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Wisconsin principal elected next president of NAESP
LaCrosse Tribune
A La Crosse, Wis., elementary school principal has been picked as the next president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Mark White of Hintgen Elementary School will lead the national group, which serves about 20,000 principals across the country, offering informational resources and political advocacy. White, 53, will serve his term during the 2014-2015 school year, leaving Hintgen during that time to represent the association publicly.
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Most parents support mobile learning devices
eClassroom News
A majority of parents overwhelmingly think that mobile apps, mobile content and technology in the classroom promote positive learning habits and yield benefits, according to a new survey released on May 2. "Living and Learning with Mobile Devices: What Parents Think About Mobile Devices for Early Childhood and K-12 Learning," from Grunwald Associates, the Learning First Alliance, and underwritten by AT&T, surveyed 2,392 parents who have 4,164 children between the ages of 3-18.
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States' online testing problems raise Common Core concerns
Education Week
Widespread technical failures and interruptions of recent online testing in a number of states have shaken the confidence of educators and policymakers in high-tech assessment methods and raised serious concerns about schools' technological readiness for the coming Common Core online tests. The glitches arose as many districts in the 46 states that have signed on to the Common Core State Standards are trying to ramp up their technological infrastructure to prepare for the requirement that students take online assessments starting in 2014-2015.
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Geography lessons make a world of difference in education
Times of Trenton (commentary)
A new nationwide survey finds overwhelming public support for geography at all levels of education and recognizes the discipline's value in government and business. The results indicate: Americans want more geography education to be offered in schools, colleges and universities throughout the United States. Approximately nine out of 10 respondents wish they themselves had more geographic education and nearly all want more for their children.
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Digital crossword puzzles foster collaborative learning
EdTech Magazine
Arthur Wynne, a British journalist for the New York World, created the first known published crossword puzzle in 1913. Wynne sketched out a diamond-shaped grid and then wrote "FUN," the name of the newspaper's comic section across three squares toward the top of the puzzle. He left readers with simple instructions: "Fill in the small squares with words which agree with the following definitions." What was once just a pastime for adults now helps teachers introduce students to new concepts and improve their vocabulary.
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  • Poll: Many teachers say they need training in Common Core standards
    The Washington Post
    Most public school teachers feel unprepared to teach math and reading to the Common Core standards that are rolling out in 45 states and the District, according to a poll of 800 teachers released by the American Federation of Teachers. The new standards, written by a group of states and embraced by the Obama administration, set common goals for reading, writing and math skills that students should develop from kindergarten through high school graduation. Curriculum is left to the states. The standards emphasize critical thinking and problem solving and are supposed to encourage students to think deeply about fewer topics.
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    Unstoppable learning
    NPR
    Learning is an integral part of human nature. But why do we — as adults — assume learning must be taught, tested and reinforced? Why do we put so much effort into making kids think and act like us? In this hour, TED speakers explore the ways babies and children learn, from the womb to the playground to the Web.
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    A reminder about what is really important...
    Connected Principals (commentary)
    Jonathan VanderEls, a contributor for Connected Principals, writes: "It is incredibly easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day responsibilities we have as principals. Although each day presents different challenges, a recurring theme emerges: an incredible amount of work to do, and not nearly enough time in the day to do it. I had the opportunity recently to stop and remind myself why we do what we do, to share an incredible bond with like-minded educators, and to be reminded that what we do as educators each and every day is not only important, it is imperative in keeping our society moving forward."
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    Choosing the right battles
    ED.gov Blog
    Education researchers play an invaluable role in formulating policy, from preschool to grad school, Secretary Arne Duncan told the attendees of the American Educational Research Association annual meeting in San Francisco where he laid out a vision for where assessment is going, and engaged researchers on the role they play in improving education. "You are the experts. You are the independent truth-tellers," he said. Duncan's speech to AERA examined the major issues facing students, educators, policymakers and other stakeholders in today's education environment.
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    How does multitasking change the way kids learn?
    MindShift
    Living rooms, dens, kitchens, even bedrooms: Investigators followed students into the spaces where homework gets done. Pens poised over their "study observation forms," the observers watched intently as the students — in middle school, high school and college, 263 in all — opened their books and turned on their computers.
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    Students want more mobile devices in classroom
    InformationWeek
    When it comes to the influx of mobile devices into K-12 classrooms, you'll find both proponents and opponents among educators and parents. But ask kids what they think, and there's no debate: Laptops, smartphones and tablets are the future, they say. The Student Mobile Device Survey reveals that students almost unanimously believe mobile technology will change education and make learning more fun. The survey, which tallied the responses of 2,350 U.S. students, was conducted for learning company Pearson by Harris Interactive.
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    Study suggests preordering school lunches leads to healthier choices
    Medical News Today
    A research letter by Dr. Andrew S. Hanks, of Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, and colleagues examined whether having students preorder their entrée (main dish) of their school meal improves the healthfulness of entrees selected for lunch. A total of 272 students in 14 classrooms (grades 1-5) from two elementary schools in upstate New York participated in the study. The schools are located in a predominantly white (96.6 percent) county where 55 percent of students receive free or reduced-price lunches. Students used an electronic system to preorder their lunch entrée over a 4-week period.
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    Funding questions affect teacher training
    Iowa City Press Citizen
    Accountants aren't the only Iowa City Community School District staffers in a bind as lawmakers negotiate an already overdue education funding plan. Teachers and administrators are trying to make staff training plans for next year, but they're not sure what funding will be available or what a statewide teacher training shakeup would entail.
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    Obama vows early childhood education push
    The Hill
    President Barack Obama is set to renew his push to make preschool education accessible to all children in America. The president will be touring the country in the coming weeks to press for congressional action on his State of the Union agenda, the White House said, starting with a stop in Austin, Texas. On the agenda: support for the economy and the middle class, including raising the minimum wage and investing in early childhood education.
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    Rewards for schools key facet of NCLB waivers
    Education Week
    One of the chief complaints about the No Child Left Behind Act has been that districts and schools that fail to meet achievement targets face serious sanctions, while schools that do a good job of closing the gaps between traditionally overlooked groups of students and their peers essentially get little in return. To help alleviate those concerns, the U.S. Department of Education asked states to identify so-called "reward schools" in their applications for waivers easing demands of the NCLB law, the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which Congress has yet to revise.
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    Sequester slams Head Start programs
    NPR
    Sequestration resulted in automatic cutbacks to several government programs. Many families that rely on Head Start to care for and educate young children have been forced to make other plans. Host Michel Martin speaks with a Head Start teacher in Kansas and NPR Education Correspondent Claudio Sanchez, about how programs have been affected.
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    Poll: Many teachers say they need training in Common Core standards
    The Washington Post
    Most public school teachers feel unprepared to teach math and reading to the Common Core standards that are rolling out in 45 states and the District, according to a poll of 800 teachers released by the American Federation of Teachers.

