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US plan to replace principals hits snag: Who will step in?
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The aggressive $4 billion program begun by the Obama administration in 2009 to radically transform the country's worst schools included, as its centerpiece, a plan to install new principals to overhaul most of the failing schools. That policy decision, though, ran into a difficult reality: There simply were not enough qualified principals-in-waiting to take over. More


Study: Many bullies are social climbers
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Bullying has a lot to do with popularity, according a new study by the University of California at Davis. The study suggests that bullying largely is motivated by a desire to climb the social ladder, as opposed to trying to compensate for trouble at home or other personal problems, as many assume. Other studies have estimated that bullying hurts as many as 5.7 million children in the U.S. each year. More

A teachable moment: Turning news from Egypt into classroom lessons
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The news out of Egypt has been gripping and fascinating. These are the kinds of events that need to be incorporate into curriculum and instruction. Educators need to help students understand, interpret, analyze and connect with major world events. More

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When should kids be able to read?
The Washington Post (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It used to be that kids in the early elementary school grades were allowed to learn how to read at their own speed. Today test-obsessed public schools don't offer that luxury; if youngsters aren't starting to learn to read in kindergarten, and can't read by the end of first grade, they are already behind. More

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Third-graders to be held back if they can't read in Indiana
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The Indiana Board of Education approved a plan that would require third-graders to pass a new reading test before being promoted to the fourth grade. Gov. Mitch Daniels is expected to approve the plan the board endorsed. If approved, it would take effect for students finishing third grade in the spring of 2013. More

Laura Bush announces next education initiative from Bush Institute
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The George W. Bush Institute's second big education initiative will seek to improve graduation rates by focusing on middle school as a foundation for future success. Former first lady Laura Bush is set to announce the initiative, called "Middle School Matters," in Houston at Stovall Middle School. She says research has shown that sixth- through eighth-grade is a crucial time and that many high school dropouts essentially dropped out in middle school. One goal will be to ensure students are prepared for high school. More


Study finds exercising feeds brain
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A study published in the Journal Health Psychology found that increasing amounts of exercise seem to have an increasing effect on "executive function," the ability to achieve goals and exercise things such as self-control. Children, ages 7 to 11, were assigned to one of three groups. The first group got 20 minutes of aerobic exercise in an after-school program at the institute, the second group got 40 minutes of exercise, and a third group did not get an exercise program. More

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Educators take to Twitter and Facebook to reach students, co-workers, parents
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When Robin Williams began her career in education 22 years ago, her phone was still plugged into the wall. She didn't have a fax machine or call waiting, but she had an answering machine that recorded messages on a cassette tape. A lot has changed since then, and Williams tries to stay ahead of changing technology. Considering her work, she thinks keeping up is crucial. More

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In a reversal, teachers union backs proposals to reform education
Wisconsin State Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Wisconsin's largest teachers union has endorsed a statewide teacher evaluation system, performance pay and breaking up Milwaukee Public Schools — reforms it had long resisted. The union will support a new model that rewards teachers based on performance, national certification, taking leadership roles, more difficult assignments and working in poorly performing schools. More

Obama to push for new education technology agency
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President Barack Obama will request fiscal 2012 funding for an educational technology agency within the U.S. Department of Education that would bring resources and funding to schools and colleges, while some education technology advocates warn that the government's support might not reach teachers and professors. The White House announced that its requests for the 2012 federal budget would include an agency called Advanced Research Projects Agency — Education, which would "support research on breakthrough technologies to enhance learning." More


Michigan board plans to raise MEAP scoring standards
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The Michigan Board of Education voted to start raising standards for what's considered a passable score on the state's standardized tests. The state will raise so-called "cut scores" for being graded as proficient on Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) tests taken by elementary and middle school students. The new scoring scales for math, reading, writing, science and social studies tests could be adopted by June and go into effect during the 2011-12 academic year. More

California Board of Education puts the brakes on parent school reform rights
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The California Board of Education put the brakes on a landmark law that gives parents the right to force major reforms at low-performing schools. The board took no action on proposed regulations to implement the law but instead will set up a working group to help determine the procedures. More

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Schools facing cuts if lunches aren't paid for
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Of the 2,200 students at Intermediate School 61 in Queens, N.Y., 86 percent receive free cafeteria lunches. Some others pay a reduced price, and some are supposed to pay full price. But not all of their parents pay what they are supposed to, and recently, the school's principal, Joseph Lisa, has been spending a lot of time trying to collect money from them. More

Free virtual conference on the common core to launch Feb. 22
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Common Core authors and experts will offer guidance and tips for classroom implementation of the new State Standards at a free virtual conference, beginning Feb. 22. The four-day conference will include a range of virtual panels, presentations and interactive demonstrations for teachers, administrators, and parents from key authors and architects of the new principles. Educators will hear about the goals, background design, and structure of the standards, as well as the long- and short-term implications for implementation from now until 2014. More

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2011 NAESP Annual Convention: Special rates, convenient travel, great for the entire family!
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Tampa, Fla., the site for the 2011 NAESP Annual Convention, is easy to get to by air, car, or train. Tampa is home to two international airports (Tampa International and St. Petersburg/Clearwater International). NAESP has partnered for discounted air and car rental rates. We've also locked in discounted hotel rates at three conveniently located official hotels to make your stay affordable. Bring the family and make it a family vacation too. While you learn, network, and share, your family or guests can enjoy all the treasures of the Tampa Bay area, many at discounted rates. Your savings: $10-$20 off the entrance fee at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, just to name one discount. More




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