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Common-Core training for principals on increase
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A year ago, top officials in the school leadership world were worried. It seemed to them that principals were being overlooked in national conversations about how to get educators ready for the Common Core State Standards. But that is changing. The past six months have seen a surge of activity to acquaint principals with the new standards and teach them how to lead their staff members through the profound changes that are required to turn the new expectations into classroom instruction. More


Many cool on making teacher ratings public
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The Obama administration's push to make student test scores a bigger part of teacher evaluations may be having an unintended side effect: It's cooling officials' appetite for making the data public. Teachers' unions have always opposed publishing individual public school teachers' class results in newspapers or online, saying the scores students produce each spring in math and reading, for instance, don't tell the whole story. Now even education reformers — and reform-minded public officials — are having second thoughts about releasing the data. More

How do you spark a love of math in kids?
MindShift    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What is it about middle school and mathematics? Decades of educational research demonstrate that during the years between elementary school and high school, many students disengage from math and don't regain their interest—to the detriment of their later schooling, and even their adult careers. A study that followed 273 students over the course of their first year of middle school, for example, found that by spring, the pupils described mathematics as less valuable than they had the previous fall, and reported that they were investing less effort and persistence in the subject than they had before. More

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Fighting bullying: Make kids 'bullyproof' by teaching social and emotional skills
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Teaching kids to become "bullyproof" is all the rage. Books, videos and websites promise to show parents how to protect their kids from being bullied; school districts are buying curricula with names like "Bully-Proofing Your School," a well-regarded program used in thousands of classrooms. Even martial arts programs are getting into the act: "Bullyproofing the world, one child at a time," is the motto for a jujitsu program called Gracie Bullyproof. More

For young readers, print or digital books?
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Print or digital? Adults grapple with which is the best way to read — not only for themselves, but especially when it comes to their kids. Whether or not parents prefer print books over interactive e-books for their kids, the question is, what's actually better for them? Depends on what you're trying to achieve. According to a study of a small group of parents released today by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, kids age 3 to 6 remembered more narrative details — "What happened in the story?" — from print books than from enhanced e-books with multimedia features. More

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Education experts disagree on importance of school class size
The Denver Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Greg Sumlin looks at the incoming kindergarten class at East Elementary School in Littleton, Colo., he sees a group of English learners who need immediate, intensive instruction — in small classes where teachers can give them individual attention. Then he looks at this year's first-graders, calculates his staffing and crunches the numbers: although these kids also have high needs, three classrooms of 16 or 17 will have to be shoe-horned into two second-grade classes of 23. More

The power of the principal
Education Week (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Administrators represent authority and discipline. They have to have tough conversations with parents, teachers or students about issues that make other people uncomfortable. Over the past few years of increased mandates and accountability, administrators are the ones that have had to enforce new rules at the same time that they may dislike them. More


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Federal funding for private tutors: Is it worth it?
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Private tutoring services were paid $21 million in federal money this school year to coach students at struggling Miami-Dade County, Fla., schools in reading and math. Was the investment worth it? Two recent reports indicate a range of results from the various tutoring providers, which are mostly for-profit companies. One study looked at the performance of students who received the tutoring, generally about 21 hours per student, in the Miami-Dade and Leon County, Fla., school districts. For the study, an outside company gave students the same standardized exam before and after the tutoring to see if they improved on specific academic goals, like adding double-digit numbers or finding the main idea in a reading paragraph. More

Wasting time is new divide in digital era
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the 1990s, the term "digital divide" emerged to describe technology's haves and have-nots. It inspired many efforts to get the latest computing tools into the hands of all Americans, particularly low-income families. Those efforts have indeed shrunk the divide. But they have created an unintended side effect, one that is surprising and troubling to researchers and policy makers and that the government now wants to fix. As access to devices has spread, children in poorer families are spending considerably more time than children from more well-off families using their television and gadgets to watch shows and videos, play games and connect on social networking sites, studies show. More


The truth about flipped learning
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A flipped classroom is all about watching videos at home and then doing worksheets in class, right? Wrong. Consider carefully the assumptions and sources behind this oversimplified description. Is this the definition promoted by practitioners of flipped classrooms, or sound bites gleaned from short news articles? Would a professional educator more likely rely entirely upon video to teach students, or leverage video, when appropriate, and incorporate other educational tools as needed for successful student learning? Many assumptions and misconceptions around the flipped class concept are circulating in educational and popular media. This article will address, and hopefully put to rest, some of the confusion and draw a conclusion on why flipped learning is a sound educational technique. More

Study: Physical education is good for kids' grades
U.S. News and World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Boosting students' levels of physical education improves their grades, a new, small study says. Swedish researchers followed more than 200 schoolchildren, starting from first through third grade, for nine years. Some children were assigned to an intervention group that received physical education five days a week, plus extra training in motor-physical skills such as balance and coordination. The other children were assigned to a control group that received usual levels of physical education. More

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Why teacher merit pay can't work today — and what can be done about this
eSchool News (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Having spent two decades working in the private sector before running for our local school board, I was unaccustomed to a school district's degree of openness. Like most public agencies, ours is essentially an open book — all of our board meetings are held in public (with limited exceptions), all of our contracts are public, vendor bidding is public, all decisions are made public and all employees' salaries are public. That makes a lot of sense, doesn't it? We use tax dollars as our main source of income. More

