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Investigation finds no oversight for teacher preparation programs
Education World
A newly released study from the Government Accountability Office found that federal law requiring states receiving federal funding to identify poor performing teacher preparation programs is not being adhered to. The GAO's report found that the Department of Education should do a better job in ensuring that states adhere to the federal law and also work to share beneficial information about desired quality and successes of teacher prep programs.
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Poverty affects education — and our systems perpetuate it
The Huffington Post (commentary)
It's hard to argue that poverty does not affect education. It's hard to argue that children who come from homes where they may be wanting — wanting for food, for time, or for resources — don't enter the school door with a little less than others. And it's hard to argue that children living in poverty and attending schools that are underfunded, under resourced, and understaffed are not literally up against the system.
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5 clever ideas to spark independent reading by kids
MindShift
There are so many concepts, skills and standards to be covered in any given school day, week or year that it can be easy to forget about one simple activity that promotes autonomy and starts students down a path of lifelong learning — independent reading. Kids are increasingly immersed in their digital devices, leading some adults to worry that reading for pleasure is in danger of disappearing. But creative school librarians are proving there are plenty of great ways to get kids excited about reading on their own.
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The teacher's guide to Open Educational Resources
Edudemic
You've probably heard about Open Educational Resources and maybe even used some in your classroom. But the world of OERs is growing constantly, with more quality resources available every day. If you aren't taking advantage of them yet, now is a great time to take a closer look.
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4 apps that make writing with an iPad possible
eSchool News
Tablets are a fantastic tool for media creation. But when it comes to more traditional needs, like writing, laptop or desktop computers are still the way to go (or so the conventional wisdom says). But as it turns out, tablets are extremely versatile tools for supporting writing instruction in the classroom, for everyone from our littlest learners to high schoolers and beyond. Why use tablets for student writing? Research indicates that using digital tools in teaching student writing encourages students to be more invested in their writing, facilitates collaboration, encourages creativity and personal expression, and allows students to share their work with a wider and more varied audience.
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Study: Classroom pets have educational value
Education World
A new study suggests the classroom pet is beneficial beyond the cute factor; having a pet in the classroom may provide real educational value through leadership skills and character building. The study was published by the American Humane Association in collaboration with the Pet Care Trust and was called "Pets in the Classroom." It featured quantitative survey questions and interviews from 1,200 teachers nationwide to arrive at its findings.
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Monitoring accommodations for effective learning
By Pamela Hill
Students who receive special education services rely on accommodations to help them learn and to help make learning environments accessible. The accommodations are typically chosen by the special education team during a student's annual or initial Individualized Educational Plan meeting. Accommodations can also be added any time a change is necessary. However, there are also formal measures that should be considered when recommending an accommodation.
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Survey: Teachers spend more money on supplies than own districts
Education World
An annual study that asked K-12 teachers about their spending habits revealed that the average amount teachers spend on supplies (using their own money) is $500. The study is the work of teacher verification provider SheerID and Agile Education Marketing and concluded that a majority of teachers spend more money on supplies than their own districts do.
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What does it mean to have 'grit' in the classroom
The Atlantic
Nestled within the New-Age-y sounding concept of "noncognitive factors" are fairly concrete examples of what parents and educators should and shouldn't do to prepare students for the rigors of college and their careers. Gleaned from research into brain development and human behavior, a toolkit is emerging on how to best respond to and encourage students' grit, persistence, and the ability to learn from one's mistakes.
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Integrating mindfulness into education
Education Week (commentary)
Fifteen years ago, the word "mindfulness" was almost completely absent from the education world. Only a small group of educators and researchers envisioned the role mindfulness practice might play in supporting the well-being of teachers and their students.
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4 things transformational teachers do
Edutopia
The key to transformational teaching is not reacting, but rather a grinding obsession with analysis and preparation. Lee Shulman, as reported by Marge Scherer, suggests that expert teachers — despite enormous challenges — demonstrate "cognitive understanding of how students learn; emotional preparation to relate to many students whose varied needs are not always evident; content knowledge from which to draw different ways to present a concept; and, finally, the ability to make teaching decisions quickly and act on them." So how do they do that? Let's break it down.
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As economy improves, K-12 funding expansions top state priorities
By Archita Datta Majumdar
K-12 public education is funded by federal, state and local governments in the United States. While the federal government contributes about 10 percent to the total amount, local taxes make up for the bulk of the fund, about 40-50 percent. The Great Recession resulted in significant budget cuts across the country. However, as the economy is bouncing back, administrators, parents and teachers alike have run out of patience and are pushing for aggressive funding expansion.
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Survey: Expect education to be big issue in 2016 presidential campaign
Forbes
What's the most important issue facing the country? As usual, it's the economy and jobs, according to the latest annual survey from the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. But education is the second issue on the minds of Americans who have been bombarded over the past year with news about Common Core curriculum standards, soaring student debt and standardized test opt-out movements in schools across the country.
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Educator to walk 400-mile journey in name of education reform
Education World
Connecticut professor Jesse Turner is embarking on a 400-mile journey to Washington D.C. in order to bring awareness to education reform he says needs to happen. Turner will walk across five states, averaging 10 miles per day, in a grassroots campaign to generate support to fix an education system he calls "abusive."
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Study: Race to the top initiative spurs US education policy reform
Phys.org
Five years have passed since the Obama administration announced the winners of the $4 billion Race to the Top contest, a major federal initiative designed to stimulate education reform among the states. While supporters and critics have argued whether the program has encouraged meaningful reform, UChicago scholar William Howell finds that the program had a substantial impact on education policy across the U.S.
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ESEA rewrite includes debate over sex education, funding
Education News
The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to pass an education bill that would place a ban on funding for sexual education courses that "normalize teen sexual activity as an expected behavior." The bill, known as the Student Success Act, is included as a portion of the Republican rewrite of the No Child Left Behind initiative created by President George W. Bush. The rewrite has been the subject of much debate over issues including the use of standardized testing, Common Core, teacher evaluations, and how large a role the federal government should play in education in comparison to state governments.
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NCLB waivers extended for 7 states
Education Dive
The U.S. Department of Education announced that seven states would get additional years of flexibility from No Child Left Behind's strict performance benchmarks. The waiver system is supposed to be a stopgap. It became clear shortly after No Child Left Behind passed in 2001 that few if any schools could meet its 100 percent proficiency requirements, among others. But the consequences for not meeting them were high.
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Top tips for presentations
NAESP
All presenters strive to do their best to engage their audience. However, sometimes anxiety can derail their presentations. Jim Grant's NAESP webinar, "Tips & Tactics for a Dynamic Presentation," provides strategies for reducing the stress that delivering a presentation can bring. If done well, the message will be communicated effectively and participants will leave satisfied and ready to make use of the information learned.
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NAESP Career Center offers job-hunting tools
NAESP
The NAESP Career Center, supported by Job Target, is the only dedicated national job bank for principals in public and private elementary and middle schools. Peruse job listings, post your resume, browse a wealth of career resources and even schedule a session with a career coach.
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