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Bullying of teachers more damaging in online era
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The bullying that bus monitor Karen Klein endured on a ride home from an upstate New York school was painful and egregious, but also shows how student harassment of teachers and administrators has become more spiteful and damaging in the online era. Much attention has been paid to students who bully other students in class, after school and on the internet. Less has been given to equally disturbing behavior by students who harass instructors, principals and other adults. More


Public school spending shifts during recession, increases per-pupil dollars
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The recession shifted the former balance in education funding, according to a report released by the U.S. Census Bureau. For the first time in 16 years, local governments paid a higher share toward public education than states. The Public Education Finances report shows that public school systems received $593.7 billion in funding in 2010, an increase of 0.5 percent from the previous year. Local governments contributed 44.0 percent of that amount, almost equal to state sources at 43.5 percent, and followed by federal sources that provided the remaining 12.5 percent. More

States show slow progress with English learners
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Most states are still struggling to meet federal goals for English language learners in reaching academic targets in mathematics and reading, though a small number have made progress in recent years, according to an evaluation released by the U.S. Department of Education. More

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How thinking in 3-D can improve math and science skills
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All of us, children included, live in a three-dimensional universe — but too often parents and teachers act as if the physical world is as flat as a worksheet or the page of a book. We call kids' attention to numbers and letters, but we neglect to remark upon the spatial properties of the objects around us: how tall or short they are, how round or pointy, how close or far. Growing evidence suggests that a focus on these characteristics of the material world can help children hone their spatial thinking skills — and that such skills, in turn, support achievement in subjects like science and math. More

Big districts unite to press publishers on Common Core materials
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You've read about teachers' sometimes-frustrating search for good instructional materials to reflect the Common Core State Standards. And you've also read here about the controversial criteria that the architects of the common standards drafted to guide publishers as they create such materials. Those two things are aligning in a really interesting way, with the news that 20 school districts, with a combined $2 billion in annual purchasing power, have come together to use those criteria as leverage on the publishing industry. More

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3 new guidelines for 'healthy homework'
The Washington Post (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Back in the early 1900s, homework was deemed by some to be dangerous to children's health, and for years some school districts limited or outright banned homework. More than a century later, homework still drives students, their parents and sometimes their teachers crazy — and debate still swirls about whether homework is helpful or harmful. More

Proper hand washing for kids
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Each day, roughly 55 million students and 7 million staff members attend the more than 130,000 public and private schools in the United States. With one-fifth of the country's population occupying educational facilities, it is essential to prevent the spread of germs, and the best way to do that is through education and encouraging proper hand washing for kids. But developing a proper hand washing program is sometimes easier said than done. It requires careful selection of products and dispensers, and an understanding of how placement of soaps and sanitizers will encourage, or discourage, use. More

Bullied bus monitor: Case of Karen Klein spotlights problem on school buses
The Christian Science Monitor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The shocking YouTube video of students verbally abusing monitor Karen Klein highlights how difficult it can be to handle bullying in a place where it often happens: the school bus. The good news is that better training is making its way to thousands of bus drivers and monitors across the country — and school administrators may now be more inclined than ever to take seriously drivers' reports of taunting, sexual harassment, and other forms of bullying against kids and adults. First Student, a company that transports 6 million students a day, launched a campaign this past school year — "See Something. Do Something." — to train all its drivers and attendants, more than 59,000 people. More


Should student test scores be used to evaluate teachers?
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
How much to credit — and blame — teachers for student performance is an issue that continues to confound the education field. To what extent is each student's progress directly attributable to the teacher's efforts? What other factors can determine a student's success? Is there a way to measure each factor separately, including the teacher's influence? These are just some of the questions that surround the issue of whether student test scores should be used to evaluate teacher performance. More

Bridging the digital divide in America's rural schools
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Surrounded by farmland and ranches, Colorado's Edison School sits off an unpaved road, with tumbleweeds blowing across its dirt parking lot. As recently as a few years ago, many families relied on solar or wind power instead of electricity; today, many still haul home their water from wells. Principal Rachel Paul estimates that 25 to 30 percent of her students don’t have Internet access at home. Yet at Edison — where about three-quarters of the 120 K-12 students are eligible for free- or reduced-priced lunch — there are as many computers as there are students. More

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3 simple steps to do-it-yourself professional development
THE Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Every teacher needs to be in charge of his or her own professional development, if for no other reason than district budgets require everyone to be so much more creative. However, there needs to be a balance between the formal and informal. Formal professional development would be workshops, conferences and college classes. Informal learning could be attending an un-conference; following a back channel from a live professional development event like a conference; or watching videos on YouTube, Teacher Tube or School Tube. Informal learning also might be as easy as sharing with colleagues in the hallway. To get started, here are three ways to take charge of your own professional development. More

