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Survey: Educators lack training to teach online safety
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America's K-12 teachers are ill-prepared to educate students on the basics of online safety, security and ethics, and more than a third of teachers receive no training in cybersecurity issues, according to a coalition of government and private technology experts who released a study. More



Turnaround principals
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The Obama administration has grand hopes for turning around the nation's lowest-performing schools, in part by allocating $3.5 billion for School Improvement Grants. Unfortunately, there simply aren't enough qualified principals to replace those mandated to be fired under two of the four school improvement models that the federal government says districts must follow to tap into that funding. More



Parents and educators struggle with how to discuss Osama bin Laden's death
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Following street celebrations over Osama bin Laden's death, parents and educators across the Chicago area grappled on a weighty question: How to explain to children when, or if, it is acceptable to kill another human being. Many stepped lightly on the difficult subject, allowing children to ask questions and stating their own mixed feelings about bin Laden's dramatic death. Others tried to connect the CIA-led takedown in purely historic terms — an event directly linked to the 9/11 attacks that bin Laden orchestrated at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Still others avoided it altogether. More



Reading boosts brain pathways, affects multiple disciplines
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Recent research shows that reading has a massive impact on brain function and can actually affect understanding in nearly all school subjects. Neuroscientist Stanislaus Dehaene conducted research on the brain function of Portuguese-speaking Brazilian adults, both those who had learned to read and those who were illiterate. More



Studies provide guidance for teaching immigrant preschoolers
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A growing number of studies are providing guidance to school districts that are increasingly looking for ways to support preschoolers from immigrant families so that they are ready for kindergarten. Recent findings from that growing body of work — including studies that examine the effectiveness of tools for measuring preliteracy, explore immigrant preschoolers' access to early-childhood education, and analyze how immigrant children measure up with their nonimmigrant peers academically, socially and emotionally upon entering kindergarten — were presented here late last month at a conference held in tandem with the release of a special issue on immigrant children in the journal Future of Children. More

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Study shows bagged school lunches lacking in nutrition
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New federal regulations proposed in the wake of the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act could make school lunches lower in sodium, free of most trans fats and higher in whole grains and fruits and vegetables. But as officials focus on improving the much-maligned nutritional profile of cafeteria food, the lunches toted to school each day in brown bags and lunch boxes have been flying mostly under the radar. More

Confronting cyberbullying
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Experts say that schools need to stop worrying about external Internet predators and take on the threat within: Cyberbullying. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, as schools first started getting widespread access to the Internet, many administrators saw the potential in this new technology, but also huge risks and liabilities. While billions were being spent on hardware and connectivity, the mainstream media was fueling parental fears with stories of online predators waiting at every exit of the new information superhighway. The response from many schools was initially to teach Internet safety in terms of protection from the two P's: predators and pornography. More


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Hybrid learning comes to life
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When it comes to a student's education, expectation is everything. What parents and educators expect from each student, and what she expects from herself, has a tremendous effect on how a student fares in school. For Sintia Marquez, a fifth-grader at Rocketship Mateo Sheedy Elementary in California, expectations are high, both on the part of her parents and her teachers. Though she's naturally a high achiever — well above grade level in both literacy and math — that foundation of support and encouragement from her parents and teachers is helping her forge ahead, even in a public charter school where more than 90 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunch and 70 percent for whom English is a second language. More



Lack of clarity in budget bill leaves education department some flexibility
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The tumultuous budget process that finally produced a federal spending deal for the rest of fiscal year 2011 also left a lack of clarity in final funding levels for U.S. Department of Education programs. Typically, lawmakers set new fiscal year spending levels for every federal program. But this year, lawmakers just extended funding for a number of programs at fiscal 2010 levels. At the same time, the Obama administration also made a number of cuts, including to programs in the Education Department. More

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Washington should not be making decisions about our kids' schooling
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Congress passed the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001 to address the growing evidence that many children in America were not receiving quality instruction. The goal of this law was to improve the transparency of how our schools were performing, so that no student was overlooked under broad labels of "good" and "bad" schools. One of the lasting, positive legacies of NCLB is the recognition that the performance of every student counts. Although NCLB exposed shortcomings in many schools, the fixes it prescribed, such as Adequate Yearly Progress, were implemented with very little flexibility and did not recognize the varying levels of successes and challenges our nation's 95,000 schools might have. We now have proof that centralizing this planning at the federal level does not work. More

Focus on cutting red tape, hiring skilled teachers
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If there was a rally held on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, or frankly anywhere, to defend the status quo on education, nobody would show up. It's been more than 10 years since No Child Left Behind was signed into law. Despite the clear need for an update, the law has not been fixed, largely because critical issues in Washington are often overwhelmed by partisan politics. But now, under the committed leadership of Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and ranking member Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., we have a unique opportunity to enact bipartisan reform. More

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US Chamber of Commerce puts its stamp on ESEA renewal
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce threw its considerable lobbying weight behind an Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization proposal that would keep intact key aspects of the accountability system at the heart of the No Child Left Behind law. "There is an important federal role in education," said Margaret Spellings. More



Baltimore principals ratify new union contract
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Baltimore school administrators have ratified a new contract that union officials said would make city principals among the highest paid in the state and promote leaders through a new career and compensation ladder based on performance. The Public School Administrators and Supervisors Association ratified its contract after 150 members voted to approve the deal, which includes a 2 percent retroactive pay raise and $1,800 stipend. The pact eliminates annual step increases — raises based on seniority and academic degrees — and implements a new career ladder. It also offers an incentive of $5,000 to $10,000 to administrators who choose to work in the neediest schools. More

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Report: Elementary school teachers and the crisis in STEM education
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You can't throw a stone without hitting the science, technology, engineering and mathematics initiative these days, but most STEM initiatives overlook a fundamental problem. In general, the workforce pipeline of elementary school teachers fails to ensure that the teachers who inform children's early academic trajectories have the appropriate knowledge of and disposition toward math-intensive subjects and mathematics itself. Prospective teachers can typically obtain a license to teach elementary school without taking a rigorous college-level STEM class such as calculus, statistics or chemistry, and without demonstrating a solid grasp of mathematics knowledge, scientific knowledge or the nature of scientific inquiry. More

Failing grades on civics exam called a 'crisis'
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Fewer than half of American eighth-graders knew the purpose of the Bill of Rights on the most recent national civics examination, and only one in 10 demonstrated acceptable knowledge of the checks and balances among the legislative, executive and judicial branches, according to test results released. At the same time, three-quarters of high school seniors who took the test, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, were unable to demonstrate skills like identifying the effect of United States foreign policy on other nations or naming a power granted to Congress by the Constitution. More

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Education reforms will affect futures of schools, students and teachers in Indiana
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When the dust settled at the end of the 2011 legislative session, what emerged was a menu of education reforms that could take Indiana into new frontiers. After months of philosophical debates about issues such as school choice, union rights and teacher evaluations, Indiana now has what State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett calls "the most ambitious legislative agenda in the country." More



Support your school's arts program with a Crayola grant
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Strengthen arts education in your school with a 2011 grant from Champion Creatively Alive Children, a national program funded by Crayola and supported by NAESP's National Principals Resource Center. Crayola will award up to 20 grants, which include a $2,500 monetary award and $500 worth of Crayola products. More

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Renew today to keep your benefits coming
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Members who renew before July 1 will be able to enjoy another year of high-value benefits at the pre-July rate — a saving of $20 for an Active member. So, be sure to take action today. More


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