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Schools deal with the legal twist and turns of cyber-bullying
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Recently, Pennsylvania's Hatboro-Horsham school district's Assistant Superintendent John R. Nodecker was alerted to a case of cyber-bullying. Some students had created an online poll ranking the "hottest" girls in the district's high school and middle school. The poll quickly took on a negative and harassing tone as people posted comments about students' appearance, gender and sexual orientation. More


Ronald Reagan's impact on education
The Washington Post (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the category of "the more things change the more they stay the same," it is interesting to look back at Ronald Reagan's education views on the 100th anniversary of his birth. The issues that were controversial back then — merit pay, standardized testing, vouchers — remain so today. Reagan may best be known for his oft-stated desire to eliminate the Department of Education. What some may forget is that he changed his mind. More

Study finds social-skills teaching boosts academics
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From role-playing games for students to parent seminars, teaching social and emotional learning requires a lot of moving parts, but when all the pieces come together such instruction can rival the effectiveness of purely academic interventions to boost student achievement, according to the largest analysis of such programs to date. In the report published in the peer-reviewed journal Child Development, researchers led by Joseph A. Durlak, a professor emeritus of psychology at Loyola University Chicago, found that students who took part in social and emotional learning, or SEL, programs improved in grades and standardized-test scores by 11 percentile points compared with nonparticipating students. More

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Rote memorization: Overrated, or underrated?
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Among the countless catchphrases that educators generally despise are "drill-'n-kill" and "rote memorization." In keeping with their meanings, both sound terrifically unpleasant. To learn something "by rote," according to the Random House dictionary, is to learn it "from memory, without thought of the meaning; in a mechanical way." More

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Survey: Children not being educated about handwashing
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Children continue to be at risk of acquiring infections such as those caused by influenza viruses because they have not been educated about the simplest and most effective protection — handwashing — according to research. The study, commissioned by The Co-operative Pharmacy in the U.K., has revealed that nearly 2 in 3 parents fail to ask their child to wash their hands when carrying out daily activities such as blowing their nose, running the risk of their children spreading and catching infectious illnesses. One in 5 parents said they didn't tell their children to wash their hands after using the toilet. More

Survey reveals educators' must-have technologies
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Interactive whiteboards are the classroom technology that teachers say they most value, and though tablet-style eReader devices such as Apple's iPad haven't been around for long, they're already considered the second most useful mobile classroom technology behind laptops, according to a national survey of teachers' digital media use. Educators are incorporating more internet-dependent technologies into their instruction, the survey also reveals — but shrinking school budgets are prompting many educators to look for free resources. More


New evaluation system would raise bar for educators in Indiana
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Education leaders are proposing tougher standards for evaluating principals and teachers in Indiana. Under the state's new four-step evaluation system released by the Indiana Department of Education, only principals heading schools with outstanding test score growth would be deemed "highly effective," the top rating. To be rated highly effective under the guidelines hammered out by a statewide panel of nine teachers, principals and administrators, principals must be able to show: Schoolwide growth on state tests is better than that of at least 80 percent of all schools in Indiana. More

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Hybrid teaching roles promote student success
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Using student data to inform instruction these days is akin to connecting dots of various shades and sizes that are arranged on different pieces of paper. It is difficult to know where to begin, and rarely does the picture turn out very clear. The data stream is deep: fluency scores, reading comprehension levels, math facts, cut-scores, subgroups, safe harbor targets, intervention logs, high-stakes test results, language proficiency levels. More

US education secretary criticizes No Child Left Behind
The Associated Press via The San Antonio Express-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said, a federal education accountability law has led to a dumbing-down of academic standards and a narrowing of curriculum. Duncan said during an appearance with Gov. Bob McDonnell that the No Child Left Behind law punishes underperforming schools and is too narrowly focused on testing. Duncan said fixing the law would include adopting a system that rewards educational success, raises educational standards, and allows school systems to be flexible in raising student achievement. McDonnell said a planned overhaul of the federal education law should respect the ability of states to set their own academic standards. More

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Healthier school meals could lead to higher prices
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In Washington, D.C., Washington County Public School students could pay up to a dime more for a school lunch, and cafeteria meals will limit calories and salt to get a head start on federal proposals aimed at serving more healthful food to the nation's youth. Washington County Board of Education officials questioned whether students would go for the more healthful meals, or whether they would instead pack their lunches or buy a la carte items. The meal changes are federal proposals designed to fight obesity and improve health among the nation's young people. More


School dress code bill moving quickly at Iowa's Capitol
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Schools would have an easier time requiring students to wear uniforms under a measure moving quickly through the Iowa House, but the proposal could run into problems in the Senate. The House Education Committee approved the measure on a 20-2 vote. It would authorize school districts to let individual schools or entire districts adopt dress codes that require standard clothing. More

Will smart phones eliminate the digital divide?
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Within five years, every K-12 student in America will be using a mobile handheld device as a part of learning, according to Elliot Soloway, a professor at the University of Michigan. "Smart phones are the one technology that can eliminate the digital divide," said Soloway. More

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Middle school to put it all online
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Kapolei Middle School will be the first traditional public school campus in Hawaii to offer all of its classes for seventh- and eighth-graders online. For now, enrollment for the online academy is limited to 15 students in each grade level. But school administrators believe the program eventually could enroll a chunk of students large enough to potentially ease longtime overcrowding — or at least help to stave off bigger problems as the number of students at the campus continues to grow with new families moving in. Dana Kobashigawa, acting principal of Kapolei Middle, said the online program is aimed at easing overcrowding but is also a recognition that the "world is changing" and that tech-savvy students and different kinds of learners are hungry for alternatives to traditional school campuses. More

NAESP and AASA to negotiate options to share space, operational staff, resources
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The NAESP Board of Directors unanimously authorized Association Executive Director Gail Connelly to collaborate with American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Executive Director Dan Domenech for the two organizations to share space at NAESP's headquarters and to consolidate appropriate operational staff and other resources. More

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2011 NAESP Annual Convention — Your one-stop ticket to learning
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