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Is America nearing the end of the No Child Left Behind era?
The Atlantic
While the so-called "Every Student Achieves" bipartisan bill still has significant hurdles to clear before passage, it's certainly the closest Congress has come in nearly a decade to an agreement on the controversial education law it seeks to revise. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the 50-year-old federal mechanism for funding the nation's public schools, was due for reauthorization more than eight years ago. No Child Left Behind is the current iteration of that law.
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Ed tech must do more to 'advance equity,' U.S. Secretary of Education says
The Hechinger Report
The U.S. Department of Education unveiled a new education technology developer's guide during the annual ASU+GSV Summit conference here. In remarks at the conference, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan urged developers to consider the needs of disadvantaged students, so that they are not left behind as more schools adopt new tools that advance teaching and learning. "If the technology revolution only happens for families that already have money and education, then it's not really a revolution," Duncan said.
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Determining individualized instruction for students with special needs
By: April Smith (commentary)
We all know that students are different and learning is not one-size-fits-all. Some students need more academic assistance and support than others because of documented physical or cognitive disabilities. To accommodate the variety of special needs present in today's classrooms, schools have created a variety of tiered placements and intervention strategies based on the severity of needed assistance. Two instructional models dominate special education services to be given in the general education classroom: inclusion and pull-out.
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Reading by 3rd grade: Impacts of early education extend beyond classroom
Holland Sentinel
In Michigan, about two in five third-grade students didn't test as proficient in reading in 2013. Research shows that achievement gaps present by third grade only widen as students grow up — making the early years of school the most important ones. But not making the grade on a third grade test can have greater implications far beyond the classroom. Without the proper interventions at a young age, students are less prepared to cope with the demands of school and young adulthood. Leaders from the law enforcement, military, business and nonprofit communities are now pointing to improved early childhood programming as the best solution to combat greater social issues.
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What we talk about when we talk about best practices: Assessment
By: Debra Josephson Abrams (commentary)
In this part of the best practices series, we will examine assessment and the many manifestations it takes. Assessment is not limited to traditional testing. It includes programmatic and student needs analysis, alternative approaches to evaluating learning and student self-reflection. Best practices research indicates that traditional placement tests do learners an injustice.
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Failure is essential to learning
Edutopia (commentary)
Bob Lenz, a contributor for Edutopia, writes: "One of my favorite things to say when doing strategic planning with teachers is that the plan has a 50 percent chance of success and a 100 percent chance of teaching us how to get 'smarter' about delivering on our mission. I love saying this because it conveys an essential truth: Failure is not a bad thing. It is a guaranteed and inevitable part of learning. In any and all endeavors, and especially as a learning organization, we will experience failure, as surely as a toddler will fall while learning to walk."
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Study: Gifted students still at risk of being left behind
The Des Moines Register
It's been more than a decade since the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education released a report suggesting that many students in the upper tier of their classes are just as much in danger of being left behind in school as the students in the bottom tier. An updated version of that report, "A Nation Empowered: Evidence Trumps the Excuses Holding Back America's Brightest Students," documents how 11 years later as many as 5 million students across the nation still are at risk of being too smart for their school's own good.
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How Teachers Should Respond to Bullying
Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer
First, it is important to acknowledge that students rarely bully victims in front of an adult. The chance of a teacher observing bullying is limited. Furthermore, research indicates that only 56% of students report that they have personally observed bullying at school.[1] Therefore, since it is unlikely you will observe a bullying incident first hand, and because so few bullying incidents are reported by students, it is a given fact that children are being bullied at school. The best approach to prevent bullying is to implement a school wide program.
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Definition of 'core subjects' expanded under Senate bipartisan NCLB rewrite
Education Week
The Senate draft of the rewritten No Child Left Behind Act adds writing, music, computer science, technology and physical education to the list of disciplines it defines as "core academic subjects." That shift, buried deep in the 601-page Every Child Achieves Act, which was released yesterday, appears to be something of a response to the years-old debate about NCLB's curriculum-narrowing effect. It was greeted with jubilation at the National Association for Music Education, for instance, which issued a glowing press release noting the inclusion of music in the law's list of core subjects.
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Brain knows how to stop thinking, start learning
Los Angeles Times
Anyone who's ever learned music probably remembers reaching a point when they just played without "thinking" about the notes. It turns out that a little bit of disconnect goes a long way in learning motor tasks, according to a study in the journal Nature Neuroscience. The findings could lend insight into why children learn some tasks faster than adults, and could point toward ways to help adults learn faster and to make classrooms more conducive to learning, according to the authors.
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Report: Most Americans support concepts behind Common Core
THE Journal
Most Americans support the basic concepts behind the Common Core, even if many do not know what the Common Core State Standards are, according to a new survey from the Leadership Conference Education Fund. In a national survey of nearly 1,400 American adults, 97 percent of respondents said students should be able to think critically and apply skills to the real world and 85 percent said the United States should have consistent education standards to raise expectations of students. But 24 percent of those surveyed said they had never heard of the Common Core and less than half, 44 percent, reported knowing some or a lot about the standards.
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Kids may be more likely to use customized playgrounds
Reuters
Specially tailored playgrounds met their goals of increasing kids' use and physical activity, in a new study from the Netherlands. The Richard Krajicek Foundation creates public playgrounds — known as Krajicek playgrounds — in deprived neighborhoods there. Each playground has a unique design based on the needs of the kids who are most likely to use it. Each playground is supervised during the busiest times, and coaches are responsible for organizing activities. Given the positive findings of the new study, researchers say that in underprivileged neighborhoods, adding supervised activities and equipment could increase use of regular playgrounds that are underused and often left deserted.
