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Attention disorder or not, pills to help in school
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Dr. Michael Anderson hears about his low-income patients struggling in elementary school, he usually gives them a taste of some powerful medicine: Adderall. Anderson is one of the more outspoken proponents of an idea that is gaining interest among some physicians. They are prescribing stimulants to struggling students in schools starved of extra money — not to treat A.D.H.D., necessarily, but to boost their academic performance. More


US Department of Education officials to visit nearly 40 schools to learn from school principals
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Dozens of education department staff members are visiting schools throughout the District-area and other parts of the country as part of an organized effort in which federal education officials are shadowing school leaders. As a key component of National Principals' Month, these shadowing visits will offer department staff a glimpse into the daily work of school leaders, while also providing principals with the opportunity to discuss how federal policy, programs and resources impact their schools. More

Common Core catches on with private schools
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The common standards aren't just for public schools, it seems. With all but four states having adopted them since 2010, districts have little choice but to implement the Common Core State Standards. But many private schools are also making the transition. More

Using photos with English language learners
Edutopia    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Though the origin of the popular adage, "A picture is worth a thousand words." is unclear, one thing is clear: Using photos with English language learners can be enormously effective in helping them learn far more than a thousand words — and how to use them. Usable images for lessons can be found online or teachers and students can take and use their own. More

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Civic education found lacking in most states
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The 2012 presidential election and many other state and local races are only a few weeks away, but schools are not doing much to promote student interest in the elections or provide civic education more broadly, says new research. According to a report from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, CIRCLE, only eight states have standardized tests specifically in civics and U.S. government at the high school level, and Ohio and Virginia are the only two that require students to pass them in order to graduate. More

Using technology to teach about the election
Edutopia (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Teaching about the election is nothing new. Mary Beth Hertz, K-8 technology teacher, remembers sitting in front of the television watching the debates for homework back in the early '90s. However, the interactive websites and tools available to students and teachers today make teaching the election a completely different ball game. Students can now participate in online polls, read news at their reading level and play interactive games that help them understand political issues and processes. Teachers can use technology tools to facilitate polls, discussions and debates in their own classrooms. Here are some examples of how technology can bring the election to life in your classroom. More

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Should we connect school life to real life?
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What if, starting this year, even with our children in K–5, at least half of the time they spend on schoolwork must be on stuff that can't end up in a folder that is put away? That the reason they're doing their schoolwork isn't just for a grade or for it to be pinned up in the hallway? It should be because their work is something they create on their own, or with others, that has real value in the real world. More

Some parents decry schools' palm scanner
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Instead of paying for their lunches with crumpled dollar bills and loose change, students in Carroll County schools in Maryland are having their palms scanned in a new check-out system — raising concerns from some parents that their children's privacy is being violated. The county is one of the first localities in Maryland to use the PalmSecure system, in which children from kindergarten to 12th grade place their hands above an infrared scanner. It identifies unique palm and vein patterns, and converts the image into an encrypted numeric algorithm that records a sale. More


The future of education: Tablets vs. textbooks
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The federal government, book publishers and the technology industry are considering a large-scale effort to push tablets into public schools, raising questions about hidden costs to implement such a program. Apple, Intel and McGraw Hill representatives and other technology and publishing heavy hitters are working with Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski and Education Secretary Arne Duncan discussion to figure out effective ways to introduce digital technology into the emerging classroom. More

Teaching jobs finally coming back
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After four years of layoffs, teaching jobs are finally coming back. Public school hiring rose this summer to its highest level in six years. But even with the small hiring spurt, it's still not nearly enough to keep up with the growing number of students in American classrooms. "The data suggest that at least we're not shedding a lot of teacher jobs any more. That's a really nice first step, but there's still so much to make up," said Heidi Shierholz, economist with the Economic Policy Institute. More

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Financial education: A job for educators or parents?
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The idea that teaching kids about money should be left to parents is strictly old school, a recent panel of experts agreed. Personal finance is emerging as a new core subject area for many schools. Policymakers around the world see it as a step toward avoiding the next economic meltdown, and advocates say learning about things like budgets and credit cards is no less important than reading, writing and arithmetic. More

Teachers make money selling materials online
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Kristine Nannini spent her summer creating wall charts and student data sheets for her fifth grade class — and making $24,000 online by selling those same materials to other teachers. Teachers like Nannini are making extra money providing materials to their cash-strapped and time-limited colleagues on curriculum sharing sites like, providing an alternative to more traditional — and generally more expensive — school supply stores. Many districts, teachers and parents say these sites are saving teachers time and money, and giving educators a quick way to make extra income. More


