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Teachers need more training to handle children's emotions
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Student teachers learn a lot about how to teach in college, but they don't get much training in how to respond to young children's emotions, such as frustration, anger and excitement, according to new research. "When teachers aren't trained to respond to emotional outbursts in supportive ways, they often fall back on responses that reflect the way they were raised and whether they feel comfortable with their own emotions," said Rebecca Swartz, a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois and the study's first author. More


First lady sponsors kids' recipe contest for dinner at the White House
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First Lady Michelle Obama will be hosting a "state dinner" later this summer — but rather than the usual crowd of foreign dignitaries and celebrities, this event will be catered — literally — towards kids. The White House is sponsoring a dinner where children aged 8-12 can submit recipes to a national contest. Entries are expected to use the Department of Agriculture's nutritional guidelines, and incorporate each of the food groups as part of a lunch meal that could be served at a school. A winner from each state will then be selected, and invited to a White House function where some of the top recipes will be served. More

Evidence persists of STEM achievement gap for girls
Education Week (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With the 40th anniversary of Title IX just days away, one key area where questions about gender equity persist is STEM education and the under-representation of women in those professions. In researching this subject for a forthcoming Education Week article, Erik Robelen discovered some evidence that a STEM achievement gap persists for girls at the K-12 level, especially in science. Robelen also learned that what may be true for the United States is not necessarily so across the globe. More


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Childhood obesity affects math performance
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Childhood obesity affects math performance in school, along with a child's social skills and well being, according to a new study published in the journal Child Development. Researchers from the University of Missouri analyzed data of more than 6,000 children in the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten Cohort, which collected information from children starting in kindergarten and followed them through the fifth grade. Kids who were obese throughout the study period performed worse on math tests in the first through fifth grades than children who were not obese. More

How can schools best communicate with immigrant parents?
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Technology can be a powerful tool for helping close the communication gap between parents and schools. But for low-income, immigrant parents of school-age kids, just having access to the internet might not be enough. At Think College Now Elementary School in Oakland, Calif., where 95 percent of students' families live at or near the poverty line and more than two-thirds are Latino, the school is combining technology and one-on-one communication to help families through a variety of issues. More

Education-technology leaders schooled on interoperability standards
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When school technology directors purchase an innovative product from one vendor and an exciting upgrade from another vendor, schools can find themselves in a tangle of incompatible formats. A primer released this spring by the Software & Information Industry Association explains how adoption of interoperability standards can streamline technology systems in K-20 education. Interoperability, the ability of different systems to work together, presents an issue for educational technology leaders who often must integrate diverse products made by different developers. Those developers, too, must walk a fine line when trying to create products that encourage brand loyalty but also can be readily adapted to diverse systems. More

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Apps: The latest stand against school bullies
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About a third of 12- to 18-year-olds report being bullied at school, according to a report by the National Center for Education Statistics. But a new app called Stop Bullies might change that. It allows students to anonymously report bullying by submitting messages, photos or videos to school administrators, who are alerted in real time. Each message includes a GPS tag that could, at least theoretically, help adults intervene. Customized versions of the app will go live for the first time in two schools this August. More

Keeping students sharp through summer
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Call it the summer slide, the seasonal slump, the brain drain or the summer slowdown. Just don't call it new: The two-month period when students lose some of their academic edge has been observed for over a century. The good news here is that experts and parents have come up with a number of ways to keep kids sharp through the summer, and we're sharing some of them with you here. More

Obama's report card on education policy
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President Barack Obama's reelection campaign boasts in a recent TV spot that his national education policy borrows from his personal academic success: It can be chalked up to hard work and student aid. Even conservatives can't find too much fault with the administration's education record. "President Obama has been much more reform-minded than any Democratic president before him. He really has co-opted the Republicans on many of their key education positions," said Michael Petrilli, executive vice president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, an educational think tank, and a research fellow at Stanford University's conservative Hoover Institution. More

Senate panel OKs slight funding hike for education department
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Two key K-12 formula program — Title I grants for districts and state grants for special education—would see slight boosts in a bill approved on a party line vote by the Senate subcommittee that oversees education spending. The bill, which passed by a vote of 10-7, includes a $100 million increase each for Title I grants to districts, which are currently funded at $14.5 billion. And special education state grants would also see $100 million increase, on top of $11.6 billion this year — fiscal year 2012. Overall, the U.S. Department of Education would get a tiny increase to $68.5 billion, up from $68.1 billion currently. More


Vouchers unspoken, Romney hails school choice
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"Voucher" is a fighting word in education, so it may be understandable that when Mitt Romney speaks about improving the nation's schools, he never uses that term. Nonetheless, as president, Romney would seek to overhaul the federal government's largest programs for kindergarten through 12th grade into a voucherlike system. Students would be free to use $25 billion in federal money to attend any school they choose — public, charter, online or private — a system, he said, that would introduce marketplace dynamics into education to drive academic gains. More

