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1.7 million more teachers needed to reach universal primary education by 2015
Bikya Masr    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Some 1.7 million more teachers are needed to achieve universal primary education by 2015, the second of the eight anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals, the heads of various United Nations agencies said in a joint statement marking World Teachers' Day. More

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Children can increase physical activity by 'exergaming'
Medical News Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A study published in Pediatrics by researchers at the University of Montreal offers positive news for Wii-loving teenagers and their parents: games such as Wii Sports and Dance Dance Revolution can bring them closer to recommended physical activity levels. The study is the first of its kind. "Teenage exergamers — people who play video games that require physical activity — are most likely females who are stressed about their weight. On average, they play two 50-minute sessions per week," said study author Jennifer O'Loughlin of the university's Department of Social and Preventative Medicine. "As less than 15 percent of children and adolescents currently participate regularly in physical activity, we are pleased to report that exergaming can add to regular physical activity to attain physical activity guidelines." Current guidelines recommend that youth engage in 60 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity most days of the week. More



How to realize educational technology's game-changing potential
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During a recent webinar, the nation's director of educational technology highlighted how technology can support more effective instruction — and a North Carolina superintendent revealed how his district has successfully made the shift to a digital teaching and learning environment. With support from the U.S. Department of Education and modeled by local school districts across the country, school district leaders can identify goals that will help them make this shift themselves, while at the same time boosting student access, learning and engagement. More

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Maximizing the instructional impact of videoconferencing
THE Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As videoconferencing technology has improved and become ubiquitous, the financial and technological barriers to using it in the classroom have all but disappeared. Though it's easier and cheaper than ever to use, videoconferencing still presents unique instructional challenges and opportunities. Foundationally, videoconferencing facilitates the meeting of individuals and participants in real time and in different locations. While this is also possible using various software programs, the inclusion of video increases the sense of "presence" and bridges well the expectation of physical attendance and physical distance. More

Are students prepared for a global economy?
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A recent study of 18- to 24-year-old American high school graduates, commissioned by education nonprofit World Savvy, with support from the International Baccalaureate Organization, shows a desire among young people to learn more about global topics, but a seeming lack of instruction within American schools to satisfy these needs. More


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When do students and educators cross the line through social media?
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The Internet arrived with both a bang and bubble. Once social media platforms came into being, sites including Facebook and Twitter began to permeate every facet of life. With the phenomenon's expansion, it raised a number of issues involving privacy, protection and responsibility. Teachers are not exempt from these concerns. By being in a position of power and working with adolescents, their behavior is often scrutinized thoroughly. Naturally, if something happens to a child when they are in the care of the school, it is the organization and staff member who are liable. In relation to the Internet, not only is cyberbullying an issue — especially when conducted on school grounds — but social media is considered by some as an inappropriate way for teacher and student to communicate. More

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Student IDs that track the students
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For Tira Starr, an eighth-grader at Anson Jones Middle School, the plastic nametag hanging around her neck that she has decorated with a smiley face and a purple bat sticker offers a way to reflect her personal flair. For administrators, it is something else entirely: a device that lets them use radio frequency technology — with scanners tucked behind walls and ceilings — to track her whereabouts. Anson Jones is the first school in San Antonio's Northside Independent School District to roll out the new nametags, which are part of a pilot program intended to ensure the district receives all of the state dollars to which it is entitled. More

No appetite for good-for-you lunches
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Outside Pittsburgh, they are proclaiming a strike, taking to Twitter and Facebook to spread the word. In a village near Milwaukee, hundreds staged a boycott. In a small farming and ranching community in western Kansas, they have produced a parody video. And in Parsippany, N.J., the protest is six days old and counting. They are high school students, and their complaint is about lunch — healthier, smaller and more expensive than ever. More


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Volunteers key to kindergarten assessments
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Thanks to the help of more than 250 volunteers, Minnesota's Anoka-Hennepin School District 11 will receive much-needed data related to the skills of 2,600 kindergarten students. The kindergarten data collection program began 10 years ago after kindergarten teachers at Park View Early Childhood Center expressed concerns about how a schedule change would impact available time for instruction. Because kindergarten teachers were now expected to collect and assess much more students data than they had previously, the kindergarten data collection program staffed by volunteers was created. It is administered by parent involvement/volunteer services. More

Understanding accents: Effective communication is about more than pronunciation
Concordia University via ScienceDaily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With immigration on the rise, the use of English as a second language is sweeping the world. People who have grown up speaking French, Italian, Mandarin or any other language are now expected to be able to communicate effectively using this new lingua franca. How understandable are they in this second language? More

