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Map: 'How much snow it typically takes to cancel school in the US'
The Atlantic
Weather-related school closings are a constant source of anxiety this time of year. Sometimes the anxiety is generational: "They never canceled school in my day," parents and grandparents complain when a new snow day gets announced. Sometimes it's regional. D.C. isn't as "flinty" as Chicago, President Barack Obama sighed when schools closed during his first winter in the capital. Northerners watched in puzzlement as two inches of snow crippled Atlanta.
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5 big education technology trends worth knowing about
Edudemic
The EDTech industry is yet in its infancy and is expected to grow cumulatively at the rate of 23 percent in the next five years. It is anticipated to be a $255 billion global business in the next 5 years (by 2017) as per GSV Advisors. E-learning is undoubtedly the future of the education industry. While the future is yet to unfold itself, we have a countdown of some interesting tidbits from the year 2013.
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Common science standards slow to catch on in states
Education Week
All 26 states that teamed up to help develop the Next Generation Science Standards committed to seriously consider adopting them. But nine months after the K-12 standards were finalized, only eight of those "lead state partners" have formally signed on, including California, Kentucky, and Maryland. The national pace of adoption contrasts with that for the Common Core State Standards, which were approved in rapid succession by most states in the months after they were finalized. Proponents of the new science standards, however, emphasize that the speed of adoption across the country is on par with what they'd expected.
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How did early education weather the Great Recession?
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama campaigned in 2008 on expanding early childhood education with an infusion of new funding, a vision he championed over the past year with a plan for universal preschool. But throughout his administration, the country has been grappling with economic turmoil. Five years later, what is the state of early education? A new report by the New America Foundation looks at a range of measures including student achievement, family well-being, and funding to see how children from birth through age eight, are faring.
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Some states rebrand controversial Common Core education standards
The Washington Post
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer used an executive order to strip the name "Common Core" from the state's new math and reading standards for public schools. In the Hawkeye State, the same standards are now called "The Iowa Core." And in Florida, lawmakers want to delete "Common Core" from official documents and replace it with the cheerier-sounding "Next Generation Sunshine State Standards." In the face of growing opposition to the Common Core State Standards — a set of K-12 educational guidelines adopted by most of the country — officials in a handful of states are worried that the brand is already tainted. They're keeping the standards but slapping on fresh names they hope will have greater public appeal.
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Report: Longer school day can help Common Core implementation
Education Week
A new report makes the case that a school day that is both longer and "redesigned" is a powerful recipe for helping districts across the nation as they seek to implement the Common Core standards. The point was underscored at a Jan. 31 event to discuss the report and its implications. "The time is now insufficient [in the school day] to do the job that we're asking kids to do," said Paul Reville, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (and a former Massachusetts secretary of education), during the event.
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Math and inquiry: The importance of letting students stumble
MindShift
For subjects like math and foreign language, which are traditionally taught in a linear and highly structured context, using more open-ended inquiry-based models can be challenging. Teachers of these subjects may find it hard to break out of linear teaching style because the assumption is that students can't move to more complicated skills before mastering basic ones. But inquiry learning is based on the premise that, with a little bit of structure and guidance, teachers can support students to ask questions that lead them to learn those same important skills — in ways that are meaningful to them.
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News literacy: Critical thinking skills for the 21st century
Edutopia (commentary)
Peter Adams, senior vice president for educational programs at The News Literacy Project, writes: "Every teacher I've worked with over the last five years recalls two kinds of digital experiences with students. The first I think of as digital native moments, when a student uses a piece of technology with almost eerie intuitiveness. As digital natives, today's teens have grown up with these tools and have assimilated their logic. Young people just seem to understand when to click and drag or copy and paste, and how to move, merge and mix digital elements."
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Are educators passionate about their profession?