Study highlights bullying in schools
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Almost three quarters of 9-year-old schoolboys admit to "covert bullying", according to a world-first Australian study. The survey of almost 800 students found 72 percent of 9-year-old boys and 65 percent of 9-year-old girls had engaged in covert bullying, such as spreading rumours or excluding other children. Lead researcher Sheryl Hemphill said it was surprising to find more boys than girls engaging in this type of bullying. "Covert bullying was always thought to be predominantly done by girls, but our figures show for the first time that boys are actively engaging in this behaviour," she said. The study also found children who cyberbully are more likely to go on to use cannabis and engage in crime and violence, while cyberbully victims are more likely to be depressed and cause self harm. More


8 states get waiver from No Child Left Behind
The Associated Press via Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Another eight states are gaining flexibility from the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. The Education Department has approved waivers for Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Rhode Island. Eighteen other states and Washington, D.C., also applied for a waiver and could receive approval in coming weeks. President Barack Obama's administration is granting waivers in exchange for promises from states to improve how they prepare and evaluate students. In all, 19 states have been given waivers so far. More

How much will the Common Core cost?
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
States face key spending decisions as they implement the Common Core State Standards, and a new study finds that they could save about $927 million — or spend as much as $8.3 billion — depending on the approaches they choose in three vital areas: curriculum materials, tests and professional development. The report by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute examines the net costs of three hypothetical transition routes to the new standards in mathematics and English/language arts. More

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Why Romney, Obama are education twins
The Washington Post (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Poor Mitt Romney. He appoints a splendid group of education policy advisers, smart people with great ideas. Then he learns that he has to give a speech explaining how he differs from President Barack Obama on schools when those same advisers have spent their careers making that nearly impossible. The two major parties mostly agree on education policy. This has been true for a generation. This is good for schools, but during presidential campaigns it makes speech writers miserable. More

How to improve our failing education system
The Miami Herald (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's no secret that the next president will face major challenges, but none is more pressing than our nation's need for educational reform. In the United States, we measure our success by the opportunities we create for our children to pursue the American Dream. But unless we take action now, we risk raising a generation ill-equipped to compete in today's global economy. More


Maryland leaving NCLB behind
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The announcement that the U.S. Department of Education will grant Maryland a waiver from some of the more onerous requirements of the decade-old federal No Child Left Behind Act is welcome news for the state's school reform effort. It means Maryland will be free to set more reasonable goals for student achievement levels and adopt reforms that are necessary to close the gap between its lowest- and highest-performing schools and school districts. Maryland needs a more rational and balanced approach to measuring educational progress, and now it can create one without having to wait for lawmakers in Washington to act. More

Seeking easier way to fire teachers in sex cases
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said that New York City should have the final say on whether teachers accused of sexual misconduct should be fired, even if hearings determined that they should keep their jobs. Under state law, misconduct cases involving teachers are decided after a hearing before an arbitrator chosen by both the school district and the teachers' union. But Bloomberg, arguing that the union wants to protect its members more than it does students, proposed a new state law that would give the city's schools chancellor, or any school superintendent in New York State, the ability to override an arbitrator's decision and fire or penalize a teacher in a sex-misconduct case. More

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Seattle construction levy may include wireless Internet for all schools
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Seattle school officials are preparing to ask voters for nearly $11.5 million to put wireless Internet in all of the city's public schools. The request would come as part of the school district's next construction levy, which is expected to go before voters in February. In total, the six-year levy is expected to include about $700 million worth of projects, representing a property-tax increase of about $100 for the average homeowner. More

Recording history: 4th-grade Cinema Club creates Arizona Centennial documentary
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Fourth-grade students at Abia Judd Elementary School have been honing their computer skills while creating a video documentary about the Arizona Centennial. Emily Reber created an image of the Arizona flag to add to the documentary. A member of the school's Cinema Club, Emily likes video editing best. More


Middle-schoolers get additional shots at taking high-school courses
The Columbus Dispatch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
By the time 12-year-old Kallie Boren starts high school, she'll have enough credits to be a sophomore. She's set to finish the seventh grade at Pickerington's Lakeview Junior High School in Ohio with two high-school credits, for Spanish I and honors Algebra I. She'll earn four more next school year by taking Spanish 2, honors geometry, integrated science, theater and technology. "I'd like to get ahead when I'm in high school," she said. "I like the challenge." For the first time, Pickerington seventh-graders have been able to take classes that count toward their high-school diploma. More

Ready for a career move? Check the Career Center's latest opportunities
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The revitalized NAESP Career Center, supported by Job Target, is the only dedicated national job bank for principals in public and private elementary and middle schools. With more jobs and powerful career coaching tools, the Career Center is your go-to resource for finding and landing your perfect position. More

What's on your summer reading list? Try NAESP's best books for principals
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It's not too early to start planning ahead for next year — and it's not too late to pick up the latest books from NAESP to do it. Visit the National Principals Resource Center bookstore for the best titles on hot topics like instructional leadership, professional development, RTI and more. More

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