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Protecting children in the 21st century
District Administration Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act added a provision to the Children's Internet Protection Act requiring that schools that receive E-rate and other technology funds educate minors about appropriate online behavior. This includes showing students how to interact with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and teaching them about cyberbullying awareness and response. In its regulations, the FCC did not detail specific procedures or curriculum for schools to use in educating students because, in its opinion, these determinations are better made by schools. The FCC also specifically declined to interpret terms such as "social networking" or "cyberbullying." More


These days, it's back to school, then shopping
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Samantha Paradise is starting eighth grade in Manhattan, N.Y., but she won't be decked out in all new gear on the first day. At 13, Samantha doesn't want to be stuck with untrendy items, so she will wait to see if the Superga sneakers that were cool at summer camp are still in fashion, and whether her classmates choose JanSport backpacks or revive the Longchamp and LeSportsac bags from last year. "I don't want to be the only one wearing a different kind of backpack," she said. In a shift that is upending retailers' plans, many children, teenagers and their parents are delaying their school purchases. A desire to get the trends right accounts for some of the hesitation. But retailers and analysts say the sluggish economy and unusually hot weather have also made for a surprisingly slow start to the back-to-school spending season, one that was expected to be the strongest since before the recession. More

What's the difference between games and gamification?
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Perhaps the best way to think about games in education is not to automatically call everything that looks like fun a "learning game." Lumping all digital game approaches together makes no more sense than a toddler's inclination to call every four-legged animal a "doggie." Game interest is definitely on the upswing in K-12 and higher education. It seems almost cyclical: every several years, almost in sync with the acceptance of new technologies (such as multimedia CD-ROM, then online, then mobile), there's a surge of activity with games in education. More

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Out-of-school settings create climate for new skills
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As pressure mounts for students to improve their digital-learning and 21st century skills, out-of-classroom environments are increasingly being seen as appealing settings to foster them. This growing interest comes hand in hand with discussions on whether the traditional definitions of schooling and learning need to change to provide students with a broader knowledge base that includes skills such as problem-solving and creative thinking. From out-of-school programs that use mobile gaming to reinforce school lessons to learning labs where students create their own multimedia projects using digital tools, these new environments have provided more leeway for young people to pursue individual interests, which some educators say helps them gain a deeper understanding of core academic knowledge. More

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Polling group: Student success linked to positive outlook
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Roughly half of American students today are hopeful about their futures, according to data collected by Gallup Inc., while two-thirds of students are engaged in their learning and two-thirds have high well-being. Those three positive traits are closely linked to academic success and should be focal points for educators, the polling group contends. Gallup's data on student hope, engagement and well-being, based on polling of nearly one million students in grades 5 through 12 from 2009 to 2011, was the focus of a policy meeting convened by the group in Washington. More

Report: Teachers spend own money on necessity items for their students
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Many teachers routinely spend money out of their own pockets on necessity items for their students, according to a nationwide survey conducted by The organization surveyed 1,188 K-12 teachers from public, private and charter schools throughout the country, and found that the vast majority of teachers — 91 percent — reported purchasing things for their students that ranged from food and snacks, to personal care items like toothbrushes and soap. More


Beyond grades and trophies, teaching kids the definition of success
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In her new book "Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success," psychologist and author Madeline Levine exposes the pitfalls of over-parenting, and argues for a new definition of success and achievement. Levine uses the term "authentic success" to differentiate success as it is traditionally viewed: titles, money, good grades and prestigious schools. In the forward to her book, Levine writes that parents also need to encourage kids to "know and appreciate themselves deeply; to approach the world with zest; to find work that is exciting and satisfying, friends and spouses who are loving and loyal; and to hold a deep belief that they have something meaningful to contribute to society." More

Why public school leaders must embrace social media now
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For close to a decade, social media has been upending industries, from journalism to entertainment. But many public school leaders have remained on the sidelines, fearful and focused on potential negative outcomes. There are clearly some good reasons why educators look at social media with skepticism. For example, a Brooklyn, N.Y., teacher was fired for complaining about her students on Facebook (a decision later converted to two years' suspension without pay). More

To spank or not to spank? Corporal punishment reigns in many Southern schools
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Corporal punishment is still surprisingly legal in many Southern public schools. The Forrest City, Arkansas, school board voted to reinstate corporal punishment in its schools. The measure was strongly advocated by school superintendent Dr. Jerry Woods. Many parents in the rural impoverished community near Memphis support the action, saying that children are out of control and need spankings either by paddles or rulers. Parents can tell school administrators, however, that they do not want corporal punishment used on their children. Corporal punishment is legal under Arkansas law. More