Connected Principals Blog (commentary)
Sam LeDeaux, a contributor for Connected Principals Blog, writes: "Educators, do you have to go to work? Or do you get to come to school? There's a BIG difference between the two... I enrolled my 5 year old son into a hip hop dance class. The sessions are held in a sound proof studio with a window that allows parents to observe. It's taught by an 18 year old kid (let's call him Junior), with a high top fade (YES! They're back!), wearing sagging skinny track pants (I still marvel at the fact that skinny anything can sag.) with half his boxers showing. I couldn't hear the instruction, the kids' questions, or Junior's responses to their questions. As an educator myself, I wished I could because I felt myself slipping into observation mode. As I slipped deeper into observation mode, I realized that just like in the classroom, I don't need to focus much on the teacher; I can gather a lot of information from observing the kids."
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10 major technology trends in education
THE Journal
According to the latest data, video for homework is on the rise; mobile computing is "beyond the tipping point"; and most kids don't use traditional computers to connect to the Internet at home. Those are just three of the major trends revealed in the 2013 Speak Up Survey from Project Tomorrow, which CEO Julie Evans revealed at the FETC 2014 conference. The 2013 results represent more than 400,000 surveys from 9,000 schools and 2,700 districts across the country. Respondents included 325,279 students, 32,151 teachers and librarians, 39,986 parents, 4,530 district administrators and, new to this year's survey, 1,346 community members.
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Product focus: Keeping schools safe with the right surveillance system
District Administration Magazine
School administrators know they need to try to stop violence before it happens. Having the proper surveillance equipment can help district leaders keep a watchful eye over students and prevent the wrong people from entering a building. When it comes to surveillance systems, districts have a range of technology from which to choose. Whether it's a set of cameras, video recording systems, management software, or an all-in-one surveillance package, here are some of the latest security products available for districts.
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Students and digital learning: The results are in, and they're not exactly what you think
THE Journal
We live in a data-driven world. Data informs decisions about everything, from which laptop we use to how best to invest for the future. So how, then, do we leverage data to better understand the needs of our students when it comes to learning in our ever-evolving digital environment? Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans has some very specific ideas around what the data reveal about students and how they engage their digital world. Speaking at the FETC 2014 conference in Orlando, Evans told her audience, "I have not presented any of our brand new fall 2013 data before I walked in this room. You are the very first folks to have the opportunity to look at the latest and greatest Speak Up data."
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Education Department awards more testing, teacher-evaluation flexibility
Education Week
The No Child Left Behind Act waiver landscape just got more complicated, as the U.S. Department of Education announced that it has awarded more flexibility in testing and teacher evaluations to five states. The department has offered states testing flexibility — another waiver, in essence — so they can avoid double testing students. That means states won't have to offer their own state tests along with new testing-consortia field assessments during the same year. The department is also offering states a one-year extension, to 2015-2016, for tying personnel decisions to new teacher evaluations.
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FCC says it will double spending on high-speed Internet in schools and libraries
The New York Times
The Federal Communications Commission will double the amount of money it devotes to adding high-speed Internet connections in schools and libraries over the next two years, in an effort to meet President Barack Obama's promise to provide broadband service for an estimated 20 million American students in 15,000 schools, officials said Saturday. Financing for the new spending will come from restructuring the $2.4 billion E-Rate program, which provides money for "advanced telecommunications and information services" using the proceeds of fees paid by telecommunications users. The proportion that goes to broadband service in schools and libraries will increase to $2 billion a year from $1 billion.
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NCLB co-author says he never anticipated federal law would force testing obsession
The Hechinger Report
Rep. George Miller, a leading architect of the No Child Left Behind legislation, says he never anticipated that the landmark education law would ignite the testing obsession that engulfed the nation's schools, leading to what some have charged is a simplistic "drill and kill" approach that subverts real instruction. EdSource sat down with Miller, D-Martinez, for a lengthy and wide-ranging conversation on his accomplishments, philosophy and hopes for the future of public education. The Contra Costa County congressman, who served as chair or ranking minority member of the House Education Committee and the Workforce Committee since 1997, announced earlier this month that after 40 years in the House of Representatives, he would not seek re-election when his current term expires.
