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10 things in school that should be obsolete
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So much about how and where kids learn has changed over the years, but the physical structure of schools has not. Looking around most school facilities — even those that aren't old and crumbling — it's obvious that so much of it is obsolete today, and yet still in wide use. More

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A fresh look at what school menus can be
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With the authority of a celebrity chef, Adam Fisher gestured toward the bushels of fresh basil, oregano and parsley sitting on the counter in front of him, as the crowd leaned forward. "We almost want to treat fresh herbs like we treat fresh flowers," he commanded, speaking into a microphone clipped to his apron. "You want to snip off the ends, and ideally you want to store them in some water." Fisher may not be some fast-talking TV personality, but he is a chef, a food supervisor for the Denver Public Schools, and he was giving a demonstration on how to whip up cafeteria food — in this case, cucumber and pasta salads — from scratch. More



Does our current education system support innovation?
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Innovation is the currency of progress. In our world of seismic changes, innovation has become a holy grail that promises to shepherd us through these uncertain and challenging times. And there isn't a more visible symbol of innovation than the iPad. It's captured the hearts and minds of disparate subcultures and organizations. In education it's been widely hailed as a revolutionary device, promising to transform education as we know it. Unfortunately, it's not as simple as bulk purchasing iPads and deploying them into the wilds of education. Innovation can't be installed. It has to be grown — and generally from the margins. More

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Common-Core writers issue math 'publishers' criteria'
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The lead writers of the Common Core State Standards in mathematics have finalized a set of guidelines for curricular materials that seek to promote "faithful" implementation of the new standards at grades K-8. The 24-page document is intended to guide the work of educational publishers in developing textbooks and other instructional materials, as well as states and school districts as they evaluate and select materials or revise existing ones. More

What's the best way to practice project based learning?
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Project Based Learning can mean different things to different people, and can be practiced in a variety of ways. For educators who want to dive in, the good news is that a rich trove of resources are available. In order to create your own definition and practice, here are some parameters to consider. This diagram, enhanced by the critical eye of Brenda Sherry, can help you figure out what's important to you and your students. More


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Job roles shifting for districts' central offices
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As "chief talent officer" for the Hartford, Conn., school district, Jennifer Allen finds herself in a different role from many central-office personnel who work in human resources. Rather than serve as a conduit for flowing district policy to school principals, who are then expected to act on those centralized decisions, Allen and her team in the 20,000-student district help principals learn how to best exercise autonomy in their schools, from making staffing decisions to figuring out instructional priorities to determining if there's enough money in the school's budget to buy a van for after-school activities. In her position, power doesn't come from a title, Ms. Allen said, it "comes from providing a service that principals decide they need." More

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Why is cheating more common in schools today?
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Cheating was, is and probably always will be a fact of life. Recently, technology has provided new ways to cheat, but advanced electronics can't be blamed for our increasing willingness to tolerate it. Once upon a time, being an honorable person included the notion that your word was your bond and integrity was a crucial element in establishing a good reputation. Teaching experience shows educators, however, that lying and cheating are seen by a lot of kids today as a crucial part of any path to success. The only shame is in getting caught. More

Districts bring tech. programmers in-house
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About a year ago, the city of Boston was searching for a way to roll out a new school selection process. Traditionally, parents were sent a 28-page brochure outlining the criteria for choosing their children's schools, or they could access a clunky website. That same year, Boston had welcomed to its city offices a small group of fellows from Code for America, a new organization based in San Francisco that sends young computer programmers to work in government for a year, using their skills to help solve problems. Working with the fellows, Boston decided to build a Web application for school selection. More


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Teaching innovation is about more than iPads in the classroom
PBS    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Innovation is the currency of progress. In our world of seismic changes, innovation has become a holy grail that promises to shepherd us through these uncertain and challenging times. And there isn't a more visible symbol of innovation than the iPad. It's captured the hearts and minds of disparate subcultures and organizations. In education it's been widely hailed as a revolutionary device, promising to transform education as we know it. Unfortunately, it's not as simple as bulk purchasing iPads and deploying them into the wilds of education. Innovation can't be installed. It has to be grown — and generally from the margins. More

