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US is urged to raise teachers' status
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To improve its public schools, the United States should raise the status of the teaching profession by recruiting more qualified candidates, training them better and paying them more, according to a new report on comparative educational systems. More

House GOP point man on education to Obama: Don't rush me on 'No Child'
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Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the House Republicans point man on education, has a blunt response to President Obama's aggressive push for Congress to rewrite federal education law by August: Don't rush me. The new chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee sees election-year politics behind Obama's hurry to overhaul the George W. Bush-era No Child Left Behind law, which Congress approved nearly a decade ago. More

Schools use digital tools to customize education
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In today's digital marketplace, students of all ages can create experiences tailored just for them, when students walk into their classrooms and sit at their desks to absorb one-size-fits-all lessons or, if they're lucky, instruction aimed at the high-, mid- or low-level learner. And in many cases, there is little, if any, technology integrated into those lessons. In some pockets around the country, though, educators and schools are turning to technology and different teaching and learning approaches to give students a personalized learning experience that mirrors the customized experiences they take for granted in their lives outside of school. More

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Structured recess is paying off in the classroom
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Recess has taught 5-year-old Kasheem Royster some very important lessons, he said. "No pushing," the kindergartner at Charles Drew Elementary, a public school in West Philadelphia, said. "No arguing." A remarkable thing happened when Drew partnered with a nonprofit group to bring in a full-time recess coach to structure activities for all students in their down time, administrators said. More

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Texas education board challenged on curriculum standards
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The Texas State Board of Education is under increasing bipartisan pressure from the Legislature to take another crack at its new and much-debated social studies curriculum standards. At issue are social studies and history curriculum that amended or watered down the teaching of the civil rights movement, religious freedoms, America's relationship with the United Nations and hundreds of other items. More


Study finds late-hired teachers likely to leave
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Teachers hired after the start of the school year are twice as likely to leave their schools — or the profession altogether — within a year, leading to higher staffing costs for districts that delay their hiring, according to a statewide study of teachers in Michigan. In what is believed to be the first study to connect teacher turnover to the timing of teachers' hiring, researchers from Michigan State University, in East Lansing, and Northwestern University, in Evanston, Ill., used Michigan's state longitudinal personnel database to study 9,306 core academic teachers hired at more than 5,000 schools statewide between 2003-2004 and 2007-2008. More

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How far can schools go in regulating teachers' social-media use?
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Some districts are adding guidelines for using social media, including discouraging teachers from linking to — or, in social-media parlance, "friending" — students on Facebook. But most in the state of Pennsylvania have not, according to Jeffrey Sultanik, a lawyer who has represented dozens of school districts across the region. Sultanik said social-media policies raise legal concerns, including those involving the First Amendment. More

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From hamburgers to penne bolognese: A great divide in school lunches
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There is a world of difference in how districts provide healthy school lunches. One key difference is money — both the income levels of school districts and the cost of lunch programs. Another is the food culture of diverse communities, so to speak, and what kids and their families are used to eating. More

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Kids' musical instruments booming with bacteria
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The musical instruments kids play in school bands and orchestras are traveling denizens of bacteria and fungi, according to a new study. Music education is great for kids, they note, but please, please wash the instruments. More

Reform should create a student-centered education
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Nearly three decades ago, the National Commission on Excellence in Education issued "A Nation at Risk," a compelling report that sounded the alarm on the state of public education in America. Since then, we have spent billions of taxpayer dollars to improve our public schools. Yet American students have fallen behind their international peers in math and science, and our achievement gaps remain. More


Teaching seen as crucial in topping education rankings
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Countries that outpace the U.S. in education employ many different strategies to help their students excel. They do, however, share one: They set high requirements to become a teacher, hold those who become one in high esteem and offer the instructors plenty of support. Education leaders, including U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the nation's largest teacher unions and officials from the highest scoring countries, are meeting in New York to identify the best teaching practices. More

Survey finds strong support for educational technology
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Most educational leaders around the world support technology in education and believe it is increasingly transforming teaching and learning, according to an international survey. The survey revealed that education is transitioning to the new "connected learning" networked economy, which requires technological skills development for increased global competitiveness in education. 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.

School buses give ads a ride
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The look of school buses hasn't changed much over the years, but as states scramble for revenue sources, a growing number are adding something new — advertising for such clients as banks, real estate and insurance agents. Advertising in public school districts has existed for years at school gyms and athletic fields, says New Jersey School Boards Association spokesman Michael Yaple. School buses offer the visibility of daily trips throughout a community — along with the associated sensitivity of the commercial influence on young children. More

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Use your Title I funds at the April NAESP Annual Convention
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If you have Title I funds yet to spend this year, make plans now to attend the NAESP 2011 Annual Convention & Exposition in Tampa, Fla., April 7-10. It's the National Event of the Year for elementary and middle-level principals, offering you a far richer professional development opportunity than you can get anywhere else. You'll be able to customize your experience and learn in varied settings, from large sessions to breakouts and more intimate discussion groups — all in all, a wide range of sessions focused on closing the achievement gap between high and low performing students. More


NAESP responds to Obama's call to 'Fix' No Child Left Behind
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"A great teacher can create and sustain a great classroom, but only a principal can create and sustain a great school," said NAESP Executive Director Gail Connelly, summing up NAESP's reaction to a recent event in which President Barack Obama discussed his administration's priorities for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA, still formally called No Child Left Behind). More




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