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Survey: 1 in 6 US students age 12 are victims of dating violence
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U.S. middle School students age 12 have experienced alarming rates of physical violence at the hands of a romantic partner, including being shoved, grabbed, hit or kicked, a survey showed. Nearly 1 in 6 of 1,430 students surveyed, most of whom were just 12 years old, said they had experienced physical dating violence in the past six months, while more than one in three had witnessed such violence among their peers. Moreover, nearly a quarter said they had a friend who was violent to their partner, and a similar proportion strongly disagreed that hitting their girlfriend or boyfriend would lead to a break-up. More

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Researchers: Too much homework can lower test scores
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Piling on the homework doesn't help kids do better in school. In fact, it can lower their test scores. That's the conclusion of a group of Australian researchers, who have taken the aggregate results of several recent studies investigating the relationship between time spent on homework and students' academic performance. More



Arts involvement narrows student achievement gap
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Students from the lower end of the socioeconomic ladder tend to do less well in school than those from more upscale families. But newly published research identifies one sub-group of these youngsters who tend to exceed expectations: those who participate heavily in the arts. "At-risk teenagers or young adults with a history of intensive arts experiences show achievement levels closer to, and in some cases exceeding, the levels shown by the general population studied," a team of scholars writes in a new National Endowment for the Arts Research Report. More

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Voters see science education as priority, give schools middling grade
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The vast majority of American voters believe improving the quality of science instruction is "extremely" or "very" important to the nation's ability to compete globally, but a majority grade the quality of such instruction as a "C" or below in this country, according to new survey data. In fact, even when asked about their local schools (a question that generally tends to produce a more optimistic view of educational quality), only 3 percent of registered voters surveyed gave them an "A" for the quality of science teaching. More

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Amidst a mobile revolution in schools, will old teaching tactics work?
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Just a few years ago, the idea of using a mobile phone as a legitimate learning tool in school seemed far-fetched, if not downright blasphemous. Kids were either prohibited from bringing their phones to school, or at the very least told to shut it off during school hours. But these days, it's not unusual to hear a teacher say, "Class, turn on your cell. It's time to work." Harvard professor Chris Dede has been working in the field of education technology for decades, and is astonished at how quickly mobile devices are penetrating in schools. More

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Speak up? Raise your hand? That may no longer be necessary
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When sororities elect officers, this is how they typically conduct voting: Members write names on paper slips, which are then folded, collected, unfolded and counted. And if there are runoffs? Repeat process. When you're electing 13 officers, the evening becomes a triumph of sisterly dedication over marathon tedium. The sound of this venerable tradition crumbling? Click. More

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How to deal with kids' math anxiety
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In children with math anxiety, seeing numbers on a page stimulates the same part of the brain that would respond if they spotted a slithering snake or a creeping spider — math is that scary. Brain scans of these children also show that when they're in the grip of math anxiety, activity is reduced in the information-processing and reasoning areas of their brains — exactly the regions that should be working hard to figure out the problems in front of them. More

How important is music education in schools?
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Millions of children in schools enjoy music each day by singing a song during circle time, learning to play an instrument or singing a part in a chorus. Every year in March, musicians and music educators celebrate Music in Our Schools Month sponsored by the National Association for Music Education. Music In Our Schools Month celebrates all the benefits of having quality music education programs in schools and encourages districts to maintain such programs at a time when many face tough budgetary constraints. More

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Leading in the digital age
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How current and aspiring school leaders and teachers are using ICT for teaching and learning, professional development and networking is the subject of a new survey. Principals Australia Institute said its "Lead Learn 2012" survey of educators will examine the ways in which they currently use ICT, their general approach and their attitudes towards current professional supports in the area. Connected to this, the online survey will look at professional development and networking facilitated by ICT, and how that sits alongside career aspirations. More

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Bringing up an e-reader
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Julianna Huth, a second-grader at Green Primary School, in Green, Ohio, is a convert to the digital word. The 8-year-old uses both an iPad and a Nook, and she enjoys e-books at home and at school. "It's just cool that you can read on your iPad," said Julianna, who started using e-books when she was 6. "It's more fun and you learn more from it." Children would say that. Books on iPads and some e-readers like the Nook Color or the Kindle Fire are fun. They include music, animation and other interactive elements that make reading a book feel like playing a video game. More

