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How schools are tackling truancy
District Administration Magazine
District leaders across the country are broadening and personalizing their approaches to attendance because the old way of sending truants and their families to court often fails to bring students back to school. "It's important to get to the root of why students aren't coming to school and be able to align the solution with the problem," says Gerry House, president of the Institute for Student Achievement and a former superintendent. "If you take the punitive approach, more than likely you're not going to see any improvement in the attendance."
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5 essential multimedia skills every educator must master
THE Journal
Educators literally have a "world of knowledge and resources" at their fingertips, as one director of curriculum and instructional technology declared in response to THE Journal's national survey. "What better way to learn about the situation in Syria than tweeting #Syria and receiving a tweet from someone there?" But guiding your students in learning new concepts, gaining insights and building their skills requires you to be comfortable with the technologies that can make all of that happen.
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How do you personalize learning at your school?
By: Brian Stack (commentary)
Personalized learning has been one of the hottest trends in education, especially in the past two to three years. A personalized learning system must include flexible learning environments that allow the system to adapt to the individual needs of each learner on an ongoing basis, one with personalized learning paths. Such a system must also maintain accurate individual learner profiles, ones for which students can view their strengths, needs, motivations and goals.
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5 keys to a successful STEM program at your school
eSchool News
Interested in making the jump to STEM learning at your school? Mine was too. As an elementary math magnet school for nearly two decades, Mound School was looking for a way to further incorporate science into the curriculum. After receiving a federal grant from the Magnet Schools Assistance Program, we altered our approach and sought to transition to a STEM curriculum. Now in our first full year of implementation, we have a few suggestions to help other schools replicate our success.
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Bridging the ADHD gap
Edutopia
According to the National Education Association, educational equity means that education should be accessible and fair to any child who wants it. In principle, it's based on the 14th Amendment and the 1954 school desegregation case, Brown v. Board of Education. The aim of that court decision was to fix the ills of an educational system based on segregation and inequity in the funding of schools as it pertained to minority students.
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Chess in schools: bringing the classic mind game to life
Deseret News
The first time children called her "The Chess Lady" in a Seattle school 10 years ago, Wendi Fischer was caught off guard. As she walked in, they started buzzing, and when she asked the teacher what they were saying, it turned out she was a minor celebrity. The children were soon asking for autographs. Fischer gained her notoriety as the public face and executive director of First Move, a Seattle-based nonprofit that teaches chess in schools using video lessons recorded by Fischer and then taught in the classroom by local teachers.
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The 4 C's of 21st century learning for ELLs: Critical thinking
By: Erick Herrmann (commentary)
While all educators want to help students be successful in the future, the world is shrinking quickly, and our society is becoming more global in nature. What have been termed "the four C's" — critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity — are increasingly important skills for all students. In this series, we will explore teaching the four C's to English learners, examining areas of difficulty as well as instructional techniques to help incorporate these skills into instruction and learning.
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Find, keep, cultivate the best teachers
District Administration Magazine
Teacher quality is crucial to the success of schooling, yet the teacher-hiring process is sometimes rushed and ad hoc. A late-summer flurry of activity in which subjective factors — from where a candidate went to high school to how many resumes an exhausted principal has already reviewed — can weigh as heavily as meaningful evidence of academic achievement or instructional effectiveness.
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Common Core, BYOD, assessments among districts' budget priorities
eSchool News
An annual report based on two large-scale surveys of education decision-makers reveals that school technology budgets are growing stronger, school leaders are seeking Common Core-aligned instructional materials, and there is a growing demand for tools that improve teaching and personalized learning. The results come from MDR's State of the K-12 Market 2014 report, conducted by the EdNET Research team. The report seeks to define important trends that will impact U.S. schools in the coming year.
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Increasing food-safety education in schools could reduce foodborne illness in kids
Food Safety News
There's a lack of food-safety education in schools that, if addressed, could help reduce the high rates of foodborne illness among children. Each year, an estimated 48 million Americans contract a foodborne illness, resulting in 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. Vulnerable populations, including children, seniors, pregnant and postpartum women, and those with compromised immune systems, are at greater risk for foodborne illness.
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Benchmarking the road to college
Scholastic Administrator Magazine (commentary)
Mike Lucas, a Scholastic editor, writes: "As a social studies teacher, a reading teacher, and now as a school leader, I've been part of Baltimore's KIPP Ujima Village Academy since it opened in 2002. KIPP Ujima is a public charter school in Maryland that serves kids in fifth through eighth grades, and we've got our eyes on the prize: excellence without exception in every area of our students' lives. We serve just more than 500 students, 99 percent of whom are African-American and 85 percent of whom are eligible for free and reduced-price meals."
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Unexpected tools that are influencing the future of education
MindShift
Some big education issues have been making headlines, including how many and what kind of standardized tests should be used in education, implementation of Common Core State Standards and the Vergara ruling in California challenging teacher tenure. But many educators continue to focus on the more personal issues behind these headlines: how to improve their craft, serve students better, nurture well-rounded, emotionally intelligent students and make educational change in more fundamental ways.
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School budgets for K-12 instructional materials, tech on the rise, survey says
Education Week
An improving economy appears to be freeing up school districts' ability to spend on technology and other tools and resources, including instructional materials, according to a survey of administrators. A quarter of school district officials who responded to a survey said that they expected their instructional budgets to increase during the current school year, up from 16 percent the previous academic year, according to MDR, a market research company that tracks education trends.
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School sports costs leave some students on sidelines
HealthDay News via U.S. World Report News
Many American children can't afford to participate in school sports, a new survey finds. Only 30 percent of students in families with annual household incomes of less than $60,000 played school sports, compared with 51 percent of students in families that earned $60,000 or more a year. The difference may stem from a common practice — charging middle and high schools students a "pay-to-play" fee to take part in sports, according to the researchers.
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House education panel head endorses annual student testing
The Associated Press
The chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee endorsed continuing the federally required annual testing of students under the No Child Left Behind education law. With Congress trying to update the President George W. Bush-era law, debate has centered on the requirement that states test students in reading and math in grades three to eight and again in high school. Some educators and parents say that has created a high-stakes testing environment, and that states and districts should determine testing policy. The House committee chairman, Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., said he believes the annual results help parents and policymakers know where students stand.
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How much political juice does the Education Department have in NCLB waiver renewals?
Education Week
Congress is moving full steam ahead on a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act that could undo nearly all of the Obama administration's K-12 policy priorities, including state goals for student achievement, dramatic school turnarounds, and evaluating teachers through test scores — and maybe even the tests themselves. But, even the most optimistic prognosticators don't expect the final legislation to make it across the finish line until the summer.
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Oregon among 28 states that expanded state pre-kindergarten, study says
The Oregonian
Oregon followed a national trend by pumping more money into state-funded prekindergarten this year, according to a new study by the Education Commission of the States. But Oregon's 9 percent increase in state funding, bringing total state allocations for prekindergarten to $66 million for the 2014-2015 school year, was a relatively modest increase compared with states including California, South Carolina and Washington.
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ESEA reauthorization debate heats up
NAESP
Congressional leaders and their staffs are working at a furious pace to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as No Child Left Behind, during the beginning of 2015. The process began earlier this month in the Senate with the release of a "discussion draft" bill by the Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.
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Celebrate your student council's accomplishments
NAESP
Recognize your student council's hard work with the American Student Council Association Student Excellence Awards. Since 1987, this prestigious award has honored excellence in leadership, citizenship and community service.
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