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Study confirms higher test scores of voucher students
The Heartland Institute    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Another new study indicates students in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program — the nation's longest-running voucher plan — made greater test score gains than their Milwaukee Public Schools peers during a five-year span. The study, directed by the Legislative Audit Bureau, revealed both seventh- and 10th-grade choice students outperformed their peers in reading between 2006 and 2011. More

Students have chance to be part of solution
The Home News Tribune via USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Lead2Feed: World Hunger Leadership Challenge is looking to enlist schools nationwide in an initiative to help students hone leadership skills as they help eliminate world hunger. Organizers hope to engage 1,000 schools across the United States in the program. The Lead2Feed: World Hunger Leadership Challenge was created by the USA Today Charitable Foundation and the Lift a Life Foundation, with assistance from Yum! Foundation. More


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Loopholes seen at schools in Obama get-tough policy
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With an agenda Arne Duncan, the secretary of education, has described as a "quiet revolution," the Obama administration has pushed rigorous new standards for a majority of the nation's public schools as well as requirements that states and districts evaluate not just schools but individual teachers, in part by assessing their ability to improve student scores on standardized tests. But some critics suggest that at the same time the administration has gotten tough on teachers and set higher standards, it could be allowing states to set new, unambitious goals for how quickly students must reach those standards, particularly poor and minority students. More

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Study: California schools suspend students at higher rates than average
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California suspended students from school at higher rates than average and showed particularly harsh handling of African Americans with disabilities, according to a study. California ranked 15th of 47 states in their suspension rates of white and black students, according to the study by The Center for Civil Rights Remedies at UCLA. It ranked eighth for Asian Americans and 17th for Latinos. In what the study's co-author called one of the most alarming findings, 28 percent of black students with disabilities had been suspended in California at least once during the 2009-2010 school year. More

Florida school district considers 'trash-cams' in lunchrooms to study wasted food
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Cafeteria trash cans in some Florida schools may soon be getting a high-tech makeover. After finding out that most of the fruits and vegetables on the school lunch menu ended up in the trash, school board members in the Lake County school district in central Florida are considering attaching cameras to school cafeteria trash cans to study what students are tossing out. More

Auditor: Ohio schools have questionable attendance policies
The Associated Press via Cincinnati.com    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The state's auditor says five Ohio school districts have used questionable attendance policies and practices, putting them at a higher risk for scrubbing attendance data to improve their school report cards. The districts are Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo, Marion and Campbell. Scrubbing is the practice of removing students from enrollment without lawful reason. State Auditor Dave Yost released the preliminary findings as part of his investigation into potentially irregular attendance and enrollment practices. More

EAA could become Michigan's largest school district in next 5 years
Detroit Free Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As many as 45 additional schools from across the state could end up in the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan in the next five years unless they show significant improvement, potentially making the EAA the largest school district in the state with nearly 46,000 students, according to projections made in a federal grant application. Districts impacted would lose funding for students in any school that is transferred to the EAA, and workers would lose their union protections because the reform district isn't unionized. More

Despite progress, desegregation order stays in place
The Augusta Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With all the changes during the past 40 years in Richmond County, Georgia, schools, at least one thing has remained. A desegregation order, established in 1972, remains on the books and affects areas ranging from transportation to hiring practices. Although the racial balance of the city's schools has shifted and most requirements of the order have been met, the process to remove it is more complex than black and white. More


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Parent University earns school a spot in 25 Coolest Schools list
St. Charles County Suburban Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are a lot of faces to see in the halls of Becky-David Elementary in the Francis Howell School District, covering St. Charles County, Mo. They include about 1,000 students, more than 60 teachers and support staff, three principals and some people most children don't see until after school: their parents. "We've got some outstanding parent involvement," Principal Sherri Brown said. "I've worked at other schools, and by far the most involved parents are here." Becky-David recently was named one of the 25 Coolest Schools in America by Scholastic Parent and Child magazine. Schools were selected based on innovative curriculum and programming. Becky-David was chosen for its Parent University daylong workshops conducted during the past two school years. More



Proud to be a principal? Tell us why!
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"Being a principal is the best job in the world," says Jon Millerhagen, a Minnesota National Distinguished Principal. He's also the first featured principal for the Proud to Be a Principal Spotlight, a month-long contest for principals to share the triumphs, successes and special moments that make being a principal so rewarding. See what else Millerhagen has to say about the principalship, and submit your own story. You could be featured on the NAESP website and win a gift box. Tell us why you're proud to be a principal today. More

Magazine archives open for National Principals Month
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In honor of National Principals Month, NAESP has opened the 2011-2012 archives of Principal magazine. NAESP members always have access to the archives, but in October, any educator can peruse the pages of the award-winning magazine. Don't miss stories from the "Unlocking Autism" series, the entire issue devoted to best classroom practices, strategies from the most dynamic voices in education, and more. More

 
 


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