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Culture, Not Curriculum, May be Key to High School Reform
U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Resurrecting a struggling high school is more about changing culture than curriculum, according to Charles Payne, a University of Chicago professor and affiliate of the university's Urban Education Institute. Schools should be places where teachers are trusted, students are challenged, and parents are engaged, Payne said at an annual conference hosted by the Education Trust. When that happens, students show up and teachers stick around, and that alone can boost student achievement. More

Webinar Tomorrow: Establishing a Culture of High Expectations With STEM
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Join Trevor Greene, principal of Toppenish (WA) High School and the 2013 MetLife/NASSP National High School Principal of the Year, as he discusses how he has transformed Toppenish High School into a high-performing place of learning. Nestled on the Yakama Indian Reservation, Toppenish serves a high-minority (95%), high-poverty (99%) student population, and boasts 28 STEM classes. Learn how this rural school has increased higher-level math and science enrollment through implementation of engineering and biomedical science classes. A child of the reservation, Trevor's goal for every member of his community is to "be bold enough to do what others don't even dream." Register now for the free webinar on November 14, at 3:30 pm ET. More

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Schools to Share Strategies in California
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The first Regional Breaking Ranks School Showcase—Saturday, December 1, at San Diego Met High School in California—will feature 15 diverse, high-poverty, high-achieving middle level and high schools sharing proven methods for addressing sustainable school improvement. Find out how these schools overcame challenges, leveraged resources, and managed to raise student achievement. Register at More

Connected Learning Center Debuts at Ignite 2013
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February 28–March 2, 2013, National Harbor, MD (just outside of Washington, DC)
The Connected Learning Center will be a new feature of the annual NASSP conference, Ignite 2013. Attendees can learn about helpful new apps and technology resources; gather for peer-driven idea exchanges; and engage in in-depth discussions with speakers. They can also take part in 20-minute mini sessions or network with friends in the Social Networking Lounges. Plan now to join NASSP for this 21st century learning event. Register today.

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KY Test Results Offer Glimpse Into How Common Core Assessments Will Affect States
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Noteworthy scores have come out of Kentucky, the first state to introduce tests explicitly tied to the Common Core State Standards. Kentucky is part of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a consortium of 23 states including Georgia that is developing a common set of K-12 assessments in English and math grounded in what it takes to be ready for college and careers. While the new Kentucky tests are not the PARCC tests, they are closely aligned and thus seen as a harbinger of things to come. And what's coming will initially be disappointing, although expected. More

We Need More Time at School, Not Less
The San Diego Union-Tribune (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a recent San Diego poll, the majority of likely voters backed some educational reforms including extending the school year and the school day. As an educator and administrator, I was pleased to hear of this support. Unquestionably, what our students need is more time in school. I do not mean increasing time simply for the sake of adding time. This is about redesigning and expanding learning time for all students. At The Preuss School UCSD in La Jolla, I see firsthand the impact of more and better learning time. More

New Report Takes Teacher Attendance in Maryland, Nation
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An average of 35% of Maryland teachers missed 10 or more days of the 2009-10 school year, according to a new report released by the Center for American Progress, which found that teacher absentee rates across the country are costing the country billions and having an adverse effect on student achievement. The report takes a comprehensive look at average absentee rates for each state, which are then ranked based on the percentage of teachers who miss 10 or more days of school. More

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Parents Graduate From School Leadership Program    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are many ways for parents to get involved in their children's schools. Julia Pile and Felicia Anderson, each with two kids at Stephens Elementary School, chose one of the most intensive ways possible. Both graduated last weekend from the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership. They went through three intense weekends the past three months, learning everything there is to know about the state's public education system. They will now create a project that will have a deep, lasting impression on Stephens. More

Rural Schools Still Facing Ed-Tech Challenges
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Educational technology stakeholders tout the benefits of mobile devices, broadband Internet and technology in the classroom—but in some rural schools, even the most basic ed-tech access is still a pipe dream. However, digital tools and persistence on the part of school leaders can help rural students achieve the same "connectedness" found in more populated parts of the nation. More

Student-Run Tech Support Programs Advance at the Speed of Technology
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It's an age-old adage: Students pick up technology faster than their teachers. So when it comes to troubleshooting technical headaches in the classroom, it's not surprising that schools are turning to their own best resources—the students themselves. Whether staffing a "genius bar" in the media center or troubleshooting a balky projector, students at some schools are forging working partnerships with teachers and IT staff that are a far cry from the days when a few kids helped repair old computers. More

