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4 steps for supporting, strengthening principals
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Ensuring that principals are prepared for success via access to resources, solid evaluation systems, and other measures will lead to successful teachers and students, according to a new report from the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit institution that aims improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis. Laying the Foundation for Successful School Leadership offers four recommendations to build a foundation that will support school leaders.
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Schools safe as ever despite spate of shootings, scares
USA Today
In the 11 months since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., another school attack or safety scare seems to unfold almost weekly. Three students — two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old — were shot and wounded Wednesday near a Pittsburgh high school as they walked to their car after classes. A 20-year-old man armed with an AK-47-style rifle and 500 rounds of ammunition entered an elementary school in Decatur, Ga., on Aug. 20 and fired a few rounds but surrendered before anyone was injured. A 45-year-old teacher was shot to death, allegedly by a 12-year-old student, at Nevada's Sparks Middle School on Oct. 21. The next day, a Massachusetts high school math teacher was stabbed to death with a box cutter, allegedly by a 14-year-old student.
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Cursive handwriting: 7 states fight for cursive writing in school
The Associated Press via The Christian Science Monitor
The swirling lines from Linden Bateman's pen have been conscripted into a national fight to keep cursive writing in American classrooms. Cursive. Penmanship. Handwriting. In years gone by, it helped distinguish the literate from the illiterate. But now, in the digital age, people are increasingly communicating by computer and smartphone. No handwritten signature necessary. Call it a sign of the times. When the new Common Core educational standards were crafted, penmanship classes were dropped. But at least seven of the 45 states that adopted the standards are fighting to restore the cursive instruction.
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Improving K-12 writing standards: What will it take?
The Huffington Post
While global communication has grown and improved by leaps and bounds in the past two decades, the same cannot be said for K-12 writing skills. A new study released by Gary Troia at Michigan State University finds that K-12 writing standards are stagnant from a decade ago, along with student writing achievement. What's more, Troia says that nearly 25 percent of K-12 students in the U.S. are not performing at a proficient writing level. He takes aim at the Common Core standards for writing and says that though some ideas are strong, others are still not asking enough of student writing success.
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Hybrid learning's promise for personalized education
eSchool News
Some technology trends are just that: trends and fads. Others — like hybrid learning — have sticking power, because they enable students and teachers to personalize teaching and learning. In recent years, hybrid learning — often used interchangeably with blended learning — programs across the nation have skyrocketed. Numerous reports, studies, and research efforts have documented hybrid learning's rise and the benefits it has to offer for today's students, who demonstrate a desire to take more control and ownership over their learning. In essence, hybrid learning gives today's students a pathway to what they have demonstrated they want: a personalized learning experience.
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6 ways eBooks can support Common Core
eSchool News
As schools begin implementing the Common Core State Standards, experts say that this could be an opportune time for districts to explore eBooks, specifically because eBooks' technology features can help fulfill many Common Core requirements.
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How schools are managing the move to mobile
District Administration Magazine
The rise of 1-to-1 programs has pushed a surge of mobile devices into schools, creating a whole new logistical challenge for district CIOs. How the iPads, Androids, and other devices are managed depends on whether they are owned by the students or by the district. And while some districts both provide the devices and allow students to bring their own, CIOs are wise to deploy a mobile device management system to keep track of both the hardware and the data.
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Helping school children choose healthy options
Medical News Today
When schools adopt healthful nutrition policies and practices, kids' diets improve. According to new research led by Michigan State University and published in the current issue of Childhood Obesity, when schools offered snacks in lunchtime a la carte or vending that were mostly or entirely healthful, students responded with improvements in their diets, said Katherine Alaimo, MSU associate professor of food, science and human nutrition.
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Teacher killings bring profession's risks to light
The Associated Press via ABC News
When a 16-year-old student slammed a metal trash can onto Philip Raimondo's head, it did more than break open the history teacher's scalp, knock him out and send him bleeding to the floor. "It changed my whole world," Raimondo said about the attack in the school where he taught for 22 years. Experts say the phenomenon of student-on-teacher violence is too often ignored. "There's some reluctance to think that the teaching profession can be unsafe," said Dr. Dorothy Espelage of the University of Illinois.
