This message contains images. If you don't see images, click here to view.
Click here to advertise in this news brief.

  Mobile version   RSS   Subscribe   Unsubscribe Feb. 15, 2011
Curriculum   School Leadership   Federal Advocacy & Policy   In the States    Association News    Contact NAESP

Why teacher bashing is dangerous
The Washington Post (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Far too many people are bashing teachers and public schools. The attacks are coming from different places for different reasons, and we need to pay attention to the differences. The parent who's angry at the public school system because it's not successfully educating his/her children is not the same as the billionaire with no education experience, who couldn't survive in a classroom for two days, but who has made privatizing education policy a hobby, and who has the resources to do so because the country's financial and tax systems serve the rich. More


California releases nation's first state-approved K-12 environmental curriculum
The Miami Herald via Contra Costa Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
At Searles Elementary School in Union City, Calif., fifth-grade students recently shared what they learned during a pilot run of the nation's first state-approved K-12 environmental curriculum. The California Environmental Protection Agency, which developed the material, released it to school districts statewide. More

Auto-B-Good + Character Counts = Character Education

In association with the Character Counts! program, here is a great way to start your Auto-B-Good collection. Reference ad for 25% off this product.

Report: Blended learning could hit or miss
eSchool News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Blended learning has the ability to transform education, according to a new report — but if certain guidelines and practices aren't ensured, blended learning could become just another add-on to an archaic system on its way out, the report warns. The report, titled "The Rise of K-12 Blended Learning," by Michael B. Horn, co-founder and executive director of education at the Innosight Institute, and Heather Clayton Staker, a senior research fellow for education practice at the institute, describes how blended learning can affect education, but why it also could fall short of its potential. More

Common-assessment consortia expand plans
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Two groups of states that are designing assessments for the new set of common academic standards have expanded their plans to provide instructional materials and professional development to help teachers make the transition to the new learning goals. The common-assessment consortia, which include all but five states, won $330 million in Race to the Top money last September to design new tests for the common standards. The U.S. Department of Education later awarded an additional $15.8 million to each consortium, aimed at helping states shift from their current standards and tests to the new ones. More

Write Tools. Right Price. CraftPlus K-8 Writing Program

CraftPlus is a core writing curriculum with a difference! The spiraling and differentiated writing curriculum organizes writing skills grade by grade—embedding differentiation. Contact: Julie Graddy at 800-524-0634,

Obama says his 2012 budget will 'walk the walk' on reducing US deficit
Bloomberg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
President Barack Obama said the $3.7 trillion 2012 budget that he sent to Congress would cut scores of government programs to provide more funding for top priorities such as improving the U.S. education system. "The only way we can make these investments in the future is if our government starts living within our means," Obama said, outlining key parts of the budget, his third since taking office, while visiting a school near Baltimore. More


House GOP looks to slash education spending
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
House Republican leaders put out a bill that would slice and dice education funding far below current levels and far below what President Barack Obama wanted in his never-enacted fiscal year 2011 budget request. The measure, which would continue federal funding for rest of the fiscal year, takes aim at some programs that were previously considered untouchable, including special education spending and Pell Grants to help low-and-moderate income students pay for college. Overall it would cut $4.9 billion from the U.S. Department of Education's fiscal year 2010 budget of $63.7 billion. More

Your school. Your teachers. Your call.

Keep your finger on the pulse of the new teacher pipeline. Become an AACTE Affiliate Member today, and take advantage of limited time new membership rates. Click here to learn

School districts bracing for end of stimulus funds
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Two years after Congress approved the government's largest one-time investment in public schools, school districts are not expecting a repeat of the $100 billion investment nationwide. Despite worries about a future without it, as the act nears its anniversary, many believe the money has saved jobs and spurred some changes. More

Club for boys makes staying after school fun
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette    Share    Share on
FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Four years ago, South Allegheny Elementary in Pennsylvania founded an after-school club for girls in sixth grade called Girl Talk, which gives the girls a chance to bond in a social setting after school. The club sponsored a variety of activities and became such a hit with the girls that it left the boys in sixth grade wondering why they didn't have a similar club. This year, the boys got their wish with the founding of Gladiator Guys. More

Better Recess = Better Learning

Transform your recess transitions from chaos to cooperation. Get tools and techniques to reduce conflicts and keep your students active on the playground.

