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Ousted principals quickly find new education jobs
The Associated Press via Seattle Post Intelligencer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After Red Lake High School was labeled one of Minnesota's worst schools, its board moved quickly to dismiss the principal. It didn't take long for Ev Arnold to land on his feet, though: The same district now pays him the identical salary to oversee the school's turnaround. Arnold's situation is typical for principals in several states who were removed last summer under the federal School Improvement Grant program, intended to reform the nation's worst schools. The most popular way for schools to qualify for a slice of the $3 billion available was pick a reform plan that called for replacing what was considered failed leadership — but many of those principals are still running schools. More



Focus on how students perform, not on mere process of teaching
The Boston Globe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nearly 20 years of successful standards-based education reform in Massachusetts has proved the wisdom of focusing on what students learn rather than on how teachers teach. Unfortunately, a report that the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education received from the Task Force on Educator Evaluation turns this principle on its head, focusing primarily on how teachers teach and relegating student achievement to a secondary role. More



Civil War Trust unveils curriculum pegged to conflict's anniversary
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A leading battlefield preservation organization, the Civil War Trust, unveiled a free set of lesson plans and supplementary materials, with an emphasis on promoting critical-thinking skills and tapping into a wealth of primary sources, including period documents, photographs and maps. The curriculum is designed to be presented over a two-week period, and is supplied at three different skill levels appropriate to elementary, middle and high school. It features nine learning goals that allow students to "explore the causes and effects of the Civil War on political, economic, military and cultural levels." More

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Fitness: Students need boost to stay in shape
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Given the choice, a majority of California students are opting for a couch based on the results of the state's annual physical fitness test. More than two-thirds of the 1.32 million fifth-, seventh- and ninth-grade students tested didn't have the strength, stamina and flexibility required to pass all six fitness categories on the 2010 Fitnessgram administered last spring. More

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In fight for space, educator takes on charter chain
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Joel I. Klein, the former schools chancellor, are strong supporters of charter schools. Bloomberg and Klein have repeatedly told principals at New York City's traditional public schools that a new age of reform has dawned, that charter schools are the cutting edge and that if these principals want traditional public schools to survive, they must learn to compete in the educational marketplace. More

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Survey: Teachers want more access to technology, collaboration
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The second part of a national survey on college and career readiness and the challenges facing U.S. teachers reveals that educators consider the ability to differentiate instruction for their students as essential for students' success—and more access to technology will help them do this, they say. More

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Study: Cheaters might be fooling themselves
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Research on cheating has long focused on what motivates students to cheat and on how schools can prevent it. A growing body of research suggests that while cheaters are trying to beat the system, they're also engaging in a potentially destructive bit of self-deception, inflating their own estimates of how they'll do in the future — even if they can't cheat. In new findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from Harvard Business School and Duke University find that one of the hidden costs of cheating is that it can deceive cheaters into thinking that their higher scores are actually a sign of intelligence. More



Budget cuts hitting deeper in districts nationwide
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Even in the midst of an economic downturn, there were some programs that Superintendent Robert P. Grimesey believed his district in Orange County, Va., would never have to cut. But over the past two years, those programs have fallen by the wayside. More

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Unions strike back at anti-labor legislation
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Besieged by state proposals to eviscerate collective bargaining, eliminate teacher tenure and make it harder to collect dues, teachers' unions are fighting back. Lawsuits supported by local union affiliates have for now blocked anti-union legislation in Alabama and Wisconsin. Unions are drawing on membership networks, email "blasts," and phone banks to mobilize teachers and connect them to local politicians. Rallies and demonstrations, meanwhile, have kept the issue in the minds of the public. More


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Wyoming principals: Pilot program improves behavior
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The line of children snaked out the door Friday afternoon, each waiting his or her turn to choose a prize from the "refocus room." The principal's office is still the destination for students who severely misbehave. But for 15 schools, the refocus room handles many of the daily problems. The number of office referrals moderately decreased in the pilot schools and increased in nonparticipating schools. Principals and teachers said the refocus room improved the culture of their schools. More

Virginia's new media guidelines, math requirements and vouchers
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Virginia's school board unanimously approved a set of guidelines outlining appropriate electronic communication between teachers and students. The measure is much less restrictive than a draft prepared in November that would have recommended local school boards to bar teachers from communicating with students through texts, social networking or online gaming. Under the initial draft, school employees would only be allowed to contact students electronically through official school platforms such as classroom websites and Blackboard. Those restrictions are lifted in the new measure. More

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Tennessee legislature passes bill changing teacher tenure rules
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A bill to make it more difficult for Tennessee teachers to get tenure passed the state House, following passage by the Senate earlier this month. The bill, pushed by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, requires teachers to work five years, instead of three, to achieve tenure. It also creates an evaluation procedure that could lead to revoking tenure based on poor job performance. The two chambers must now agree on some minor changes before the bill goes to the governor's desk, where it is expected to be signed into law. More

Gov. Scott signs Florida teacher pay, tenure bill
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott went to a privately operated charter school in Jacksonville to sign into law far-reaching but divisive legislation that will create merit pay for teachers and end tenure for new hires. His signature on Senate Bill 736 marked the first law enacted by the new Republican governor. Former Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed a similar but more rigid bill last year after widespread protests by teachers and other opponents including many local school officials. More

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Economy hampers hiring in education
The Coloradoan    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
According to statistics from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, jobs in elementary teaching are expected to rise 2.8 percent by the year 2012 in Loveland and Fort Collins,Colo. Jobs in postsecondary education are expected to rise 3.8 percent by 2012. But as we all know, statistics can sometimes lie. With state and local budget cuts on the horizon, local school districts don't plan to hire as many teachers as they would like. More

Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell vetoes physical education bill
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Gov. Robert F. McDonnell vetoed a bill requiring all elementary and middle school students in the state to participate in at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week, describing the proposal as an unfunded mandate on Virginia's schools. His decision followed weeks of lobbying by school officials, particularly in populous Northern Virginia, who argued that the requirement could extend the school day, lead to cuts in arts and music classes and cost millions of dollars to hire new teachers. More

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NAESP Central in Tampa, Fla., — books, signings, membership and prizes
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You can be a big winner at the NAESP Annual Convention & Exposition. Just visit NAESP Central in the Exhibit Hall to purchase the latest books by our featured speakers and get them signed, learn about the new E-Learning Center and other benefits, and update your membership. Hourly drawings for great prizes, including exhibitor products and gift cards, will be held in the booth from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9. Be sure you're there! More

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Make your opinion known in Congress
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With the federal budget still in flux and major issues being decided, now is the time to raise your voice. The NAESP Legislative Action Center is a members-only service that allows you to express your opinion directly to your congressional representative and senators. It includes a video tutorial and detailed instructions. More

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