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Study: Lunch after recess prompts kids to eat more fruits, veggies
USA Today
For decades, school lunch ladies have been puzzling over how to get kids to eat their fruits and vegetables. They've tried growing produce on campus and challenging kids to come up with their own recipes. They've even tried paying students to clean their plates. Now a small-scale study in Utah suggests a simpler solution, one that even mom would love: Why not simply move lunchtime so that it falls after recess?
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In practice, IDEA remedies may not be available to all
Disability Scoop
Family income appears to be a major factor influencing whether parents will seek mediation or due process in special education disputes with their child's school district. A nationwide survey of over 500 parents with children on the autism spectrum finds that families earning more than $100,000 a year are significantly more likely to pursue litigation compared to those with incomes that are half that level. The findings published recently in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders may point to fundamental inequities in the special education process, researchers said.
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How integrating arts into other subjects makes learning come alive
MindShift
Art has long been recognized as an important part of a well-rounded education — but when it comes down to setting budget priorities, the arts rarely rise to the top. Many public schools saw their visual, performing and musical arts programs cut completely during the last recession, despite the many studies showing that exposure to the arts can help with academics too. A few schools are taking the research to heart, weaving the arts into everything they do and finding that the approach not only boosts academic achievement but also promotes creativity, self-confidence and school pride.
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How can the US change math education?
eSchool News
Changing the way math content is presented to students and ensuring teachers feel empowered in their math instruction are two important steps to elevating math education in the U.S., according to a panel of educators and experts who gathered for a Discovery Education thought leadership event to launch Discovery's Math Techbook.
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Learning disabilities: An easy way to avoid homework's pitfalls
By: Howard Margolis
Homework creates anxiety, frustration and failure for untold numbers of children with learning disabilities. Conflict ensues among children, parents and teachers. Children's motivation for schoolwork plummets. Confidence disappears as resistance emerges. So, is there a way to assign 15 minutes of homework, four times a week, that can help strengthen struggling readers' word recognition, reading fluency, comprehension, motivation and sense of satisfaction? No miracle solutions exist, but good solutions do.
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Meet the classroom of the future
NPR
The classroom of the future probably won't be led by a robot with arms and legs, but it may be guided by a digital brain. It may look like this: one room, about the size of a basketball court; more than 100 students, all plugged into a laptop; and 15 teachers and teaching assistants. This isn't just the future, it's the sixth grade math class at David Boody Jr. High School in Brooklyn, near Coney Island. Beneath all the human buzz, something other than humans is running the show: algorithms.
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How schools around the country respond to cold temperatures
The Huffington Post
School districts across the U.S. canceled classes as extremely cold temperatures swept the country's northern expanse. To many students in these areas, it was probably no surprise. Low temperatures often lead to school closures, because even without ice or snow making road conditions unsafe, intense cold can make it dangerous simply to get to school.
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5 New Year's resolutions every principal should make
Scholastic Administrator Magazine
Returning from the holiday break is the perfect time for principals to focus on solutions, view challenges as opportunities, and, in collaboration with key stakeholders, create schools that work for kids. It is a great time to develop a shared vision for what teaching and learning could look like in 2015 and beyond. The key to succeeding with any New Year's resolution is consistency and follow-through.
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Link between sleep quality and grades of school-aged children in math and languages
Medical News Today
Making sure school-aged kids get to sleep at a regular hour is often a struggle for parents. But a study by researchers at McGill University and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal suggests it's well worth the effort: the researchers found that a good night's sleep is linked to better performance in math and languages — subjects that are powerful predictors of later learning and academic success. In findings published recently in the journal Sleep Medicine, the researchers reported that "sleep efficiency" is associated with higher academic performance in those key subjects. Sleep efficiency is a gauge of sleep quality that compares the amount of actual sleep time with the total time spent in bed.
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Disruptive children benefit from tailored classroom intervention
New York University via Science Daily
Kindergartners and first graders with high maintenance temperaments showed less disruptive behavior and more active engagement and on-task behavior in the classroom, thanks to a program that helps teachers, parents, and students recognize and adapt to individual differences.
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Kindness: The sometimes-forgotten teaching standard
By: Brian Stack
Teaching kindness doesn't require the financial commitment of a canned curriculum program. Schools don't need to bring in overpriced consultants or start big initiatives. Kindness is something teachers can and should promote each day in their classrooms. Kindness is taking the time to show people that you care. It may be small acts, but those small acts can pay off in big ways.
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A new study suggests that fast food hinders kids' learning
Money Talks News
If your child is not performing well in school, you may want to cut back on fast-food burgers and such. A new study published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics found a link between children's low test scores and the amount of fast food they eat.
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Duncan lays out priorities for education law: Testing, preschool funding, teacher evaluations
The Washington Post
Education Secretary Arne Duncan spelled out his priorities for a new federal education law, calling on Congress to build in funding for preschool, add $1 billion annually in federal aid for schools with the neediest students, and maintain the federal mandate that says states must test students every year in math and reading. Duncan spoke at Seaton Elementary, a high-poverty school in the District's Shaw neighborhood. He was supposed to visit a classroom, but school was delayed by freezing rain and none of the mostly Latino and African American students were present.
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New report details how states fund the education of English language learners
Education Week
A new report from the Education Commission of the States outlines how states pay for the education of English language learners. The report — State funding mechanisms for English language learners — contains a description of the various ELL funding mechanisms, a table showing each state's ELL mechanism and a table showing an even more detailed breakdown of differences among the states in how they pay for supporting English language learners.
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Los Angeles Unified's iPad program plagued by problems early, review says
Los Angeles Times
A $1.3-billion iPads-for-all program in Los Angeles schools was plagued by lack of resources and inadequate planning for how the devices would be used in classrooms and, later, how they would be evaluated, according to a federal review. The U.S. Education Department study found similar problems with a faulty student records system that launched at the beginning of the school year.
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With Common Core, more states sharing test questions
Education Week
When Georgia found that its bank of questions for annual student tests was a bit thin here and there last year, it turned to Kentucky and borrowed a few. That kind of item-sharing agreement is becoming more commonplace now that most states share the same academic standards. Georgia assessment leaders reached out to Kentucky during the 2013-2014 school year because they knew that Kentucky had already begun using its new K-PREP test based on the Common Core. That meant the state had completed the lengthy and expensive process of designing, vetting, and field-testing hundreds of assessment items.
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New coalition launched to help educators address the needs of grieving students
NAESP
Yesterday marked the formal launch of the Coalition to Support Grieving Students, a groundbreaking new collaboration among ten of the leading professional organizations in the K-12 space. NAESP is proud to be one of the Founding Members.
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Walking the walk: 4 effective walkthrough models
NAESP
Principal Kimmie Etheredge writes: "For the past two years, we've been on a mission at Granger Elementary School to increase the effectiveness of our Tier I instruction. Our campus had grown quickly (tripling enrollment in just six years), and we began to observe 'cracks' in our academic foundation. We surveyed our staff to determine proficiencies in fundamental reading and math instructional practices and discovered that our experiences were as varied as the processes of delivery we were observing."
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