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What is bullying? Why achieving a clarity of definition is so important for principals
District Administration Magazine
When we talk about bullying, what do we mean? Unfortunately, the answer is far from clear. Educators are taught one definition, while most state statutes have yet another definition. Worse, surveys are based on a variety of definitions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Education, and Health Resources and Services Administration partnered with bullying experts to develop a uniform definition of bullying.
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Out of tragedy, a protective glass for schools
The New York Times
In the two years since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., schools across the country have become more serious about safety. They have bought familiar items like surveillance cameras, panic buttons and key-card entry systems. More recent innovations include bulletproof whiteboards to help teachers shield students inside classrooms and a smartphone app that starts a school lockdown with the swipe of a finger. By 2017, the market for school security systems is expected to hit $4.9 billion, up from $2.7 billion in 2012, according to the market research firm IHS Technology.
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Why emotional learning may be as important as the ABCs
NPR
Thomas O'Donnell's kindergarten kids are all hopped up to read about Twiggle the anthropomorphic Turtle. "Who can tell me why Twiggle here is sad," O'Donnell asks his class at Matthew Henson Elementary School in Baltimore. "Because he doesn't have no friends," a student pipes up. And how do people look when they're sad? "They look down!" the whole class screams out. Yeah, Twiggle is lonely. But, eventually, he befriends a hedgehog, a duck and a dog. And along the way, he learns how to play, help and share.
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Learning a musical instrument boosts kids' brains
Medical News Today
Learning a musical instrument is a terrific opportunity for children to express themselves creatively while picking up a new skill. It could be much more than this though, according to researchers, who suggest that musical training could also serve to hone their mental energies.
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Should big data skills be taught in K-12 classrooms?
EdTech Magazine
The skills necessary for the data analytics jobs of tomorrow aren't being taught in K-12 schools today, according to a new report released by the Education Development Center, Inc.'s Oceans of Data Institute. The Profile of the Big-Data Enabled Specialist projects a workforce shortage for data-driven positions. Based on a 2011 McKinsey & Co. report cited by the Oceans of Data Institute, "By 2018, the United States alone could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions."
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PBL pilot: Matching PBL with traditional grading
Edutopia
Project-based learning has been wonderful. Students are self-reporting how they're experiencing a deeper level of learning, and parents are saying that their children are actively (and often voluntarily) elaborating on their learning outside of school. We firmly believe that PBL is one of the best teaching methodologies available for the 21st century.
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Busting the student data privacy myth
Scholastic Administrator
Tracking student data gives educators the power to make more informed decisions in their instruction for better student outcomes. But with great power comes great responsibility. That's why schools and ed tech companies alike are increasingly making student privacy a top priority. Still, many remain wary about data privacy issues — often due to confusion or lack of information on how the issue has progressed.
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6 education stories to watch in 2015
NPR (commentary)
Claudio Sanchez, a contributor for NPR, writes: "As the senior member of the NPR education team with 25 years on the education beat, here are the top stories that my expert sources and I believe will be ones to watch in 2015. For more predictions, check out our crowdsourced list."
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Tough conversations
Connected Principals (commentary)
Bill Carozza, a contributor for Connected Principals blog, writes: "A teacher who has known me for many years, knows that I appreciate my job because of the energy I receive every day from teachers and students. Yes, Sunday night is not always easy on the soul but once I'm in the building on Monday morning, all is well. I avoid my office as much as possible during school time and work the job in classrooms and hallways. It doesn't hurt my allegiance to the job that many members of our staff have been together for years and those that have been recently hired have melded in nicely with the family."
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Why schools should pay more attention to students' grit and self-control
The Huffington Post
It may be just as important to evaluate schools based on students' levels of motivation and perseverance as it is to judge them based on students' standardized test scores. A report released by the National Bureau of Economic Research in December argues that policymakers tend to focus too much on test scores even though noncognitive skills, like motivation and perseverance, are just as predictive of students' future success. The researchers from the University of Chicago, Belgium's KU Leuven and Maastricht University in The Netherlands looked at the outcomes of more than 25 programs designed to boost students' cognitive and noncognitive abilities. They concluded that it is possible both to measure and to teach these noncognitive skills.
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Arne Duncan bringing in key players as 'senior advisers'
Education Week
"Senior adviser" to the U.S. Department of Education. Get used to that title. It's becoming very popular these days. Robert Gordon, who played key roles at the Office of Management and Budget from 2009 to 2013, was nominated as assistant secretary for planning, evaluation and policy way back in May. But the Senate hasn't given him the okay, so Gordon has been working as a "senior adviser" at the Education Department since September.
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States slow to shut down weak teacher education programs
Education Week via The Huffington Post
When Michigan officials suspended six teacher education programs at Lake Superior State University in 2012, citing falling licensing-test scores and other problems, the action prompted a period of deep soul-searching for the university's top brass. And it made for some painful conversations with some of the school's current teacher-candidates and incoming hopefuls. But it was also a needed wake-up call, according to Donna Fiebelkorn, the assistant dean of the education school.
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Judges: Kansas not adequately funding K-12 schools
The Hutchinson News
The 2010 school finance lawsuit case is expected to return to the Kansas Supreme Court on appeal. Even if the case is put on a fast track, a top court decision is not expected until after the 2015 legislative session wraps up in the spring. If the state, already facing a revenue shortfall, is ordered to increase state funding for education significantly, lawmakers would not have to grapple with that issue until 2016. Leaders of two school districts that are among the plaintiffs in Gannon v. State of Kansas, spoke guardedly about the judicial ruling that was favorable for plaintiffs.
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The basics of school funding in Indiana: Difficulty defining fairness
Chalkbeat Indiana
There is perhaps no more difficult and complicated issue in education than paying for schools, and Indiana in 2015 is heading into a renewed debate about how its funding system should work. Republican leaders, who control the state legislature, have promised an overhaul aimed at making funding more fair. But even defining "fairness" gets tricky, as school leaders with different challenges in urban, suburban and rural communities worry that somebody else's gain from any change to the state's calculation method could mean less money to educate their students.
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Politics, fiscal issues frame Pennsylvania school-aid debate
Education Week
In November's Republican-dominated elections, the Pennsylvania governor's race was a big outlier, and the implications for public school spending in the Keystone State are just starting to play out. The Democratic victor, newly elected Gov. Tom Wolf, made support for increased school spending a centerpiece of a campaign that ousted incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett, the only Republican governor who won a seat in 2010, but then lost it in 2014. Now, Pennsylvania joins Nevada and Georgia as states with momentum building to overhaul school funding.
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Input welcome: Updates to the NAESP platform and resolutions
NAESP
The NAESP Resolutions Committee meets every November to update NAESP's Platform to accurately reflect the realities of the profession. This year the committee has made changes to the introduction and 23 resolutions. Review the statements and offer comments and suggestions via email before Jan. 23.
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Register for leadership webinar series
NAESP
Join NAESP this January and February for webinars identifying effective principal leadership practices. The series focuses on research done by the Wallace Foundation that highlights five key actions principals can take to improve their schools. You can sign up today at NAESP's webinar page.
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