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Report recommends shift to digital educational resources within 5 years
THE Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new report from the State Education Technology Directors Association points to the importance of shifting K-12 schools in the United States from printed textbooks to digital educational resources. The report, "Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age," delves into the benefits of digital and open educational resources, profiles several states that have already started making the shift, outlines the factors required for successful deployment of digital resources and provides recommendations for meeting students' needs. More


Students, teachers protest new menu guidelines
The Associated Press via The Christian Science Monitor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
At Wallace County High School in Sharon Springs, Kan., students and teachers created a YouTube parody video that blasts new calorie guidelines. The major sticking point: a new federal rule that sets calorie maximums for school lunches — 650 calories for elementary schoolers, 700 for middle schoolers and 850 for high schoolers. Protesters in Kansas and elsewhere say 850 calories isn’t enough for some high schoolers, particularly athletes who can burn calories by the thousands. More

5-year-olds put to the test as kindergarten exams gain steam
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With school in full swing across the United States, the littlest students are getting used to the blocks table and the dress-up corner — and that staple of American public education, the standardized test. A national push to make public schools more rigorous and hold teachers more accountable has led to a vast expansion of testing in kindergarten. And more exams are on the way, including a test meant to determine whether 5-year-olds are on track to succeed in college and career. More

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New kindergarten curriculum targets sexual abuse
New Tampa Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Florida leaders will join with childhood sexual abuse survivor and advocate Lauren Book to launch Florida's new sexual abuse prevention curriculum, "Safer, Smarter Kids" in elementary schools throughout the state. The new curriculum, which has been delivered to every kindergarten class in Florida, helps children learn how to sidestep the traps predators set, without being in any way explicit or scary. Florida becomes the first state to implement a sexual abuse prevention curriculum in schools, although other states have passed a mandate to develop such an education program. More

Students, teachers take scientific inquiry to Mount Kilimanjaro
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Several U.S. students and their teachers are scaling Mount Kilimanjaro as part of an international expedition to gather scientific data about its six biomes. But in this Web-savvy era, you probably won't be surprised to learn classrooms around the globe can also catch up on their adventure through webinars and a guided online tour. More

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Why disability history should be on the school curriculum
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As written by Sarah Ismail: "Mainstream secondary schools teach children hardly anything about the disability links in history. As a disabled person, I believe that this should change. I believe that teaching children how disabled people were treated in important periods of history, or that historical figures were disabled, might just reduce disability discrimination, or maybe even disability hate crimes, in the future." More

Why GM official says US is trailing the world on engineering education
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John Calabrese, General Motors vice president of global engineering, said the auto industry is concerned about a K-12 education system that he said isn't doing enough to get kids interested in science, technology, engineering and math. That's why 1,500 GM engineers volunteer in 325 classrooms through the Society of Automotive Engineers' "A World in Motion" program, which provides technical learning opportunities for elementary and middle school students. More


Groups helping teachers pay for classroom pets that enrich students without family animal
The Associated Press via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For many children, their first pet is a virtual one. Experts say many children who enter the first grade can play video games but few have a pet to play with. And teachers say that's a shame, considering how animals — real ones — can enrich a child's upbringing. So for a quarter of a century, educators such as Dawn Slinger in Farmington, Minn., have paid out of their own pockets to provide one for their classrooms. Only in the past few years have groups stepped in to help with the financial burden. More

Cloud helps at-risk, special needs students
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For years, cloud computing has been helping local and state governments provide applications that are accessible from any device. School districts and education programs are also joining the movement — in some unexpected places. Educational Services of America — a private company that provides alternative education programs for students at-risk of dropping out and for special needs students — says it has partnered with 230 public school districts in 21 states to help 12,000 students each year. More

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Schools tap into online fundraising to expand budgets
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Karen Tyler, the principal of Erie Day School, didn't quite know what to expect when her private K-12 school signed up to be a part of Erie Gives, a completely digital one-day fundraiser in which members of the community are encouraged to donate to any nonprofit in the Erie, Pa., area. Ms. Tyler's uncertainty turned to joy in a matter of hours when the day arrived last month. Thanks to a well-organized, Web-based fundraising effort that included Facebook posts and emails to parents, alumni, and previous donors, her school raised $52,500 in 12 hours. More

5 buzzwords you're likely to hear in education this school year
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Education, like any other profession, has a language all its own. We've compiled a short list of some of the words and phrases you are likely to come across this academic year. It's by no means all-inclusive, and some of these terms are not new, but it gives you a sense of some of education's priorities as we start a new school year. More


