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How the tourism industry dictates when kids in 14 states go back to school
Vox
Most states let districts set their own start date for the school year. But 14 states have start date laws, many of which ensure students stay out of school for much of August. Those laws are strongly supported by state tourism industries, who want kids out of school and their families traveling as late as possible in September.
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US education: How we got where we are today
The Christian Science Monitor
On the last day of school in June, principal Aurelia Curtis was harried. An auditorium full of teachers was waiting for her. But instead of congratulating them on a good year and sending off three retiring staff members, she was in her office signing the last of the 742 teacher evaluation forms for her staff of nearly 150 that she had to finish by an end-of-year deadline. Curtis, a stern but beloved leader who shares her name with Curtis High School here in Staten Island, New York, where she began her career 30 years ago, spends more time these days filling out intensive teacher evaluations required by the state than she does talking to her teachers. Or that's how it often feels.
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Next Generation Science Standards: Which states adopted and when?
Education Week
Over the last 16 months, Education Week has been covering state adoptions of the Next Generation Science Standards. So far, a dozen states and the District of Columbia have adopted them. The K-12 science standards, finalized in April 2013, were developed by 26 "lead state partners" in collaboration with several national groups. Key dimensions of the standards include providing a greater emphasis on depth over breadth of science content and asking students to apply their learning through the practices of scientific inquiry and engineering design.
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Games: The new learning experience
eSchool News
It seems you can't go anywhere in the education world without hearing about game-based learning. At its core, game-based learning connects learning and meaning to content to give students an intrinsic learning experience, in which the games elevate the content in a meaningful and engaging way. Games are particularly effective learning tools because they give students open-ended environments in which to explore, play and create.
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How a bigger purpose can motivate students to learn
MindShift
A few years ago, psychologist David Yeager and his colleagues noticed something interesting while interviewing high school students in the San Francisco Bay Area about their hopes, dreams and life goals. It was no surprise that students often said that making money, attaining fame or pursuing a career that they enjoyed were important to them. But many of them also spoke of additionally wanting to make a positive impact on their community or society — such as by becoming a doctor to take care of people, or a pastor who "makes a difference." What's more, the teens with these "pro-social" types of goals tended to rate their schoolwork as more personally meaningful.
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Teaching with Minecraft? MOOC explores gamification for K-12
THE Journal
Instructure has launched a series of massive open online courses for K-12 teachers, students and parents, including two that use Minecraft to help teachers implement gamification best practices in the classroom. The first Minecraft MOOC, Getting Started with MinecraftEDU, is designed to introduce teachers to using the game as an educational tool and provides help on planning the first two lessons with the game.
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Avoiding common mistakes when implementing SEL
Edutopia
Curriculum-based social and emotional learning and related programs require several elements to be successful, beyond even carrying them out with a high degree of fidelity. Some don't believe that programs are the best way to build SEL but even among those who do see programs as having a key purpose, the current understanding is, at best, that programs are necessary but not sufficient to produce generalizable skill gains in their recipients.
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Use BYOD strategies to prepare for BYOA
District Administration Magazine
Just when you thought you had devices figured out, it’s becoming apparent that apps are a new, true threat. BYOD has led to BYOA — bring-your-own-app — and focus must now shift from devices to software. Perhaps even more so than devices, apps are proving serious threats to school IT networks, especially as students and teachers become increasingly dependent on them. All of the data being uploaded, downloaded and streamed through these apps can put great strain on those networks and open them up to security threats.
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Is regular exercise the best treatment for ADHD?
By: Denise A. Valenti
As summer winds to a close, the long days of playing, running, swimming and biking cease and are replaced by hours of sitting at a desk, eyes ahead. For some children this is problematic, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is common among children of school age. The causes of ADHD are not known, but studies looking into how genetics, environment, social surroundings, nutrition and brain injury contribute to the process. Another line of research is the relationship of physical activity to the symptoms of ADHD.
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8 educators share back-to-school priorities
eSchool News
A new school year brings with it new priorities for school administrators, teachers and ed-tech leaders. Focusing on Common Core learning goals, integrating technology into lessons and expanding students' opportunity for project-based learning experiences are just some of the new initiatives and objectives educators have identified for the 2014-2015 school year.
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Residency program tries to solve problem of teacher burnout
The Baltimore Sun
As principal of a small Southeast Baltimore school, Anthony Ruby has guided an array of first-year teachers, from the stars who seem to have an innate sense of how to handle a class to those who were so ineffective he declined to renew their contracts. When teachers aren't effective, he said, "it is not fair to our kids," many of whom are low-income and immigrant. Hundreds of teachers are hired each year to fill vacancies in Baltimore, and the majority will be newcomers to the profession. In urban districts, where many are assigned to teach children with some of the greatest challenges, the national burnout rate is astonishing. Fifty percent of new teachers leave the profession in the first three years.
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Teachers are spending big money on back-to-school, and they're not alone
The Huffington Post
Back-to-school time doesn't only mean big spending for students and parents, often, educators have to shell out money from their own paychecks to supply classrooms. According to a survey from the National School Supply and Equipment Association (now the Education Market Association), teachers spent an average of nearly $500 out of pocket on back-to-school shopping last year. While districts sometimes help cover some costs of back-to-school spending for teachers, and different levels of governments sometimes reimburse these costs, it often doesn't go far enough.
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In program to fight childhood obesity, teachers play key role
Medical News Today
An innovative physical activities guide developed at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute is helping North Carolina fight childhood obesity. New research shows that when teachers direct these physical activities, young children become more active and less sedentary. "In the past twenty years, childhood obesity rates have skyrocketed," said FPG investigator Allison De Marco. "And for the first time in over a century, children's life expectancies are declining because of increased numbers of overweight kids."
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How to minimize digital classroom distractions
eSchool News
Classroom technologies such as smartphones, tablets, computers and wireless internet access offer exciting opportunities to enhance and deepen the learning process. However, using technology in the classroom can also bring multiple distractions to students. Without your proactive supervision, students might access games, Web pages and social networking sites as you deliver instruction. As an educator, how can you confront this dilemma?
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How teachers can become fluent in classroom technology
EdTech Magazine
During one of our last leadership team meetings this past school year, we reflected on our use of digital portfolios to house student work. We had a lot to celebrate: We had found a digital tool to capture student learning, Evernote, a cloud-based note-taking app. No one felt much pressure to be the best at using technology. Parent feedback, although limited in the initial stages of this project, was very positive. Things were looking up going into the fall.
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NCLB waivers: The twists, turns and terms to know
Education Week
The Obama administration first offered No Child Left Behind Act waivers to states back in 2011. Since then, there have been numerous changes and variations to the coveted flexibility. This interactive timeline tracks those twists and turns.
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How a bigger purpose can motivate students to learn
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A few years ago, psychologist David Yeager and his colleagues noticed something interesting while interviewing high school students in the San Francisco Bay Area about their hopes, dreams and life goals.

