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Principled principals
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If principals have the authority to dismiss teachers, will they dismiss the less effective ones, or will they instead make perverse decisions by letting the good teachers go? Evidence from low-stakes surveys suggests that principals are able to identify the most and least effective teachers in their schools, as measured by their impact on student achievement. But would that ability influence their dismissal decisions? More

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Worried about bullying? Ask the students
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There are a lot of well-intentioned grown-ups wringing their hands over the state of education in the United States. They are appropriately worried about things like overall funding levels for schools and whether the standards on which those schools are judged accurately reflect their performance. But when it comes to more qualitative issues like a school's social climate, sometimes it makes sense to go beyond the adult conversation and ask the kids themselves. More



Beyond seat time: Advancing proficiency-based learning
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There's an effort underway to replace traditional student advancement (based on "seat time") with advancement based strictly on demonstrated mastery of a subject. It's not a particularly new notion, but it's one that's gained traction in recent years as technology has begun to make feasible the requirements such a system would impose. More

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Math and science: Out of the classroom, into the world
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It's great to be a student these days. The opportunities to learn math, science, technology and engineering have come such a long way from the days of sitting through interminable hours of watching teachers solve equations and explain complicated theories on the chalkboard. More

School board removes Sherlock Holmes novel as derogatory to Mormons
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A Virginia county school board is removing a Sherlock Holmes novel from the sixth-grade reading list after a parent's complaint that it is derogatory toward Mormons. More

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New free online game lets students run a county
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A free online game can help students learn the basics of county government. "Counties Work" was created by the National Association of Counties and non-profit game maker iCivics. In it, students learn about the various services provided by county departments, such as road maintenance, law enforcement, courtroom and jail services, parks and recreation, and health and human services. More


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10 skills every student should learn
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What students should learn in school is at the forefront of the education reform debates taking place across the U.S. and elsewhere. Education technology stakeholders for years have been touting the need for students to learn so-called "21st century skills" such as problem solving, critical thinking and media literacy to prepare for the new global, digital economy, while others are calling for students to have strong math and science skills. More

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Researchers: Students can also learn complex subject matters on their own
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Self-directed learning has long been heralded as the key to successful education. Yet until now, there has been little research into this theory. Educational researchers at the Technical University of Munich have now shown that students can independently develop strategies for solving complex mathematical tasks, with weaker students proving just as capable as their stronger classmates. More

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Report: Federal action needed to expand digital learning
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As schools increasingly embrace digital learning, a new report says more federal action is needed to encourage the effective use of educational technology. The Alliance for Excellent Education hosted a recent webinar to discuss its report, which highlights examples of successful digital learning around the country and recommends several steps for the federal government to take in order to build on this success and bring it to scale nationwide. More

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Report: More Illinois principals younger, female
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Over the last decade, the number of female principals in Illinois school has doubled and principals' average ages have dropped, according to a report by the Illinois Education Research Council. More

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Baltimore school system grapples with principal turnover
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Since Baltimore schools CEO Andrés Alonso took the helm four years ago, only about one-quarter of the system's principals have remained in their posts, a high turnover rate that has rankled education advocates who say they are concerned that leadership vacuums hamper progress. More

Montana no longer risks having federal education dollars withheld
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Montana is no longer in jeopardy of losing federal funding for its schools since the state has come to a compromise with the U.S. Education Department on setting student proficiency targets, according to a government official. Montana had to prove its compliance with No Child Left Behind. More

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215 Illinois schools get money for healthful eating
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Illinois children will enjoy the tastes of fresh fruits and vegetables this school year thanks to a statewide healthful eating program. The Illinois State Board of Education will give out more than $4.7 million in federal money to 215 schools as part of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. About 370 Illinois schools applied for the grant money. More

Higher standards push more schools out of compliance with federal law in Michigan
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A sharp climb in the standards necessary to meet federal education requirements triggered a steep decline in the number of Michigan schools meeting provisions of the No Child Left Behind act, according to results released on Monday by the Michigan Department of Education. The declines were steepest among high schools and smaller among middle and elementary schools. More

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Registration and housing now open for NAESP's 2012 Conference and Expo
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Join elementary and middle-level principals from across the country March 22-24 and learn how to transform your school into a high-performing learning community. Submit a proposal to present a concurrent session or register today! More

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Celebrate Family Day 2011
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Family Day, a movement to reinforce the importance of family meals, is just over a month away. Start spreading the word in your school community with brochures, kits and conversation starters from the Family Day website. Plus check out NAESP's latest Report to Parents, "The Power of Family Dinners." More
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