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The secrets of a principal who makes things work
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
A good principal has been a teacher. While Ivy Leaguers in their 20s can now become principals, Jacqui Getz, 51, the new principal of Public School 126, a high-poverty school in Chinatown, N.Y., came up the old way. This is her third principal position, but before that, she was a teacher for nine years and an assistant principal for four. It's hard for principals to win over teachers if they haven't been one. "You're the principal," Getz said, "but you have to know how a teacher feels and how a teacher thinks." More


The end is near for No Child Left Behind
U.S.News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The nation's embattled key education policy may soon meet its administrative death. The White House is detailing requirements for states that want to apply for waivers from essential components of No Child Left Behind, a law all sides call out-of-date and impossible. Its central provision requires every student to test at grade level in math and reading by 2014. But now, the Obama administration is providing a way to let states off the hook and hoping all states will take advantage. "This is not a competition where some states win and others are left behind," a senior administration official said. "We'll encourage all states to apply, and everyone should have a chance to succeed." Several states have already indicated they plan to apply. More

Virginia school districts to have option of adding gun safety education to elementary teaching
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Virginia's Board of Education is expected to hand off legislation to local school districts allowing them to add gun safety to elementary school curriculum. The state's General Assembly approved a measure last April that required the Board of Education to design course materials in line with the National Rifle Association's Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program guidelines to teach elementary students about gun safety. More


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Hoarse teachers find talking is an occupational hazard    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
By the end of her first day of school this month, Theresa Simon's voice was already starting to go. "You can hear a little bit of rasp," said the 48-year-old teacher at Cecelia Snyder Middle School in Bensalem, Pa. But the frog in her throat now is nothing compared to what Simon used to suffer every fall when she was among scores of teachers who find themselves going hoarse after heading back to the classroom. More

Illinois Schools Implement Lexia, Improve

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Tips to improve online accessibility
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Few districts these days have the kinds of budgets that enable them to employ Web experts to help schools design and update their sites. Fewer still have Web staffers who understand the basics of making websites accessible to people with disabilities. But to vision- or hearing-impaired students or parents, your website may appear cluttered, confusing or completely unnavigable. Fortunately, following a few basic principles of Web design can transform a site into an inviting space for different user needs, devices and situations, without breaking the bank. More

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Experts: Less play time equals more troubled kids
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From hide-and-seek to tearing around the neighborhood with friends, playing is one of the hallmarks of childhood. But in this era of hyper-vigilant parenting, researchers find that children in the United States have far less time to play than kids of 50 years ago, a trend that may have serious consequences for their development and mental health. "Into the 1950s, children were free to play a good part of their childhood. If you stayed in your house around your mom, she'd say 'go out and play. The natural place for a kid was outside," said Peter Gray, a research professor of psychology at Boston College. More


Study: Single-sex schools have negative impact on kids
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Boys and girls may be opposites, but new research shows that in the classroom, separating the two sexes may not be the best way for either gender to learn and grow. A new study from Penn State researchers states that students who attend single-sex schools are no better educated than those who attend co-ed schools. Plus, children are more likely to accept gender stereotypes when they go to an all-boys or all-girls school. More

Very preterm kindergartners face learning trouble
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Kindergartners who were born extremely prematurely are much more likely to have learning problems than their peers who were born at term, even if they do not have overall intellectual impairment, new research shows. Yet more than a third of children in the study with learning problems were not enrolled in special education programs, Dr. H. Gerry Taylor of the University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland and his colleagues found. More

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New initiatives signal shift in US education-technology leadership
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In what appear to be the latest moves in a shift of emphasis from financing to facilitating education technology, the U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Communications Commission this month both have helped launch initiatives that were billed as major breakthroughs but involved the two organizations as agents of collaboration, not primary funders. Recently, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski attended as Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp. officially announced its Internet Essentials program, which will give families of students who receive free school lunches access to broadband Internet service for $9.95 a month, before taxes. More

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USDA could ban potatoes from school breakfasts, reduce from lunches
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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who hails from Maine's potato country and picked potatoes as a girl, is working to restore some respect for the humble spud, which is on the verge of being virtually banished from the nation's school lunch programs. New guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture would eliminate potatoes altogether from school breakfasts and drastically reduce the amount of potatoes served in lunches. Collins said the unassuming white potato has its place alongside more highfalutin vegetables in school cafeterias. She believes potatoes are healthy, as long as they're not fried. More


White House targets innovative education technologies
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The White House has formed a nonprofit organization aimed at creating innovative learning technologies to transform education in the United States. The National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies, aka Digital Promise, will engage exclusively in research and development to use the most advanced technology to improve learning at all educational levels, according to the organization's website. More

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Education Department gives states more time for stimulus reporting
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On the same day President Barack Obama announced the long-awaited details of the administration's No Child Left Behind Act waiver package, his Education Department quietly extended the deadline for collecting and reporting data on the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund, a central part of the federal economic-stimulus program. The SFSF provided about $40 billion in education aid to states to help them prop up their budgets in the aftermath of the Great Recession. It came with significant strings, including a slew of new data points states had to report, such as the number of teachers rated at each performance level in their evaluation system and the number of charter schools that have made progress on state math and reading tests. More

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Will Arne Duncan's education reforms get left behind?
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On a recent afternoon in the auditorium of Eastern Technical High School, where 1,000 people had come to hear him speak, Arne Duncan was stumped. "What will the plan be in three years when the Race to the Top funding runs out?" Deontae Gresham, a high school senior, asked the usually well-prepared United States Secretary of Education. After a brief pause, Duncan responded, "That's a good question." More

In Arizona, complaints that an accent can hinder a teacher's career
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When Guadalupe V. Aguayo puts her hand to her heart, faces the American flag in the corner of her classroom and leads her second-graders in the Pledge of Allegiance, she says some of the words — like allegiance, republic and indivisible — with a noticeable accent. When she tells her mostly Latino students to finish their breakfasts, quiet down, pull out their homework or capitalize the first letter in a sentence, the same accent can be heard. More

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Missouri lawmakers vote to repeal teacher-Facebook law
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Missouri lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to repeal part of a contentious new law that had prohibited teachers from chatting privately with students over Internet sites such as Facebook. If the repeal is signed by Gov. Jay Nixon, school districts instead would have to develop their own policies on the use of electronic media between employees and students. More


Tune in Sept. 27 for 'The Balancing Act'
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If you missed NAESP President Rob Monson's first appearance on Lifetime Network's morning show "The Balancing Act," be sure to tune in on Sept. 27 at 7 a.m. EDT for his discussion on online learning resources. More

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Join the MOVEment — tools from Let's Move in School
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Shake things up in your school this fall with resources from Let's Move in School. Check out videos, monthly webinars, evaluation tools for principals and online toolkits to help boost physical activity in your school community. More






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