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PDK/Gallup poll finds rising awareness, majority opposition to Common Core
Education Week
While more people know what the Common Core State Standards are than last year, a majority of them oppose the standards, according to the 46th edition of the PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. Overall, the wide-ranging survey found, 81 percent of those polled said they had heard about the common standards, compared with 38 percent last year. However, 60 percent oppose the standards, generally because they believe the standards will limit the flexibility that teachers have to teach what they think is best.
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ELLs to keep increasing as K-12 schools cross 'majority-minority' threshold
Education Week
The 2014-2015 school year — officially underway in many districts — is expected to be the one in which the nation's K-12 population enters a new era: White students will no longer constitute the majority of public schoolchildren in the United States. Of course, this demographic milestone will remain a projection until we have official school census data that will take the federal government many months to collect and report. But it's still a significant moment in time that raises a whole range of challenges and opportunities for educators.
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Trust, equity and student-centered learning with fourth-graders
MindShift
School administrators are looking to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies as a way to bring technology resources in the community to bear in the classroom when there is little funding for classroom devices. School districts that can afford it are opting to issue school-owned devices to students that stay at school. But the drawback to these types of one-to-one programs is that they don’t allow for anytime/anywhere learning. This article focuses on a fourth grade teacher's use of BYOD to give her students the freedom to work at their own pace, with her guidance.
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Range of skills students taught in school linked to race and class size
American Sociological Association via Science Daily
Pressure to meet national education standards may be the reason states with significant populations of African-American students and those with larger class sizes often require children to learn fewer skills, finds a researcher.
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Informal education: What students are learning outside the classroom
The Hechinger Report
One thousand hours: That's approximately the number of instructional hours required of U.S. middle school and high school students each year. Four thousand hours: That's approximately the number of hours of digital media content U.S. youths aged 8 to 18 absorb each year.
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Helping students start the year with a positive mindset
Edutopia
For students who have had trouble in school, or who have had a negative summer, it is especially important to get the school year off to a fresh start. And for all students, having a positive mindset makes learning much more likely. Here are three activities to help accomplish these goals.
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Fitness may boost kids' brainpower
HealthDay News
Exercise and brainpower in children may not seem closely related, but a small new study hints that fitness may supercharge kids' minds. The finding doesn't prove that fitness actually makes children smarter, but it provides support for the idea, the researchers said. "Our work suggests that aerobically fit and physically fit children have improved brain health and superior cognitive [thinking] skills than their less-fit peers," said study author Laura Chaddock-Heyman, a postdoctoral researcher with the department of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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The business of equipment leasing and rental
District Administration Magazine
As the economy continues its slow crawl out of the recession, school districts that had put off capital purchases are now replacing outdated equipment and buying new technology. However, administrators are still considering large-scale acquisitions with caution, says Michael Lockwood, president of TEQlease Education Finance, a company that helps schools and other industries finance equipment leases. A particular concern for district leaders is technology.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

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Study finds obesity, bullying and gun-related violence among top childhood health concerns
MLive
Americans believe that obesity and bullying are the two most significant childhood health concerns nationally, while gun-related violence and teen pregnancy round out the top 10 issues. According to a new University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health, 55 percent of the 2,027 adults surveyed said childhood obesity remains as the biggest problem in the country, while 52 percent identified bullying as the second-biggest problem.
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Schools eye mobile content management
EdTech Magazine
Financially challenged school districts do the best they can with mobile device management, often using core wireless networking system tools to manage tablets and smartphones. That's the tactic Washington County Public Schools in Hagerstown, Md., takes. Jim Corns, chief operations officer for instructional technology for the district, relies on the MDM tools within the Cisco Meraki network to remotely wipe lost or stolen devices and reset passwords. The district uses Google Drive for secure content management.
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In education reform, don't throw the baby out with the bathwater
Connected Principals (commentary)
Educational reform is vogue today; education reform is good politics. We are bombarded with media stories and reports about the demise of the American education system. State legislatures have moved to letter grades to share with communities their school performance on standardized assessments.
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Notebooks and pencils and pens, cha-ching
NPR
Millions of families are heading to Target or Wal-Mart to make sure their kids have what they need for the first day of school. And, as many parents know, those glue sticks and gym clothes can really add up. This August, Americans will spend an estimated on back-to-school shopping, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. A lot of that spending is driven by the lists that schools and teachers give out, detailing what students need to bring on that first day.
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No common opinion on the Common Core
Education Next
On most policy questions, public opinion changes slowly, if at all. But when new issues arise, important shifts can occur before opinion sorts itself into settled patterns. And, on occasion, critical events can jar opinion from settled patterns into a new equilibrium. These generalizations apply as much to education policy as to opinion in other areas of public life. During the eight years (2007 to 2014) that the Education Next poll has been administered to a representative sample of American adults (and, in most of these years, to a representative sample of public school teachers), we have seen only minimal changes from one year to the next on such important issues as charter schools, merit pay, teacher tenure, teachers unions and tax credits that fund private-school scholarships.
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This may be the key to lowering depression in middle school
Deseret News
Researchers at the American Psychological Association found that preventing depression in the sixth grade, via gym class and recess, can stave off depression throughout the rest of adolescence. Depression is the third leading cause of death and the number one leading cause of disability in teens. The study found that there is a significant association between the onset of depression in the sixth grade and depression in later teen years.
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10 privacy steps for every district
eSchool News
It can be a challenge for school districts to navigate federal privacy laws, such as the Family Education Rights & Privacy Act, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. With all of the confusion and uncertainty regarding privacy, it can be difficult for school technology leaders to know what they can or should be doing. As schools reopen this fall, the following 10 steps lay outline a plan to get ahead of rising privacy concerns.
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Trust, equity and student-centered learning with fourth-graders
MindShift
School administrators are looking to Bring Your Own Device policies as a way to bring technology resources in the community to bear in the classroom when there is little funding for classroom devices.

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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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Starting from scratch: A public school built on dreams of students and parents
MindShift
District public schools have a bad reputation for being static and slow to change. But a public school district near San Diego is proving that collaboration between motivated teachers, engaged parents ready for a change and progressive leaders can lead to a dramatically different way of approaching public education.
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Register for upcoming mentor training
NAESP
Being a principal is a tough job, especially with today's increasing demands on school leaders. Mentoring can provide crucial support to new principals. The NAESP National Mentor Program is designed to engage retired and experienced principals to give back to their profession by supporting new, newly assigned, or even experienced principals through mentoring. Ready to dive in? The next mentor training session is Oct. 2-4 in Alexandria, Virginia.
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Back-to-school strategies: Maximize your learning on Twitter
NAESP
Twitter can be a powerful medium for professional learning, sharing ideas among colleagues, finding solutions for problems, and networking. In this article, Connecticut principal Rosie O'Brien Vojtek shares her favorite Twitter chats, along with the tools she uses to manage the information she gleans from them.
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