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Carbon monoxide detectors in schools: Only 2 states require them
Deseret News
Connecticut and Maryland are the only states that require carbon monoxide detectors in schools, and most U.S. schools don't have them, the Associated Press reported, soon after 44 students and adults were sickened by CO fumes at Utah's Montezuma Creek Elementary School on Nov. 18. The Utah event is only the latest in a string of similar incidents at U.S. schools. Last December, 49 people were treated for CO poisoning after exposure at an Atlanta elementary school.
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VINCI and NAESP partner to support principals in early childhood education
District Administration Magazine
The National Association of Elementary School Principals and VINCI, home of award-winning VINCI Blended Learning curriculum and ClassVINCI, announced a multi-year partnership to further develop and promote effective leadership practice in early childhood education focused on improving instruction and learning in the earliest grades. This partnership will produce resources supporting effective leadership practice in pre-K to grade 3, including integrating blended learning and technology in the early years, and creating professional development to build the capacity of principals leading schools that serve children from age three to grade three.
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Is it better to have a great teacher or a small class?
The Atlantic
When it comes to student success, "smaller is better" has been the conventional wisdom on class size, despite a less-than-persuasive body of research. But what if that concept were turned on its head, with more students per classroom — provided they're being taught by the most effective teachers? That's the question a new study out today from the conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute set out to answer, using data on teachers and students in North Carolina in grades 4 through 8 over four academic years. While the results are based on a theoretical simulation rather than actually reconfiguring classroom assignments in order to measure the academic outcomes, the findings are worth considering.
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3 strategies to promote independent thinking in classrooms
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Imagine the intentional focus you would bring to crossing a rushing creek. Each stepping-stone is different in shape, each distance uneven and unpredictable, requiring you to tread with all senses intact. The simple act of traversing water on stones is an extraordinary exercise in concentration. Now think of how, with all the tweeting, texting and messaging that technology has given us, our attention is frittered away by the mundane. The speed of communication undermines the continuum of thought. That rushing creek is much harder to cross.
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Art makes you smart
The New York Times
For many education advocates, the arts are a panacea: They supposedly increase test scores, generate social responsibility and turn around failing schools. Most of the supporting evidence, though, does little more than establish correlations between exposure to the arts and certain outcomes. Research that demonstrates a causal relationship has been virtually nonexistent.
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Science says: Here's how to reach every student brain
eSchool News
By now, most educators know that classroom practices such as differentiating instruction, critical thinking and making the environment less stressful for students are critical to a 21st century education. But ... why does it work? One education and brain expert says it all comes down to chemicals and neurons. Dr. Sarah Armstrong, the senior director for statewide K-12 professional development at the University of Virginia and a former elementary school principal and assistant superintendent of curriculum, said she became a "brain junkie" in the 1980s and never looked back.
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Children's development supported in different areas by various teacher-child interactions
Medical News Today
Teachers' daily interactions with children are crucial to making sure they're ready for school. Many state early childhood systems and the federal Office of Head Start consider teacher-child interactions when they measure programs' quality. But research hasn't always been clear about which aspects of interactions are most important to how children do academically and socially. A new study that used a novel approach to analyzing data in this area has identified which types of teacher-child interactions support children's learning and development in which areas.
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The business of school vending machines
District Administration Magazine
As school leaders shift to selling healthier products in their vending machines, they can also take the opportunity to change their business model and consider investing in high-tech machines for a range of benefits. The new U.S. Department of Agriculture Smart Snacks in School standards state that by July 1, 2014, snacks and beverages sold during school hours must adhere to strict nutritional guidelines. This game changer has left district leaders looking to adapt their vending machines to become healthier yet stay profitable.
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Mobile study: Tablets make a difference in teaching and learning
THE Journal
A pair of studies — the first of their kind — found that tablets can make a difference in the learning habits of students. The studies are part of a new Making Learning Mobile project, an attempt to quantify and qualify the benefits of mobile technology in education and the infrastructure needed to support mobile activities. The studies were conducted by Project Tomorrow and sponsored by Kajeet, a wireless service provider focused exclusively on kids and education. Funding was also provided by Qualcomm through its Wireless Reach initiative.
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Music training sharpens brain pathways, studies say
Education Week
At the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles, a student sits poised with her bow string at a practiced angle to her violin, her eyes following both the written notation in front of her and the conductor's direction, aware of both her own music and the sounds coming from fellow students' instruments. New research suggests that the complexity involved in practicing and performing music may help students' cognitive development.
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Learn from mistakes and lead forward
Education Week (commentary)
Leaders do need to be held to a high standard of behavior. Simultaneously, our current culture seems to those seek those worthy of admiration and take delight in revelations of their flaws and weaknesses. Yet, there is no possible way for any human being to be perfect. And so, to even use the phrase "flawed" is curious. Who among us isn't flawed? So, where, truly, is the bar set and by whom?
