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Poll: US parents want kids more active during school day
HealthDay News via U.S.News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new poll finds that almost all parents of young children believe it's important for elementary school kids to get exercise during each school day. However, one-third said their children don't get enough physical activity at school. The survey findings come at a time when U.S. schools continue to cut back on physical activity due to budget cuts. Obesity is thought to affect one out of every six kids in the United States. More

Bullying sends kids to nurse for more than injury
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Both bullies and their victims take more trips to the nurse's office than other students — but not just for the obvious reasons. In a new study published in Pediatrics, kids involved in bullying were more likely to see the school nurse for illnesses and non-medical symptoms, in addition to injuries. More

'Don't say gay' bill advances in Tennessee, would ban teachers from discussing homosexuality
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A Tennessee Senate committee has given the green light to a bill that would bar teachers from discussing homosexuality with elementary and middle school students. The legislation, dubbed the "don't say gay" bill, states teachers cannot "provide any instruction or material that discusses sexual orientation other than heterosexuality." More

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New study shows that reading expands our self-concepts
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In an upcoming study in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, Shira Gabriel and Ariana Young explore the unique human connection we feel as readers: When we read, we psychologically become part of the community described in the narrative — be they wizards or vampires. That mechanism satisfies the deeply human, evolutionarily crucial, need for belonging. More

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Report: Full-day kindergarten improves reading
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In Pennsylvania, proposed funding cuts have put some full-day kindergarten programs in jeopardy, but a new report says that the program improves reading skills. The report by Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children compares children who were in full-day kindergarten with those in part-time kindergarten statewide. More


Kids' lunch tricks that work
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Could a school get kids to eat healthier with $34, a clever menu writer and a rearranging of food and furniture? Brian Wansink thinks so. The director of Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab made convincing arguments, backed by case studies in upstate New York schools, that better nutrition and fighting childhood obesity doesn't need to be a battle of wills in the lunch room. Subtle changes in the students' surroundings can unconsciously coax kids to choose apples over apple pie. More

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Parents weigh in on paying for mobile access in schools
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Would parents pay for mobile phones if schools allowed them to be used as learning tools? Most would, according to the recent Speak Up 2010 report — 67 percent of parents, to be exact. More

Duncan issues far more NCLB waivers than predecessors
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With Secretary Arne Duncan at the helm, the U.S. Department of Education is gradually — and sometimes quietly — chipping away at key parts of the No Child Left Behind Act as states and districts demand more relief from the elusive goal that all students be what the law terms "proficient" in reading and math by 2014. The pressure on Duncan to waive substantial parts of the 9-year-old federal school-accountability law is only growing as Congress continues to drag its feet on reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, of which NCLB is the latest version. More

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Bullying in schools connected with family violence
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Bullying behavior isn't just limited to school settings and can be tied to violence in the home, a study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed. Middle and high school students who were either bullies or victims were four times more likely to be physically hurt by a family member than those who weren't, the CDC said. More


School improvement grant efforts face hurdles
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More than a year after the U.S. Department of Education supercharged the program targeting the nation's lowest performing schools, with an influx of cash and a big makeover of the governing rules, states and districts are sorting through a thicket of practical and logistical issues. Many of the challenges stem from navigating the four school improvement models outlined in federal regulations, which have been criticized as too restrictive. But, states and schools also are grappling with the general difficulty of accomplishing an already mammoth task — turning around schools that have demonstrated chronically poor academic outcomes — while making major changes on a relatively tight time frame. 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.

School-based therapy helps families, children in need
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Many children in Minnesota wait months for mental health services due to a severe shortage of providers. But some schools have managed to get their students to the front of the line by partnering directly with mental health agencies, a program that has served 8,400 children in the last two years. School-based therapy is convenient for children and their families and schools, and helps students get back on track academically much sooner. More

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Charter school space: Free of rent, maybe, but not of hurdles
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After Matthew Greenberg had spent 18 years as a New York City teacher, he wanted a school of his own and decided to try opening a charter. For a year, while continuing to teach, he used his spare time to prepare for New York's six-inch-thick charter application. In December 2008, he was approved and made plans to open an elementary school in Queens to be called Growing Up Green Charter. More


1 in 4 report bullying at Massachusetts schools
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One-fourth of Massachusetts middle-schoolers and 16 percent of high school students report enduring bullying at school, according to a federal report that puts the state at the center of the national discussion over the issue. For the first time, Massachusetts health authorities included questions about bullying in a survey regularly given to gauge the health and behaviors of the state's students, and the findings not only define the scope of the problem, but also suggest the cause. More

Bring NAESP professional development workshops to your school
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At the NAESP Leadership Academy, you'll find workshops materials to support your professional development at your location. Offerings include "Leading Early Childhood Learning Communities: Professional Development for Leaders," "Aligning the Learning Day: Collaboration Strategies for Principals and After-School Program Directors," as well as several "Aspiring Principals Workshops." More

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Learn more about the upcoming functional consolidation of NAESP and AASA
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VideoBrief The two independent organizations will soon be working together to maximize services for members, strengthen their collective voice in education advocacy and take advantage of economies of scale. Learn more about this exciting collaboration in a video featuring Executive Directors Gail Connelly and Dan Domenech. More




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Study shows BULLYING reduced 41%

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