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Hurricane Sandy school closings: Thousands shuttered for storm along East Coast
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Thousands of schools along the Eastern Seaboard are closed as Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall, attacking the coast with forceful winds, rain and possible snow. The closures are affecting some of the country's most populous school districts. New York City Schools — the nation's largest system — has canceled classes as schools are repurposed as relief shelters, opening their doors to those in need. All of the city's charter schools are also closed. More


Some states will soon call the roll on school reform
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Voters in several states will weigh in next month on some of the most contentious issues in public education, including teacher tenure, charter schools and merit pay for teachers, as a national fight over education reform hits the ballot box. The campaigns have been fierce and often nasty. In one corner: proponents of dramatically overhauling public education, including several of America's wealthiest families, led by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Wal-Mart heir Alice Walton. They seek to inject more free-market forces into the education system by requiring schools to compete for students and teachers to compete for pay raises. More

For students, why the question is more important than the answer
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In a traditional classroom, the teacher is the center of attention, the owner of knowledge and information. Teachers often ask questions of their students to gauge comprehension, but it's a passive model that relies on students to absorb information they need to reproduce on tests. What would happen if the roles were flipped and students asked the questions? More

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Sustainable professional development
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Although best practices in student instruction and learning have evolved dramatically over the past couple of decades, new approaches to educator professional development have lagged behind considerably. The traditional whole group, one-size-fits-all strategy universally recognized as ineffective for teaching students, has too-long remained the status quo for many school and districts leaders. More

How to make BYOD work for your schools
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Bring your own device initiatives are relatively new in education, cropping up in the last few years as schools — under tight budget constraints — seek ways to leverage student-owned devices for learning. Supporters of the BYOD movement say students are instantly more attentive and better behaved when they are encouraged to use their own mobile devices in the classroom, but educators face a number of challenges in making BYOD work in their schools. More

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A new approach to the difficult middle school years
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Valerie Strauss, an education writer who blogs as The Answer Sheet for the Washington Post, writes: "I once attended a back-to-school night where the school principal asked a big group of parents if anybody, given the chance, would return to middle school and take the chance to redo their lives. Not a single hand went up — and it's not just because of bad memories of those difficult years. Parents know that even today nobody has figured out exactly how to educate middle schoolers, who are changing developmentally in unique ways." More


Evaluating what works in blended learning
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Since blended learning exploded onto the K-12 scene with promises of personalized and student-centered learning, it has proliferated into dozens of different models, with educators continually tweaking and changing those methods to find the perfect balance of face-to-face and online instruction to meet the needs of their students. Interest in blended education remains high, spurred partly by research offering support for advocates' claims that blended learning is more effective than either online or face-to-face instruction on its own. More

New study shows early learning helps prevent crime
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By age 40, children who didn't attend the Perry Preschool Program were two times more likely to become chronic offenders with more than 10 arrests and 50 percent more likely to be arrested for violent crimes, according to data referenced from the "2005 Lifetime Effects: The High/Scope Perry Preschool Study Through Age 40″ report. It also was noted that a study found children who did not attend the Chicago early learning program were 70 percent more likely to be arrested for a violent crime by age 18, according to information in a 2001 study on long-term effects of an early childhood intervention on educational achievement and juvenile arrest. More

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National Board seeks to boost its impact on teaching profession
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At a time of competing pressures around teacher evaluation and career development, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, which provides an advanced certification for educators, is retooling itself in an effort to increase its influence in the field, according to officials with the organization. The process may ultimately result in significant changes to the group's flagship certification program, including streamlined procedures, tie-ins to the Common Core State Standards, and integration of student-achievement measures. Also under development is a separate teacher-leader endorsement for educators who are no longer in traditional classroom roles. More


Matching funds fail to materialize for some i3 grantees
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Two years after the U.S. Department of Education awarded $650 million in Investing in Innovation grants and set off a mad dash for grantees to raise more than $100 million in matching private funds in five weeks, some of the i3 winners are still facing financial uncertainty stemming from initial fundraising struggles. A businessman who pledged $400,000 to an Oregon school district's arts program did not make his most recent payment, potentially putting the program's future in jeopardy. Other grantees have also encountered problems with matching funds coming through, and some nonprofit grantees have been forced to contribute their own money to match the initial amount. More

Redefining the federal role in education
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Since at least the late 1980s, it has been difficult to determine whether candidates for the White House have been running to be president or the country's superintendent of schools. Efforts to claim the "education president" mantle have been legion in campaigns during the past two decades or so, and the 2012 election season has been no exception. President Barack Obama has touted his administration's Race to the Top program and its related menu of competitive-grant programs, while promising in the next decade to help the nation produce 100,000 more science and math teachers. More

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Should state education chiefs be elected?
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If it were up to Walter Dalton and Pat McCrory, they'd have a little less company on the ballot in North Carolina this year. In particular, they wouldn't be sharing space with candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Dalton and McCrory are opposing gubernatorial nominees, but they agree on one thing: The governor ought to be able to appoint the state's top education official. It doesn't appear that wish will be granted anytime soon — making the office appointive would require a constitutional amendment. But the proper role of the schools chief is central to the campaign of Democrat June Atkinson, who currently holds the position in North Carolina, and to some of her counterparts across the country. More


Hawaii plan would give all students computers
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The Hawaii Department of Education wants to provide every public school student in the state with a laptop or tablet computer by 2015 as part of an initiative that also would include training teachers on the devices and buying digital materials that reflect new national Common Core standards for math and reading. The department is asking for $42 million over the next two years to kick off the ambitious plan, aimed at standardizing curricula across the state, modernizing classroom instruction and phasing out printed textbooks. More

California defunds program to fix 'slum' schools
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Eight years after California settled a landmark lawsuit promising hundreds of millions of dollars to repair shoddy school facilities, more than 700 schools still are waiting for their share of funds as students take classes on dilapidated campuses with health and safety hazards. California has funded less than half of the $800 million required by the Emergency Repair Program, which grew out of a class-action lawsuit against the state that former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger agreed to settle. Since then, schools in 39 counties have waited as long as four years for the money to fix leaking roofs, crumbling pavement and clogged sewer lines. More

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Pittsburgh Sunnyside teachers learn from each other
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When teacher Carla Jackson was transferred to a third-grade classroom at Pittsburgh Sunnyside Pre-K-8 several weeks into the school year, she was surprised to find her new classroom already decorated. Her new colleagues at the Stanton Heights school made sure her room was in shape — alphabet and number line running across the wall, display spaces for literacy and math words, a mini-classroom library and computers ready to go — so she could focus on her students. More

Call for proposals now open for 2013 conference
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NAESP's 2013 Best Practices for Better Schools™ National Conference and Expo of the Year is right around the corner. Join other nationally recognized speakers in shaping the professional program by sharing your best practices, expertise, and successes in a concurrent session. Submit a presentation proposal today. More

A day in the life of a principal
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For NAESP's principal shadowing program, Virginia principal Lisa Piehota hosted Assistant Secretary of Education Deb Delisle for a day. Even though their day-to-day work differs, Piehota discovered that their ultimate goal — helping children thrive — is the same. Read her account of the day for her insights on how the Department of Education can support principals everywhere. More


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