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How districts are transitioning to digital content
eSchool News
As a concept, using digital content in the classroom is nothing new. But making the leap from using traditional print textbooks to fully integrating digital content in the classroom can be intimidating. During a webinar sponsored by the State Educational Technology Directors Association, some experienced digital content advocates shared how they implemented changes in their schools and districts.
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More than 50 years of putting kids' creativity to the test
NPR
Let's start with a question from a standardized test: "How would the world be different if we all had a third eye in the back of our heads?" It's not a typical standardized question, but as part of the Next Generation Creativity Survey, it's used to help measure creativity a bit like an IQ test measures intelligence. And it's not the only creativity test out there. So why bother measuring creativity? James Catterall, a psychologist and director of the Centers for Research on Creativity in Los Angeles, says the simple answer is that if society, business and education demands it, then we need to know when it's happening; otherwise, we're just guessing when it's there.
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Financial literacy standards rolled out for K-12
Education Week
Recognizing the need for kids to be smarter about how they manage their money, the Council on Economic Education released the National Standards for Financial Literacy for K-12 education. Developed by economists, education specialists at Federal Reserve banks, and financial education researchers, the benchmarks are intended to provide a framework of essential knowledge that fourth-, eighth- and 12th-graders should master to be savvy financial consumers.
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Creative classes: An artful approach to improving performance
NPR
Over the years, there have been a lot of claims about the benefits of the arts on the mind: Listening to Mozart makes you smarter; playing an instrument makes you better at math. One program — funded in part by the federal government — is putting these theories to the test.
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Education, STEM receive boost in federal budget proposal
eSchool News
The U.S. Department of Education would see a 4.6 percent boost in discretionary funding, to $71.2 billion, under President Barack Obama's proposed 2014 budget, which focuses on STEM education and emphasizes early education in a proposed partnership with states that would ensure access to high-quality preschools for 4-year-olds. The budget proposes a "major reorganization effort" that would see ED partner with the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies to boost the impact of STEM education investments.
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Finally, science is getting the attention it deserves in schools
TakePart (commentary)
President Barack Obama isn't letting up on his mission for more STEM education in the United States. Science, technology, engineering, and math have been on Obama's radar since he first ran for president in 2008. In his budget, the president once again highlighted those academic areas with the inclusion of several new STEM education programs.
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Don't plan for technology; plan for learning
eSchool News
You never know how someone will react when you suggest that they junk their title and replace it with a new one that leads to a different focus of work — not to mention the confusion this could cause across the faculty, or the possible political tension it might generate.
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Focusing Web searches for K-12 students
THE Journal
Today's K-12 students have a plethora of information at their fingertips — a phenomenon that presents a double-edged sword for educators who want to give pupils access to the information superhighway in a safe, age-appropriate manner. Forsyth County Schools of Cumming, Ga., tries to strike that balance by using an educational search tool designed for schools.
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National Park Week — Did you know?
ED.gov Blog (commentary)
Did you know that each year in April, America celebrates National Park Week, a chance to hike, learn, share and give back in the Nation’s nearly 400 National Parks coast-to-coast? National Park Week is a chance for educators to get active and experience the powerful content knowledge, values and skills embodied by our Nation’s remarkable cultural, natural and recreational heritage.
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To improve school climate, examine recess
Edutopia (commentary)
As we look at ways to create environments that allow teaching and learning to thrive, it's time to take a long, hard look at the critical role of recess in our schools. Recess has the potential to transform schools, and groups are finally speaking out about the powerful role it has in the school day, including the American Academy of Pediatrics which, earlier this year, released a policy statement to this effect.
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Fund early education with tobacco taxes: An interesting long shot
The Atlantic (commentary)
President Barack Obama's budget request includes a proposed steep hike in tobacco taxes to help pay for expanded early childhood education programs. As a demographic group to tax, smokers make an easy target. And it's tough to argue that more families shouldn't have access to affordable, high-quality early education options for their children. But the president's proposal to raise the tobacco tax by 94 cents per pack remains a long shot.
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School shooting simulations become more realistic after Sandy Hook
The Buffalo News
Students with fake wounds. Police with plastic guns. Pretend gunmen. Schools districts preparing for the worst-case scenario aren't just practicing lockdown drills and evacuations. Some are turning to an even more specific scenario — a shooter on the loose. And administrators must decide how much involvement students should have in drills that mimic tragedies like those at Sandy Hook Elementary School and Columbine High School.
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Framing the school technology dream
Education Week
For more than a century, educational technology ads have glistened with hope. Newly invented devices from the typewriter to film projectors, from the overhead projector to instructional television, from the Apple IIe to the iPad, have painted pictures of engaged students who will learn more, faster and better. They have pictured teachers using new technologies to teach effectively. Of course, it is the nature of advertising to promise a rosier future, appealing to what policymakers, administrators, and, yes, parents yearn for ... a better, easier and even enjoyable way for teachers and students to teach and learn.
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Finally, science is getting the attention it deserves in schools
TakePart (commentary)
President Barack Obama isn't letting up on his mission for more STEM education in the United States. Science, technology, engineering and math have been on Obama’s radar since he first ran for president in 2008.

