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Principals report areas of freedom and constraint in new study
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The Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank based in Washington, has released a report on principal leadership based on in-depth interviews with 30 leaders in two states. The center found that principals felt fairly free to develop teachers' skills through professional development, but felt less free when it came to issues such as hiring, assigning, evaluating and dismissing teachers. More

School districts do homework on funding
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Congress may have been on recess, but teacher associations across the United States worked the phones to get information to their members on the $5 billion in education cuts included in the U.S. House of Representatives budget resolution. Republican lawmakers say the cuts, along with about $61 billion in other cuts on everything from health care to the environment, are necessary to wrangle the nation's spending back under control. The democratic-controlled U.S. Senate and the White House beg to differ, saying the bill is either dead on arrival or will be vetoed — depending on who's speaking — and would cripple the still-fragile economic recovery. More

How technology wires the learning brain
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VideoBrief Children between the ages of eight and 18 spend 11.5 hours a day using technology — whether that's computers, television, mobile phones or video games — and usually more than one at a time. That's a big chunk of their 15 or 16 waking hours. But does that spell doom for the next generation? Not necessarily, according to Dr. Gary Small, a neuroscientist and professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who spoke at the Learning & the Brain Conference. More

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An instructional approach expands its reach
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Response to intervention started out as a way to identify and teach struggling readers and special education students, but it's fast becoming a way to change schooling for all students. More

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Teach kids from plants to plates, chef tells schools
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When Tony Geraci proposed building beehives on public school property, he faced a swarm of angry parents. What if the children get stung? Or worse? But Geraci, the newly hired director of food and nutrition for Baltimore City Public Schools, was more concerned about his "customers," the kids. More


Study: Violent video games may not desensitize children
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A long-standing concern among parents and researchers has been that young people who are exposed to violent video games may become desensitized to violent acts and images, but a new study suggests that may not be the case. Researchers comparing gamers to non-gamers found that in the long run, gamers were just as likely to recall negative images in memory tests and to report the same levels of emotion in reaction to the pictures as the non-gamers. More

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Study shows abnormal brain activity when reading and listening in children with stutters
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Stuttering affects about 1 in every 20 children; most grow out of it, but 1 in 5 continues to struggle. While the particular cause of stuttering is still unknown, previous studies showed reduced activity in brain areas associated with listening, and increased activity in areas involved in speech and movement. In the new study, researchers considered whether irregular activity would also be apparent when stuttering speakers silently read. More

House floats plan to keep government running, scrap K-12 programs
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The House Appropriations Committee has introduced a bill to keep the government afloat for the next two weeks. If the measure is approved by the U.S. Senate and signed by President Barack Obama, it would temporarily avert a shutdown, and give lawmakers a chance to continue negotiations on a bill to finance the government for the rest of fiscal year 2011, which ends on Sept. 30. Under the latest House proposal, just about every program would be funded at fiscal year 2010 levels until March 18, with some notable exceptions, totaling about $4 billion. Some of those notable exceptions include education programs. More

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Volunteers help Wisconsin protesters coordinate efforts
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Harriet Rowan was among the first to join what has become an almost two-week-long rally at the Wisconsin Capitol, and said with the arrival of thousands of others, confusion, misinformation and rumors quickly spread. The University of Wisconsin senior made a spur-of-the-moment decision to coordinate protest efforts, making signs with media talking points and starting a Twitter feed detailing legislative meeting times, union rally locations and details on day-to-day life in the Capitol. Nearly two weeks after the start of massive protests against Gov. Scott Walker's proposal that would strip nearly all public employees of their collective bargaining rights erupted, a network of volunteers has emerged as the skeleton that keeps the daily demonstrations alive. More

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Study shows strong gains by kids who attend pre-kindergarten
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A new Vanderbilt University study found that children who attended Tennessee's public pre-kindergarten gained an average of 82 percent more on early literacy and math skills than comparable children who did not attend. The study released by Vanderbilt's Peabody Research Institute compared the performance of 303 children — pupils randomly admitted to state-funded pre-kindergarten classes in 23 schools and others who applied but were not admitted due to space limits. More


Getting the anti-bullying word out on the streets, in big letters
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Massachusetts' new anti-bullying law requires school districts to partner with law enforcement and community organizations to get tough on bullies. The Anti-Defamation League of New England, which led a statewide coalition to get the law on the books, has launched a new billboard campaign, "Take A Stand Against Bullying," to drive home the message. More

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Arlington Woods' formula for success is simple: Just do it
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A group of teachers, frustrated with a generation of failure at the school, decided two years ago to demand more from every student. The teachers, with their principal's support, crafted and put in place a program they call Project Restore. The educators decided there was no time for slow-moving committees and drawn-out debates. Too many children were on the brink of academic failure, and the stakes for the students and their city were too high. The teachers grasped the need for urgency, and they knew the time to act was now. More

Registration now open for 'Leading for Learning in Culturally Diverse Environments' summer conference
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Co-sponsored by NAESP and the Minnesota Elementary Schools Principals' Association, the BrainSMART "Leading for Learning in Culturally Diverse Environments" summer conference will be held June 15 to 17 at the TIES Education Center in St. Paul, Minn. Led by two foremost brain researchers, the conference provides the insight and skills attendees need to understand and lead highly diverse school communities and develop approaches that educate the whole child — for every child. Registration deadline is May 19. More

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Hall County, Georgia, schools scored 38% higher on state testing after using Lexia Reading web-enabled software. Lexia can dramatically improve your students’ reading skills.

2011 NAESP Annual Convention: Be inspired by the experts in the industry!
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Every day offers something special. Friday you'll be challenged by our General Session speaker, international education expert Sir Ken Robinson, to infuse more creativity into your school. On Friday and Saturday, you'll have dedicated time to tour the latest innovations and products for schools in the Exhibit Hall, including the all-new Green Schools Pavilion. On Sunday you'll be inspired by Vernice Armour, the first female U.S. Marine combat pilot who talks about passion, purpose, and positive thinking in her General Session address. More




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