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Some Districts Reconsider Last-Minute Teacher Hiring
Education Week    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Despite reports of nationwide teacher layoffs, districts in some places are still hiring, and, in some cases, that hiring has continued into the start of the school year. But late hiring, though a sign of relative financial health for a school district, is also a perennial headache: Studies show it can have a detrimental effect both on teacher retention and student performance. More




NASSP Exec to Ed Secretary: Plans for Support for Common Core?
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Prominent leaders from across the education community, including NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti, recently joined Secretary Arne Duncan via conference call, seeking answers to some of their constituents' biggest back-to-school issues. Bartoletti asked the secretary about the support that principals can expect as they begin to implement the Common Core State Standards. More



NASSP Appears on the Lifetime Network
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Watch NASSP President-Elect Denise Greene-Wilkinson as she participates on a panel for the Parent-Teacher Corner, a regular feature of the Lifetime Network program, The Balancing Act. The panel discusses new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regulations related to the spread of meningitis in schools. Segments will air throughout September. More

Four Days Make a School Weak
The Principal Difference Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The buzz about four-day school weeks is growing, writes Stuart Singer, The Teacher Leader. But the practice may be shortchanging students. Singer compares the act of learning to perfecting one's tennis serve — consistent and regular intervals of practice across seven days makes more sense than spending several hours practicing one day and taking the next six days off. More

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Breaking Ranks K-12 Leadership Training
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From Nov. 14-15, NASSP will offer comprehensive leadership training for K-12 school leaders in Reston, VA. Participants will examine four critical areas — why, what, how and who — that each school must consider as it begins the process of school improvement. Using NASSP's newest publication, Breaking Ranks: The Comprehensive Framework for School Improvement, the training will address school improvement across the K–12 continuum. School leaders can also earn a complimentary trainer certification on Nov. 16. More

Principal's Library Expands Discounts to Members
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NASSP is working with leading educational publishers to give members access to thousands of titles for their professional development library. Topics include leadership, staff development and professional leaning, problem solving, and evaluation — just to name a few. And members still get to enjoy the same NASSP discount on every publication. Visit the NASSP store and click on the Principal's Library ad to begin saving. More



Breaking Ranks Book Addresses K-12 School Improvement
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The sixth in the NASSP Breaking Ranks series for school improvement, Breaking Ranks: The Comprehensive Framework for School Improvement combines all the elements needed to make substantive, sustainable school change that brings improved student performance. This newly released publication is designed to guide school leaders of all grade levels toward a true shift in their school's culture. Place your order online or call 866-647-7253.


The Fundamentals for Teaching Smarter

"The Fundamental 5 improves instruction. The power of these practices will transform classrooms and schools," E. Don Brown, NASSP past president. Order now at Amazon.com
Math Academic Vocabulary for ELL Students
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One in Five US Children Live in Poverty
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A recently published national study on child well-being found that child poverty increased in 38 states from 2000 to 2009. As a result, 14.7 million children, or one in five, fell below the poverty threshold in 2009. Researchers from the Annie E. Casey Foundation concluded that low-income children will likely suffer academically, economically and socially long after their parents have recovered. More

Anti-Bullying Laws Get Tough With Schools
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New Jersey's Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, considered by many as the toughest legislation against bullying in the nation, went into effect this month. NPR host Scott Simon talks with Emily Bazelon of Slate Magazine about bullying laws, where they're working and where they're headed (hint: the Supreme Court). More



Virginia Principals Ask for Indoor School Cameras
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Spurred by food-fight frustration, 27 principals in Fairfax, VA, are banding together to ask for a powerful disciplinary and security tool, one the county school board has long prohibited: indoor surveillance cameras. The principals made their request to the board, reigniting a frequent debate in Fairfax over how to protect students' civil liberties while maintaining safe schools. The request could come to a vote as early as November. More

Teens and Teachers at Odds Over Social Media
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A new Knight Foundation study finds that using Facebook and Tumblr leads teens to a greater appreciation of the First Amendment — but their teachers think unbridled free speech for teens online isn't such a good thing. Conducted through interviews with 12,000 students and 900 high school teachers, the study found a solid majority of American teachers believe limits should be placed on what their students say and do on social networks. For example, only 36 percent believe students have the right to express their opinions of teachers and school administrators online without the risk of in-school punishment. More


