38th Annual Conference
Fort Worth, Texas
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!!!!
REGISTER NOW ... and receive up to $25 in savings!*
Join us for NABSE's 38th Annual Conference:
*EARLY BIRD SPECIAL . . . Registrants who register by May 1, 2010 under the "INDIVIDUAL" category will receive a deduction of $15!! INDIVIDUAL registrants who register ONLINE will receive an additional $10 off the current Registration Rate.
- Professional Development and Best Practice Workshops
- NEW Workshop Strands addressing Special Education and School Board Administration
- Unparalleled Networking Opportunities with over 4,000 Educators and Administrators
- Over 300 Exhibitors and Vendors
- Interactive School Tours
- Plenary Sessions Led by Nationally Known Education Leaders
ALL registrants who REGISTER ONLINE will automatically receive a deduction of $10 from the Registration Rate!!!
National Lab Day (NLD) is more than just a day. It's a nationwide initiative to build local communities of support that will foster ongoing collaborations among volunteers, students and educators. NLD is the ultimate educational matchmaker.
Volunteers, university students, scientists, engineers, other STEM professionals and, more broadly, members of the community are working together with educators and students to bring discovery-based science experiences to students in grades K-12. When an educator posts a project, our system will help them get the resources needed to bring that project to fruition.
NLD is already underway! We currently have projects throughout the country - Interactive Map.
In the first week of May, 2010 (May 5th is the actual day) we will celebrate this collaboration with National Lab Day activities across the country.
Please visit www.nationallabday.org to learn more about National Lab Day
National Lab Day is sponsored by the following:
Administration Unveils ESEA Renewal Blueprint
from Education Week
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has released broad principles for renewing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that seek to address perennial complaints that the law’s current version—the No Child Left Behind Act—is inflexible and doesn’t set a high enough bar for academic achievement.
Just in Time: Obama Targets HBCUs for Increased Spending
from Black Voices News
Announcing current increases in the FY 2012 Federal Budget was Dr. John S. Wilson, the new executive director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs, who said that the President’s budget includes a $17 billion increase in Pell Grants, $400 million of which was earmarked for HBCUs. Last year, there was an uproar when it was discovered that the President took $85 million from the HBCU budget, but this year, rather than mandating it for two years as the Bush administration had done, this sum is included in the President Obama’s budget for 10 years.
Obama, U.S. Governors Favor "College-Ready" School Standards
The first U.S.-wide set of academic standards for schoolchildren may be adopted by half of all states this year, while President Barack Obama presses to overhaul the main law designed to hold accountable 100,000 public schools for their students’ achievement.
Dept. of Education to Boost Civil Rights Efforts
from USA Today
The federal Department of Education wants to intensify its civil rights enforcement efforts in schools around the country, including a deeper look at issues ranging from programs for immigrant students learning English to equal access to college preparatory courses.
Closing the Achievement Gap in Harlem
Geoffrey Canada can barely get a word in. He is surrounded by fourth graders from Harlem, all clamoring to speak. Atypically among their peers, they don't want to talk hip-hop or basketball: They want to discuss exam scores. Last spring they took their first state standardized test. All scored above the New York City average in reading and well above the state average in math. They are living proof his experiment is working.
Why We Need ESEA Reauthorization this Year
from The Hill
North Carolina's Laurel Hill Elementary School is a model school. Its rural, diverse and high-poverty student population consistently exceeds state targets on standardized test scores, and the school has made AYP each year since 2003. It has also been recognized for its great working conditions.
A Change of Direction
Leaving No Child Left Behind in the Dust
from Public School Insights
School improvement demands focus. Staff members at James Cashman Middle School in Las Vegas (where 100 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch) believe that student achievement comes from challenging every student and ensuring that no student is overlooked.
from Associated Content
The Obama administration's proposal to make federal funding for disadvantaged students contingent on states' adoption of reading and math standards that prepare students for college or a career has drawn sharp criticism from groups representing grassroots educators and state lawmakers, even as some governors and members of Congress appear open to the idea.