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Report: Americans value school buildings, rate current infrastructure poor to fair
THE Journal
A new survey suggests that most Americans, 90 percent, think it's important to improve public school buildings. The report, sponsored by the United States Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools and United Technologies, also found that 54 percent of respondents rated the country's K-12 infrastructure and buildings poor or fair. "More than half of Americans surveyed also feel that the U.S. does not spend enough money on buildings and infrastructure in K-12 schools," according to a news release.
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This is what America's school lunches really look like
NPR (commentary)
Maria Godoy, a contributor for NPR, writes: "School lunch has never been the stuff of foodie dreams. I'm still haunted by the memory of my elementary school cafeteria's 'brain pizza' — a lumpy oval thing topped with fleshy white strips of barely melted mozzarella that clumped together like neurons. And it looks like America's school cafeterias are still turning out the culinary abominations, judging by the images on, a fascinating online project showcasing school lunch photos submitted by students across the country."
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Obama honors teachers who bring technology to classroom
The Association News via The Huffington Post
President Barack Obama is honoring teachers who use technology to help kids learn. Obama says the 10 "Champions of Change" have helped give students what every parent wants: the chance to go as far as hard work and talent can take them. He says the teachers are helping autistic children discover new abilities, preschoolers access digital tools and students in an after-school technology club prepare for a good future. Obama has set a goal of ensuring that 99 percent of American students have access to high-speed broadband or wireless Internet at school within 5 years.
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School improvement grant program gets mixed grades in Education Department analysis
Education Week
The U.S Department of Education's second annual snapshot of the controversial School Improvement Grant program paints a mixed picture of the program, leaving open the question of whether an eye-popping infusion of federal cash — $3 billion in stimulus funding alone — and some serious federal strings had a dramatic impact on the nation's lowest-performing schools.
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eSN special report: 2014 E-Rate survival guide
eSchool News
Uncertainty. That's the key theme as school officials prepare to apply for the next cycle of E-Rate funding. In one of the most comprehensive evaluations of the E-Rate since its inception in 1997, the Federal Communications Commission earlier this year issued a rulemaking process to overhaul the $2.3 billion-a-year federal school wiring program from top to bottom.
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Mobile study: Tablets make a difference in teaching and learning
THE Journal
A pair of studies — the first of their kind — found that tablets can make a difference in the learning habits of students. The studies are part of a new Making Learning Mobile project, an attempt to quantify and qualify the benefits of mobile technology in education and the infrastructure needed to support mobile activities.

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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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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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Nashville, Tenn., after-school program enriches students' minds and bodies
The Tennessean
The last afternoon bell may mean the end of the school day for most Apollo Middle School students in Nashville, Tenn. But for others, the bell serves as a cue to head to the cafeteria for a hot meal. Four hundred students in Davidson County take part in the Nashville AfterZone Alliance program offered at most Metro middle schools. The program, while focusing on remediation and enrichment, also tries to tackle food insecurity in the district where 72 percent of students qualify for free and reduced lunch. Nonprofits have helped open food pantries in various Metro schools and supply backpacks with food for students to eat during the weekend.
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Program aims to get parents on their children's academic team
Los Angeles Times
When Carmina Rosas visited her son's first-grade classroom, she got a lesson of her own. She learned that her 6-year-old, who attends New Open World Academy in Koreatown, could read 59 of the 96 "high-frequency" words he should have known by that time in the school year. She found out that to remain at grade level, her boy would need to know nearly three times as many words by the end of the year. To help him stay on track, Rosas was taught reading games they could play together. And, she received a personal homework assignment: to help her son reach 160 words in the next couple of months.
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Evolution battle engulfs Texas Board Of Education all over again
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
The long-simmering battle over teaching evolution in Texas boiled over at a late-night meeting, as the Board of Education extended preliminary approval of new science books for use in classrooms across the state but held up one biology text because of alleged factual errors. With midnight looming, some of the state education board members singled out a textbook by Pearson Education, one of America's largest publishers. Many of the 20 concerns pertained to the theory of evolution. After a lengthy debate that got testy at times, the board voted to have three of its members pick a trio of outside experts to further scrutinize the book.
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Principal magazine explores positive school culture
NAESP
Students today need every possible advantage to navigate the increased expectations of their ever-complicated worlds. A safe school with a positive culture gives them that advantage, helping them focus on achieving their fullest potential. Because culture permeates every aspect of a school — from teaching and learning conditions to collaboration to attendance to security — a principal's ability to maintain a positive environment can improve learning outcomes. This month's issue of the magazine asks how principals can create positive school cultures, and how to ensure that school is a physically and emotionally safe place to learn.
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Why students, parents and teachers love Club Connect
NAESP
Principals nationwide are signing up their schools to participate in Club Connect, NAESP's exclusive new partnership with United Way. Club Connect raises funds for your school, supports education programs in your community, and provides resources for principals through the NAESP Foundation. Playa del Rey Elementary in Gilbert, Arizona, is one school that's on board. NAESP talked with principal Robyn Conrad Hansen on why the program has been a great fit for her school.
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