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Don't miss early bird registration for NAESP's 2012 Conference and Expo
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There are only four days left to register at early bird rates for NAESP's 2012 Conference and Expo–Best Practices for Better Schools™. Join fellow school leaders in Seattle March 22-24 for the ultimate national event for principals, featuring expert speakers Diane Ravich, Douglas Reeves, Andrew Hargreaves, Rafe Esquith and many more. Act now — register by midnight, Monday, Oct. 31 and save $70. More

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Report urges states to take a new look at principal training
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States and districts should not be bound to traditional principal preparation programs when developing school leaders, according to a report from the progressive Center for American Progress, based in Washington. The CAP is the latest entity to take on the issue of effective principals by focusing on one particular element, principal preparation. The report released looks at eight states that the center believes are leading the country in terms of expanding the school leader pool and developing innovative ways to improve principal training. More



Educators are taking a new approach to teaching science
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Raja Leach picks up a container of water and dish-washing detergent and starts shaking it. A classmate measures the amount of bubbles the movement produced, and another jots down the results — five drops of soap produced 30 milliliters of bubbles when shaken. "We're learning how tall the bubbles can get," the 9-year-old explained, taking a break from the experiment her third-grade science class was doing at Bennett C. Russell Elementary School in Milton, Fla. Raja and her classmates will not take the science portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test until the fifth-grade. But local educators say it is important to start preparing them for it in third-grade. More

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Are online math programs better than literacy programs?
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When it comes to math and literacy software, the choices are vast and varied. But over the past months, you can hear a recurring complaint from different school administrators: The quality of literacy software is not as high as that of math. Why is this the case? More

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Study: California's elementary schools barely teach science
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While California's elementary schools work to improve English and math scores on standardized tests, they are falling behind in providing quality science education, according to a study released. Only 10 percent of students regularly receive quality science education, researchers found, based on interviews with over 1,000 teachers and administrators at 300 elementary schools across the state. More

Common core found to rank with respected standards
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The common core standards in English/language arts and mathematics are generally aligned to the leading state standards, international standards and university standards at the high-school-exit level, but are more rigorous in some content areas, says a report. More

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School fires up iPads to fine-tune physical education skills
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In Gregg Agena's physical education classroom at Ewa Makai Middle School in Honolulu, students are ready for the day's lesson on basic tumbling: mats on the floor, tennis shoes off — and iPads up and at the ready. As Agena blows his whistle, half of the students perform "logrolls" and "shoulder rolls." The other half uses an iPad to film their partner. Then students switch places. iPads change hands. And Agena's whistle blows again. Ewa Makai started using iPads in all of its physical education courses as part of a pilot project aimed at helping teachers figure out new ways to engage modern students who thrive on hands-on learning. More

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Administrators go online to share ideas, learn new skills
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Overbooked schedules and tight budgets are increasingly pushing administrators toward online professional development to save money on travel costs and gain immediate access to helpful resources. "We're all facing funding cuts and tighter budgets, yet the need for professional development is still there, so we're seeking new and innovative ways to do that," said William H. Mayes, the executive director of the Michigan Association of School Administrators, which serves superintendents and building-level administrators in 584 school districts in the state. More

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Study: More than half of young children use digital media
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Fifty-two percent of children ages 5-8 use smart phones, video iPods, iPads or similar devices, and 4 in 10 2- to 4-year-olds use the same devices, according to a new national study on young children's use of media. "Zero to Eight: Children's Media Use in America" documents young children's use of new digital media devices such as iPads or other tablet devices and mobile apps, along with older media platforms such as television, computers and books. More

When school Web filtering comes home
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Schools that receive discounts for Internet access through the federal e-rate funding are required to implement a number of measures, like creating an Internet safety policy and filtering and blocking access to certain types of online content. To that end, The Children's Internet Protection Act, CIPA, addresses concerns about the type of online materials that children can access at school. But as more schools begin to implement one-to-one computer programs, providing each student with a laptop or a net-book or even an iPad, there are new wrinkles in thinking about CIPA. After all, these devices are meant to be used at school and at home. More

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How meditating helps with multitasking
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There’s no question that for both kids and adults, our attention is divided. Texts, emails, Twitter, Facebook are all chiming, ringing, beeping and chirping for our attention. How does this affect kids? The media has covered the subject in terms of fear of multitasking leading to ADD, losing control to digital devices, and the dangers of not being able to focus. And in most cases, the Internet (and technology in general) has been declared the culprit. More

Study raises questions about virtual schools
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As an increasing number of cash-strapped states turn to virtual schools — where computers replace classmates and students learn via the Internet — a new study is raising questions about their quality and oversight. In research to be released, scholars Kevin G. Welner and Gene V. Glass at the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado assert that full-time virtual schools are largely unregulated. More

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Social media savvy: The new digital divide?
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The inclusion of social media data in the algorithms that search engines now use to help people find relevant information online could create a "new digital divide," educator and consultant Angela Maiers believes — "those with a powerful network and those without." She also proposed a "new rule" that sums up the importance of managing one's online profile carefully: "You are what you share." More

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Innovation criteria is a model for feds
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The U.S. Department of Education's Investing in Innovation Fund's model of awarding bigger grants in return for greater evidence of program effectiveness may become the new norm for federal education and social programs, if a wide-scale interagency initiative proves successful. The i3 program sets aside different pots of money based on the level of research evidence that undergirds a project. The idea is to encourage developers to scale up proven programs and strategies while at the same time seeding research on less-tested ideas. More

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Parents get rating role
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New York City schools will soon be rated based on how well they work with parents, Chancellor Dennis Walcott said, announcing an overhaul of how the city's education system engages with families. Walcott said the plan would start with 10 to 15 pilot schools that have yet to be chosen. He didn't reveal how parent interactions would figure in formal school ratings but said they would be judged on whether they successfully communicate with families and "provide a diverse range of roles for parents in the school community." More

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Massachusetts may opt out of No Child Left Behind law
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Massachusetts may be opting out of the No Child Left Behind Law. State Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester is asking the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to back his request for a waiver from the federal requirement that all children be proficient in reading and math by 2014. More than 40 states are considering waivers amid concerns that the current rules are flawed and would result in the most of the nation's schools being labeled as underachieving. More

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California bucks US trend on teacher evaluations
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A report released by the National Council on Teacher Quality finds most states have made significant changes in recent years. Many now consider student achievement when determining instructors' tenure or dismissal. More



Read all about it — and win $5,000 for your school library
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Call on your students and teachers to rev their reading engines for NAESP and Parents magazine's Raise a Reader Contest. Parents will award $5,000 to the school that logs the most daily minutes read. More

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Win a grant to support service learning at your school
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Youth Service America and State Farm are offering grants of up to $1,000 for service-learning projects in K-12 public schools. Up to 125 grants that encourage semester-long projects will be awarded; at least 10-15 grants will specifically support projects addressing teen driver safety issues. More

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