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Study: Children quick to judge peers with autism
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Typically-developing kids often see their peers with autism as less friendly and less trustworthy, new research suggests, and they're making these assessments quickly based on appearance alone. Researchers found that typically-developing children formed their impressions of those with autism in as little as 30 seconds. The findings come from a study of 44 typically-developing 11-year-olds who viewed a series of short, silent videos featuring other children their age who were filmed while responding to simple questions from an interviewer. They were not told that some of the kids in the videos had autism.
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The importance of Internet safety for students
By Archita Datta Majumdar
Is the boogeyman out there on the Internet? What do children need to know about the danger of Internet usage so they can take advantage of progress without succumbing to its pitfalls? The technology revolution has completely opened up our world and changed the way we learn, sift through and absorb information. But progress does not come without pains. For every new development, a price is attached.
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Advocates: Common Core needs tailoring for gifted learners
Education Week
While many educators feel that the Common Core standards fall more in line with the pedagogy of gifted education than previous states' standards, the standards in and of themselves will not be sufficient to challenge a school's most advanced learners, gifted education advocates say. "Some students will be able to meet the standards faster than others, and the developers [of the Common Core] realized that one size does not fit all," said Jane Clarenbach, the director of public education for the National Association for Gifted Children in Washington.
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11 virtual tools for the math classroom
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More and more classrooms are gaining access to technology that can be used with students. Whether you're modeling a lesson, creating stations or working in a one-to-one classroom, virtual tools can promote student engagement while increasing academic success.
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Language teachers use visual cues to engage students
The Columbus Dispatch
The second-graders applauded, cheered and even screamed for Scott Koehler's language-arts lesson. The teacher at Hamilton Elementary in Ohio explained the differences between fiction and nonfiction as he clapped, gestured and pointed to his eyes — all visual cues for key words and concepts. The students mirrored his actions. The techniques are part of a teaching approach known as “whole brain” that suggests that students learn better when they engage their senses. “If they say it, see it, do it and teach it, they’ll remember it more,” said Koehler, who started using the techniques two years ago.
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After school violence, traumatized teachers need help
CNN (commentary)
Americans were shocked twice this week by more school violence — first, in Nevada, where a student shot and killed a teacher and wounded two students before taking his own life; then by the news that the body of a young teacher was found behind her school in Massachusetts. The images of traumatized parents and a campus surrounded by police tape shake us profoundly — our hearts break for the families of those who died. For them, this is the beginning of an unwanted journey.
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Autism action plan
Scholastic Administrator
In 2002, the centers for disease Control and Prevention estimated that one in 150 children had been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. That number today? One in 50. It's not clear how much of the rise is due to actual increases in instances of autism, how much is due to better diagnostic tools, and how much is due — as some skeptics charge — to overdiagnosis. Whatever the case, one thing is certain: Schools now have three times as many kids with autism diagnoses, all of whom require special services. Administrators who don't adequately address these needs will quickly find themselves engaged in legal battles with parents who are increasingly willing to fight for what they believe their children are entitled to. But more important, schools without good autism programs risk leaving a growing segment of their student population behind.
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A teacher perspective: Advice for principals
Edutopia (commentary)
Ben Johnson, a high school principal, consultant, author and instructional learning coach, writes: "Being back in the classroom has given me a refreshed perspective. Below, I would like to share with administrators some helpful observations and suggestions that may improve your relationship with the teachers you serve."
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Report: Young children turning to mobile devices
Education Week
Young children have dramatically greater access to smartphones, tablet computers and other mobile devices than they did just two years ago, and the time they spend using those devices has also jumped significantly during that period. In fact, more than one-third of U.S. children under the age of two have now used a mobile device to watch a video, play a game, or use an app. Those are just some of the eye-opening findings from a national survey conducted by Common Sense Media, a San Francisco-based organization that provides independent ratings, information and advice related to educational media.
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8 things we can't accept in education
Connected Principals Blog (commentary)
We can't accept what's been done in the past as the only way to do things in the future. Obviously changing just for the sake of changing is not appropriate, but we can't ignore the changes that are happening all around us, and as such there must be corresponding changes in education. We can't accept not teaching the "whole" child. More and more frequently our students are entering our schools with needs that extend far beyond just "learning." In order for education to be successful, we can't ignore the external factors that play a critical role in what we do in education.
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How green technology can save you green
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Districts have a responsibility to demonstrate that they are dependable stewards of the future by protecting the environment — but boards and communities also require their schools to conserve funding. These dual purposes are forcing education leaders to address green IT issues as a matter of conscience, budget, and political value. CoSN, the professional association of school system technology leaders, offers a comprehensive "green computing" strategy that covers three areas: Purchase and Disposal, Energy Use and Reducing Waste.
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Here's how Americans stack up against students in other countries
The Huffington Post
When it comes to math skills, Alabama performs like Armenia, Mississippi comes close to Dubai, Washington, D.C., performs like Ukraine, and Massachusetts is just one rung below Japan, according to a study released by the U.S. government. In science, Mississippi and Alabama look a lot like Kazakhstan, D.C. is close to Bahrain, and Massachusetts edges out Taiwan. The study is the first to show where U.S. states would rank on the international exam Trends in International Math and Science Study, or TIMSS. Students in most U.S. states don't take TIMSS, so U.S. statisticians approximated results using the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the largest U.S. comprehensive standardized test.
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After school violence, traumatized teachers need help
CNN (commentary)
Americans were shocked twice this week by more school violence — first, in Nevada, where a student shot and killed a teacher and wounded two students before taking his own life; then by the news that the body of a young teacher was found behind her school in Massachusetts.