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Educational games that make you sweat
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If kids are sweaty when they're done playing the educational game Monkey Jump, the game creators will be happy. Sara DeWitt, vice president of PBS Kids, and Drew Davidson, director of Carnegie Mellons' Entertainment Technology Center, say games using motion sensors to give kids a workout while they learn is one of the next big trends in game-based learning for kids. "This is the first time I've seen kids finish playing a game sweating and asking for water," DeWitt said, describing watching a playtest session of Monkey Jump at her SXSW presentation. The mix of exercise and educational content is a powerful combination for kids learning simple math or language skills. More

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NCLB waivers for districts no easy sell with states
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Even as school districts across the country clamor for flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act, state education chiefs have a clear message for U.S. Secretary of Education Secretary Arne Duncan: Any decision to seek a federal waiver should rest with them, not individual districts. That message, delivered to Duncan at a meeting of the Council of Chief State School Officers, comes as the U.S. Department of Education is considering offering waivers to individual school districts in states that choose not to seek formal flexibility on many of the key provisions of the NCLB law. More

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Federal dysfunction sets stiff challenge for state K-12 chiefs
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With Congress seemingly deadlocked on reauthorizing the main federal K-12 education law, state school leaders feel they are being asked by the federal government to blaze a trail on school improvement and innovation while looking over their shoulders. For the most part, those gathered at the Council of Chief State School Officers' legislative conference last week have gladly stepped into what they see as the power vacuum left by Washington, with praise from federal officials. But the consistent drumbeat that Congress is too paralyzed to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act this year — five years after re-authorization was due — seemed to embody the school chiefs' consternation with federal lawmakers, even as they came to town in part to lobby their elected leaders. More



4 places to find technology funding right now
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Educational funding is a hot topic this year as school districts nationwide scramble to fill budget gaps. The environment puts pressure on technology administrators, CIOs, and principals who are being asked to develop and maintain state-of-the-art facilities that meet the needs of today's tech-savvy learners. More

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Readers: Parents not experienced enough to run failing schools
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It must be exasperating to be a parent whose child is in a "failing" school, with nowhere else to go. But should parents be allowed to take over control of their local schools in cases like this, as some lawmakers are proposing? We recently asked readers: "Florida just narrowly killed a bill that would have allowed parents with kids in failing public schools to take over their local school boards. What do you think of the idea behind the 'Parent Trigger'? Could this ever have merit or be useful? Why or why not?" And though most readers were sympathetic to parents' struggles, none recommend Florida's Parent Trigger idea. More

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Study: Schools should provide 'learning coaches'
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The Iowa school system should provide "learning coaches" for principals and give superintendents the chance to take on instructional duties if it wants to create better school leaders. Those were two of the suggestions coming from a six-year study on school leadership in Iowa. The study, funded by The Wallace Foundation, included recommendations that the school system move away from workshops and seminars for professional development and focus more on job-embedded assistance to education leaders. More



Columbia Elementary School students enjoy 'Breakfast of Champions'
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Twenty-four students from Columbia Elementary School indulged in french toast, fruit, orange juice and milk during their normal first-class period one day. Each month, Columbia Principal Deb Powell makes a "Breakfast of Champions." "Students win the opportunity to be part of Breakfast of Champions when they are caught doing a random act of kindness and given a ticket from their teacher," Powell said. Tickets are put into jars for each grade level outside the office, and Secretary Lori Hunter will draw one ticket per jar on Friday mornings. More

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'7 Habits of Happy Kids' celebrated with a parade
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West Taylor Elementary invaded Grafton High School with the "The 7 Habits of Happy Kids." West Taylor Elementary School Principal Kathy Green marched with faculty and students from their buses to the track behind GHS. Tuned-up and waiting for the West Taylor students was the Grafton High School band, under the direction of Chris Rucker. The parade was organized to celebrate the finishing of a 10-week project by the school. According to Green's staff, Sean Covey's book, "The 7 Habits of Happy Kids," was purchased for every family and staff member. More

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Check out Common Core resources on PD 360
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This month's online professional development topic for NAESP members is the Common Core curriculum. NAESP members get free access to PD 360's wealth of video-based materials and related resources for both individual learning and staff training. Start learning today. More

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NAESP Radio: Helping Teachers Create Dynamic Classrooms
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When renowned fifth-grade teacher Rafe Esquith spoke at the 2012 NAESP National Conference and Expo in Seattle, he brought tears to attendees' eyes. Now, even if you missed the conference, you can listen to his story of passion and perseverance in education. In this edition of NAESP Radio, discover what makes Esquith's classroom so special — and how you can help teachers replicate his success. More
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