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Congress sends child nutrition bill to Obama
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More children would eat lunches and dinners at school under legislation passed by the House and sent to the president, part of first lady Michelle Obama's campaign to end childhood hunger and fight childhood obesity. The $4.5 billion bill approved by the House 264-157 would also try to cut down on greasy foods and extra calories by giving the government power to decide what kinds of foods may be sold in vending machines and lunch lines. The bill could even limit frequent school bake sales and fundraisers that give kids extra chances to eat brownies and pizza. More


K-12 funds caught up in federal budget drama
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Cash-strapped states and school districts wondering whether they will see an increase in federal funding this year will likely have to wait a week or more for Congress to complete action on a spending plan for fiscal 2011, which began Oct. 1. Lawmakers had left Washington for the November midterm elections without completing a number of budget bills, including the one that finances the U.S. Department of Education. Instead, they approved a stop-gap measure, known as a continuing resolution, that financed all programs at fiscal 2010 levels until Dec. 3. More

Building math positivity
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Before children can become interested in math, they have to be comfortable with it. They must perceive their environment as physically and psychologically safe before learning can occur. Students build resilience and coping strategies when they learn how to use their academic strengths to build math skills and strategies. Your intervention helps them strengthen the networks that carry information through their brains' emotional filters to the area where higher-order thinking skills are concentrated, the prefrontal cortex. With practice, they will be able to use the highest-level analytical networks in the PFC to evaluate incoming information and discover creative solutions to math problems — in addition to problems in all subject areas. More

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More muppets? The new 'superfoods' want kids to eat healthy
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Everyone knows that the average kid's favorite food is generally not green and reminiscent of a tiny tree. But that could change, if the Muppets have anything to do with it — and they might. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit associated with Sesame Street, is rolling out four new Muppets — a banana, low-fat cheese, a whole wheat bun and a stalk of broccoli — as part of a national initiative to support families who don't have easy access to nutritious food. The new Muppets, dubbed the "Superfoods," make their debut Dec. 8 on Sesame Street in a clip that emphasizes healthy snacks and the importance of eating breakfast and dining together as a family. More

School workers face limits on social networking
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Bill Peckham has a penchant for technology. Yet the principal at Teachers' Memorial Middle School in Norwich, Conn., wants nothing to do with the likes of MySpace, Facebook or Twitter. "I have no interest in any of those," he said. "I don't feel it's appropriate for a principal to visit sites that a lot of kids have access to." In an age where social networking sites are becoming a staple of communication, Peckham is considered old-fashioned. But to school board officials, he's one less employee to worry about. Norwich is just one school district slowly piecing together what it believes is a necessity for every one of its employees, including principals, teachers, secretaries, custodians and administrators: A social networking policy. More


Using exhibits can bring lessons to life
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In a dimly lit room stand life-size structures of the Statue of Liberty, an American Indian and an Egyptian mummy. A King Arthur knight points his sword while below him sit Trojan warrior and Roman gladiator helmets. It would seem like this is the majestic museum of a world traveler and antiques collector. But in reality, it is Rocco Buccola's Traweek Middle School classroom, where the West Covina, Calif., teacher has, for the past 29 years, immersed his students into the world of history and legends. More

How will less money and larger classes impact student achievement?
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Districts across the nation are allowing larger class sizes to combat shrinking budgets. But the jury is out about how class size actually impacts student achievement. In "Class Sizes Show Signs of Growing," Sarah Sparks writes, "Proponents of reducing class size argue that it is the simplest, most direct way to improve student achievement, while skeptics argue that the small, generalized reductions that result from most state policies don't provide enough improvement to justify their cost." More

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NAACP panel supports longer school days
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The country's most prominent civil rights group says it will push for many changes in the nation's schools as well as guarding against a return to segregated policies of bygone days. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People wrapped up its education conference in Raleigh, N.C., by calling for longer school days, year-round attendance and universal kindergarten. More


States that lost school money face reform dilemmas
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It's like buying a fancy dress but having no date to the prom — dozens of states that crafted new education policies to compete for a share of the $3.4 billion "Race to the Top" school reform grant prizes were shut out. Now, as the 11 winning states and the District of Columbia set about spending their awards, the losing states are left wondering what to do with ambitious reform plans they planned to fund with the money. More

Fewer tots deemed set for school
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This school year, more Hawaii kindergarten students started school without key skills, fewer had attended preschool and more than half came from low-income families, according to a new state Department of Education readiness report. The figures, all indicators of future academic outcomes for kids, put new urgency to long-term plans for a state-funded preschool program, say advocates and educators. Research has shown that low-income children, those who do not attend preschool and kids who fall behind in kindergarten are more likely to struggle through school than their peers. More

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Value added: Does it have merit?
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Educators and researchers on both sides of the value-added debate met in Washington to discuss the role of student-performance data in evaluating teachers. Speaking at a forum organized by the nonprofit Center for American Progress, Dan Goldhaber, an education researcher and professor at the University of Washington-Bothell, presented findings from his new paper, "When the Stakes Are High, Can We Rely on Value-Added?" Goldhaber began by declaring himself "an advocate of using value-added measurements carefully to inform some high-stakes decisions." He said he understands there are downsides to value-added estimation, which measures a teacher's impact by tracking student growth on test scores from year to year, but that "we shouldn't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." More

Leadership expert Douglas Reeves to speak at NAESP 2011
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Douglas Reeves, who has worked with education, business, nonprofit, and government organizations throughout the world, will speak in an added plenary session at the NAESP Annual Convention & Exposition in Tampa, Fla., April 7-10, 2011. Founder of The Leadership and Learning Center, Reeves is the author of more than 20 books and many articles on leadership and organizational effectiveness. He has twice been named to the Harvard University Distinguished Authors Series and the Brock International Laureate for his contributions to education. Reeves also received the Parents Choice Award for his writing for children and parents. More

Better training and better support makes better principals
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The NAESP National Mentor Training and Certification Program provides participants the opportunity to develop essential mentoring and coaching skills needed to promote professional growth and confidence in new and aspiring principals. By participating in the program, you will gain the skills and tools necessary to promote leadership consistent with NAESP Leading Learning Communities: Standards for What Principals Should Know and Be Able to Do. The next training session is taking place in Phoenix, Ariz., January 27-29. For more information contact Carol Riley or visit our mentor website.

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Let's grow NAESP together
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In a recent survey, NAESP learned that 97 percent of members would recommend membership to colleagues. That's why we are asking each NAESP member to help us grow by reaching out to fellow principals who are not members. With your help as an NAESP ambassador, we can increase awareness about NAESP and its many unique and valuable benefits, and build membership at the same time. Why does it matter if NAESP grows? More



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