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Small-group learning boosts test scores
The Courier-Journal
Small groups of second-graders were scattered around Field Elementary School in Crescent Hill working on math recently — including one group seated on the floor in a hallway. All of the students were studying number groupings, included identifying which numbers were in the "ones," "tens" and "hundreds" places in a number such as 742. It was their daily WIN time, which stands for "What I Need," at the school, 120 Sacred Heart Lane, and they were working in different ways — including playing a bingo game — depending on their level of understanding.
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Checklist: Are you ready for iPads in your school?
MindShift
It seems that every school is considering purchasing iPads these days, and Apple has reported that iPad sales to schools are currently outselling MacBook sales by a very large margin. However, the rush to purchase iPads often precedes the careful planning and preparation that's so crucial to their success as educational tools. Technology alone is never the answer. Instead, iPad use needs to be integrated within a holistic approach to 21st century education that encompasses a thorough and ongoing review of the skills and competencies required in our rapidly changing society and the educational processes that best help students acquire them.
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Resilience and schools
Education Week (commentary)
We cannot develop resilience without encountering some adversity. We cannot develop a capacity to rebound if we have not been challenged by misfortune. How we meet adversity depends upon our lives as children. In her interview with Educational Leadership's Amy M. Azzam, Maya Angelou said resilience is not only a bouncing back. "But it's also a bouncing forward, going beyond what the naysayers said, saying, "No it's not true that I'm nobody. I know that not only is that not true, but I'm more than you can imagine!" There are those who recover and then there are some who grow beyond where they were when adversity struck. How do we arrive at that place of courage and confidence at our most vulnerable moments and when does that begin to happen?
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Great teachers don't always want to become principals
The Atlantic
Sam is high-school government teacher in Washington D.C. who wanted to take on a leadership role in her school. Last year, she earned a master's degree and an administration license in order to pursue a position as a principal or a dean. Now, though, she has doubts about leaving the classroom. "I'm not sure that I want to be a principal," she tells me. "I think that ideally I would still want to work with kids in some capacity ... I don't perceive leaving the classroom for a while, but I do want to have some other leadership opportunities before that."
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As schools become more technologically advanced, who is in charge?
The Hechinger Report
It's hard to argue against having better and more technology in schools. An increasingly high-tech world where students communicate largely on digital devices means educators can easily be left behind. A harsh lesson emerged in Los Angeles, making it clear that it's not just enough to have iPads in school these days. As LAUSD gears up to try again, education technology experts say the district's experience underscores the changing demands of chief technology experts — technicians who must figure out how to keep them from being hacked, but also must understand how using devices enhances teaching and learning.
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E-cigarette use doubled in one year in middle and high schools
UPI
Electronic cigarette use doubled among U.S. middle school students from 0.6 percent in 2011 to 1.1 percent in 2012, health officials say. A report in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found e-cigarettes rose among high school students from 1.5 percent to 2.8 percent. Hookah use among high school students rose from 4.1 percent to 5.4 percent from 2011-2012. The report also said the increase in the use of electronic cigarettes and hookahs could be due to an increase in marketing, availability and visibility of these tobacco products and the perception that they might be safer alternatives to cigarettes.
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Education Department loosens NCLB waiver requirements
U.S. News & World Report
Not long after it said states would have to increase their accountability measures to renew No Child Left Behind waivers, the Education Department is scaling back that process. The department announced Aug. 29 that in order to renew the waivers that allow states to get around key requirements of the sweeping education law, they would have to show they are doing a better job of ensuring low-income and minority students are not disproportionately being taught by ineffective teachers, and that they would have to improve their use of federal funds for professional development.
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Improving K-12 writing standards: What will it take?
The Huffington Post
While global communication has grown and improved by leaps and bounds in the past two decades, the same cannot be said for K-12 writing skills. A new study released by Gary Troia at Michigan State University finds that K-12 writing standards are stagnant from a decade ago, along with student writing achievement.

