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10 Schoolwide Changes the Common Core Will Require
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Principals need to know much more than the content of the standards for Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation success. In the fourth webinar in a six-part series by NASSP and the College Board, Mel Riddile discusses the 10 areas that principals must transform for the CCSS to take hold. See this webinar series and other CCSS resources for leaders at More

Follow the NASSP Breaking Ranks K—12 Conference in Real Time
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Thousands of school leaders from across the United States (and the globe) will converge on Tampa, FL, this weekend (March 8-10) for the 2012 NASSP Breaking Ranks K–12 Conference. Please visit NASSP on the Expo floor if you're on site. If you're unable to join us in Tampa, follow the Conference events at More

Basic and Advanced iPad Training for School Leaders
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On March 19, 2012, in Reston, VA, discover how an iPad can help you become a more effective school leader. The iPad Workshop for School Leaders will cover the most valuable functions for educators, including: observations, evaluations, data collection, IEP checklists, research, news, and more. Or, if you're already an iPad user, sign up for the Advanced iPad Workshop for School Leaders, March 29 or 30, 2012. Registration includes a 16GB, 3G-ready iPad, or you can bring your own. More

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NEW Breaking Ranks Leadership Training
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Join your colleagues in Reston, VA, on April 23-24, 2012, for the latest K–12 training based on Breaking Ranks: The Comprehensive Framework for School Improvement. More

Blazing the Trail of Leadership, June 23-25, Oklahoma City, OK
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Student leaders and advisers will gather at the NASC National Conference at Yukon High School in Yukon, OK, to share ideas and best practices and get inspired with dynamic leadership activities. More

Study: Principal Turnover Bodes Poorly for Schools
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About 20 percent of principals new to a school leave that posting within one or two years, leaving behind a school that generally continues on a downward academic slide after their departure, according to a study released by the RAND Corp. on behalf of New York City-based New Leaders. More

Snowe in the Forecast: What Her Decision to Leave Senate Means to Education
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Brian P. Cory writes, "With another presidential primary behind us and Super Tuesday right around the corner, Senator Olympia J. Snowe from Maine stole the headlines ... with her surprise announcement that she will not seek reelection in November 2012. Snowe's decision has been described as a significant setback to the Republicans' ability to regain control of the Senate. Snowe served 33 years in Congress, eight terms in the House and three terms in the Senate. Political analysts are now racing to predict how the impact of Snowe's retirement will play out. Ah, the sport of Washington. So, how does this relate to education?" More

Common Core Brings K—12, Higher Education Together
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If college and university faculties do not embrace the Common Core State Standards as solid indicators of college readiness, what do the standards mean? That was one of the big questions hovering over a national forum about how precollegiate and higher education can work together to use the new English/language arts and mathematics standards as the basis for stronger curricula, instruction, teacher preparation, and college success. More

Research Finds Bullies and Victims 3 Times More Likely to Have Suicidal Thoughts by Age 11
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Children involved in bullying — as both a victim and a bully — are three times more likely to have suicidal thoughts by the time they reach 11 years old, according to research from the University of Warwick. In a paper published in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the researchers found children who are both victims and bullies, are at highly increased risk of considering suicide, or have planned and engaged in suicidal or self-harming behavior by 11-12 years of age. These increased odds were not explained by other factors, family circumstances, or preexisting emotional problems. More

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To Get Kids to Class, Los Angeles Softens Its Hard Line
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Los Angeles is easing its stance on truancy. For the past decade, a tough city ordinance slapped huge fines on students for even one instance of skipping school or being late, but the Los Angeles City Council is changing that law to focus on helping students get to class because it turns out those harsh fines were backfiring. More

Washington House Passes Teacher Evaluation Bill
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The Washington state legislature approved a bill that uses improvement in student test scores as a factor in hiring, firing, and tenure decisions for teachers. The measure passed on an 82-16 bipartisan vote. The Senate already had passed the bill, so it now goes to the governor for her signature. Under the bill, starting in the 2015-2016 school year, evaluation results would be used as a factor in human resource decisions. Senate Bill 5895 also sets some new guidelines for principals, including a requirement to use teacher feedback in principal evaluations. More

Johns Hopkins Partnership Aims to Help Education Industry
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The Johns Hopkins University School of Education and the Education Industry Association, a trade group, are partnering to develop curriculum, research, and business-development programs around education entrepreneurship. The goal is to help prepare the next generation of business leaders in education and improve the relationship between the public and private sectors, leaders of the two entities said. More

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Using Data to Stem Dropout Rates
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Historically, about 25 to 30 percent of a ninth-grade high school class will quit before graduating. While the current high school dropout rate is not the highest it has ever been, many believe the United States is indeed facing a dropout crisis. Why is that? Two factors make it a crisis today. First, the dropout rate for minority students is as high as 45 to 50 percent in some states. Second, the skills necessary for many 21st century jobs are expected to be much higher-level than in the past. Unlike previous generations, for whom unskilled jobs were plentiful, young people who drop out today will be unable to find sustainable employment without gaining additional skills. More

Teaching Kids to be 'Digital Citizens' (Not Just 'Digital Natives')
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John Merrow writes, "I often hear adults describing today's young people as 'digital natives,' usually with a tone of resignation or acceptance: 'They are so far ahead of us, but we can turn to them for help,' is the general message I hear. My reaction is 'Whoa there, Nellie,' because to me that kind of thinking smacks of abdication of adult responsibility. Yes, most young people know more than we adults because the fast-changing world of modern technology is alien to us, wildly different from the one we grew up in. But being a 'digital native' is not the same as being a 'digital citizen.' Young people have always needed ethical guidance and the security of rules and boundaries. That's more true now because today's technologies have unprecedented power to harm, as we have seen in documented cases of cyber-bullying and harassment." More

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House Panel Gives Partisan Approval to ESEA Bills
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On a partisan vote, the House Education and the Workforce Committee gave its stamp of approval to GOP-backed legislation reauthorizing portions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. A pair of bills, both of which were introduced by U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the committee, would scale back the federal role in education and give states much more running room when it comes to K–12 policy, a 180-degree pivot from the current version of the law, the decade-old No Child Left Behind Act. The measures passed on a party-line vote of 23-16. More

26 States Plus the District of Columbia Apply for NCLB Waivers in Second Round
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Twenty-six more states, plus the District of Columbia, are applying for waivers under the No Child Left Behind Act, which would free them from many of the core tenets of the law in exchange for adopting key reforms backed by the Obama administration. Already, 11 states have won this new flexibility. Those applying are: Arkansas, Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin, along with D.C. More

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Video Becoming a Key Tool in Teacher Training, Evaluation
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As teacher training and evaluation take a front seat in the nation's education reform agenda, a growing number of schools are integrating video into the process. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Project notes that once-a-year teacher evaluations are not enough to help teachers improve, and that multiple observations by trained professionals should be combined with other methods such as student test scores and classroom surveys. More

New York City Teacher Ratings: How Its Value-Added Model Compares to Other Districts
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New York City schools erupted in controversy when the school district released its "value-added" teacher scores to the public after a yearlong battle with the local teachers union. The city cautioned that the scores had large margins of error, and many education leaders around the country believe that publishing teachers' names alongside their ratings is a bad idea. Still, a growing number of states are now using evaluation systems based on students' standardized test scores in decisions about teacher tenure, dismissal, and compensation. So how does the city's formula stack up to methods used elsewhere? More

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