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New online safety curriculum helps schools document CIPA compliance
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Schools receiving federal e-Rate funding must have updated internet safety policies that show how they will educate minors about appropriate online behavior. Now, a new animated online curriculum is available to help schools fulfill this requirement and document their compliance. The Federal Communications Commission last August amended the Children's Internet Protection Act to include the digital safety education provisions of the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act. Under the new rules, federal auditors may ask e-Rate applicants to produce evidence that they have educated their staff and students about internet safety. The e-Rate provides discounts of up to 90 percent of the cost of telecommunications service and internet access to eligible schools and libraries. More



California school district to implement weekly early release days to provide time for PLCs
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Parents of students in Pleasant Ridge School District will have to pick up their students early once a week with the implementation of a district-wide early release on Wednesdays. The early release days will be implemented to provide time for professional learning communities and response to intervention work as well as to continue with the significant body of work that must be addressed to implement the new Common Core Standards. More


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Florida appellate court says public schools must identify students who complain about teachers
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The identity of students who submit complaints about teachers to public schools, including colleges and universities, are public records and must be disclosed to citizens, a Florida appellate court ruled. A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal said Gainesville-based Santa Fe College must release the name of a student who sent the school an email complaining about former math instructor Darnell Rhea's classroom performance. More

California defunds program to fix 'slum' schools
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Eight years after California settled a landmark lawsuit promising hundreds of millions of dollars to repair shoddy school facilities, more than 700 schools still are waiting for their share of funds as students take classes on dilapidated campuses with health and safety hazards. California has funded less than half of the $800 million required by the Emergency Repair Program, which grew out of a class-action lawsuit against the state that former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger agreed to settle. Since then, schools in 39 counties have waited as long as four years for the money to fix leaking roofs, crumbling pavement and clogged sewer lines. More

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Absent, suspended Baltimore students falling further behind on MSAs
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For the third year in a row, Baltimore's scores on state tests show a double-digit achievement gap between chronically absent students and their peers who attend school regularly, and the system's recent spike in suspensions has created a similar disparity. In releasing the Maryland School Assessment results, city schools CEO Andrés Alonso identified the widening gap between students who are chronically absent — meaning they miss more than 20 days a year — and those who attend school regularly as a crucial barrier to the system's overall achievement. More

Integrating the arts in Denver Public Schools
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Denver recently created a task force to discuss the current state of arts integration both geographically and across the K-12 spectrum in Denver Public Schools. Arts-related jobs are the fifth largest sector of employment in Denver alone and there are numerous studies, books and anecdotes from CEOs and leaders noting the need for right-brained, creative and innovative thinkers in our workforce right now. We also know that Colorado struggles to overcome the "Colorado paradox" and continues to import human capital. More


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Middle school students to explore careers
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Seventh- and eighth-graders in Riverside, Calif., middle schools can explore careers in a new elective course the school board approved unanimously. Students can change their minds later and pursue another career, said Sean Curtin, principal of Chemawa Middle School, which developed the course with a $150,000 grant from the California Department of Education. "If at middle school in seventh and eighth grades, if we can get them to have a purpose, it helps," Curtin said. More

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Arne Duncan addresses principals at National Leaders Conference
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Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addressed over 200 educators at NAESP's National Leaders Conference, calling for support for principals' professional development. "You can't find a great school without a great principal," said Duncan, stressing the vital role principals play in fostering school culture. More

5 lessons in leadership training
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What will it take for all of the nation's principals to get the professional development they need to succeed? A new report from the Wallace Foundation suggests districts review five lessons that could propel them toward the goal of having strong leadership in every school. Read more in the report, "The Making of the Principal." More

 
 


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