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Study: No link between school spending, student achievement
CBS DC
Decades of increased taxpayer spending per student in U.S. public schools has not improved student or school outcomes from that education, and a new study finds that throwing money at the system is simply not tied to academic improvements. The study from the CATO Institute shows that American student performance has remained poor, and has actually declined in mathematics and verbal skills, despite per-student spending tripling nationwide over the same 40-year period.
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Facing race issues in the classroom: How to connect with students
MindShift
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools noticed a troubling trend, one that's common across the country. Although the district's overall performance on standardized tests and other achievement measurements are high, when the data is broken down by race and ethnicity, students of color are being left behind. In the 2012-2013 school year, more than 83 percent of the white high school students in the district passed the end of year tests, but just about 48 percent of the Hispanic students did and only 28 percent of the African-American students passed.
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Common Core has students writing — on just about every subject
The Hechinger Report
In the early elementary school grades, Zachary Davis and his classmates at Belle Chasse Primary School in suburban New Orleans wrote almost entirely from personal experience: describing their ideal vacation, trying to convince readers that a longer school year would be a good (or bad) idea, penning a letter about their adventures during summer break. That all changed this school year. As a fourth-grader, Zachary more rarely writes stories or essays based solely on his experience or imaginative musings anymore. Instead, it's all about citing "textual evidence." "In third grade they would just ask us to, like, describe your dream store. It was easy to me," said Zachary, adding that he enjoys the new challenge.
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Teaching adolescents how to evaluate the quality of online information
Edutopia
An essential part of online research is the ability to critically evaluate information. This includes the ability to read and evaluate its level of accuracy, reliability and bias. When we recently assessed 770 seventh graders in two states to study these areas, the results definitely got our attention.
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Early concerns about e-books' effect on reading comprehension, researchers say
Education Week
Digital devices and online reading materials are flooding U.S. schools, but there are some early reasons to worry whether they are helping children better learn to read. That was the message from a husband-and-wife research team from West Chester University who presented two studies here as part of the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association.
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10 innovative STEAM education apps
eSchool News
It's no secret that the concept of STEM education, which emphasizes the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math, has made its way to the heart of the ongoing education debate. But now, STEAM education is refreshing the STEM model with a curriculum update. Adding the "a" for arts, proponents of STEAM, which is spearheaded by the Rhode Island School of Design, advocate for greater integration of the arts in education. They believe that art and design will have as big an impact on the economy and job market as science and technology have in recent years.
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Confusing math homework? Don't blame the Common Core
The Atlantic (commentary)
Jessica Lahey, a contributor for The Atlantic, writes: "'I hate the Common Core,' the mother of two complained when I told her I write about education. 'What, specifically, do you hate?' I asked. 'The math. It makes no sense! I can't help my kid with his homework and I don't understand the new methods at all.' What I told this mother, and what I wish I could explain to every parent frustrated with the nonsensical math homework coming home in our children's backpacks, is this: The confusing math methodology everyone is complaining about is not part of the Common Core State Standards."
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7 tips for dealing with challenging students
Connected Principals Blog (commentary)
William Parker, a contributor for Connected Principals Blog, writes: "A few years ago, I was talking to a teacher about a student she had volunteered to mentor. The young lady had had a difficult past, and the teacher had confided in me that some of their meetings had been challenging. While I was encouraging her to keep up the good work, at the same time, I wanted to prepare her for the reality of mentoring. 'Don't be surprised,' I said, 'when you are disappointed.' 'That's not very encouraging,' she replied with a perplexed expression. I went on to explain to her how important it is to expect, not be surprised by conflict, and we talked about the actions to keep taking in the face of disappointment."
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The importance of grit in a positive school culture
By: Brian Stack
I recently visited a high school in which every teacher had posted in their classroom a large sign that said "Keep calm and have guts." When I asked students and teachers what this poster meant to each of them, they unanimously said it meant they needed to practice grit and determination. Teachers at this school continually encouraged students to persevere through difficult academic, civic and social situations both in and out of the classroom. It is this fostering of grit, they argued, that would best prepare their students for the real world.
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When are tech tools worth the investment for schools?