Later ADHD meds start undermines math scores in kids
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Children with ADHD who start taking ADHD medications later have lower math scores, compared to their counterparts who took medications earlier, researchers from the USA and Iceland reported in the journal Pediatrics. Those taking their meds within 12 months of their fourth-grade test dropped 0.3 percent in their seventh grade tests math scores, compared to 9.4 percent among those taking similar meds 25 to 36 months after the same test. More


Senate to administration: Give us details on planned education cuts
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Want to know how the series of planned cuts — known in Inside-the-Washington-Beltway-speak as "sequestration" — will impact education programs? So do members of Congress, even though they were the ones that came up with the plan. In fact, a bipartisan pair of lawmakers, U.S. Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and John McCain, R-Ariz., championed a measure that would require the White House Office of Management of Budget to provide a detailed account of just what the cuts would mean for all sorts of federal programs, from Head Start to Title I grants for districts to defense spending. More

Critics blast Tennessee's 'no holding-hands bill'
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Spurred by a classroom demonstration involving a sex toy, Tennessee recently enacted a pro-abstinence sex education law that is among the strictest in the nation. The most debated section of the bill bars educators from promoting "gateway sexual activity." But supporters seemed too squeamish during floor debate to specify what that meant, so critics soon labeled it the "no holding-hands bill." More

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Hawaii Department of Education launches program for public school administrators
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The Hawaii Department of Education is working in collaboration with Chaminade University to provide a new certification program for Hawaii public school administrators. The Alternative Certification for School Administrator Program is partially funded by the state's $75 million Race to the Top grant. While employed by the Department of Education, candidates for the program will gain experience as a vice principal during their residency period. More

Bill is passed to make kindergarten mandatory for 5-year-olds in New York
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New York lawmakers in Albany voted to make kindergarten mandatory for all 5-year-olds in New York City, lowering the required age for schooling by one year. Proponents of the measure, which awaits the governor’s approval, praised the move as a triumph for thousands of 5-year-olds who are from poor and minority families or have disabilities. Many of these children, they say, are often turned away each year by school officials on grounds of a lack of space and the lack of any requirement that they attend school. More


New York to release teacher evaluations, without the names or the shame
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As school systems around the country start to implement teacher evaluation programs, as both the Obama administration and GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney have advocated, they are all going to have to answer this one key question: How should that information be publicized? New York legislators settled on a solution that could serve as a model for the rest of the country, after complicated negotiations led to passage of a last-minute compromise bill that allows evaluations to be made public — but only without teachers' names, unless a parent requests a report for his or her own child's teacher. More

Study finds Chicago students motivated to perform well on tests when promised money, trophies
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Students attending low-performing schools tend to perform better on tests when promised financial or non-financial incentives for good scores, according to a study conducted by Freakonomics' Steven D. Levitt, John A. List, Susanne Neckermann and Sally Sadoff. Between January 2009 and January 2011, the researchers conducted randomized field experiments among 6,500 elementary and high school students in three low-performing school districts in and around Chicago. The three settings differed in terms of size, age of the students and subject being tested. More

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Lady Gaga costume is principal's promise in reading challenge
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An elementary school principal in the Boston public school district showed up for work wearing a Lady Gaga costume and prepared to milk a cow. He was not paying homage to the pop singer or to dairy farmers — he was making good on a promise he had made to his students. With Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick in town, Justin Vernon, the principal of Roger Clap Innovation School in Dorchester, Mass., challenged his 170 students in kindergarten through fifth grade last October to read a combined 10,000 books by the end of the academic year. But before the students accepted Vernon's challenge, they wanted something in return. More

Leadership academy offers fun, excitement for students
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More than 100 parents, family members and friends cheered with much glee as they watched 100 students receive certificates for completing the 20th Bernard H. Thomas Student Leadership Academy. The academy, sponsored by the Davidson County Education Foundation, invests toward developing students to be true leaders and empower them to inspire the same in others. DCEF is a nonprofit volunteer organization that is dedicated to the enrichment of educational opportunities in Davidson County. Students from various elementary and middle schools in Davidson County Schools have been participating in activities all week at Davidson County Community College that help them develop and use leadership skills through projects and activities that focus on team-building, decision-making, goal-setting and conflict resolution. More


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Submit an essay to the School Grounds. Playgrounds. Common Ground.™ contest, and you could win $50,000 in inclusive playground equipment from Landscape Structures. The deadline to apply is June 30. More

What's on your summer reading list? Try NAESP's best books for principals
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It's not too early to start planning ahead for next year — and it's not too late to pick up the latest books from NAESP to do it. Peruse the National Principals Resource Center bookstore, filled with titles on instructional leadership, professional development, RTI and more. More

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