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Texas overhauls textbook approval to ease tensions over evolution
NPR
The Texas Board of Education, which has long been an ideological battleground for the teaching of evolution, says it will in determining science and history curricula. Because Texas public schools represent such a large market for textbook publishers, the state has an outsized influence on what is taught in the rest of the country. Science curricula in particular have become a source of tension over the past 30 years amid moves to downplay the teaching of evolution or to include biblically inspired creationism or "intelligent design."
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5 common myths about school administration
eSchool News
It's not always teachers who face criticism in the U.S. Many school administrators say that misconceptions about their career motivations and the position in general still exist today — and many myths have survived for decades.

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How much teachers get paid — State by state
The Washington Post
How much do teachers across the United States get paid? Here is data, state by state, collected from the National Center for Education Statistics by Jon Boeckenstedt, associate vice president at DePaul University in Chicago.

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Kansas study links fitness with academic performance
Lawrence Journal-World
Researchers from two state agencies say they cannot prove definitively that exercise and physical fitness make kids smarter. But results of a new study suggest a strong correlation between children's physical fitness and their performance on reading and math tests. The study, unveiled Thursday during a gym class at Seaman Middle School in Topeka, was based on the Kansas Fitness Information Tracking program, or K-FIT, a joint project by the state Department of Education and Department of Health and Environment, with funding from the private, nonprofit Kansas Health Foundation.
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When is school reform not enough?
Education Week (commentary)
The state of Connecticut, like many others across the country, has received much attention lately for its so-called school reform movement. The movement targets primarily children of color in poor neighborhoods, using low test scores as the justification, and then creates unilateral plans for improvement, as if the children were part of some prewar colonial empire. The millionaires who are sponsoring school reform, in turn, pretend their paternalistic views on "other people's children" are benevolent. Connecticut's most-touted school reform accomplishments boil down to new textbooks, school construction, changes in administrative categories and duties, hiring America's "brightest and best" through Teach For America, hooking teacher evaluations to test scores, and the creation and funding of charter schools. So far, that's what we have.
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Utah school threw out students' lunches because they were in debt
ThinkProgress
A Utah school's child nutrition manager threw out the lunches of about 40 elementary school students after the kids' parents fell behind on payment. Some parents at Uintah Elementary in Salt Lake City say they didn't even realize they were indebted to the school. The school apparently made calls Monday and Tuesday telling some parents that there was a balance on their accounts, and the children of those who had missed the call were the ones whose lunches got thrown out.
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Elementary students learn snowboarding basics in P.E.
Boulder Daily Camera
Students at Lafayette's Pioneer Elementary in Colorado got a taste of snowboarding — without leaving their school — through a new physical education program. Using small boards covered to protect gym floors and equipped with tow lines, students took turns riding and pulling each other around the gym. They also played a snowboard version of Twister to learn how to grab and worked on balance using foam blocks. "I loved it," said fourth-grader Ruby Kovach, who hadn't tried snowboarding before. "It's something different."
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Explore digital safety in tweetchat on Wednesday
NAESP
In honor of Digital Learning Day, NAESP is hosting a tweetchat on digital safety and citizenship on Wednesday, Feb. 5 from 8 to 9 p.m. (Eastern). To help guide the discussion, chat participants are invited to read Sandra Trach's Principal magazine article, "Safe Digital Citizenship" (November/December 2013). Trach, principal of Estabrook Elementary School in Lexington, Massachusetts, will help moderate the #digisafety chat and field questions from participants.
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Dive into Digital Learning Day with top tech articles
NAESP
Join NAESP, more than 50 national organizations, and over 17,000 educators to celebrate Digital Learning Day on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Digital Learning Day is a nationwide celebration of innovative teaching and learning through digital media and technology that engages students and provides them with a rich, personalized, educational experience. To get into a digital mindset, peruse these top articles from Principal magazine on technology issues.
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