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Principals share instructional leadership tips
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School leaders play an important role in guiding educators as they strive to improve student achievement. School principals, charged with so many tasks already, also must be confident instructional leaders who can help teachers organize instruction, comprehend standards and develop curriculum. During a webinar about how principals can be strong, positive and effective leaders, three school principals shared their tips and strategies for creating a school atmosphere in which instructional leadership thrives. More

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5 K-12 education technology trends for 2012
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In 2012 education technology will see an increased focus on individualization — from personalized learning environments to digital textbooks designed to connect students to the resources that work best for them. And with a growing number of students using handheld devices to access these learning tools, trend watchers can expect to see big pushes for faster innovation to tie everything together. More



Climate change skepticism seeps into science classrooms
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A flash point has emerged in American science education that echoes the battle over evolution, as scientists and educators report mounting resistance to the study of man-made climate change in middle and high schools. Although scientific evidence increasingly shows that fossil fuel consumption has caused the climate to change rapidly, the issue has grown so politicized that skepticism of the broad scientific consensus has seeped into classrooms. More

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Education leaders: Slave math lesson should not end careers
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Parents should not rush to condemn third-grade Beaver Ridge Elementary teachers as racists for using slavery beatings to teach math concepts, say officials with Georgia educator organizations. The slave math lesson created by a teacher to reinforce a lesson on Frederick Douglass may have used poor judgment, but it shouldn't lead to the termination of those who wrote or handed it out without reviewing it, said Calvine Rollins, president of the Georgia Association of Educators, a professional organization of about 42,000 members. More

Study: Many states don't require civil rights lessons in schools
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As Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday passes, many American youth lack adequate knowledge of his role, and that of many others, in the civil rights movement. According to a 2011 report by the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., on civil rights educational standards and curriculum, most states earned a D or F, with 35 states receiving an F because their standards required little or no mention of the civil rights movement. Only three states earned an A: Alabama, Florida and New York. More

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Education funding for foreign languages cut
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The Department of Education program that funded $27 million worth of foreign language education grants — which were split by a mix of 55 charter schools, school districts and states — was cut in the recent budget bill, leaving the future of foreign language classes at these schools in jeopardy. "What this cut does is pull the rug out from these programs," Martha Abbott, executive director of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, says. More


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Report: US education under pressure from abroad
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Education Week's annual Quality Counts report is out, and it's got a great lineup of stories exploring what U.S. education can learn from other countries. Start with the overview, which examines the swirl of issues that led the U.S. to focus on its own international competitiveness. You can read about how other nations professionalize teaching, how they assess students' learning and how their curricular priorities influenced the Common Core State Standards that have been so widely adopted in this country. More

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Some see blended learning as future of education
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More and more school districts are embracing digital learning as the next step in improving education, and a number of stakeholder groups are hoping to guide policy makers in their efforts to implement state-level online learning policies. A Jan. 11 International Association for K-12 Online Learning webinar focused on the continued work of the Digital Learning Council on the reform needed to provide all students with the opportunity to engage in high-quality online learning. More

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Addressing bullying of students with disabilities
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The Expert Advisory Group of the NJ Coalition for Bullying Awareness and Prevention recently developed guidance for schools concerning bullying prevention for students with disabilities. This is an important area because these are students who are disproportionately targets of bullying and they sometimes exhibit bullying-related behaviors that are also part of their disabilities. The latter makes it hard to know how to apply more general school rules regarding bullying. More

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Using QR codes for school communications
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Quick Response codes — those black-and-white squares that look like a cross between supermarket bar codes and postage stamps — have real potential for school communications. Created by a Japanese corporation in 1994, QR codes act like print-based hyperlinks to websites and social media networks. The codes are gaining traction because they allow on-the-go consumers to access websites more quickly from their mobile phones. More

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ESEA bills are 'full retreat from accountability' for special education
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The new House Republican bills that tackle reforming the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (otherwise known as No Child Left Behind) "represent a full retreat from accountability for students with disabilities and other disadvantaged children," the National Center for Learning Disabilities said. More

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Yardsticks vary by nation in calling education to account
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Ten years ago, President George W. Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act, setting the stage for a new — and more aggressive — phase of accountability in American education. The United States isn't alone in promoting accountability in elementary and secondary education. The notion in recent years has become a global phenomenon among nations looking to improve their school systems. More



California plans to scrap kindergarten program spurs protest
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California educators and childcare advocates are protesting Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to scrap a new program for children who are no longer old enough for kindergarten. The governor's budget plan for 2012-2013 doesn't provide funding for "transitional kindergarten," a new grade level created when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation that raised the starting age for kindergarten. That law, signed in 2010, pushes back the date by which children must turn 5 to enter kindergarten from Dec. 2 to Sept. 1. The change will be phased in one month at a time over three years starting this fall. More

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New York mayor offers best teachers $20,000 raise
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New York City teachers rated "highly effective" for two years in a row would get a $20,000-a-year salary increase under a proposal by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg, in his annual State of the City address, focused heavily on education, challenging the United Federation of Teachers union to accept his approach to weeding out teachers deemed less effective. More

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Maryland: Almost 1/3 of counties aren't meeting school funding requirements
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While Maryland has been ratcheting up aid to local school systems, state education officials say that seven counties aren't paying their share and are failing to fund schools this year at the minimum level required under state law. Education advocates and state leaders say that school funding cuts by nearly one-third of the state's 24 local jurisdictions will undermine progress at public schools that have been repeatedly ranked as the nation's best. Class sizes are rising, teachers are not getting the support they need and school buildings are not being well maintained, said interim state school Superintendent Bernard Sadusky. More

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Missouri immigration bill copies Alabama, would require schools to check student immigration status
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In a move similar to ones chided by federal courts in Alabama and Arizona, one Kansas City area lawmaker has proposed a bill that would require Missouri schools to check the immigration status of its students. Republican state Sen. Will Kraus' bill would also allow police to question a person's citizenship at traffic stops and makes it a state misdemeanor not to carry proper citizenship documentation. More

California budget advisor: Tax hikes won't stop school cuts
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Public school funds will probably be cut this year even if voters approve Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed tax hikes in November, the state's top budget advisor said. That analysis undercuts a central premise of Brown's new budget plan: that his tax hikes would save schools from billions of dollars in reductions. More

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Indiana school voucher law upheld, ruled constitutional
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A judge upheld Indiana's school voucher law, rejecting opponents' arguments that the largest such program in the nation unconstitutionally uses public money to support religion. Marion Superior Court Judge Michael Keele said the School Choice Scholarship program doesn't violate the state constitution because the state isn't directly funding parochial schools. Instead, it gives scholarship vouchers to parents, who can choose where to use them. More

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Watch 'The Balancing Act' for classroom creativity tips
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Missed NAESP President Rob Monson's appearance today on Lifetime Network's "The Balancing Act?" Tune in anytime on our website to hear his segment on infusing creativity into the classroom. NAESP has teamed with "The Balancing Act" for the show's Parent Teacher Corner segment, which provides information for parents about how to help their children succeed in school. More

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