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Bill Gates: A fairer way to evaluate teachers
The Washington Post (commentary)
Tom Brady may be the best quarterback in football, but he is also infamously, hilariously slow. YouTube videos of his 40-yard dash have gotten many thousands of hits from sports fans looking for a good laugh.

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Survey finds rising job frustration among principals
Education Week
A new national survey finds that three out of four K-12 public school principals, regardless of the types of schools they work in, believe the job has become "too complex," and about a third say they are likely to go into a different occupation within next five years.

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Senators to Arne Duncan: Stop flat-funding key K-12 programs
Education Week
The Obama administration has been a big fan of using competitive grants to drive its agenda on everything from teacher quality to standards to "personalized learning," much to the chagrin of some advocates for school districts. So far, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have resisted that strategy. But Democrats in the U.S. Senate have continued to finance the administration's favorite competitive-grant programs, such as Race to the Top, although not always at the level the administration has sought.
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Statement of US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan — FY 2014 budget request
U.S. Department of Education
Arne Duncan, secretary of Department of Education, writes: "Good morning Mr. Chairman and Members of the Subcommittee. I'm pleased to be here today to talk with you about President Obama's priorities and plans for the Department of Education. I'm happy we were able to submit the President's 2014 Budget to the Congress last week, and to have this opportunity to talk with you today about some of the President's major proposals. I want to begin by expressing my appreciation to Chairman Harkin and others on this Subcommittee for your support over the past 4 years in making critical investments in our schools and our students. I am happy to report today that while we clearly have further to go, those investments are beginning to pay off."
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A Missouri school trains its teachers to carry guns, and most parents approve
The New York Times
At 8:30 on a cloudy, frigid morning, the superintendent of school strolled through the glass doors of the local newspaper office to deliver a news release. Hours later, the content of that release produced a front-page headline in The West Plains Daily Quill that caught residents off guard: "At Fairview School Some Employees Now Carry Concealed Weapons." That was how most parents of Fairview, Mo., students learned that the school had trained some of its staff members to carry weapons, and the reaction was loud — and mostly gleeful.
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Evaluating teachers on kids they've never even net? Yes, this happens
TakePart
The battle over controversial teacher evaluations is headed to federal court. The National Education Association and the Florida Education Association filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Florida and three local school boards. It challenges the evaluation of teachers based on standardized test scores of students they don’t teach or based on subjects they don't teach.
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Bill strips Texas Board of Education of its charter school authority
The Associated Press via Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The Texas Board of Education disapproved of the proposal approved by the Texas Senate that strips the body of its power to authorize new charter schools and gives it to the state commissioner of education. The Senate Bill 2 expands the maximum number of charter schools authorized to operate statewide, raising the current cap of 215 to 305 by September 2019.
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Schools may have to share principals
The Morning Call
When Erika Mendoza sends her son to school every morning, she knows there's a chance older kids will be fighting later that afternoon in the alley behind the playground. In February, a 16-year old was charged with chasing other teens through school grounds with a machete. On another occasion, teens were throwing bricks, Mendoza said. Mendoza still feels the school is secure because Principal Richard Kern is there to call police or make a split-second decision to put the school into lockdown if necessary.
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Recognize student excellence with the President's Education Awards
NAESP
Celebrate achievement in your school with the President’s Education Awards Program. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with NAESP and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, PEAP offers principals a way to recognize and honor students' dedication to learning. Each award includes an embossed certificate signed by President Barack Obama, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and you.
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Make an impact on Principal — become an editorial advisor
NAESP
NAESP is seeking candidates for its editorial advisor board. Editorial advisors provide feedback on the magazine, write book reviews, suggest themes or articles, and contribute to conference news. Editorial advisors are asked to make a three-year commitment. If you are a current principal and interested in becoming an editorial advisor, the deadline to apply is May 31.
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