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Schools must adapt to innovative changes
eSchool News
It's "back to the future" in education today. Following in the big footsteps of the 19th century educational pioneers who worked to create public schools fit for the new, disruptive Industrial Age, America's most visionary educational leaders are striving to revitalize America's public schools for our new globalized, disruptive Information Age.
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K-12 administrators affirm need to continue E-rate
District Administration Magazine
One hundred percent of K-12 district administrators participating in a national survey responded that Web hosting should remain funded as a Priority One Service within the E-rate program. A Web hosting service provides a means for a school or library to maintain a website on the Internet. In total, more than 400 educational leaders from school districts of all sizes and types responded in 2010 and 2013 to surveys regarding E-rate issues and the Federal Communications Commission's proposal to modernize the E-rate program and strengthen digital learning.
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How to infuse digital literacy throughout the curriculum
Powerful Learning Practice (commentary)
Jennifer Carey, a contributor for Powerful Learning Practice, writes: "So how are we doing on the push to teach 'digital literacy' across the K12 school spectrum? From my perspective as a school-based technology coach and history teacher, I'd say not as well as we might wish — in part because our traditional approach to curriculum and instruction wants to sort everything into its place. Digital literacy is defined as 'the ability to effectively and critically navigate, evaluate, and create information using a range of digital technologies.' Many educational and business professional cite is as a critical 21st century skill. Even so, many schools have struggled to adapt it into their curriculum."
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5 ways to give students more voice and choice
Edutopia (commentary)
Rebecca Alber, a contributor for Edutopia, writes: "The idea of co-constructing knowledge with students can be a scary thing for many of us teachers. The age-old role of teacher as orator, director, sage has been handed down for centuries and most of us grew up as students looking to teachers in this way. It's hard to shake. Co-constructing knowledge means giving up the myself and them role of teacher and students and fully embracing the wonder and journey of us."
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One size does not fit all: The need for variety in learning
MindShift
When you want to improve your physical health, you don't have to eat one specific type of food or exercise in a specific way. Rather, you need an appropriate mix of healthy foods and exercise — no one thing is required. Different types of exercise and foods are in some sense interchangeable. What matters is that you get the appropriate dose. Could this common idea from health translate into the world of education?
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Time management for kids
Psychology Today
Time is a tricky concept — even for us adults. Some days seem to drag on for a year and others fly by in a minute. But understanding time helps kids to use their time well. It's a key part of executive functioning skills such as planning and prioritizing. A sense of time develops over time. Two and three year olds enjoy the predictability of routines but live mostly in the present, their sense of time involves mainly "now or not now," and they have limited ability to wait. Five and six year olds have a clearer understanding of past, present, and future. They can anticipate happy events and have some grasp of "next week" versus "tomorrow" versus "a long time ago." Seven to ten year olds have the arithmetic skills necessary to use clocks and calendars.
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Data: Education's new 'dirty' word
Connected Principals Blog (commentary)
Tom Martellone, a contributor for Connected Principals Blog, writes: "It seems that in some circles, data has come to be one of education's 'dirty' words. I suspect I know why, and unfortunately, it is difficult to convince those people who think that way otherwise. Many professions, such as medicine, law, finance, and even construction use data on a regular basis to inform their work. If you were to go to the doctor's office and get on the scale, the doctor would use that data to draw some conclusions and make some recommendations. The doctor does not only use the scale and the number it gives however. The doctor may also check your cholesterol, your blood pressure, and may make other observations that inform her of what it is you need to do or not do to preserve or improve your health."
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15 spring and summer professional development opportunities
eSchool News
School may last a little longer for some districts than others, depending on how many snow days some parts of the country experienced. But as schools close for the summer, many educators use their "free" time to enroll in professional development to prepare for the next school year. For educators who may be seeking spring or summer PD opportunities in subject areas, Common Core implementation, technology integration, and more, options are plentiful.
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Schools are doling out suspensions 'like Tic Tacs'
The Hechinger Report (commentary)
Tanya E. Coke, a contributor for The Hechinger Report, writes: "As a recent school board member in a racially and economically diverse district, I know there has never been a tougher time for educators. Schools are being asked to raise achievement and meet tougher standards, with fewer resources and diminishing paychecks. But in the midst of worrying about the Common Core and testing metrics, we need also to consider whether an issue too long seen as marginal — school discipline — is hampering our efforts to close the achievement gap."
