinked
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Economists agree — science, technology, engineering and math education is critical to the future success of the United States. Yet even at the K-12 level, these subjects are not being given the emphasis they deserve. According to a Huffington Post blog by Stephen M. Coan, president of the Sea Research Foundation, early education has focused primarily on reading and basic math, ignoring the importance of advanced STEM education. More

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Experts: Trained police needed for school security
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The student's attack began with a shotgun blast through the windows of a California high school. Rich Agundez, the El Cajon policeman assigned to the school, felt his mind shift into overdrive. People yelled at him amid the chaos but he didn't hear. He experienced "a tunnel vision of concentration." While two teachers and three students were injured when the glass shattered in the 2001 attack on Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, Calif., Agundez confronted the assailant and wounded him before he could get inside the school and use his second weapon, a handgun. More

Charter schools now big business nationwide
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The early charter schools in Pennsylvania were largely the product of passionate parents or community groups, who sometimes planned their dream schools around the kitchen table. But the picture has changed dramatically since the charter school law was passed in Pennsylvania in 1997, with an expansion of education management organizations that bring big money and clout into the picture. More


Keep recess in play, pediatricians urge
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Recess is good for a child's body and mind, and withholding these regular breaks in the school day may be counterproductive to healthy child development, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics' first policy statement on the issue. Increasing pressures on schools to find more time for academics has resulted in "an erosion of recess time around the country," says statement co-author Robert Murray, a professor of pediatrics at Ohio State University. "But we have a couple of decades of research now that indicates that recess plays a huge role in a child's life, and not just because it's fun." More

How to get parent support for technology use in class
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Every teacher who has attempted to integrate technology into the classroom knows that getting parents on board can sometimes be a challenge. It's not uncommon for the parent of a struggling child to be on the phone with you asking questions like: "Why do you need to use technology to teach math/social studies/English/biology?" or "This is an AP history class — not computer science!" More

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Why schools are turning to Google Chromebooks
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It took just three days for two Marshall Public Schools employees to get 500 mobile devices unpacked, barcoded and configured prior to launching a one-to-one computing initiative at the start of the current school year. That's because officials of the four-school district in Marshall, Wis., chose to invest in Samsung Series 5 Chromebooks. More

Commission recommends Core changes in education
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Forcing teachers to pass a kind of bar exam, like the ones aspiring lawyers and doctors must sit for. Extending the number of hours and days students must spend in school, to break with academic calendars formed in an agrarian age. Consolidating school districts; making schools a hub for health care and social services; and giving 4-year-olds in the state's poorest areas access to full-day prekindergarten. More


K-12 aid faces uncertain future, despite 'fiscal cliff' deal
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Education programs will be spared the prospect of the largest across-the-board cuts in history, but only temporarily, under a bill to avert much of the so-called "fiscal cliff," overwhelmingly approved by Congress. The measure, which passed the U.S. Senate 89-8 and the U.S. House 257-167, will delay the trigger cuts known as "sequestration," which have been set to hit just about every government agency — including the U.S. Department of Education — on Jan. 2. Under the deal, the cuts will be postponed until March, giving federal lawmakers time to craft a broader budget agreement. The deal was worked out at the 11th hour by Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the Senate minority leader. More

Online K-12 public school grows statewide in Indiana
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Although charter schools get most of the attention when it comes to education alternatives, there is the option of an online public education that is rapidly growing in interest. Indiana Connections Academy is a Kindergarten through 12th grade public online school in the state. Principal Melissa Brown says the school began in 2010 with just 280 students and has since grown to 2,600 students in just two years. The school offers what every other public school in the state offers with classes taught by state-certified teachers. Brown says the online education option is a choice for any student. More

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US Education Department offers tools for evaluating education technology
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Education technology, to state the obvious, is everywhere. But how can school officials judge the effectiveness of the myriad tools and products being marketed to them, and their usefulness in terms of meeting the particular needs of teachers and students? The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology has released a draft report, "Expanding Evidence Approaches for Learning in a Digital World," designed to offer the education community some guidance for navigating the crowded tech landscape. More

Texas among 10 states facing lawsuits over education funding
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This month in an Austin, Texas, courtroom, two-thirds of the school districts in Texas will resume their argument that the state's school-financing system is inadequate and inequitable and that it creates a de facto statewide property tax, forbidden by the state constitution. The school districts filed their lawsuit in October 2011, but Texas has been here before: Since 1984, the state's school-funding system has been challenged six times, most recently in 2005. In that case, the Texas Supreme Court ruled in favor of the state, but schools have won earlier rounds of litigation. More


National education reform: School choice equals opportunities for Hispanics
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The Latino population is one of many groups affected by a national education reform. One of the most discussed programs is that of school choice, which varies from state to state and offers families the opportunity to choose a school for their children other than the one assigned by geographic default. Take for instance in Indiana, where a private-school choice program has more than 9,300 students involved. More

Judges look at whether charter schools are public
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Charter schools are publicly funded but increasingly people are asking whether many of them more resemble private schools. Here's a different look at this notion from Julian Vasquez Heilig, an award-winning researcher and Associate Professor of Educational Policy and Planning at the University of Texas at Austin. More

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Sign up for webinar on brain-based classroom strategies
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Learn why incorporating brain-based strategies into elementary classrooms is so urgently important. In "Brain-Based Strategies for Today's Schools," on Jan. 24, two experts will share how schools can incorporate brain-based principles, and the difference it can make to teaching and learning. This webinar will provide concrete, practical strategies for principals and teachers to use in their classrooms. More

Meaningful solutions for school safety
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Following the Sandy Hook tragedy, NAESP Executive Director Gail Connelly published, "Meaningful Solutions for School Safety in the Newtown Aftermath," a commentary in EdWeek. In the article, Connelly explores the need for more coordinated school and community services for students and their families. More


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