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More US kids adding Chinese to their ABCs
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In Mandarin immersion teacher Kennis Wong's kindergarten class, her young pupils are making paper masks glued to sticks that they twirl between their palms, showing a different face on each side. With a similar duality, the children at Broadway Elementary in Los Angeles are learning to talk in English and Chinese, and some are becoming trilingual due to a Spanish-speaking parent. More

Public school facilities: New data on condition, funding, impact
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You almost never hear in debates about student achievement and school reform how the condition of school buildings affects a child's ability to learn, but it is a very real issue. A new fact sheet details the condition of school buildings, the level of public funding for facilities and their upkeep and the impact degrading schools has on students and teachers. More

Health education going to schools
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Jackie Gill stood confidently at the front of the classroom, her PowerPoint presentation cued and ready to go with slides of hormones, sperm and fallopian tubes. Confronting nervous students is nothing new for Gill, of the Robert Crown Center for Health Education. The nonprofit organization has offered its "Life Begins" and similar presentations to more than 5 million suburban and Chicago children since it began specializing in puberty and sex education in 1958. Many remember the field trip as a rite of passage. But in an era of cash-strapped school districts, administrators are often unwilling to give up class time or funds to bus students to the center. More

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Schools try group approach to reading
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Once a week, for at least an hour, middle school students at two Denver public schools are working in groups to try a new way of reading. The technique, called collaborative strategic reading, is being tested this year at Merrill Middle School and MLK with about half the students. It's touted as a better way to understand reading — in particular for those learning English and students with learning disabilities. More

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A better way to teach math
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Is it possible to eliminate the bell curve in math class? Imagine if someone at a dinner party casually announced, "I'm illiterate." It would never happen, of course; the shame would be too great. But it's not unusual to hear a successful adult say, "I can't do math." That's because we think of math ability as something we're born with, as if there's a "math gene" that you either inherit or you don't. More


School systems checking funds to keep buses going
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As fuel prices continue to rise, school systems are looking for ways to keep school buses from running on empty. With diesel costs approximately 25 cents more per gallon than the average cost of a gallon of gas, school systems are not only working on ways to conserve until the end of this school year but are also concerned about how continued increases could impact school budgets next year. More

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Barriers to learning
Chicago Tribune (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The current (and ongoing) debate about different "brands" of education reform excludes one key element: When students carry external barriers with them into the classroom, they cannot be effective learners. Teachers' abilities, too, to be effective facilitators of learning are compromised by needing to first overcome student barriers (ranging from mental health issues to family and community stressors to the impacts of a lack of access to preventative health care). Education reform and school reform will not work without adults working together to address the needs that children and young people have and that impede their learning. More

How will Education Secretary Duncan use $700 million in new Race to the Top funds?
Education Week (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In an era of cuts, cuts and more cuts, the Obama administration scored a big victory when it secured $700 million for a new version of Race to the Top in the budget deal that funds the government through September. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is not spilling the details yet as to what the next iteration of this popular competition will look like. More

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Schools of education prepare to adapt training of teachers
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With Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker proposing to cut the state aid to public schools and restrict collective bargaining for public school teachers as part of a plan to close a $3.5 billion state budget deficit, education majors are stepping into a new world in their chosen field. Budget cuts prompted by reduced state aid for schools could lead to teacher layoffs that cause class sizes to balloon — a factor schools of education will have to adapt to as they train the next generation of teachers. More


Schools get creative with nutrition
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A teacher at New Jersey's Amerigo A. Anastasia School, Jessica Alonzo, has proposed students color-code lunch trays so they can learn the most nutritious items in the appropriate proportions. Alonzo will work with the Long Branch School District's food-service provider to make the changes, but she contends that the earlier students are educated about proper nutrition, the better the chances that the lessons will stick. More

Illinois Schools Implement Lexia, Improve

75% of kindergartners in Des Plaines, IL elementary school had no letter recognition. Lexia Reading software helped bring 88% up to speed by end of 1st grade.

New Jersey governor says he is Obama's ally on education
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New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie declared himself an ally of President Barack Obama and his administration on education issues. Speaking at the governor's mansion, known as Drumthwacket, after private talks with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Christie said he and Duncan "have a lot in the education reform agenda." "He has been a great ally to try to reform education for kids across America," Christie said. More

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Bills to prevent teachers from striking debated in Michigan
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Legislation that would revoke teacher licenses for two years or permanently as punishment for illegal strikes would be an effective deterrent, some lawmakers said in Michigan. Rep. Bill Rogers, R-Brighton, said students can get expelled for violating district rules. "Yet we say that educators can break the law and walk away scot-free." But a spokesman for Michigan's largest teachers union says the legislation is no more than a way to silence teachers. More


Registration open for 'Putting Cognitive Research into Practice' summer conference
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The summer conference draws upon the BrainSMART approach to leading for learning in diverse learning environments. Co-sponsored by NAESP and the Minnesota Elementary Schools Principals' Association, this three-day program is specifically designed for education leaders — principals, teacher leaders, curriculum developers — who want to gain awareness and understanding of teaching and learning in diverse communities and the role that current brain research plays in enhanced understanding. More

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Recognize your students' achievements
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Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with NAESP and the National Association of Secondary School Principals — the President's Education Awards Program was developed to help principals recognize and honor students who have achieved high academic goals through hard work and dedication to learning. Online ordering is open for both the President's Education Awards Program and the American Citizenship Award! More




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