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Technology helps make school bus rides safer
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As students returned to school this year, many were riding buses newly equipped with cameras designed to nab dangerous drivers, buzzers intended to make sure they weren't left on the bus at the end of the day, and others technologies designed to make their ride safer. For instance, Fayette County, Ky., school buses are carrying a new electronic feature designed to help district officials and parents keep closer track of elementary students going to and from school. More


Mixed grades for new, healthy school lunch rules
The Associated Press via The Boston Globe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One student complains because his cafeteria no longer serves chicken nuggets. Another gripes that her school lunch just isn't filling. A third student says he's happy to eat an extra apple with his lunch, even as he's noshing on his own sub. Leaner, greener school lunches served under new federal standards are getting mixed grades from students piling more carrots, more apples and fewer fatty foods on their trays. More

2 versions of 'Common' test eyed by state consortium
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An unprecedented assessment project involving half the states is planning a significant shift: Instead of designing one test for all of them, it will offer a choice of a longer and a shorter version. The pivot came in response to some states' resistance to spending more time and money on testing for the common standards. The plan under discussion among state education chiefs of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium represents the collision of hope and reality, as states confront what is politically and fiscally palatable and figure out how that squares with the more in-depth — and potentially more valuable — approach to testing promised by the consortium. More

Arts-heavy preschool helps children grow emotionally
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How do children learn how to learn? One essential skill is mastering their emotions — learning how to stay positive as much as possible and how to deal with those inevitable interludes of sadness, anger or fear. Newly published research suggests low-income kids are more likely to develop these all-important abilities if they attend a unique preschool program that integrates education and the arts. More

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NAEP shows most students lack writing proficiency
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After decades of paper-and-pencil tests, the new results from the "nation's report card" in writing come from a computer-based assessment for the first time, but only about one-quarter of the eighth- and 12th-graders performed at the proficient level or higher. And the proficiency rates were far lower for black and Hispanic students. With the new National Assessment of Educational Progress in writing, students not only responded to questions and composed their essays on laptop computers, but also were evaluated on how frequently they used word-processing review tools like "spell check" and editing tools such as copying and cutting text. Some prompts also featured multimedia components. More

Is technology sapping children's creativity?
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The technology revolution has sparked a new debate about just how much parents should allow their young children to play with iPads, iPhones and other devices. Here's a smart look at the issue by early childhood development expert Nancy Carlsson-Paige, a professor emerita of education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Ma., when she won the Embracing the Legacy Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps for work over several decades on behalf of children and families. Carlsson-Paige is author of "Taking Back Childhood" and the mother of two artist sons, Matt and Kyle Damon. More

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10 things school leaders do to kill a teacher's enthusiasm for technology
The 21st Century Principal (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Here's a list of ten things a school leader does to kill any teacher's enthusiasm for using technology in their classrooms. An alternative title for this list might be, "10 Things a 21st Century School Leader Will Not Do to Discourage Teachers from Engaging in the Use of Technology." More

How will students perform? Depends on teachers' expectations
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Teacher expectations can affect the performance of the children they teach. The first psychologist to systematically study this was a Harvard professor named Robert Rosenthal, who in 1964 did a wonderful experiment at an elementary school south of San Francisco. The idea was to figure out what would happen if teachers were told that certain kids in their class were destined to succeed, so Rosenthal took a normal IQ test and dressed it up as a different test. More


Report: Schools not meeting students' technology needs
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A new survey commissioned by Dell suggests that schools are not meeting students' technology needs and that China is ahead of the United States and Germany when it comes to using technology in learning. Comprising interviews with nearly 1,600 students, teachers and parents, the survey was designed to gauge opinions in the United States, China and Germany. More

Schools see mixed trends in ELL
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More than 1 in every 5 Jerome, Idaho, students is an English language learner. It's a number that has increased significantly compared with 10 or 15 years ago, school district Superintendent Dale Layne said. This year, about 21 percent of students in the Jerome School District have been identified as "Limited English Proficient." That's a 2 percent increase over last school year. At Horizon Elementary School, the numbers are even higher. About 38 percent of students — or about 250 — are English language learners. "It continues to grow," Principal Teresa Jones said. More