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CDC: Autism rates soar 30 percent in 2 years
Medical News Today
The number of U.S. children with autism spectrum disorder has soared approximately 30 percent in the past 2 years, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the surveillance summary report, published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers estimate that 1 in 68 children (14.7 per 1,000) now has autism spectrum disorder, compared with 1 in 88 children (11.3 per 1,000) in 2012.
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7 ways to evaluate educational games
eSchool News
As educational gaming moves from a future technology to a practice found in more and more classrooms, educators are recognizing game-based learning's potential to engage students and help them prepare for future learning. By ensuring that games meet certain requirements, educators will find themselves on the path to choosing an impactful game that goes beyond the typical drill-and-practice or end-of-unit reward game.
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Pre-K suspension data prompt focus on intervention
Education Week
New data showing that thousands of children — including a disproportionate number of boys and black children — are suspended from school before reaching kindergarten have researchers and policymakers asking tough questions about pre-K discipline, and highlighting programs that help keep challenging children in preschool. The notion that preschool pupils even face suspension surprised some, including U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who called the data "mind-boggling" at a press event March 21 where he rolled out comprehensive U.S. Department of Education data on a broad range of P-12 indicators, including discipline.
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GOP legislators apparently don't want more money going to poor schools
The Huffington Post
Judges, beware: Your job may be in jeopardy if you try to promote equal education for all students, according to a Center For American Progress report. The provocative new report outlines four cases — in New Jersey, Alaska, Kansas and Washington — where Republican legislators tried to or threatened to punish judges who ordered that the state give more money to disadvantaged districts. In these cases, lawmakers attempted to halt funding for courts, oust specific judges or restrict judicial authority to avoid providing districts with equal financial resources.
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Teen to government: Change your typeface, save millions
CNN
An e. You can write it with one fluid swoop of a pen or one tap of the keyboard. The most commonly used letter in the English dictionary. Simple, right? Now imagine it printed out millions of times on thousands of forms and documents. Then think of how much ink would be needed. OK, so that may have been a first for you, but it came naturally to 14-year-old Suvir Mirchandani when he was trying to think of ways to cut waste and save money at his Pittsburgh-area middle school. It all started as a science fair project. As a neophyte sixth-grader at Dorseyville Middle School, Suvir noticed he was getting a lot more handouts than he did in elementary school.
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15 spring and summer professional development opportunities
eSchool News
School may last a little longer for some districts than others, depending on how many snow days some parts of the country experienced. But as schools close for the summer, many educators use their "free" time to enroll in professional development to prepare for the next school year.

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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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Statewide technology initiatives prove there's strength in numbers
EdTech Magazine
Maine's education leaders have learned several lessons in the 13 years since they launched the Maine Learning Technology Initiative — a one-to-one notebook computer program for seventh- and eighth-grade students statewide. A key one is this: "When you buy in bulk, it's great," says Jeff Mao, the Maine Department of Education's learning technology policy director. "When you buy in superbulk, it's even better." Other states are following Maine's lead by leveraging their collective buying and organizing power to achieve three goals: improve service, reduce costs and extend K–12's market reach.
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The nation's most segregated schools aren't where you'd think they'd be
The Huffington Post
The nation's most segregated schools aren't in the deep south — they're in New York, according to a report by the University of California, Los Angeles' Civil Rights Project. That means that in 2009, black and Latino students in New York "had the highest concentration in intensely-segregated public schools," in which white students made up less than 10 percent of enrollment and "the lowest exposure to white students," wrote John Kucsera, a UCLA researcher, and Gary Orfield, a UCLA professor and the project's director.
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Schools increasingly check students for obesity
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
The Chula Vista school district in California not only measures the academic progress of Marina Beltran's second-grader, it also measures her son's body fat. Every two years, Antonio Beltran, like his classmates, steps on a scale. Trained district personnel also measure his height and then use the two figures to calculate his body mass index, an indicator of body fat. The calculation isn't reported to Beltran or her son, who cannot see the readout on the scale that has a remote display. Instead it's used by the district to collect local data on children's weight.
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NAESP election now open
NAESP
Each year, NAESP members elect a president-elect and zone leaders to serve on the NAESP Board of Directors. The Board is NAESP's governing body, dedicated to leading the Association efficiently and effectively. Eligible members may vote for the president-elect. Eligible voters in Zones 1, 2 and 8 may also vote for a director of their zone.
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Principal magazine explores how to unlock opportunities for students in poverty
NAESP
The March/April issue of NAESP's flagship magazine focuses on leveling the playing field for students in poverty. Explore flipped reading instruction, early education supports, and the difference between generational and situational poverty. Plus, don't miss this issue's features on growth models and best practices for teaching English language learners.
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