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Addressing parent fears about the changing classroom
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It's Back to School Night at our middle school, and as I finish my five-minute overview for parents about what their kids will learn in in my math and science classes this year, I can see the questions start bubbling up. Their faces say it all. Since their kids were in kindergarten, they've been through half a dozen rounds of homework assignments, projects and solving the logistics of getting things to and from school. But these parents haven't had much experience with teaching practices that weren't in use when they went to school. They're concerned. More

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Teachers prepare for 10th anniversary of Sept. 11
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As the nation prepares to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, many teachers are struggling with how to teach about the disastrous events to students who might have a living memory of the events. Many younger students, meanwhile, might not even realize the significance of the day itself. More



Researchers dispute differences in auditory, visual learning styles
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VideoBrief Most people have heard the theory that some students are visual learners, while others are auditory learners. And still other kids learn best when lessons involve movement. But should teachers target instruction based on perceptions of students' strengths? Several psychologists say education could use some "evidence-based" teaching techniques, not unlike the way doctors try to use "evidence-based medicine." More

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Closing the math skills gap and boosting achievement
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As with other schools around the country, far too many of Fort Stockton Middle School's students were struggling with math, performing significantly below grade level. How could teachers to prepare students for higher-level math? Fort Stockton's leadership decided to try an incisive new approach. More


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Study measures bullying's academic toll
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While bullying is known to leave physical and emotional scars, a new study finds that victims may suffer long-lasting academic effects, and high-achieving black and Latino students are especially vulnerable. Building off of previous research that found high-achieving black and Latino students are more likely to be bullied, Ohio State University doctoral student Lisa M. Williams and Anthony A. Peguero, an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Tech University, found that bullying, in turn, could lead to lower achievement for victims. More

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What makes some preschools better than others?
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It might seem like preschool is all about naps and playtime, but the latest research shows that early classroom experiences can have a major impact on later learning and academic performance, especially when it comes to language. David Dickinson, a professor of teaching and learning at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College, reported in the journal Science that the quality and type of experiences in preschool can make a difference in how a child's linguistic skills develop. More

Which rules are worth circumventing?
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Rules are important in any civilized society. Without them, chaos would ensue. But some rules are worth questioning, especially when the consequences negate their very purpose. Teachers are grappling with how to address regulations they consider unnecessary at best and harmful at worst. There's no question that helpful guidelines can and should be put in place surrounding all of these issues, considering the privacy of both teachers and students. More

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How to address bullying in school — and how not to
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PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support, a disciplinary framework for schools to help prevent bullying that is, in my experience, heavy on jargon but light on substance. Known by its acronym, PBIS (pronounced "peebis") has become popular with administrators at thousands of schools across the country desperate to prove they are dealing effectively with bullying. More

Study finds metal detectors more common in high-minority schools
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Minority students in a high-poverty neighborhood are more likely to pass through a metal detector on the way to class than their better-off and white peers are, even if the schools are equally safe, according to new research. Researchers at the University of Delaware and the University of California, Irvine, based their findings on a study of nationally representative school data. More

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What's really wrong with 'parent trigger' laws
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"Parent trigger" laws, first passed in California and then elsewhere in the country, typically state that over 50 percent of the parents in a school or schools "feeding into" that school can sign a petition demanding that the district either convert the school into a charter, close it, hire a new principal or bring in new staff. The first attempt at implementing the law — in the predominantly low-income city of Compton in southern California — was unsuccessful. More

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FCC ruling brings e-Rate funding to more applicants
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Several hundred more e-Rate applicants will get funding for the wiring, routers, switches, servers and other equipment needed to bring high-speed internet access into classrooms, thanks to a decision from the Federal Communications Commission. Granting a petition from e-Rate consulting firm Funds For Learning, the FCC on Aug. 22 directed the Universal Service Administrative Co., the agency that administers the e-Rate, to issue funding commitments for these so-called Priority Two services at the 80 percent discount level for funding year 2010. More

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Achievement gap persists
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Affluent Los Altos, Calif., is home to some of the best public schools in the state, but the district serving most of the town has larger gaps in math scores between fourth-graders of different income levels than any other in the Bay Area. That is one of the takeaways of the statewide Standardized Testing and Reporting program, whose 2011 results came out. More

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Indiana vouchers prompt thousands to change schools
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Weeks after Indiana began the nation's broadest school voucher program, thousands of students have transferred from public to private schools, causing a spike in enrollment at some Catholic institutions that were only recently on the brink of closing for lack of pupils. It's a scenario public school advocates have long feared: Students fleeing local districts in large numbers, taking with them vital tax dollars that often end up at parochial schools. Opponents say the practice violates the separation of church and state. More

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Missouri judge blocks teacher-student social media law
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A Missouri judge blocked a pending state law that would prevent teachers and students from communicating privately over the Internet on social media sites such as Facebook. Cole County Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem agreed to a request by the Missouri State Teachers Association, issuing a preliminary injunction that stopped the law from taking effect. More

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Wisconsin schools alter sick-leave plans
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Many Wisconsin school districts have been making rapid changes to insurance benefits and work rules for employees no longer covered by collective bargaining agreements, but a few districts also are setting their sights on modifying sick-leave policies. For educators, it's seen as one more benefit being sliced in the wake of Act 10, the new law signed by Gov. Scott Walker that limits collective bargaining. More



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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The latest child poverty data is in — See how your state ranks
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NAESP is proud to support the Annie E. Casey Foundation as an outreach partner for the 2011 Kids Count Data Book, a comprehensive resource on the state of U.S. children. Discover where your state ranks in child poverty levels — then join the Foundation's Twitter chat Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 2:30 p.m. EDT. More

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