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Obama launches National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
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President Barack Obama marked the start of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month with a proclamation calling on all Americans to "take action by learning about and engaging in activities that promote healthy eating and greater physical activity by all our nation's children." The rate of childhood obesity has tripled since the 1970s, with a third of American children now said to be overweight or obese. More

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Can mobile phones help teachers manage classroom behavior?
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We can talk all we want about what students should learn in the classroom. But the reality is that most teachers have to balance "academics" with a multitude of other lessons: how to be good students, how to be good citizens and simply how to behave. Behavior management is actually a significant part of what teachers have to do every day, and while there's a wealth of information to help them with tips and tricks, there isn't a lot of technology in place to help them with the implementation of best practices. More



Are schools teaching the wrong lessons about 9-11?
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What should teachers be discussing with their students to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks? It may seem like a simple question, but a report just issued by the nonprofit Thomas B. Fordham Institute explains why it has become a complicated issue — and why some of the lessons being given by teachers across the country are missing the point. More

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Internet makes parent-teacher communication more efficient
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More Metro Detroit districts say they're adding and enhancing online tools to ensure answers are just a click away for parents. From grades to attendance records, class lists, calendars and community events, school officials say they are putting more information on the Internet to keep parents informed. More

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For Muslim students, life changed after Sept. 11
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While the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, reshaped the lives of many Americans, then-6-year-old Shayreen Izoli didn't know at the time how much that event would change hers. In middle school, this daughter of Syrian immigrants — raised without many of the Muslim traditions of her parents' native country — was old enough to understand the largely negative public perception of followers of Islam. By then a devout Muslim, she began wearing a head scarf, the only one in her family to do so. She felt she had to become an ambassador for her culture and faith. More

Study: Parents need to adjust attitude to improve children's homework motivation
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Parents who want to improve their child's motivation to complete homework this school year need to change their own attitude and behavior, according to a new study by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers. In the study published in Learning and Individual Differences, BGU researchers found that if parents had a more positive, supportive attitude and communicated the learning value as motivation, rather than focusing on completing an assignment or getting a higher grade, then the child's attitude and motivation would improve. More

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In classroom of future, outdated testing can't keep up
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Most educators and education experts know that throwing money and technology at a school is hardly a cure-all for increasing student achievement. Devices are not the panacea. But when technology is deployed thoughtfully in a way that feeds into a broader system that's not reliant on the outdated factory model of schooling, when educators are trained how to best take advantage of devices and software and the Internet at large, the quality of learning should not be discounted — even if it can't be measured yet. More

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Lawmaker eyes school construction to spur economy
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Rumors are swirling that President Barack Obama might use his jobs speech to make a pitch for more money to prevent teacher layoffs — or repair the nation's schools. A school construction push might have a tailor-made funding vehicle in a bill to be introduced sometime soon by Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., who is the top Democrat on the House appropriations panel that oversees K-12 spending. More

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Michigan Department of Education to raise bar on test scores
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Michigan education officials are proposing a steep rise in testing standards that could trigger an equally sharp decline in the number of schools and districts where students are considered proficient in math, reading, science and social studies. In some cases, the students will have to correctly answer twice as many questions this year to be considered proficient, according to a draft proposal by the state Department of Education. More

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Chicago mayor plows ahead to make school day longer
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It's taken Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel less than four months to advance an educational maneuver his predecessor attempted for years but could never pull off: keeping the city's students in school longer. Chicago Public Schools, the nation's third-largest district, has the shortest school day among the nation's 50 largest districts and one of the shortest school years, according to a 2007 report from the National Council on Teacher Quality. Emanuel, like Mayor Richard Daley before him, has made it a high-profile priority to change that. More

Tennessee report looks at Race to the Top spending
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A new report from the state comptroller's office has found that local school districts are spending their portion of Tennessee's $500 million award of federal Race to the Top funds in a variety of ways. Those include purchasing new books and materials, hiring coaches for teachers and principals and paying teachers extra for student achievement or doing jobs that others don't want to do. Every local district received a portion of the money, which was divided evenly between the state and the local agencies and is being distributed over four years starting in March of last year. More

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Iowa education plan would boost teacher pay
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Iowa's top education officials proposed changes to the way teachers are paid and students are tested, providing an early glimpse at elements expected to be part of Gov. Terry Branstad's blueprint for overhauling the state's education system. Branstad plans to offer his blueprint Oct. 3 before launching a tour of the state to build political support. More

Perry defends education record, Gingrich praises Race to Top
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Gov. Rick Perry, the frontrunner among GOP presidential candidates, just cannot get away from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's criticism of his record on education in Texas. During the Republican candidates' debate, NBC's Brian Williams hit the Lone Star State governor with a question on the cuts he's made to education in Texas. This past session, lawmakers there rewrote state budget rules so that they could provide schools with $4 billion less over the next two years to help close a $27 billion shortfall on a $127 billion state budget. More

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Legislation gives parents power at schools in Michigan
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Parents and teachers could vote to force their schools to be converted to charters; the cap on the number of charter schools allowed in Michigan would be eliminated, and districts could privatize teaching staffs under a package of sweeping legislative reforms introduced. The seven-bill package, introduced by Senate Republicans, addresses several proposals that Gov. Rick Snyder discussed during an education speech in April. More

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NAESP President to discuss online resources on Lifetime Network
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NAESP President Rob Monson will appear on The Balancing Act on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7 a.m. EDT to discuss online education resources. More

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Register now for NAESP's 2012 Annual Conference and Expo in Seattle
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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

Win $5,000 for your school
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This fall, NAESP, with the MetLife Foundation, will be awarding 25 principals with $5,000 Sharing the Dream grants to cultivate globally oriented learning communities. Your school could be one of them. Applications are due Sept. 21. More

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