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Administrators share favorite apps, tools for the job
eSchool News
On any given day, school administrators must juggle a variety of responsibilities, support staff, and respond to last-minute issues or emergencies. In an effort to empower busy school administrators and in celebration of Connected Educator Month, education leaders compiled a list of their favorite apps and social media tools to help them manage increasingly busy days at school.

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11 tips on teaching Common Core critical vocabulary
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Teaching vocabulary within the Common Core State Standards is an essential component of standards-based curriculum alignment. Making the critical words second nature to our students will enhance achievement on assessments and will be useful in college and career.

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Schools, violence and mental health
Education Week (commentary)
Public schools have the opportunity to impact more future citizens of the world than any other institution. Creating and maintaining emotional environments that teach, nurture and maintain healthy behaviors is an essential element of our responsibility to maintain physically safe environments in which our students can learn. Teaching and modeling civility and respect and teaching children learn how to express their emotions is paramount.
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6 new changes in children's media habits
eSchool News
Children's use of mobile devices and mobile apps has jumped dramatically in the past two years, doubling and tripling in some cases, according to results from a large national Common Sense Media report. In 2011, 8 percent of families with children ages 0-8 owned an iPad or similar tablet device. In 2013, 40 percent of those families had an iPad or similar device. According to "Zero to Eight: Children's Media Use in America 2013," smart phone ownership has grown from 41 percent of families in 2011 to 63 percent of families today.
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Obama education speech stresses investments ahead of budget conference
The Huffington Post
President Barack Obama spent Oct. 25 hanging out with students at Pathways in Technology Early College High School, before telling them they're "starting something across the country" in a speech in the Brooklyn school's auditorium. P-Tech, a new vocational school run in collaboration with IBM, goes two years beyond traditional high school and lets students graduate with an associate's degree. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, both Democrats, have praised the effort and called for the creation of more schools in its image.
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E-Rate application must-don'ts for 2014
EdTech Magazine
Established in 1997, E-Rate is the largest single source of educational technology funding in the United States. With commitments of more than $2.25 billion annually, the program has been a resounding success, enabling schools to stretch their budgets for mission-critical broadband and connectivity services. And yet, the program is at a crossroads. In funding year 2013 (July 2013 to June 2014), demand for Priority 1 services alone exceeded the program's annual funding cap for the second consecutive year. Thanks to funds that rolled over from previous years, the program can fund all compliant Priority 1 applications for funding year 2013, but the availability of funds for Priority 2 services is in jeopardy.
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Students return week after shooting at Nevada school
The Associated Press via ABC News
Juliet Solomon said she was more anxious than her 12-year-old son as he returned to class at Sparks Middle School, a week after a fellow seventh-grader fatally shot a popular math teacher and wounded two classmates before killing himself. "I'm still scared. I still have bad feelings," Solomon said after dropping off her boy before the morning bell Monday, the first day classes are being held since the chaotic schoolyard attack. "My son is so innocent. I'm more worried than him," she told The Associated Press on a chilly morning.
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Utah's languages of opportunity
District Administration Magazine
When it comes to foreign language study, Utah is emerging as a national trendsetter. The state's five-year-old dual-language immersion program will likely give Utah students a leg up in the future job market and foreign affairs, and could serve as a model for other states, language experts say. The dual-language immersion program was born in 2008 under former Gov. Jon Huntsman with approval from the state legislature. Elementary school students spend half their instructional time in English and the other half in the target language; which language subjects are taught varies by grade level.
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A school's iPad initiative brings optimism and skepticism
NPR
A growing number of school districts across America are trying to weave tablet computers, like the iPad, into the classroom fabric, especially as a tool to help implement the new for math and reading. One of California's poorest school districts, the Coachella Valley Unified southeast of Los Angeles, is currently rolling out iPads to every student, pre-kindergarten through high school. It's an ambitious effort that administrators and parents hope will transform how kids learn, boost achievement and narrow the digital divide with wealthier districts.
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Change in leadership could leave Los Angeles schools in turmoil
Los Angeles Times
When John Deasy took the helm of Los Angeles Unified in 2011, he was backed by the school board, mayor and civic leaders in a bid to transform the nation's second-largest school district with bold measures to improve student performance. Now Deasy's future — along with the district's direction — is in doubt at a critical point. The district is facing new academic standards, major budget decisions and a massive iPad technology project.
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Queens, N.Y., school that went vegetarian shows student gains, draws plaudit
New York Daily News
Their school swapped sloppy joes and fried chicken for organic roasted tofu and braised black beans, and these kids ain't complaining. Students at the top-rated Public School 244, in Flushing, have longer attention spans and better academic scores since the school went vegetarian, school officials said. The school was recognized Tuesday by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group that promotes plant-based diets, for becoming the country’s first public school to serve vegetarian-only meals in its cafeteria.
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NAESP and Crayola announce 2013-2014 grant winners
NAESP
NAESP and Crayola are proud to announce the 2013-2014 winners of the Champion Creatively Alive Children grant. The program awards schools with grants valued at $3,500 to create innovative, arts-infused education opportunities for students. Arts-infused education teaches children the four Cs (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity), skills they need to understand our increasingly interconnected world and thrive as 21st century citizens.
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Tackle 3 tough types of student conferences
NAESP
Part of an educator's job is to help families and students through challenges, which can often involve tough conversations. When dealing with these three types of conferences — attendance conferences, college- and career-readiness conferences and retention conferences — keep these strategies in mind.
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