Special education programs, private placements, under assault
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Across the country, states working on their budgets for the coming fiscal year are finding it difficult to make ends meet. And the once-sacred pool of money for special education programs is no longer invulnerable. Specific programs and spending overall are at risk. More

Gov. John Kitzhaber launches sweeping overhaul of Oregon schools
The Oregonian    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gov. John Kitzhaber launched a reform effort to consolidate control over half of the state budget and all levels of Oregon education in a single board that he would chair. Kitzhaber proposed Oregon Education Investment Board would oversee education for Oregonians from preschool through college as one system and allocate money on the basis of education performance goals rather than enrollment, dramatically changing the system's structure and incentives. More


Education reformer Michelle Rhee says Florida is on the right track
WTSP-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As chancellor of Washington, D.C., schools Michelle Rhee fired more than 250 teachers, closed 21 under-enrolled schools and clashed with unions. In the end, student test scores and graduation rates improved, and now Rhee is advising governors and mayors on education reform. She's the nation's emerging education reformer and Michelle Rhee is described as controversial, polarizing and bold. More

A Principal's Minute With Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
NAESP    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBrief NAESP Executive Director, Gail Connelly asked U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to share his thoughts on how schools can achieve and sustain high quality education for all children without guaranteed adequate funding to fulfill mandates required as a result of any changes to the law. More

Troops to Teachers is managed by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support

13,000 of your fellow service members have already chosen to continue serving their county by becoming a teacher in the nation’s public schools go to

Free virtual conference on the Common Core to launch Feb. 22
NAESP    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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

Georgia Students Gain With Lexia

Hall County, Georgia, schools scored 38% higher on state testing after using Lexia Reading web-enabled software. Lexia can dramatically improve your students’ reading skills.

NAESP annual convention offers special groups rates — register your staff and save!
NAESP    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As a NAESP member, you will receive a special team rate if you bring two or more staff members to the April 7-9 Annual Convention & Exposition. Team registration is only available by mail or fax. Please send us your completed registration form as soon as possible to get these special rates. For more information on registering a team, contact NAESP Registration at 866-229-2386. More




Safer,Faster, Easier Dismissal Procedures

CarRider Signs, CarRider Tags, SCoolBus Tags, AfterSCool Tags & Walker Tags and more. Click here to learn more now.

The Film Clips Elementary Collection

60 Film Clips
Hollywood Movies
With Study Guides
Fully Licensed
Proven Effective!


Free Interactive RTI Workshop

Delivering leadership-level thinking and the framework needed to build and maintain an RTI model.

Improve Math and Reading Simultaneously

By teaching critical academic and social skills and building intrinsic motivation, both math (51%) and reading (21%) scores improve. Behavior and character improve as well. The USED What Works Clearinghouse distinguished one program that improves academics, behavior and character simultaneously-Positive Action.
Fischler School: Cause An Effect
As one of America's largest schools of education, NSU's Fischler School of Education and Human Services provides customized education and will inspire you to cause an effect.
The Fischler School offers education degrees at the master's, doctoral and educational specialist levels. Classes are available online, on-site or on-campus.

Classes are available online, on-site or on-campus.

Click here to learn more.
Bring the World to Your School with Educational Seminars!

Educational Seminars, fully funded by the U.S. Department of State, are short-term international exchanges for U.S. teachers and administrators that focus on sharing best practices and professional development.

Deadline for the Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Thailand educator exchanges: March 28, 2011.

Before the Bell is a benefit of your membership in the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). For information about other member benefits, visit or contact us at

Before the Bell is a digest of the most important news selected for NAESP from thousands of sources by the editors of MultiBriefs, an independent organization that also manages and sells advertising. The presence of such advertising does not endorse, or imply endorsement of, any products or services by NAESP. Neither NAESP nor Multiview is liable for the use of or reliance on any information contained in this briefing.

Feedback about an article? Contact NAESP Liaison Cynthia Rosso at
Colby Horton, Vice President of Publishing, 469.420.2601   Download media kit
This edition of Before the Bell was sent to ##Email##. To unsubscribe, click here.

NAESP | 1615 Duke Street | Alexandria, VA 22314 | | 800-386-2377
Recent issues
Feb. 11, 2011
Feb. 8, 2011
Feb. 4, 2011
Feb. 1, 2011

7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063