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The state of the Common Core
Edutopia
Millions of teachers and thousands of districts in 45 states are currently undergoing a sea change in the way that they teach and assess students. The new Common Core Standards for learning have been phased into states and districts since 2010, and the digitized Common Core Assessments are scheduled to deploy in states that have adopted them as early as the 2014-2015 school year.

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New Common Core resources for educators
eClassroom News
New resources released this month link Common Core-aligned curriculum with any school system’s assessment data, and what's more, these resources for educators are also 100 percent free. The resources, housed on Activate Instruction, are part of an open platform where educators can browse, search, rate, add, share and organize their favorite Common Core-aligned resources, and put them together in personalized playlists for students.

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5 takeaways from the Education Department's NCLB waiver about-face
Education Week
Nov. 13, Education Week told you about the big changes the U.S. Department of Education was making to the process states are undertaking to renew their No Child Left Behind Act waivers. No longer will states have to come up with plans to improve the spending of federal professional development money and the distribution of effective teachers to poor and minority children.
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Hill lawmakers wrangle over health-care law's costs to schools, colleges
Education Week
A Capitol Hill hearing on the federal health care law's impact on schools and colleges rehashed familiar, partisan rifts — but also set the stage for coming debates about whether those institutions should be obligated to provide coverage to part-time employees and support staff. Republicans at the hearing of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, including Chairman John Kline, predicted that school systems would be forced to cut programs to account for the law's pricetag, and possibly scale back employees' hours.
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The 9 states where the most kids get spanked in school
The Huffington Post
The controversial practice of corporal punishment in schools is still very much alive and kicking in the United States. In September, an Alabama mother named Wendy Chandler gained national attention for speaking out over a permission slip from her daughter's elementary school that asked parents to let their kids be paddled for misbehavior. Upon learning of Chandler's story, we decided to take a closer look at the practice of physical discipline in schools and see how prevalent it is. In the 19 states that still allow the practice, thousands of children get struck by educators every year.
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Categorical funds: The intersection of school finance and governance
Center for American Progress
How a state chooses to design its system of funding schools is ultimately a question of education governance, determining who — state policymakers, school districts, or school principals — gets to make the decisions about how and where funding is spent. States have two primary ways of funding schools: the foundation, or base funding that is intended to cover the basic costs of education (teacher salaries, textbooks, materials, and more); and categorical funding targeted to specific purposes (reducing class sizes, programs for English language learners, special education and more).
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What test will Florida use to assess students, and who will develop it?
Tallahassee.com
As Florida looks to quell the controversy over its new education standards, state education officials are working on a decision that will affect how those standards apply to nearly 2 million students. The tests set to come online next school year have become a flash point for critics of the Common Core State Standards — as well as legislative leaders who say the state is unlikely to abandon them. They were singled out by Gov. Rick Scott as he issued an executive order that brought the standards under a new round of scrutiny.
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Some Los Angeles Unified schools to see cut in anti-poverty funds
Los Angeles Times
More than two dozen local schools face reduced funding next year as the Los Angeles school district funnels more federal money to campuses with a higher percentage of low-income students. The tighter budgets affect 28 schools next year, including the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies, Chatsworth and Westchester high schools and Walgrove Elementary. Some of these schools are relatively high-performing academically. Contingents from these schools argued for a reprieve at the Board of Education's meeting. But a measure to restore the funding fell just short of a majority on the seven-member body.
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Inside a principal's playbook: Leadership lessons from Alabama football
NAESP
As you consider leading your school or district and making it the best it can be, remember that achieving excellence is about a series of smaller processes (adhered to daily) that collectively, over time, make a huge difference. Scrutinizing every area of a school or district and implementing world-class processes can greatly assist school leaders in moving schools to higher achievement and, ultimately, greater student success.
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5 strategies to build bridges with ELLs
NAESP
Ten percent of American students are English language learners — and in some states, the number of ELLs is more than double that. For principals, many of whom have seen their school demographics shift over the past decade, supporting ELLs involves rethinking staff professional development and school structures. Principal magazine is exploring these issues in Building Bridges, a five-part series on ELLs. The first two pieces in the series examine the challenges of and opportunities for ELL programs.
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