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Priming principal pipelines
District Administration Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Most principals today are hard pressed to find time for the multitasking they are expected to do, from overseeing the daily operation of their schools and interacting with parents to evaluating teachers and providing them with professional development to do their jobs at a high level. What these principals have frequently been lacking, say experts in the field, is sufficient professional development for themselves. In fact, a 2008 survey by the National Association of Elementary School Principals found that its members allocated just 2 percent of their school time, on average, to their own continuing education as school leaders. More


Duncan: Hard to teach kids scared of being killed
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Too many students worry more about being killed by a gun than learning in the classroom, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said, as he cautioned that firearms alone do not make schools safer. In an interview with The Associated Press, Duncan said that he understands the urgent concerns over school safety in the wake of the shooting in Newtown, Conn., which left 20 students dead. He called the 23 executive orders that President Barack Obama signed to move in the correct direction but emphasized that they alone were not enough. More

STEAM education gains momentum in schools
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For years, educators have been told about the importance of STEM education — for science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in ensuring the nation's competitiveness in a global economy. But now, a new movement seeks to amend that acronym to "STEAM" — with an "A" for the arts. More

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Common Core work gets aid from many philanthropies
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A majority of education philanthropies see the Common Core State Standards as the most significant policy development in the field today, new survey results show, but the share of them providing grants to advance implementation is not keeping pace with that sentiment. At the same time, the data, drawn from a recent survey of nearly 200 philanthropies nationwide, suggest that a growing number of foundations — 24 percent — are currently providing grants to support Common Core work or plan to do so. More

Research: Education could use more 'connected learning'
THE Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The possibilities inherent in digital learning won't in and of themselves flatten the global playing field for students, according to new research, unless we first give attention to the idea of creating "connected learning environments." These are learning environments in which everyone can participate, learning happens by doing, cultivation of interests is paramount and everything is interconnected. What gets in the way is a down economy with a struggling labor market, a growing gap in access to educational opportunities based on how much a family is able to spend on its children for "out-of-school enrichment activities," and the impact that a rapidly evolving and highly commercialized media separated from academic purpose is having on young people. More

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School security in the news
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In the month since 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., many states and school districts throughout the country have taken steps to sharpen their focus on school security. In Newtown, parents of the slain children, and members of the newly formed group Sandy Hook Promise called for a national dialogue to help prevent similar tragedies in the future, the Associated Press reported. The group members want issues like gun control, mental health, and safety in schools and other public spaces to be covered. More

BYOD? They already do
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Heather Wolpert-Gawron, a columnist for Tween Teacher, writes: "A short post today on how the debate about bringing your own device to school is superfluous and antiquated. After all, they already do. Case in point: when a student wants to borrow a pencil, I have them leave collateral in the front of the room. I accept shoes, keys, wallets, and of course, cell phones. Cellphones are the collateral of choice." More


Educators challenged by social media and rumor control
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In the wake of the school shooting in Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were killed at an elementary school, rumors spread across the country via Twitter and Facebook that more violence would follow, putting students and parents on edge. But even before that tragedy, Minnesota school officials say they were spending more time than in previous years responding to rumors that spread through social media. More

How test anxiety affected a young boy
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In this era of high-stakes standardized tests, a subject that gets short shrift is test anxiety and how it affects young students. Text anxiety is a type of performance anxiety, and it can severely affect a student's ability to do well. Here is one mother's story of how test anxiety affected her elementary school son and what she did about it. More

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Best practices in effective teaching include collaboration and ongoing professional development
The San Diego Union-Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
All children deserve to have effective teachers. A broad array research from around the country and around the world point to the best practices in effective teaching. Collaboration, ongoing professional development, and low class sizes work. Research shows that when teachers work together, students learn more. More

No name-calling week: Cultivating kindness and playgrounds of respect
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Robert McGarry, director of Education at the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, writes: "There is nothing quite like the sound of children on a playground at recess. As a former elementary school teacher, such sounds remain a pleasant sense memory for me. Unfortunately, on school playgrounds across the country and for many of the children on them, there exist sounds that are not as pleasant as those I recall. As educators, we all know from our own experiences that the less structured spaces of a school such as the playground are often sites of name-calling, harassment and bias." More