The Hechinger Report
An ed-tech discussion at a national conference stalled for 10 minutes while organizers struggled with a high-tech method of figuring out who was in the room. The exercise highlighted new software that has spread to classrooms around the world — and proved a perfect case in point for the discussion, "The Cutting Edge of Technology: Exploring the tradeoffs in schools' early adoption of technology." The discussion took place Friday at the Yale School of Management Education Leadership Conference in New Haven, Conn. It featured two school administrators who have brought mobile software platforms into their schools, and two entrepreneurs who built them.
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What Americans like best about their favorite teachers
The Washington Post (commentary)
Valerie Strauss, a contributor for The Washington Post, writes: "What attribute do Americans find most compelling in the teacher they have identified as having the greatest impact on their lives? I learned the answer recently when I was listening to a speech by Brandon H. Busteed, the executive director of Gallup Education, about public education and what polls show about how Americans view their teachers."
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The 4 components of a DIY professional development toolkit
Edutopia
Education has always been a reflection of broader cultural values. As such, the roles of teachers and students have evolved as our models of education have moved from one iteration to another. Teachers who once traveled to town to instruct a heterogeneous room full of passive learners on matters of rote memorization have come to adopt new roles and philosophies toward learning. As these new models have emerged, educators have been required to hone their skills and adapt to ever changing sets of priorities, needs and expectations.
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How would exascale computing impact K-12?
EdTech Magazine
Calculators revolutionized math education by allowing students to scrap the grunt work of multiplying and dividing so they could focus on higher-order thinking. Then along came the Internet, giving them access to nearly limitless information. Eventually, students may even be able to conduct advanced research studies with just a few keystrokes.
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9 digital citizenship considerations
eSchool News
Discussions about U.S. students' ability to compete in a global economy, and their ability to use skills such as critical thinking and problem solving to succeed in college and the workforce, are commonplace. But central to those discussions is an issue that impacts nearly everything today's tech-centric students do: digital citizenship. While not a new concept or effort, digital citizenship may not be at the forefront of every school leader's mind. But it should be, said Jason Borgen, program director of the Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership in the Santa Cruz County Office of Education in California.
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Research measure also takes subtle jab at Common Core
Education Week
Bipartisan research legislation that's slated to pass the House education committee very soon — and likely the full U.S. House of Representatives — takes aim at the Obama administration's championship of the Common Core State Standards (albeit in an indirect, back-handed, kind of way). The bill is the fairly obscure, politically-low key reauthorization of the Education Sciences Reform Act, aka ESRA, which governs the Institute of Education Sciences, the U.S. Department of Education's independent research arm.
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When are tech tools worth the investment for schools?
The Hechinger Report
An ed-tech discussion at a national conference stalled for 10 minutes while organizers struggled with a high-tech method of figuring out who was in the room.

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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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Principal contract gives superintendent new recruiting tools
StarTribune
Minneapolis principals have approved a new two-year contract that gives Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson a substantially stronger hand in recruiting outside leaders for schools and attracting current ones to hard-to-staff buildings. Under the deal, Johnson is likely to know of principal vacancies sooner, will have up to $10,000 to lure outside principals for vacancies and can offer similar-size incentives to attract principals already on the district payroll to low-performing schools. The money also may be used to counter an outside offer to a Minneapolis principal.
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School districts begin exodus from Common Core
BreitBart
Some local school districts in the United States are making the decision to abandon the Common Core standards and the associated testing, choosing instead higher-level learning standards and curricula, then sharing these with other school districts. As Loren Heal observes at the Heartland Institute, Manchester, N.H., Bradley County, Tenn., and Germantown, Wis., are a few of the school districts that have rejected the Common Core standards. Ann Marie Banfield, Education Liaison at New Hampshire-based Cornerstone Policy Research, said the school board in Manchester "decided to develop local standards because of the numerous parents who attended school board meetings demanding something better."
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Kansas legislature passes education finance bill
The New York Times
Facing a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that funding disparities between school districts violated the State Constitution, Kansas lawmakers agreed late Sunday to direct more money to poorer districts. But the decision to resolve funding gaps across the state was complicated by days of intense battling in Topeka, the capital, over an array of other educational policy questions — whether to finance Common Core academic standards, whether to ease the process for dismissing teachers, and whether to offer tax breaks for families with children in private schools.
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Registration for 2014 NAESP conference now open
NAESP
There's no other event like the NAESP National Conference and Expo, held this year from July 10-12 in Nashville, Tennessee. Only here can you make the contacts, share the ideas and discover the solutions that will inform your entire school year. Don't let it happen without you! Register today.
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NAESP election — Last week to vote
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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