Nearly half of children with autism wander from safety
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The fear that overtakes a parent when a child wanders away from home or other safe place is easily compounded when that child has an autism-spectrum disorder. A new study shows that such behavior occurs more often than in other kids, and that the hazards can be significant. In a sample of 1,200 children with autism, 49 percent had wandered, bolted or "eloped" at least once after age 4; 26 percent went missing long enough to cause their family concern. By comparison, only 13 percent of 1,076 siblings without autism had ever wandered off at or after age 4, developmentally the age when such behavior becomes less common, finds the study in Pediatrics. More

Dispelling the myths about 1:1 environments
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Andrew Marcinek, a instructional technology specialist, wants to dispel myths about 1:1 environments. His assertions are not based on opinion, but on evidence directly observed in secondary classrooms at Burlington High School in Massachusetts and from the students that traverse these halls daily. The school launched 1,000-plus iPads last year, and they are starting the second year with the device in the hands of all students and teachers. More

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National School Lunch Week
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Children spend two-thirds of their waking hours in schools, and because schools provide 50 percent of kids' meals, schools offer the best opportunity to improve children's health significantly over time. Recognizing this, Congress and the president established National School Lunch Week. However, the opportunity to substantively implement National School Lunch Week has gone untapped. More

LeVar Burton: What Romney doesn't get about PBS
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Recently, presidential candidate Mitt Romney said that if he were elected president, he would stop funding the Public Broadcasting System. Nearly every day LeVar Burton, host of "Reading Rainbow," is approached by parents, teachers and adults who grew up watching PBS, telling him how much the programs they watched benefited them and their students. Studies show that PBS has been responsible for improvements in early, elementary, middle and even high school education. More


Study: District is the best-educated big city in America
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If there's one thing that economists agree on, it's that the United States needs more "human capital." That's jargon for "people with skills." Now, economist William Yu at UCLA provides a study for First 5 LA's Early Childhood Education conference: He constructed a "city human capital index" or CHCI that measures the average amount of schooling attained in a given city, county or metropolitan area, as recorded by the Census Bureau. For children and young adults under 25, Yu measures how much education they are likely to receive, based on elementary and secondary school enrollment rates in the area and on college enrollment, for those over 18. Each year of schooling gets 10 points. Of major cities, D.C. comes out way ahead. More

Preliminary data: Only 1 in 4 in Kentucky ready for kindergarten
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Preliminary data presented to the Kentucky Board of Education shows just one in four children in the state are prepared for kindergarten. Education commissioner Terry Holliday told the board during a meeting in Frankfort, Ky., he expects that number to go up next year when all 174 school districts undertake kindergarten screening. More

Oklahoma Education Department OKs districts to release A-F grades
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Hours after the Oklahoma Board of Education voted to delay releasing A-F grades for schools statewide, the state Education Department told superintendents statewide that the grades could be released to the public. Recently, the state Board of Education unanimously voted to delay the release of the much-anticipated A-F letter grades assigned to nearly 1,750 schools statewide. The board asked the state education department to re-evaluate the grades after pleas from a coalition of about 260 Oklahoma superintendents who said the evaluation system was skewed. At issue is how the state calculates student growth. More

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5th-grader writes anti-bullying song
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Recently, students in Cape Fear Academy's elementary school watched the music video for "My Song for Taylor Swift," which was written by Jolie Montlick, a fifth-grader at the school, as a way to show students how bullying can hurt others. They also learned about the school's new respect policy, which lays out what bullying is and what students can do to stop it. Montlick's fellow elementary schoolers watched her music video while the whole school learned about the respect policy. The point of the new policy is to give students a clear definition of what it means when a student is bullied, said Headmaster Don Berger. More

Experts: Engaging with students — it's elementary
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There's a simple, maybe even universal, truth about human interaction, educational consultant Charlotte Stetson said, that is especially critical for elementary school teachers to know. Stetson, a nationally recognized elementary education expert who has written the book "Powerful Interactions," spoke at Searsport Elementary School in Maine to K-2 teachers, emphasizing the need for them to have "powerful interactions" with students. More

Congrats to this week's featured principal
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Wyoming principal Lynn Kahler, this week's featured leader for NAESP's Proud to Be a Principal Spotlight, never planned to be a principal. But after years of teaching, she says, "In the fall of 2008, I became principal at Sagewood Elementary School. And now I wonder why I didn't do it sooner." Read about her path to the principalship — and submit your story to the Proud to Be a Principal Spotlight. Each week in October, NAESP will select one principal to be featured on NAESP's website. Winners will receive a gift to share with their school staff. More

National Distinguished Principals to be recognized in Washington, DC
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NAESP's National Distinguished Principals program honors outstanding elementary and middle-level administrators from across the country. Next week, this year's class of 60 extraordinary school leaders will be recognized at a two-day celebration in Washington, D.C. Read more about this year's honorees. More


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