Major role played by genetics in elementary school victimization
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Genetics plays a major role in peer rejection and victimization in early elementary school, according to a study recently published on the website of the journal Child Development by a team directed by Dr. Michel Boivin, a research professor at University Laval's School of Psychology. More


The pros and cons of US education
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As President Barack Obama enters his second term, his education policies are sure to be in the spotlight again soon. But are international tests, which help to influence education policies in the U.S., as accurate as we thought? And what, if anything, can we learn from other countries? A report from the Economic Policy Institute suggests that well-respected international tests have misranked the achievement of U.S. students, meaning federal and state leaders have based their education policies on misleading data. More

Crush of education laws awaits renewal in Congress
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The new, still-divided Congress that took office this month faces a lengthy list of education policy legislation that is either overdue for renewal or will be soon, in a political landscape that remains consumed with fiscal issues. But it's tough to say whether there will be much action on all that outdated legislation — including the No Child Left Behind Act, which has awaited reauthorization since 2007. The cast of characters in Washington is virtually unchanged since before the 2012 elections — which left President Barack Obama in the White House, Democrats in control of the Senate and Republicans in control of the House of Representatives. More

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Los Angeles teachers agree to student test scores in evaluations
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Teachers in Los Angeles have agreed to have test scores factored into performance evaluations in the nation's second-largest school district, their union said in a concession to a growing national movement to revamp teacher appraisals. United Teachers Los Angeles said in a statement that 66 percent of the nearly 17,000 members who cast ballots had voted in favor of the new agreement on evaluations. The union has more than 30,000 members in a district second in size only to New York. More

Charter school growth in Michigan brings cautionary tale on quality
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Charter schools are the fastest-growing sector of public education, taking root in most U.S. states, thanks to a big push by the education reform lobby and the federal government's Race to the Top competition. And since the movement's inception in the early 1990s, its founders have learned a few things. Across charter schools, there are similarities in what works to boost student achievement. A 2011 study identified five successes of charter schools: "frequent teacher feedback, the use of data to guide instruction, high-dosage tutoring, increased instructional time and high expectations." More


Florida Legislature puts tuition for children of immigrants at top of agenda
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Florida lawmakers are holding committee meetings in the state capital, preparing for the start of the legislative session on March 5. So far, just a handful of education-related bills have been filed in the Florida House of Representatives. More

NYC schools hoping to use social media in the classroom
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Digital learning is one of those trendy education buzz phrases that means a lot of different things to different people. To some, it refers to instructional software, such as animated lectures and computerized worksheets. To others, it's about personalized instruction, where computer algorithms determine what a student should learn next. Still others think of how students can use high-tech gadgets to make their own video, music and publishing projects. More

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More teachers refuse to give standardized tests
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An entire school of teachers in Seattle is refusing to give students a standardized test that's required by the district. The teachers say the test is useless and wastes valuable instructional time. Meanwhile, individual teacher protests of standardized tests are popping up nationwide, and the Seattle case may make bigger waves. Students in Seattle Public Schools take a test called the Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP, up to three times a year, from kindergarten through at least ninth grade. The school district requires the test to measure how well students are doing in reading and math — in addition to annual standardized tests required by the state. More

Study: Georgia pre-k program lifts students
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A first-of-its kind study of Georgia pre-kindergarten program is nearly complete, and early reports indicate it shows largely good news about the program that has enrolled about 1.2 million youngsters in 20 years. The study, which cost $1.5 million in lottery dollars, not tax dollars, was launched at the request of lawmakers two years ago amid dire predictions about the long-term viability of the lottery-funded pre-k and HOPE scholarship programs, arguably the state's two most popular initiatives. More

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

NAESP and NASSP applaud multifaceted approach to curtail gun violence
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NASSP and NAESP applaud President Barack Obama for his proposals to reduce gun violence, and pledge support to ongoing efforts to make those proposals a reality. The president's proposals reflect many of the recommendations that the organizations submitted last week to Vice President Joe Biden. The recognition of the importance of open lines of communication among schools, community health agencies and law-enforcement officials is commendable. More


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