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President Obama to urge reform of 'No Child Left Behind'
POLITICO    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
President Barack Obama will renew his push to overhaul the nearly decade-old federal education law, calling on Congress to finish a rewrite of No Child Left Behind by the start of the next school year. Pushing an issue that administration views as ripe for bipartisan cooperation, Obama will use a visit to an Arlington, Va., school to praise the efforts by Republican and Democratic lawmakers to fix the law and outline his own priorities, top administration officials said. More

Wisconsin Democrats say down but not out in union fight
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Scott Walker, Wisconsin's newly elected Republican governor, won his battle to get the curbs he backed on public-sector unions approved by the state legislature and signed into law. But the Democratic Party and organized labor, which opposed the bill, show signs of being energized by the setback, which up-ends more than 50 years of collective bargaining by nurses, highway workers, nurses and other Wisconsin public employees. More

Budget cuts raise questions about federal commitment to literacy
Education Week (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
The elimination of most federal aid for literacy programs at the U.S. Department of Education is raising new questions about the future of the federal commitment to promoting literacy, a role that's had a bumpy ride in recent years. Even though some of the more than $350 million in cuts to those programs this month could be reversed, as Congress and the White House wrangle over the budget, some education advocates say the Obama administration doesn't seem to treat the issue as a high priority. The president himself has devoted far more public attention to the so-called STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. More

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Comprehensive health education in childcare programs includes teaching children health-related skills. Young children learn health skills from adults and through the contexts of daily routines, play and observation. Childcare providers model health skills for children when they choose healthy foods, wash their hands, brush their teeth, exercise and engage in other health-promoting daily activities. More

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Georgia board vote: Local districts will decide math curriculum
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The Georgia Board of Education approved a plan to allow local school districts to drop integrated math for struggling students and adopt a traditional approach to instruction. The vote comes after more than 80,000 students statewide — 41 percent — failed end-of-course tests in Math I and Math II. The state Board of Education voted 10-1 in favor of offering districts the flexibility to choose between integrated, traditional or both paths to teaching math. More


Making kids work on goals
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In a recent study in the Journal of Applied Psychology, college students who completed an intensive written exercise identifying their goals and mapping out steps to reach them posted a significant increase in grades and credits earned, compared with other students. Yet a majority of U.S. students lack faith in their ability to reach their goals, according to a nationally representative survey of 642 students last year. Although children begin to form their ideas about what they can and can't achieve by age 7 or 8, a Gallup study found that only 42 percent of students ages 10 to 18 say they are energetically pursuing their goals. And only 35 percent strongly believe they can find ways around obstacles to their goals. More

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What's your data integration strategy?
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As districts collect increasing amounts of information on their students, from assessment scores to attendance records, many are finding new and better ways to use the information to catapult student achievement. They are implementing solutions such as data warehouses and data dashboards, electronic tools for storing, viewing and analyzing data, which provide immediate updates on everything relevant to their students and adjusting instruction accordingly. More

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Device helps elementary teachers draw students' participation
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With a device no larger than a remote control, teachers are able to obtain instantaneous student feedback, lesson comprehension and are able to get even the shyest of students to participate in classroom activities at Gulf Elementary School in Cape Coral, Fla. For five years, Gulf Elementary has used a student response system known as Qwizdom. Each student has a hand-held remote which he or she uses to answer multiple-choice teacher-designed questions displayed on a Smartboard. The students' results are sent electronically and instantly to the teacher's hand-held remote so he or she can quickly analyze student performance, trouble areas and strengths. More

Obamas focus on anti-bullying efforts
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President Barack Obama poked fun at his own big ears and funny name, but all in the service of a serious subject as he and Michelle Obama opened a White House conference to spur anti-bullying efforts in schools and communities nationwide. "If there's one goal of this conference, it's to dispel the myth that bullying is just a harmless rite of passage or an inevitable part of growing up," Obama told about 150 students, parents, teachers and advocates of prevention measures. More

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School recess requirement moves ahead in Colorado
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Elementary schools are a step closer to new recess or physical activity requirements after the Colorado Senate gave initial approval to the proposed mandate. The bill requires full-day students in elementary school to have 30 minutes of physical activity during each school day. Schools wouldn't be allowed to substitute recess for physical education classes. More

Baltimore school's prayer service called improper
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A Baltimore principal's decision to use prayer in preparation for recent statewide tests is drawing criticism as improperly mixing religion and public education. In a prepared statement, the school system said that, "while we as a district understand that prayer plays an important role for many in our school is not appropriate for public institutions of education to promote any particular religious practice." More


Minnesota teacher-licensing law's impact unknown
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Professionals have a new pathway to become Minnesota teachers, but no one knows how many will take the new route. A bill designed to lure math and science professionals, in particular, into the state schools became law as Gov. Mark Dayton signed it alongside lawmakers from both parties. He predicted districts that will be able to best use the law include those in low-income rural areas that have trouble attracting teachers in some subjects. More

Robert Bobb's new plan for DPS: Turn 41 struggling schools
into charters

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Detroit Public Schools emergency financial manager Robert Bobb announced a radical restructuring plan for the struggling school system that he says would save the district millions of dollars by converting 41 poorly performing schools into DPS-authorized charter schools. Based on a similar plan in post-Katrina New Orleans, the Renaissance Plan 2012 would lease the buildings and equipment to charter operators, who would run the buildings as public school academies in the fall. More

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New Mexico Senate OKs teacher/principal evaluation plan
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Teachers would be evaluated based on the achievement of their students under a New Mexico Senate-passed proposal that lays the groundwork for merit pay for educators. The legislation is part of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's plan for improving New Mexico's public schools. In some instances, at least 40 percent of a teacher's evaluation will be based on "student academic growth" as measured by standards-based assessments. Other factors for assessing a teacher will include surveys of students and parents. Principals will be evaluated on their school's achievement and improvement. More

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Only a few more days to apply for ASCA Honor Council
Excellence Award

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The ASCA Honor Council Excellence Award recognizes student councils for outstanding participation in the following areas: community service, student leadership, citizenship and school spirit. All schools that complete an application receive a certificate, and participating schools will be announced on the NAESP website. Applications must be postmarked by March 21! More


Discover the new Green School Pavilion at this year's annual convention in Tampa, Fla.!
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The Green School Pavilion is an exciting new feature at this year's Annual Convention. The pavilion will address the possibility for "greening" schools from many different entry points and different readiness levels. Representatives from a variety of non-profit organizations will be on hand to answer questions, present ideas, and provide strategies for making green changes in both small steps and big strokes. The Green School Pavilion is an opportunity for Principals to explore Green options in a way that meets their interest, readiness and ability to change the way their school operates. More




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