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    States pull back from Common Core
    U.S. News & World Report
    Lawmakers in some states hope to halt the transition to the Common Core State Standards, even as school districts across the country are rolling them out.

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    10 keys to a successful school iPad program
    eSchool News
    It seems that every school is considering purchasing iPads these days, and Apple has reported that iPad sales to schools are currently outpacing MacBook sales by a very large margin.

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    Efforts to reform teacher evaluations in Texas falter
    The Texas Tribune
    When Texas lawmakers rolled out a framework for evaluating public schoolteachers more than 15 years ago, they intended to identify ways to strengthen the state's teaching corps. But the regular result of the largely subjective evaluations since then has been: no improvement needed. Less than 3 percent of educators receive scores below the "proficient" level, and the variation in scores from year to year has been so small that state officials stopped collecting the data from school districts after the 2010-2011 academic year.
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    Colorado school becomes a model for guns in schools
    The Denver Post
    In a first-of-its-kind move in Colorado, a rural school board has given two of its top administrators new job titles — security officer. The new titles make it possible to bypass state gun laws and carry guns in schools. This move in Dove Creek in the southwest corner of the state has turned the tiny town into a model for other Colorado school districts looking to get around laws that allow only peace and security officers to pack heat in schools. A legislative effort that would have changed that and put guns in the hands of Colorado schoolteachers died in committee earlier this year.
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    CORE districts to make big changes to try to win NCLB waiver
    Education Week
    The nine California districts seeking their own version of a No Child Left Behind Act waiver plan to make significant changes to their request to increase their odds of winning this flexibility. Armed with feedback from the U.S. Department of Education's outside peer reviewers, the districts say they will no longer only factor in test scores of the last grade in each school for accountability purposes. This was one of the more radical ideas in the proposal submitted by these "CORE" districts, which stands for California Office to Reform Education. The districts include Fresno, Los Angeles and Sacremento.
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    New initiative for Detroit Public schools: What will it mean?
    Yahoo News
    Detroit Public Schools announced a groundbreaking initiative that should have broad-spectrum impacts for residents when fully implemented. "Neighborhood-Centered, Quality Schools" aims to partner community and schools and make schools hubs within the neighborhoods they serve. Here are outcomes and changes locals can expect.
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    Hispanics now largest ethnic group in Texas' public schools
    The Dallas Morning News
    Hispanics have passed whites as the largest ethnic group in Texas schools, making up almost 51 percent of public school enrollment. The influx of Hispanic students, many from poor families, has brought about many changes in classrooms, with more expected as that population continues to grow. Some schools already struggle with how to teach an increasing number of poor children who don't speak English. Others are preparing for a day when their enrollment primarily is made up of low-income students, most of them Hispanic.
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    Public school first in nation to offer kids all-vegetarian meals
    eSchool News
    A New York City elementary school has adopted an all-vegetarian menu, serving kids tofu wraps and veggie chili. Public School 244 is the first public school in the city to go all-veggie. The animal-welfare group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says it might be the first all-veggie public elementary school in the nation. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott says he's proud of the "trailblazing" school.
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    PD spotlight: The achievement gap
    NAESP
    Tap into free online professional development with PD 360. This month's video segments explore data use, formative assessment and equity walkthroughs. NAESP members receive exclusive access to four high-quality videos each month, perfect for individual learning or staff training. Visit the newly revitalized, easy-to-navigate PD 360 page to watch.
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    Time is of the essence — register now for 2013 conference and save $100
    NAESP
    Register today for the biggest professional development event of the year for principals. NAESP's 2013 Best Practices for Better Schools™ National Conference kicks off on July 11. Delve into topics from the Common Core to collaboration, creativity to cyberbullying and more. Hands-on workshops, keynotes, plenary presentations and over 100 concurrent sessions will offer expert guidance and information. Plus, register by May 13 — just a week away! — and save $100.
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