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National English Honor Society Invitation

Make National English Honor Society (NEHS) a part of your school academic profile! One of the largest discipline-specific societies for high schools, NEHS offers student scholarships, chapter grants and awards, and engages students and faculty in productive and significant community outreach literacy efforts. Visit us online for information and the charter application. MORE


How to Stop the Drop in Verbal SAT Scores
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The latest bad but unsurprising news on education is that reading and writing scores on the SAT have once again declined. The language competence of our high-schoolers fell steeply in the 1970s and has never recovered. E. D. Hirsch Jr., author of The Making of Americans: Democracy and Our Schools, writes that the key to improving the scores is making sure that from kindergarten on, every student understands the gist of what is heard or read. More

The Event for Career-Technical Administrators!
The ACTE Annual Convention & Career Tech Expo, St. Louis, November 17-19 will gather administrators and educators to share lessons learned and challenges in career and technical education. Networking, 200+ sessions, great exhibitors and speakers like Sir Ken Robinson make this the premiere event in CTE. Learn more: www.acteconvention.com. more


Georgia Wants to Make High School More Like College
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Under a proposed plan to overhaul the state’s curriculum, high school students in Georgia would be required to choose a "career cluster" that would lead them through the classes they need to either go on to a two-year or four-year college or to go straight into a job. The plan — which is expected to be taken up by the state board of education sometime this fall — would unravel the single-track approach instituted by former state schools superintendent Kathy Cox that assumed every student was going to college. More

Department of Education Launches Technology Initiative
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To help remedy the digital divide, the US Department of Education is launching a unique public-private partnership called Digital Promise. US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO and former president of the California Board of Education, explain that the new initiative will advance breakthrough technologies that transform teaching and learning in and out of the classroom, while creating a business environment that rewards innovation and entrepreneurship. More


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Teaching as a Second, or Even Third, Career
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A number of Americans reaching retirement age are finding new uses for their skills by deciding to teach. Many come to teaching later in life because they want a challenge. Some want to do good or keep active. Others need an income or a supplement to retirement savings. More

Shrinking Budgets Put School Support on the Block
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Across the country, a group of education administrators, known as regional superintendents, are seeing their budgets shrink. These administrators are involved in providing services like teacher certification and other support for school districts. In Illinois, the state's 44 regional superintendents have been working without pay since the governor zeroed out their funding in July. Now, the issue of whether or not these officials are needed at all is coming to a head. More

Some States, Districts Abandoning Performance Pay
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Two competing pressures — decreased finances and rising policy interest — have left the future of performance-based teacher compensation uncertain. A dicey fiscal climate and research that has shown limited impact have led some states and districts to scale back, abandon or change their fledgling merit-pay programs, causing observers to wonder what the next few years will hold for compensation systems that link teacher pay to student achievement. More

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Will Teachers Win or Lose Under Race to the Top?
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In the second installment of its teacher quality series, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution questions whether the state’s $400 million Race to the Top grant will improve teacher quality and evaluation as intended. According to the AJC series, Georgia spends more than $1 billion annually on teacher improvement efforts with little evidence of success. More

Commentary: Companies Must Play Vital Role in STEM Education
U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Bo Miller, global director of corporate citizenship for Dow Chemical Co., writes that revitalizing STEM education and increasing the number of students who choose STEM majors and careers is imperative for the future of the advanced manufacturing industry in the United States. More



California Schools Turn Away Unvaccinated Students
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Some California schools are turning away middle and high school students who have not received a required whooping cough vaccine while others are defying a law passed last year after a historic spike in cases of the potentially fatal disease. The law initially required all students entering grades seven through 12 to get vaccinated by the start of the 2011-12 school year. Lawmakers passed a 30-day extension this summer as districts worried many students wouldn't meet the deadline. More

Online Grade Schools Becoming a Popular Alternative
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A growing number of parents and educators are leveraging technology to transform grade-school education. Enrollment in online public schools supported by education software provider K12 has grown from about 1,000 students 10 years ago to more than 100,000. Overall, more than half a million students are learning online full-time in the US, according to education researcher Ambient Insight. Forty-eight states and the District of Columbia have virtual schools, while 29 states offer full-time online schools. More
 

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