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Principals push for more safeguards for student privacy
Education Week
With rising concern over student privacy ushered in by the increasing use of technology in schools — from apps in the classrooms, cloud services for storage, and other digital products that collect students' personal information — the National Association of Secondary School Principals released a set of recommendations to help safeguard student privacy. The recommendations, which are aimed at federal, state and local school policymakers, were developed by a working group of principals.
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Study: Nagging parents to help their kids learn to read works
Vox
The children of wealthy parents hear millions more words in their first years of life than the children of low-income ones. That creates a vocabulary gap that never really closes: poor children lag behind in literacy from their first day of school. Researchers are looking at a low-cost way to help: sending three text messages a week to parents of pre-K students, at a cost of about $1 per family. And they have some early evidence that this program, which suggests easy ways to help kids pick up literacy skills, can work.
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Curiosity in young learners is the foundation of academic success
MindShift
Kids begin building the foundations for academic learning at an early age. In her Atlantic article, Alexandra Ossola explores how preschool children are beginning to make meaning out of the world around them, which translates into the ability down the line to grasp complicated math and science concepts.
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Approach to fractions seen as key shift in Common Core Standards
Education Week
For many elementary teachers, fractions have traditionally sprung to mind lessons involving pizzas, pies, and chocolate bars, among other varieties of "wholes" that can be shared. But in what many experts are calling one of the biggest shifts associated with the Common Core State Standards for mathematics, more teachers are now being asked to emphasize fractions as points on a number line, rather than just parts of a whole, to underscore their relationships to integers.
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How schools are bringing mobile under control
District Administration Magazine
Whether devices are tablets or laptops, or owned by the school or the student, they all require IT support. Recent support developments include bundling digital learning applications and the physical device with the cost of mobile device management software. Apple, meanwhile, has made changes that make it easier to automate control of iPads.
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How to save teachers from burning out, dropping out and other hazards of experience
The Hechinger Report
An abundance of recent books, research and headlines present growing evidence that our nation's schools can and must do a better job of preparing teachers for the experiences they'll face in the classroom. They show that if educators really knew how to address the challenges of teaching in high poverty areas, they would increase their impact and make a longer career out of teaching. Certainly, better preparation is a crucial element to solving our teacher quality and retention issues, but it's only half the challenge. The other is keeping those who become truly great teachers engaged and effective as they settle in to their careers.
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Schools try shuffling schedules for success
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
For years, schools have grappled with how to help the most struggling pupils catch up to their classmates. In many cases, holding them back to repeat a grade hasn't worked. Neither has social promotion — allowing children to move to the next grade with their classmates, where they may fall further behind. So what would it take to get a pupil the needed help without the stigma of repeating a grade? Two schools in the Pattonville School District in Missouri are shaking up schedules and class structures in an effort to find out.
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Study: Close screening process can improve teacher hires
Education Week
Districts could boost their ability to hire teachers who help students learn more and who stay on the job longer by improving their screening techniques, a newly released working paper concludes. Based on an analysis of teacher-hiring practices in the Spokane, Wash., school district, the research suggests that systematically culling candidates' recommendations to get a better sense of their classroom-management techniques, ability to work with colleagues, and instructional skill can pay off in academic-achievement gains.
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Focusing on executive functions in kindergarten leads to lasting academic improvements
Medical News Today
An educational approach focused on the development of children's executive functions — the ability to avoid distractions, focus attention, hold relevant information in working memory, and regulate impulsive behavior — improved academic learning in and beyond kindergarten, according to a new study by researchers at NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Because some effects were especially pronounced in high-poverty schools, the findings hold promise for closing the poverty-related achievement gap and suggest that an emphasis on executive functions in kindergarten may reduce poverty-linked deficits in school readiness. The findings are published online in the journal PLOS ONE.
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New research supports smarty-pants-unpopularity theory
Science of Us
Nobody, as the ancient wisdom passed down by our forefathers has it, likes a smarty-pants. But what sorts of smarty-pants-ness most turn off our fellow human beings, and what are the consequences? A new study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science sheds some light on these vital societal questions — at least in the context of German eighth-graders.
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Making school about connection
Edutopia
Traditionally, schools have not promoted human-centered relationships. With the exception of the primary years, students are expected to rush from class to class, searching for meaning in short periods of time allotted with each of their teachers. In this model, each course is meant to pack in as much content as possible while pausing only for exams which are supposed to determine how much a student "knows."
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Why these kids love kale
NPR
A question for all you parents out there: Are your kids still working their way through a pile of Halloween candy? Maybe you've even confiscated some, to give back as a reward for eating the healthy, green things they don't like. Things like ... kale. Well, imagine an alternate universe, where kids talk about kale as if it is candy. Welcome to Watkins Elementary in Washington, D.C. "All I know is that I like to eat kale," says 9-year-old Alex Edwards. "I like it, I like it, I like it!" He's standing outside Watkins, in a narrow, gated garden that stretches the length of the school's south side. It's a surreal scene. Among the raised beds of kale, cabbage, and broccoli (to name just a few), Kristina Kellogg's fourth-graders flit about in pajamas emblazoned with unicorns and Transformers. It's Spirit Week.
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Feds: Schools must offer communication supports
Disability Scoop
The Obama administration is reminding schools of their wide-ranging responsibilities to students with disabilities who struggle with speech and other communication difficulties. In a recently issued guidance document, federal officials said the nation's public schools have obligations under three separate laws to "ensure that communication with students with hearing, vision and speech disabilities is as effective as communication with all other students." While requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act vary, schools must comply with all three laws to meet individual needs.
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Education Department drops new NCLB waiver guidance
U.S. News & World Report
The Department of Education is letting states apply to renew their waivers from No Child Left Behind, President George W. Bush's landmark education reform law, for three and in some cases four more years, but they'll have to do more to show they're turning around low-performing schools and closing student achievement gaps.
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Online assessments a challenge for states rethinking Common Core
eSchool News
Receiving a mandate to support Common Core assessments can be challenging enough for a district IT team, but what happens when your state is yo-yo'ing on Common Core and debating whether it will continue to embrace the standards or implement its own approach? That's precisely what Sheryl Abshire, CTO at Calcasieu Parish Public Schools in Lake Charles, La., is grappling with right now.
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Will a satanic coloring book be distributed to Florida school children?
The Christian Science Monitor
After the distribution of Bibles and atheist materials at some schools in Orange County Fla., the Satanic Temple hopes to hand out a coloring book called the "Satanic Children's Big Book of Activities."
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Registration for the 2015 NAESP Conference now open
NAESP
Register now for the 2015 Best Practices for Better Schools™ conference in Long Beach, California, June 30 - July 2. It's the premier event for principals and their teams working on student success. Learn from the top experts in education and swap best practices with fellow leaders from around the country. Save today with early bird registration.
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Listen now: Arne Duncan on NAESP Radio
NAESP
Gail Connelly, executive director of NAESP, recently sat down with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to explore today's challenges and opportunities in education. In the latest edition of NAESP Radio, they discuss developments in early childhood education, teacher leadership and federal policy. Listen to the full interview now.
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