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Charter school attendance has quadrupled over 10 years
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US children attending charter schools — publicly funded alternative schools run under contract — have more than quadrupled in 10 years. Their numbers have gone from 340,000 in 1999-2000 to more than 1.6 million in 2009-2010. Contrary to some perceptions, a majority of charter schools are urban (54.8 percent are in cities) and multicultural (the Hispanic percentage of the charter school population is increasing, from 19.6 percent in 2000 to 26.1 percent in 2010, while white and African American proportions declined slightly). More

Teachers, school climate key to Latino immigrants' academic success
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Teachers and schools that value diversity have a big impact on the academic experiences of Latino immigrant children living in predominantly White communities. That's the finding of a new study by researchers at the University of Kentucky. The study appears in a issue of Child Development on children from immigrant families. Children who had a teacher who valued diversity felt more positively about their ethnicity than children who had a teacher who felt uncomfortable with diversity, the study found. More

US kids eat nearly as much salt as adults, putting health at risk
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Yes, we love salt. It makes everything taste better. But as a society, we're eating way too much of it. And, so are our children. A new study from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that children in the U.S. between the ages of 8 and 18 are eating, on average, 3,387 mg per day. That's about the same amount as adults. But it's a lot more than the 2,300 mg daily limit recommended by the federal dietary guidelines. More


Steep cuts to special education, disability programs loom
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The White House is warning that special education will face more than $1 billion in cuts and millions more will be trimmed from other federal programs for people with disabilities next year unless lawmakers act. In a report sent to Congress, the Obama administration painted a stark picture of what's to come, detailing the impact of more than $100 billion in automatic spending cuts that are scheduled to take effect Jan. 2. More

White House outlines impact of looming sequestration cuts
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All summer, folks in Washington have been wondering just how that series of planned, across-the-board budget cuts, known by the wonky, catchy name of "sequestration," would impact education programs. And, finally, the Office of Management of Budget, the White House's green-eyeshade arm, has released a list detailing just what the cuts would be and which programs they would effect. More

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Judge stops West Virginia single-sex classes: Were they a success or pseudoscience?
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A federal judge prevented a West Virginia public school from proceeding with its single-sex classes, saying parents didn't get a fair chance to withdraw their kids. But the question of whether single-sex classes work or are built on unhelpful gender stereotypes gathers pace. More


Florida governor says he won't cut school funding in the 2013 session
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott wrapped up a week-long series of meetings with teachers, parents and students across Florida by inviting his political arch-rivals to dinner Friday night for a cordial first conversation about how to help students graduate from public schools ready for jobs or college. "We're not all going to agree on everything but the more we have a conversation, there's a greater chance that we're going to move the ball down the field for our kids," Scott said. More

Chicago teachers' strike enters 2nd week
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The teachers' strike here interrupted classes for a second week, days after teachers' union leaders and public schools officials reached a tentative agreement that won only modest support among the union's members during a weekend meeting. Many Chicagoans had assumed school would start again, after union leaders and city officials reached the outlines of a deal, ending what had been days of long and sometimes contentious talks. But inside the closed-door meeting of the union's House of Delegates, opinion was split. More

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DC to implement new citywide discipline rules
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New citywide standards for student discipline are slated to hit District schools this winter, with an emphasis on ensuring students with disabilities aren't improperly restrained or isolated by their teachers. The rules would be comprehensive, creating a citywide student conduct policy, ensuring parental notification when students are suspended or expelled, and beefing up the reporting of disciplinary action, especially when violence or crime triggered it. More


Gear up for the Common Core — and more — with Principal magazine
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This issue of NAESP's flagship magazine focuses on an initiative affecting most schools in the nation: implementation of the Common Core standards. Explore Common Core tips, solutions and top resources from principals from around the country. Also included in this back-to-school issue are a new public relations newsletter and a special supplement on creativity. More

Read NAESP's groundbreaking report on principal evaluation
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NAESP, in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Johns Hopkins University and American Institute for Research, has developed a new framework on principal evaluations. "Rethinking Principal Evaluation" offers practical guidelines to help states and districts adopt multiple and meaningful measures of principal and assistant principal effectiveness. More


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