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NY Schools Scramble to Relocate Storm Victims
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Most of New York City's one million public school students went back to class on Monday, a week after Hurricane Sandy struck. But dozens were flooded, damaged or without power and had to relocate to other schools. More
Related item: More Students Return to Classroom, at Strange Schools in Strange Places (The New York Times)

Health Advocacy Group Rates School Districts for Healthy Lunches
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As childhood obesity rates continue to soar, a new report issued by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine finds public school districts in Florida, Maryland, Tennessee and Nebraska rise above federal guidelines to serve healthy school lunches. More

Why "Googling It" Is Not Enough
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Has the Internet changed the way students conduct research? Yes, and not always for the better, reports a study from the Pew Research Center. According to a survey of more than 2,000 middle and high school teachers, "research" for today's students means "Googling," and as a result, doing research "has shifted from a relatively slow process of intellectual curiosity and discovery to a fast-paced, short-term exercise aimed at locating just enough information to complete an assignment." More

How the Election Compromised Education Reform
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The 2012 presidential election sidestepped the issue of school reform. Neither candidate spent much time laying out, let alone talking up, an education policy agenda. But around the country, there were ballot referendums and state and local races with big implications for schools. Teachers' unions had a good night, but so did charter schools. In other words, November 6 left the country with an education mandate as unclear as the electoral mandate overall. More

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Oklahoma Education Secretary Hears Complaints of Overtesting From Parents, Students
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Oklahoma children are being so overtested that they are losing critical learning time in the classroom, parents told state Education Secretary Phyllis Hudecki at a meeting of the Tulsa Parent Legislative Action Committee. As a member of Gov. Mary Fallin's cabinet, she said she would take their ideas back to the governor. More

Pittsburgh School Standards Will Require a Major Curriculum Overhaul
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Common Core State Standards, which are being phased in at schools across the country, are going to require major shifts in the math and English language arts curricula in Pittsburgh Public Schools. The changes are so significant that the reading level now required in 10th grade will be required of eighth graders. Sixth-grade math already this year was moved down to fifth grade. More

Twitter Is Changing Kids
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Twitter is changing kids. Kids are changing Twitter. Twitter is changing because the kids are flocking to the service faster than previous years and that the use of Twitter by youth is creating a number of issues for parents, schools and the occasional Olympian who just wants to compete for his country without having to deal with harassment from a kid on Twitter who wants to raise a stink. More

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Bells Ring for Top Principals at Blue Ribbon Schools Ceremony Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Behind every great school stands a great principal. "It's the principal who shapes the vision, sets the tone, and targets the energy of the many people who run a school," US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. "It's the principal who inspires, cajoles, and models the excellence he or she knows the school can reach." Every year the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program invites nominations for the esteemed Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding Leadership. This year, seven principals of 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools have earned this distinction. More

U.S. Lags in Math, Science: What Orange County Is Doing About It
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Orange Lutheran High School seniors Kailey Fox and Niki Khajeh shined an ultraviolet light over a bacteria sample, looking for a gene found in a particular species of jellyfish. Under the light's glare, the gene's proteins began to emit a fluorescent glow, enabling the duo to isolate it; then, they meticulously placed test tube samples into a centrifuge to extract and purify the protein. The lesson is part of the private school's molecular genetics honors class, believed to be the first of its kind high school course in Orange County, and perhaps the state. But, as rare and innovative as the class seems, it wouldn't even raise eyebrows in a number of other nations—the ones that routinely shame America in international math and science tests. More

Some Online Schools a Waste of Money?
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Two teenage girls, Taylor and Chelsea, both decided to try going to school online. But they tell two very different stories about their virtual experience. Taylor is one of 240 students who learns online through Tulsa Public Schools' own program, Tulsa Learning Academy, while Chelsea signed up online with another program, Oklahoma Virtual High School through a charter school called Epic One-on-One. Taylor says teachers supervise her while she's online and she can go to the district's physical classroom set up inside Promenade Mall to work with teachers face to face. But Chelsea only has access to teachers by instant message, email or phone. And she says when she tried to get help, she couldn't. More

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