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NAESP statement on Sandy Hook shooting
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NAESP mourns the tragic loss of life resulting from the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. NAESP extends heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to the entire Sandy Hook school community, and joins them in mourning the children and adults whose lives were lost. We recognize the heroism of Sandy Hook school staff who sacrificed their lives and those who acted courageously to protect children. More


Friend: Sandy Hook principal was a 'hero' who 'put her children first'
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Friends of Sandy Hook Elementary School principal Dawn Hochsprung say they are not surprised that her first instinct was to run toward danger when gunfire erupted at the Connecticut school. Hochsprung, 47, was one of six adults at the school who lost their lives along with 20 children in the shooting rampage by alleged gunman Adam Lanza, 20, in Newtown, Conn. A mother and stepmother to five girls, Hochsprung reportedly ran toward the classroom when she heard the shots. She is remembered as an energetic, engaged and dedicated administrator who had put kids first since taking over as principal in 2010. More

Unspeakable tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School
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Words fail. Our hearts are broken. Only deeds matter after tragedy takes away our children and the adults who teach and care for them. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. President Barack Obama spoke to the nation about this morning's heartbreaking events. More

The nation heads back to school with new worries about safety
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In Boston, the public schools have asked the police to step up visits to elementary schools throughout the day. In Denver, psychologists and social workers were prepared to visit students. Schools in New York City were encouraged to review safety measures, which include posting security officers in lobbies and requiring identification from all visitors. And the Chicago school district urged principals to conduct lockdown drills, with reminders to stay low, keep quiet and turn off classroom lights. Parents, teachers and school administrators in Newtown, Conn., confront the most immediate and raw tasks of helping children respond to the horrifying killings of 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School. More

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Parents struggle to explain death of teachers, friends in school shooting
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Every time the door bell rings at Aidan Licata's home, the 6-year-old fears the gunman has returned. He worries the man in black fatigues and military-style vest who opened fire on his Sandy Hook Elementary School classroom — hitting his teacher and his fellow students — has found him. "He still hasn't internalized the fact this gunman, this bad guy, is gone," the boy's mother, Diane Licata, said. "He wants to know if there are more bad guys in the world, and I don't know how to answer that for him." For now, the Licatas have put a sign on the door asking people not to ring the bell. More

Newtown, Conn., shooting: Teachers and parents turn to school security
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Teachers and students across America are confronting the issue of safety and security in the classroom today after a weekend of grappling with the deadly massacre at a grade school in Newtown, Conn. "It's very important that we address their concerns [about safety]," teacher Lauren Marrocco of New Jersey said. "I think my students will have a lot of questions and, as adults, we don't have answers to those questions." More

Should teachers be trained in counterterrorism?
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Tim Padgett, TIME's Miami & Latin America bureau chief, writes: "Before Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and murdered 20 children and six adults, my sister was already a teacher on edge and in mourning. The night before, in the parking lot of her high school in the Pacific Northwest, a 16-year-old student from her first-period class shot and killed himself. Three months earlier, her school had been forced to close for a day after a former student made a threat on social media to 'open fire on people in the commons in the morning until I am either taken down by the school's police officer, or until I run out of [ammunition].'" More

How schools communicate with parents during a crisis
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In the nightmare situation of the shooting in Newtown, Conn., how did parents communicate? How did the school inform parents about what was happening, if their children were safe and what they can do? Numerous elementary schools around the country have alert systems in place in case such a situation occurs. More

How schools can better address mental health in wake of Sandy Hook shooting
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Hindsight may be 20/20, but as we look back, it appears Sandy Hook Elementary School was as well-prepared as it could have been for such a horrific scenario. Part of the healing process in a tragedy like this is moving forward and implementing procedures that will prevent another awful situation from happening. There are changes to be made in schools throughout the country — and now is the time to make them. More

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NEA, AFT partner to build Common-Core tools
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The two national teachers' unions have won $11 million to build an online warehouse of instructional tools for the Common Core State Standards. Student Achievement Partners, whose founders led the writing of the standards, is also a grantee. It will work with the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association and their teachers to build the tools and post them on Student Achievement Partners' website. More

How to keep all of 'Huck Finn' in the classroom
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Common Core, the new national standards for math and English language arts, is a rarity in U.S. public life: a federal undertaking with bipartisan support. Developed by the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers, it has been adopted by 45 states. It has the support of the Obama administration and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers. More