Race to the Top innovates backwards, education venture nonprofit says
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When U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan opened the Race to the Top competition to individual school districts, he said he wanted to spur innovation "at the classroom level and the all-important relationship among teachers and students." Now, a coalition of 16 education startups and policy organizations, herded by the nonprofit NewSchools Venture Fund, are saying the competition gets innovation wrong. More

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Tennessee teacher evaluation system report: SCORE offers 7 recommendations for improvement
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The State Collaborative on Reforming Education released a report regarding Tennessee's teacher evaluation system. The report comes five months after Republican Gov.Bill Haslam asked SCORE to lead a statewide listening and feedback process independent of state government on the state's evaluation system, which was implemented last year. Beginning in January, SCORE gathered input from educators and other stakeholders across Tennessee through nine regional roundtables, an online questionnaire for educators, a work team of educators throughout the state, in-depth interviews on teacher evaluation with leaders in and outside of Tennessee, as well as existing networks of teachers, principals and district leaders. More

North Carolina schools prepare for curriculum overhaul
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What one school official calls an "ambitious alignment" will soon affect the county and state's educational standards, assessments and accountability methods in an effort to meet the future expectations of student achievement. Kathy Kennedy, the Moore County associate superintendent of instructional design and innovation, presented the basics of the new statewide initiative to the county Board of Education at its monthly meeting. More


Michigan may urge schools to rethink zero-tolerance rules for students
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Long concerned by what they say is an alarming rate of suspensions and expulsions in Michigan schools, members of the state Board of Education are set to act today on a resolution that would call on schools to rethink their zero-tolerance policies. If approved by the eight-member board, schools would be urged to "adopt discipline policies without mandated suspension or expulsion for issues that do not involve weapons." Students who bring guns to school, get into physical altercations or sexually assault other students or staff, by law, must be suspended or expelled. And state officials say that shouldn't change. More

Education leaders are revisiting how we teach social studies
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In a classroom at Nebraska Wesleyan University, a group of social studies teachers tackled the Pullman Palace Car Company strike of 1894. Or, more specifically, they tackled how best to teach students about one of the nation's first major labor strikes — and how to help students understand its place in history. The lesson urged teachers to take students beyond the textbook, to give them newspaper editorials and letters from strike leaders and the president of the railway company, and show them how to evaluate them, figure out what each author had at stake and then draw their own conclusions. More


Ohio bill targets 3rd-graders' reading
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Ohio third-graders lagging in reading skills face the possibility of being held back for up to two school years under a sweeping overhaul of state education policy that cleared the state Legislature. The so-called third-grade reading guarantee is modeled after an initially divisive Florida program that has helped improve students' reading skills there. It's one of dozens of elements in the Ohio education bill that moved through the House and Senate on Wednesday and headed to Gov. John Kasich's desk. More

Budget cuts put pressure on school reading programs
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A tiny blonde girl named Amber took her turn reading as teacher Jennifer Belz noted any trouble words. "We don't want to be super-speed readers," Belz told the group of third-graders. "We want to be fluent readers. What does fluency mean to a reader?" A girl in a pink shirt replied, "Don't read so fast." Other students chimed in. "Stop at periods," said one. "Pause at commas," said another. Since the Reading Sufficiency Act was enacted by the state Legislature in 1997, Owasso Public Schools has offered its four-week Third Grade Reading Academy for students who need extra help. More

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Phoenix Roadrunner Elementary abandoning trailer for sustainable schoolhouse
The Arizona Republic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The classroom trailers common to school campuses nationwide are being taken off the grounds of a Phoenix school, Roadrunner Elementary. The Safari building at Roadrunner Elementary School is one of the nation's first LEED-certified school facilities to be funded by a blossoming non-profit, the Green Schoolhouse Series of Carlsbad, Calif. More


Changing the classroom: Teachers help lead Faison K-5 into future
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Pittsburgh Faison K-5 in Homewood is the newest school building in Pittsburgh Public Schools, but it is tackling one of the oldest problems faced by school districts: ensuring that all children — no matter their family and neighborhood background — achieve at high levels. Eight years ago, the gleaming $20.4 million building opened in a neighborhood so crime-ridden that some parents were afraid for their children to walk to school. In its first year, 2004-2005, more than 60 percent of its third- and fifth-graders — the only two grades then to take state tests — were below proficient in math, reading or both. More

There's still time to apply for creativity, playground grants
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The deadline has just been extended for the 2012 Champion Creatively Alive Children grant program. Crayola will award up to 20 grants, which include a $2,500 monetary award and $500 worth of Crayola products. The School Grounds. Playgrounds. Common Ground.™ contest deadline is also approaching. Win $50,000 in inclusive playground equipment from Landscape Structures. Apply now for these two exciting opportunities. More

Get the scoop on Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
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On Tuesday, June 19, Joe Willhoft, executive director of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, will present a NAESP Common Core webinar from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST. Webinar participants will gain an overview of the Smarter Balanced assessment system design, timeline, and progress to date. Smarter Balanced is a state-led consortium developing next-generation assessments aligned to the Common Core in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. More

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