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Maximizing PLC time to flip your class
District Administration Magazine
Recently, we have been talking with a number of people about how to best implement flipped learning, and one hurdle mentioned over and over by teachers is that they do not have enough time.

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5 apps for today's administrators
eSchool News
Leading a school or a school district is, understandably, an important and critical job. Today's school administrators must keep up to date with learning trends, instructional strategies, technology initiatives, and everything in between.

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Obama administration approves NCLB flexibility requests for Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi North Carolina and Wisconsin
U.S. Department of Education
The Obama administration announced that five states — Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi North Carolina and Wisconsin — have received a one-year extension for flexibility from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as No Child Left Behind.
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Why Los Angeles sends failing students on to the next grade
The Hechinger Report
When Alberto Cortes was held back in fourth grade because of low math skills, he thought his world had come to an end. "The first day of going back to fourth grade, I see all my friends with new teachers there in fifth grade," Cortes said. "I started crying because I had to do fourth grade again and they got to go to middle school." At first the humiliation and embarrassment of retention motivated Cortes to try hard in his classes. But by seventh grade, he was smoking and doing graffiti to impress kids and shed his reputation as the "dumb" older kid.
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Top tips from NAESP 2014 Annual Conference speakers
NAESP
NAESP's 2014 Annual Conference in Nashville was packed with fresh ideas from visionary thinkers in education. Visit the Session Notes page to read The Wrap, NAESP's series of top takeaways from each session. Discover productivity tips from Justin Baeder, school culture strategies from Todd and Beth Whitaker, ideas from Susan Cain for working with introverts, and more.
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Back to school strategies: Collaborative learning activities for teachers
NAESP
The most vibrant and successful schools are those in which everyone recognizes the need to continue to refine practice. These five strategies — book studies, looking at student work, learning walks, lesson studies and developing consistent expectations — offer new ways for staff members to work collaboratively and gain the skills necessary to positively impact student learning.
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