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Principals as instructional leaders
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At some level, principals always have been instructional leaders — but never before has their role been more prominent. First, the accountability movement — No Child Left Behind in particular — thrust principals into the spotlight on academic achievement. Then budget cuts peeled away capacity at both the district and school levels, thinning the ranks of assistant superintendents, curriculum specialists and assistant principals, who shouldered some or most of the load. More


5 ways educators can evaluate educational games
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A recent Joan Ganz Cooney Center survey of 500 educators found that half of all kindergarten through eighth-grade teachers are now regularly using digital games in the classroom. Nearly one in five are using them every day. It's clear that in the age of the iPad, digital games are opening up a world of new possibilities for teaching and learning, and for increasing engagement in the classroom. But teachers must be reassured that the games they are using are connected to instructional goals. More

Draft of new national science standards released
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Arizona is 1 of 26 states leading a nationwide initiative aimed at improving science education by requiring a deeper understanding of key concepts and incorporating science and technology in all subjects. The first draft of the K-12 Next Generation Science Standards was released for public comment after vetting by educators and business leaders in Arizona and the other states. More

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Reading in American schools: Will Common Core State Standards improve literacy?
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As American students continue to fall behind foreign peers, 45 states and Washington, D.C., have adopted the Common Core State Standards, a new set of academic benchmarks aimed at raising the bar for teaching and learning across the country. But as John Merrow reports for PBS News, meeting the new requirements won't be easy for many schools, as a long-taught reading curriculum for young children still learning to sound out words doesn't comply with the Common Core's guidelines for emphasis on nonfiction in literacy education. More

How to implement the 'flipped classroom'
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Despite the attention that the videos get, the greatest benefit to any flipped classroom is not the videos. It's the in-class time that every teacher must evaluate and redesign. Because our direct instruction was moved outside of the classroom, our students were able to conduct higher-quality and more engaging activities. As we have seen teachers adopt the flipped model, they use the extra time in myriad ways depending on their subject matter, location and style of teaching. More

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The implications of schools demanding access to student mobile devices
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Principals in New Zealand are lobbying for a change in legislation that would allow schools to search mobile devices when students are on school property for evidence of cyberbullying. The report indicates that as a way to change how schools deal with the ongoing issue of cyberbullying, principals want to shift from restorative justice to the suspension of bullies — with evidence gleaned from being able to legally access student's mobile devices. More


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Strict school physical education laws improve children's health
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As childhood obesity and diabetes rates are skyrocketing in the U.S., many schools are eliminating physical education classes. A national study in the American Journal of Public Health reports that specific and required state legislation with regard to PE times could be a crucial tool to ensure that children meet the daily recommendations of physical activity. More

Fostering relationships in the classroom
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Students and teacher need to develop positive and trusting relationships in an effective classroom. It is also critical that all students, especially English language learners, develop trusting and enriching relationships with each other. There are many activities which can be used for both introductory purposes and throughout the year to build and maintain positive relationships in the classroom. Some activities which work well to introduce students to each other and to the teacher can be used again at later points in the year as students' interests change and as they gain new life experiences. While this is certainly not an exhaustive list, it contains several suggestions we have found successful and which could easily be adapted for use with different levels of students. More


Kindergarten teacher earns $700,000 by selling lesson plans online
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Teaching isn't known to be a lucrative profession, but online marketplace Teachers Pay Teachers is changing that for some educators. Deanna Jump, a kindergarten teacher from Georgia, has made $700,000 selling her lesson plans on Teachers Pay Teachers, an ecommerce startup where teachers offer their lesson plans to fellow educators. Paul Edelman, the founder of Teachers Pay Teachers, created the platform following a four-year stint as a New York City public school teacher. More

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Kline asks GAO to examine Race to Top states' progress on teachers
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Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, is asking the Government Accountability Office to look into state's progress in putting in place the teacher and principal portions of their Race to Top applications. Specifically, Kline wants to know what challenges the dozen winning states have had in putting their teacher evaluation systems in place, and whether they're still on track to implement the overall plan they pitched to the department. More


Relationship between advocacy groups, unions uneasy
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As a new breed of national education advocacy organizations gains clout, they're entering into often-uneasy relationships with teachers' unions — and running into a debate about whether they can play a grassroots "ground game" comparable to that of labor. For many unions, the policy changes the newer groups typically support — staffing based on performance measures and the expansion of charter schools, among others — tilt the balance of power away from teachers and unions and toward administrators and funders who, they argue, are less well-versed in the needs of teachers, students and parents. More

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Teachers need better training, higher salaries, official says
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Texas schoolteachers should be better trained to prepare students for the state's higher standards and new statewide tests, and their salaries should be raised to make the profession more attractive, the higher education commissioner told lawmakers. Commissioner Raymund Paredes said he reached that conclusion after looking at national and international studies examining teacher quality around the world, particularly with the introduction of new standardized tests that make greater demands on students. More

New test shows many Indiana 3rd-graders have reading troubles
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The results from a new test to measure the reading skills of Indiana's third-graders were released. And they were decidedly mixed. Overall, 84 percent of third-graders passed the IREAD-3, given for the first time in March. That may sound like a high passing rate until you consider that every child is expected to pass what the Indiana Department of Education considers a basic skills test. More

Minnesota schools are poised to get new grades
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Minnesota parents and educators will soon see the results of a whole new yardstick for measuring schools that gives state tests new meaning and the state's schools new labels. The Minnesota Department of Education will present a new accountability system that reshuffles the rankings and removes the biggest penalties for schools at the bottom. More


Ohio to track classroom money, student performance
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The political fire still burns in Ohio to push more public money into classrooms, even after other states have backed off the idea amid evidence it does little to improve kids' grades. The state's latest strategy is to mandate that district spending be winnowed from the existing five spending categories to two by 2013: classroom or non-classroom. It's part of a push by Republican Gov. John Kasich to reduce overhead and direct funds to classroom instruction. In-classroom spending percentages eventually would appear on state report cards, alongside student test scores. More

Los Angeles students and teachers display learning beyond tests
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
About two dozen teachers and their students assembled after school near downtown to demonstrate academic prowess beyond a standardized test score. Preschoolers from MacArthur Park Primary Center in Los Angeles, for instance, had prepared watercolors based on Kandinsky. Dahlia Heights' fifth- and sixth-graders demonstrated robotic engineering with Legos. And seventh-graders from Julie Van Winkle's class at Logan Elementary dissected cow eyeballs. They also prepared "cameras obscura" — boxes turned into projection devices that mirror how the eye works. More

AMS installs school nutrition upgrades
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Amherst Middle School in New Hampshire has upgraded both their school nutrition and technology with the installation of three new televisions in the cafeteria. The three flat-screen televisions installed last month serve as information centers for the cafeteria, and soon the entire school. SAU 39 Food Service Director Danielle Collins said the digital signs are used to display the cafeteria menu, as well as promote nutritious choices. According to research from food expert Brian Wansink, students are 40 percent more likely to choose a fruit or vegetable if they are presented in a visually appealing way. More

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The NAESP/Solution Tree webinar series continues today with Essentials for Principals: Effective Program Evaluation, presented by co-authors Mardale Dunsworth and Dawn Billings. They'll share strategies to address programs' strengths and weaknesses, and maximize collaboration and transparency in the process. Visit our webinar page for more on this series, and other upcoming sessions from NAESP. More

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