New student-poverty measures proposed for national tests
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Aiming to get a clearer picture of how students' home and community resources affect their academic achievement, America's best-known K-12 education barometer, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, is building a comprehensive new way to gauge socioeconomic status. The new measure, being developed by the National Assessment Governing Board and the National Center for Education Statistics, is intended to look beyond a traditional measure of family income to a child's family, community and school supports for learning. More

How a middle-school principal persuaded students to come to school
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Shawn Rux took over as principal of MS 53, a New York City middle school, last year. At the time, 50 or 60 kids were absent every day. You could understand why they stayed away: The school was chaos. Twenty-two teachers had quit, the entire office staff had quit, and hundreds of kids had been suspended. The school was given a grade of F from the city's department of education. "It was in a bad place," Rux says. More

New survey highlights best practices for online learning programs
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Progress monitoring tools, teacher availability and training, and challenging curriculum are critical elements of a successful distance learning program, according to a new survey, Best Practices for Implementing Online Learning in K-12 Districts, released by K12, a provider of online education programs for K-12 students. More than 220 superintendents, curriculum directors, principals and special education directors participated in the survey. More

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24 education technology terms you should know
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If you're a teacher or administrator who has been to an educational conference or sat in on a product demo featuring the latest classroom innovation, you know that the intersection of schools and technology is littered with buzzwords. From mLearning to mobile apps to asynchronous instruction, the ed-tech landscape is equal parts high-gloss marketing and roll-up-your-sleeves instruction. In the face of increased pressure to improve student performance, how can K–12 educators cut through the promotional hyperbole and put the focus where it should be — on classroom improvements? More

How will the fiscal cliff impact education funding?
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Education and politics in the U.S. are far from strangers, and the current ruckus in Washington over the so-called "fiscal cliff" is making no exceptions. With tax increases and across-the-board spending cuts set to take effect in January if lawmakers and the president fail to reach a debt-reduction deal, education providers are being forced to plan for tighter budgets. In many cases, that would mean jobs lost and reduced services for students. More


Duncan tours neighborhoods and schools impacted by Hurricane Sandy Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The wind and rain of Hurricane Sandy are long gone, but the physical devastation and the emotional wounds still linger in the neighborhoods of Staten Island, N.Y. During a visit to Staten Island schools, Secretary Arne Duncan listened as students described—many with tear-filled eyes—how Hurricane Sandy has changed their lives. "We saw our house go under," said one New Dorp High School student, explaining to Duncan that coming back to school and receiving love and support from her teachers has been a "big help." More

State chiefs to examine teacher prep, licensing
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Twenty-five state schools chiefs are vowing to take action to update their systems of teacher preparation and licensing, with an eye to ensuring teachers are ready the minute they take charge of their own classrooms. The announcement from the Council of Chief State School Officers is probably state officials' most explicit promise to engage in changes to teacher preparation, and it comes as the latest sign that the topic is likely be a major focus of K-12 policymakers in 2013. More

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Yoga for schoolchildren raises objections
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Public school yoga instructor Katie Campbell proudly looks out at 23 first-graders as they contain their squirming in a child-friendly version of the lotus position. In a voice barely above a whisper, she says into her microphone: "Why, look at everyone showing me they're ready for yoga. A-plus, plus, plus!" Then the lesson begins with deep breathing and stretches common to many yoga classes. But there is no chanting of "om," no words spoken in the Indian language of Sanskrit or talk of "mindfulness" or clasping hands in the prayer position. More

Students get global perspective on women's issues
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Girls at the Environmental Charter Middle School in Inglewood, Calif., looked puzzled when Fahmia Al-Fotih described her former days as a teacher in Yemen. The students weren't curious so much about the visitor's hijab or the fact that she had taught more than 70 pupils in a small room. They were surprised that Al-Fotih still used chalkboards and that her female students don't have much of a voice in school. More

Invest in the future: Become a mentor
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Being a principal is a tough job, especially with today's increasing demands on school leaders. Mentoring can provide crucial support to new principals. The NAESP National Mentor Program is designed to engage retired and experienced principals to give back to their profession by supporting new, newly assigned or even experienced principals through mentoring. Ready to dive in? The next mentor training session is this January in Phoenix. More

Sign up for webinar on brain-based classroom strategies
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Learn why incorporating brain-based strategies into elementary classrooms is so urgently important. In "Brain-Based Strategies for Today's Schools," on Jan. 24, two experts will share how schools can incorporate brain-based principles, and the difference it can make to teaching and learning. This webinar will provide concrete, practical strategies for principals and teachers to use in the classroom. More


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