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Schools becoming the 'last frontier' for hungry kids
USA Today
America's schools are no longer just a place for students to learn their ABCs. They are also increasingly where children eat their three squares. The classroom has become a dining room as more children attending public schools live in poverty. More than half of students in public schools — 51 percent — were in low-income families in 2013, according to a study by the Southern Education Foundation. The number of low-income children in public schools has been persistent and steadily rising over the past several decades. In 1989, 32 percent of children in public schools lived in poverty, the foundation says.
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Is it time to end zero-tolerance policies in schools?
By: Brian Stack (commentary)
A former student from my school recently came back to interview me on zero-tolerance policies for a research paper she was writing for her graduate program. Her questions really got me thinking about the purpose and the effectiveness of this approach in schools. Designed to eradicate students from engaging in certain behaviors, zero-tolerance policies generally call for punishing any infraction of a rule, regardless of the severity or whether the infraction was due to a mistake, ignorance or an extenuating circumstance.
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Shift to anonymous apps creates new school challenges
District Administration Magazine
Parents have taken over Facebook and, to a lesser extent, Twitter. This has sent device-laden students flocking to social media apps such as Instagram, SnapChat and Yik Yak, and the shift has created new challenges for administrators trying to root out cyberbullying and threats of violence. Garnering the most concern in many districts is Yik Yak, a free app created in 2013 that connects users within a 10-mile radius to a message board, and allows anyone to read and post anonymously. The app, meant for college students, is blocked on most K12 campuses thanks to technology called geofencing.
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Well-designed classrooms can boost learning progress in primary school pupils by up to 16 percent in a single year, research reveals
University of Salford via Science Daily
Clear evidence has now been gathered that well-designed primary school classrooms boost children's learning progress in reading, writing and math. Natural light, temperature, air quality, color and individualized classroom design were noted as amongst the biggest physical factors impacting on pupils' learning progress.
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Why strategic tech abandonment is key to moving forward
EdTech Magazine
If you are reading this and are involved in schools today, or in any other walk of life for that matter, the odds are you have gone through a strategic planning process. Sometimes these processes are managed by an external party, but strategic planning has become an everyday part of our culture. Strategic planning first appeared in education publications in 1984, so it's been a key part of schools for over three decades.
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Sens. Alexander, Murray propose bipartisan measure to replace NCLB
The Washington Post
The federal role in local schools would be significantly reduced under a bipartisan proposal by Senate leaders working to replace No Child Left Behind, the country's main education law. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and ranking Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., want to shift decisions about academic standards, whether and how to evaluate teachers, what to do about low-performing schools and other matters to states and local school districts. The 600-page bill rejects the prescriptive nature of No Child Left Behind and the Obama administration's K-12 policies.
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New Education Department guide lists the kinds of tools education tech needs
eSchool News
The Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology has released a new guide for developers, startups and entrepreneurs in the ed-tech space, written with help from educators, researchers and others in the industry. The goal is to help entrepreneurs apply technology to solve real, persistent problems in education. The Ed Tech Developer's Guide: A Primer for Developers, Startups and Entrepreneurs is free, and addresses key questions about the education ecosystem and highlights critical needs and opportunities to develop digital tools and apps for learning.
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What is ESEA?
HomeRoom
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. The law represented a major new commitment by the federal government to "quality and equality" in educating our young people. When President Johnson sent the bill to Congress, he urged that the country, "declare a national goal of full educational opportunity." The purpose of ESEA was to provide additional resources for vulnerable students. ESEA offered new grants to districts serving low-income students, federal grants for textbooks and library books, created special education centers and created scholarships for low-income college students. The law also provided federal grants to state educational agencies to improve the quality of elementary and secondary education.
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Oregon bill would limit school expulsions
The Register-Guard
Oregon elementary schools would be barred from suspending or expelling students for causing repeated disruption or other minor disciplinary problems, under a bill moving through the Legislature. The policy takes aim at disciplinary tactics that schools disproportionally use against minority students and students with disabilities, backers say. The Senate approved Senate Bill 553 on a bipartisan 27-3 vote. It now heads to the House.
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This school groups students by ability, not grade level
eSchool News
It's after lunch in a combined fourth- and fifth-grade class at Walker Elementary School, and students are working on equivalent fractions. Students cluster around teachers in one of three small-group "seminars," then scatter to work independently in the large room, which was once the library. That was before the staff moved out all the books to combine two grade levels in one room — part of an experimental model of instruction now deeply rooted at Walker and hailed by many as the future of education.
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Legal matters: Combating cyberbullying
NAESP
Today, principals face the difficult task of not only protecting students from traditional bullying, but also cyberbullying. Cyberbullying doesn't necessarily occur in school hallways; it often occurs off school property entirely. Thus, one of the most challenging tasks for the modern school administrator is to police cyberbullying that occurs outside of school while not infringing on students' privacy rights.
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2015 Bammy Award nominations are open
NAESP
Principals work every day with great teachers, superintendents, school nurses and other caring school staff and community stakeholders. That's why NAESP is delighted to partner with the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences to celebrate the 2015 Bammy Awards.
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