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'Instructional rounds' approach flips classroom evaluations
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As school leaders work to improve classroom teaching, a new way of evaluating instruction — one that shifts the focus from the teacher to the students — is emerging. Called "instructional rounds," the practice is based on the way doctors make their rounds in a teaching hospital, using facts rather than value judgments to determine the effectiveness of instruction. More

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In lean times, schools squeeze out librarians
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Budget belt-tightening threatens to send school librarians the way of the card catalog. The schools superintendent in Lancaster, Pa., said he had to eliminate 15 of the district's 20 librarians to save full-day kindergarten classes. In the Salem-Keizer school district in Oregon, all 48 elementary and middle school librarians would lose their jobs under a budget proposal that faces a vote next week. More



Bill aims to improve native education levels
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United States Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, has introduced a bill aimed at improving education of the nation's native people. Akaka, the Democratic chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee, said the measure promotes teaching of culture and language in schools. It also deals with local control, parental involvement and teacher training and development. More



Idaho won't raise No Child Left Behind benchmarks
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Idaho schools will not comply with some parts of the federal No Child Left Behind law until it is reformed to measure student academic growth from year to year, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna says. Luna sent a letter to United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan saying Idaho will begin implementing a new statewide accountability system to measure whether students are making adequate progress. More



Schools blend computers with classroom learning
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VideoBrief Many school districts are reluctantly cutting staff and dropping courses in a desperate effort to respond to tighter budgets. But some educators are looking at ways to save money and improve instruction at the same time. The answer for some schools: Blended learning, which is part computer lesson, part classroom instruction. More

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Many educators find Twitter a useful tool
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Gerald Aungst, Meenoo Rami and Kevin Jarrett are three educators among a growing number in the Philadelphia region who are using Twitter, the social networking and micro-blogging service, to enhance their teaching, often on their own time. More



House education chairman questions Duncan's legal authority on waiver plan
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The chairman of the House education committee questioned the legality of United States Education Secretary Arne Duncan's plan to grant waivers to the No Child Left Behind law in exchange for states embracing the department's ideas on education reform. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., released a letter to Duncan in which he asked the secretary to explain by July 1 how the department has the authority to grant waivers "in exchange for reforms not authorized by Congress." It was also signed by Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., chairman of the education subcommittee. More

End to one-time aid may squeeze special education budgets
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As one-time aid from the federal economic-stimulus program and the $10 billion Education Jobs Fund evaporates, states using that money to keep their special education budgets afloat are starting to come up short — in some cases putting other federal aid in jeopardy. More

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Research calls data-driven education reforms into question
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Two new reports on standards-based accountability and incentive systems should end the current thrust of United States education policy. The first, by the National Academies' National Research Council, investigated the impact of high stakes tests, the basis for current accountability measures. The second, by the National Center on Education and the Economy, studied U.S. reform strategies compared to schooling in higher performing countries. More



Homework can only count for 10 percent of student's grade, new Los Angeles schools policy decrees
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The Los Angeles Unified School District has enacted a new policy saying that homework can count for only 10 percent of a student's grade. The policy is intended to account for the myriad urban problems facing the district's mostly low-income, minority population. It's also aimed at supporting L.A. Unified's increasing focus on boosting measureable academic achievement. More

Wisconsin governor officially cuts collective bargaining
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has officially taken away nearly all collective bargaining rights from the vast majority of the state's public employees. The Wisconsin law will take effect the day after it is published by the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State has 10 days from the signing, excluding signings, to publish it. More

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For San Diego schools, a fear that larger classes will hinder learning
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Many in the forefront of what is called the education reform movement — like Bill Gates, the philanthropist, and Arne Duncan, the nation's education secretary — have attended private schools with small class sizes. Others, like New York's mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg, and its former schools chancellor Joel I. Klein have sent their children to private schools with small class sizes. Imagine if the poorest public school children had the same opportunity. That is what has been happening for several years in this urban district of 130,000 students. More

Better pay for Georgia math, science teachers?
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Georgia officials are hoping to lessen the state's shortage of math and science teachers by sweetening the pot for those just starting their careers. By the end of June, 3,100 of the state's newest math and science teachers will receive from $1,461 to $6,577 through an incentive plan put into law in 2009 and funded for the first time this year. More

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Gov. Scott signs first bill by reforming teacher pay
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Florida launched into a historic, high-stakes venture to see if radical changes to the teaching profession can boost student success. In the spotlight: Senate Bill 736, a sweeping package signed by Gov. Rick Scott that dramatically alters how teachers are hired, fired, evaluated and paid. More than two years in the making, the new law is one of the most far-reaching of its kind in the nation and one of the biggest shakeups in the history of Florida public schools. Tenure is gone for new teachers and contracts and pay will be tied to student test scores. More



Crayola grant: Deadline approaching!
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Strengthen arts education in your school with a 2011 grant to 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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Parenting.com school transformation grant
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Win a $20,000 grant to furnish educational resources for students — anything from textbooks to playground equipment, new computers to art supplies. The winning school will be determined by visitors to Parenting.com, who will vote for the school of their choice. More


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Study shows BULLYING reduced 41%

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