How schools (even great ones) fail kids with ADHD
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There's a group of struggling students that gets little attention in the media or in the debate about how to fix schools: Children with ADHD. ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a brain condition that makes it especially hard for children to focus and concentrate in school and has a number of other symptoms. It is too often misunderstood by teachers, parents and even the students themselves. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 9.5 percent or 5.4 million children 4-17 years of age, had been diagnosed with ADHD, as of 2007. Many others who have the disorder haven't had the benefit of a diagnosis. More

Education technology startups transform learning
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A slew of startups are turning education as we know it upside down, using technology to make it more effective and more accessible. "I think education is probably the largest, most important and most screwed up part of the American society and economy," said venture capital investor John Doerr, a partner at Kleiner Perkins and board member of startup Coursera. "So it's very well positioned for improvement so I'm excited about the entrepreneurs — their plains, their innovations — to move this important field forward." Investors like Doerr are fueling the field with a flood of capital. Venture investments in "Ed Tech" companies have more than doubled in the last two years alone, to $189 million in the second quarter of 2012, up from $82 million in the first quarter of 2010, according to the National Venture Capital Association. More

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Education drives America
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As written by Secretary Arne Duncan: "For the third year in a row, our team at the U.S. Department of Education has gone on a back-to-school bus tour. This year was more ambitious than ever. Senior leaders traveled from coast-to-coast and have participated in almost 100 events over the past 10 days. It started on Sept. 12 with a town hall meeting about the potential of technology to transform learning in Redwood City, Calif., and ended with a rally at the Department of Education headquarters in Washington, DC." More

Romney, Obama disagree on how to pay for quality education
Charlotte Observer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Should money for federal student grants for college be cut back? Should parents be able to spend local tax dollars to pay for private schooling if they don't like their public schools? Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama agree that a good education for all Americans is essential for democracy, individual success and the national economy. More

Romney: No federal support for Common Core
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mitt Romney told NBC's Brian Williams today that he doesn't think the federal government should provide support — financial or otherwise — for common standards, which have been adopted by forty-six states and the District of Columbia. Instead, the Republican presidential nominee thinks states alone should pony up the money for their implementation. The Obama administration has allocated $360 million to two consortia of states to help develop tests that align with the standards, which were created through a partnership of the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association. And the administration gave states that adopted the standards an edge in the Race to the Top competition. More


School nurses' new role in children's health
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Amid a steady rise in the number of children with complex health problems, a push is on to establish more full-fledged medical clinics within public schools and make the school nurse a more active participant in children's medicine. In the past few years, school budget cuts have left students with a growing range of physical and mental health problems in the care of a shrinking number of nurses in many states. According to the National Association of School Nurses, just 45 percent of public schools have a full-time nurse; 25 percent have no nurse at all. More

School bus ads may deliver new revenue
Middle Township Gazette General News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a few months, you may see your dentist's ad on school buses in Middle and Dennis townships. School boards for both districts plan to offer advertising space on their fleets of buses. A state law was passed for school bus advertising in 2011, and the New Jersey State Board of Education approved regulations earlier this year. Some other states allow such advertising, including Texas and Arizona. Middle and Dennis school officials say having ads on the buses will be a revenue generator for their districts, but they aren't sure how much money it will bring in. More

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In Arizona desert, a charter school competes
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Carpe Diem Collegiate High School and Middle School looks more like an office or call center than a school. Over 200 cubicles — not desks — fill this modern version of a one-room schoolhouse on a quiet side street here in Yuma, a desert city near the Mexican and California borders. All students wear uniforms and have a cubicle, with their own computer, which they decorate with sketches or band stickers instead of a typical office worker’s family photos. More

National Principals Month starts Monday
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Congress has declared October as National Principals Month, continuing a three-year tradition launched by NAESP and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The declaration recognizes the vital contributions principals make to schools and communities. Throughout the month, NAESP will be spotlighting principals and exemplary school leadership, including the recognition of this year's class of National Distinguished Principals. More

Strengthen science instruction with new NAESP book
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In "What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Science," NAESP's latest co-published title with Solution Tree, authors Eric C. Sheninger and Keith Devereaux guide school leaders through the aspects of an effective science program. It's packed with ideas for strengthening curriculum, boosting professional development and supporting teachers in inquiry-based science instruction. Click "More" for an excerpt of the book. More


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