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Are kindergarten kids getting their vaccines?
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Most kindergartners are up to date with their vaccines, but federal immunization goals nevertheless remain unmet, the CDC says. According to a CDC report, the average number of kids who have been vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella is 94.8 percent. Health officials have set their target at greater than 95 percent. More

Keeping kids alert in the classroom: New device monitors air for carbon dioxide levels that may make them drowsy
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With nearly 55 million students, teachers and school staff about to return to elementary and secondary school classrooms, scientists described a new hand-held sensor — practical enough for wide use — that could keep classroom air fresher and kids more alert for learning. They reported on the device at the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. The sensor detects the amount of carbon dioxide in classroom air. The average person in the course of normal breathing exhales about 2 pounds of that colorless, odorless gas each day. More


Who could be Romney's education secretary?
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With the Republican National Convention about to kick off, it's officially time to start speculating about who could be presumptive GOP Mitt Romney's education secretary if he wins the presidential election. After all, way back in 2008 (Aug. 8, to be exact), Politics K-12 guessed that then-Chicago schools chief Arne Duncan could be then-Democratic contender Barack Obama's pick on Aug. 8. So we're actually late to the dance this year. More

Education: US education system slipping behind China, India
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President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney focused on the U.S. education system last week as a report by the Center for the Next Generation and Center for American Progress warned American children are not being adequately prepared to compete in the global workforce. And a second report, this one from Harvard, found school vouchers, touted as a solution to urban school failures, had no overall impact on college enrollment although they did help black students more than Hispanic students. More

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Obama vs. Romney 101: 5 differences on education
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President Barack Obama has used back-to-school season to make the case that his education funding and policy initiatives are saving teachers' jobs, turning around failing public schools, and helping cash-strapped college students. Mitt Romney counters that Obama has spent too much, and he advocates more school choice and private-sector involvement. Here is a look at how the two differ on the issue of education. More

Federal loophole enables lower spending on students of color
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In 1954 the Supreme Court declared that public education is "a right which must be made available to all on equal terms." That landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education stood for the proposition that the federal government would no longer allow states and municipalities to deny equal educational opportunity to a historically oppressed racial minority. Ruling unanimously, the justices overturned the noxious concept that "separate" education could ever be "equal." More


A new grading scale for Ohio teachers
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Hundreds of thousands of the nation's teachers are returning to class to find their profession under new forms of scrutiny. Schools — prodded by lawmakers at local, state and federal levels — are rapidly redefining "good teacher" to include not just qualifications and classroom presence but also cold, hard data on how well students are performing. Those championing the movement call it the next natural step toward greater reliance on standardized exams and an essential part of holding schools accountable. More

What Florida's next standardized test will look like
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Florida is starting the transition to the new Common Core standards and PARCC assessments, beginning with kindergarteners and first graders. The transition will take three years. Common Core and PARCC are part of a national effort among states to standardized U.S. curriculum and assessments in order to make more accurate comparisons of state school performance. The new assessments will also allow the comparison of U.S. students to international students. More

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After 22 years, school's first day still excites new principal
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Lisa Dingle has spent more than two decades in the Baltimore County Public Schools system and has yet to get a good night's sleep on the eve of the first school day of the year. Dingle, who replaced Heidi Miller as principal of Relay Elementary School in July, said the start of the school year is just too exciting for her to relax the night before. "Even though I have 22 years in the system, every year is a new start," said Dingle, principal at Winfield Elementary School in Windsor Mill for the previous five years. More


This week's webinars explore school improvement, evaluation
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Mark your calendar for two webinars. Today, presenters Scott Bauer and David Brazer will present Applying Research to School Improvement, guiding participants through strategies to implement research to improve student achievement. And on Wednesday, Aug. 29, join presenter Joanne Robinson for Principal Performance Appraisal, an examination of Canada's innovative growth model for developing leadership capacity. Visit NAESP's webinar page to sign up or find information on more upcoming presentations. More

Principals reflect on the National Leaders Conference
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Principals from across the nation mobilized this summer in Washington, D.C., for a successful National Leaders Conference. Read what two principals had to say about their experiences meeting with lawmakers and championing the Power of the Principal. More


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