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New laws strengthen protection of student data
District Administration Magazine
States are ramping up student data privacy laws, with lawmakers in the 2014 legislative cycle passing 30 of 120 proposed bills aimed at protecting personal information. The most comprehensive law was passed in California in September. It prohibits educational sites, apps and cloud services from selling or disclosing students' personal information. The data also cannot be used to target advertising to students.
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Listening to school leaders
Scholastic Administrator
Jill Levine has been in public education for 22 years, but no one from the federal government has ever asked for her opinion. "And I have lots of opinions," says the principal of Normal Park Museum Magnet, a PreK-8 magnet school in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Now, Levine is sharing her thoughts on everything from testing to professional development as one of three Principal Ambassador Fellows at the U.S. Department of Education. "It's a great way to collect voices of principals and use those to inform the decisions that are made from here," says Levine of the fellowship program, which launched as a pilot in 2013.
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Reports: District leaders are hedging their bets on Common Core assessments
THE Journal
According to two new reports by the Center on Education Policy at George Washington University, district leaders in states belonging to one of the Common Core assessment consortia appear to be hedging their bets on the impact of the consortia-developed assessments. Both reports are based on a survey of a nationally representative sample of school districts in states that had adopted the CCSS in the spring of 2014. The first report focuses on district preparations for the CCSS-aligned assessments being developed by Smarter Balanced and PARCC. The second report examines districts' efforts to obtain CCSS-aligned curriculum materials and provide professional development services for teachers and principals.
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Report: Hispanic students' math performance on steady uptick
Education Week
Hispanic students' performance on 4th and 8th grade national math exams improved significantly between 2003 and 2013, with an increase in some cases that amounted to the equivalent of one grade level, according to a new report released Monday by The Child Trends Hispanic Institute, a Bethesda, Md.-based education research firm. Charlotte, Boston and Houston were among the "notable" big-city school districts in which Hispanic students showed significant long-term (10-year) gains on 4th grade math assessments.
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5 tools that are transforming STEM education
The Atlantic
Since ancient times, scientifically minded people have tried to figure out the mechanisms behind the physical world. Astronomers observed the movement of the sun and stars, biologists watched humans and animals interact with their environment, engineers noticed the angular similarities behind structurally sound buildings. They may have had simple tools to aid them — a basic measuring device, a compass, perhaps an early telescope.
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Study: Random events may have ripple effect on students' test-taking and their lives
The Huffington Post
Students taking standardized tests should hope there are not high levels of pollution in the air on testing day. A new working paper released by the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests that students in Israel who took high-stakes exams in areas with high levels of air pollution faced negative impacts throughout their lives. Researchers said they found a substantial negative relationship between students' exposure to air pollution on test days and their test scores, which has significant implications for educational attainment and future earnings.
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Combating experiential deficiencies for at-risk students
Edutopia
When we think of at-risk students, it's easy to point to income levels and geography as the reasons why they are falling behind. But an often-overlooked contributor to this ever-widening gap is the fact that at-risk students come into school at a deficit of experience, especially around the humanities. They just don't have the same context as a student who has had the opportunity to experience his or her community's cultural offerings.
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Schools begin teaching kids to cope with life online
eSchool News
Like many kids her age, Bloomingdale High senior Tranae Robinson has dozens of social media applications at her fingertips and routinely logs into at least seven of them on her smartphone — Twitter, Snapchat and Pinterest included. She admits teens could be more mindful of Internet safety and how they present themselves online, especially now that she and her classmates are allowed bring their own devices to school.
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Seeing the other side of the moon
Connected Principals (commentary)
William Parker, a contributor for Connected Principals blog, writes: "When I was a boy, I loved to lay on the front porch at night. With no streetlights or neighbors, our house was enveloped in darkness, surrounded by swampy creeks and woods, accompanied by the sound of crickets and the serenade of spring frogs. The blanket of stars above me was a thick, cloudy, mesmerizing maze of constellations. My dad went through a phase of interest in telescopes, so sometimes we took turns looking for planets or peering at the moon. Did you know that only one side of the moon is visible from the Earth?"
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New one-to-one initiative transforms special education
eSchool News
Hunched over their iPads, the three seventh-graders took turns reading the document displayed on their screens. One, Sam Seifert, followed along, while her special education teacher Jessica Waterstreet did the talking — Seifert has difficulty reading on her own. Seated near the center of the table, Blake Hanna recited the words softy, rushing through them quickly. Jacob Voracek, opposite Seifert, took the text more slowly, pronouncing each word with precision and care.
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Going #BYOD? Educators share ideas on using devices for learning
Tech&Learning
If you're in a school where students have access to technology they have amazing learning tools at their fingertips. While equity and access is wonderful for students, teachers must know how to harness the power of these devices. If they don't, these tools of engagement can turn into weapons of mass distraction.
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How digital games help teachers make connections to lessons and students
MindShift
It's not unusual for educators to use analog games in the classroom, but as more classrooms gain access to technology, digital games are also making a strong showing. A recent Joan Ganz Cooney Center survey of 694 K-8 teachers found that 74 percent of those surveyed use digital games in the classroom, up from 50 percent two years ago. Many of the teachers finding the most success are good at creatively connecting the game back to the curriculum, while allowing it to maintain the qualities of a good game. These teachers are often more comfortable with games themselves, playing for fun in their spare time, and are thus more likely to see valuable classroom connections.
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GOP leaders in Congress outline education priorities
Education Week
After easily capturing the number of seats they needed take control of the U.S. Senate — and padding their majority in the House of Representatives — congressional Republicans have laid out an aggressive education policy agenda that includes overhauling the long-stalled No Child Left Behind law and the mammoth Higher Education Act. While divided government will remain, as the White House is in Democratic hands at least until President Barack Obama finishes his second term, the new political calculation in Congress will likely spur movement on education bills.
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6 STEM and research grant opportunities
eSchool News
School funding challenges show no sign of abating, and budgets remain stretched to the limit. Many educators and administrators rely on school grants to fund important projects and opportunities for students. Each month, eSchool News compiles a list of the most current education grants expiring soon. This month's grants are all relevant to research and STEM teaching and learning.
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States listen as parents give rampant testing an F
The New York Times
Florida embraced the school accountability movement early and enthusiastically, but that was hard to remember at a parent meeting in a high school auditorium here not long ago. Parents railed at a system that they said was overrun by new tests coming from all levels — district, state and federal. Some wept as they described teenagers who take Xanax to cope with test stress, children who refuse to go to school and teachers who retire rather than promote a culture that seems to value testing over learning.
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Announcing the 2014-2015 Champion Creatively Alive Children grant winners
NAESP
Crayola and NAESP are proud to help principals support arts-infused education through the Champion Creatively Alive Children grant program. NAESP and Crayola have awarded 20 NAESP members with grants valued at $3,500 to help principals implement and document innovative arts education projects and share best practices with fellow educators.
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7 perspectives on teacher leadership
NAESP
The best principals know that teacher leadership is essential to creating a high-quality education for every student. That's why NAESP supports the U.S. Department of Education's Teach to Lead initiative, which highlights teacher leadership best practices. These seven top articles from Principal magazine show what great teacher leadership looks like and how it can impact your school.
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