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International teachers fill district shortages
District Administration Magazine
At the end of last year, Superintendent Shannon Goodsell of Casa Grande Union High School District in Arizona had 19 teacher openings, in part due to turnover and newly-retired teachers, and zero applications. After embarking on a statewide search, administrators in the rural district of 3,800 students found many other Arizona districts faced the same problem. And as of mid-October, some 500 vacant teaching positions were posted on the state Department of Education job board. When a national search attracted only a few new candidates, Casa Grande administrators hired a consulting agency to search for teachers overseas.
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School security spending to top $1.1 billion within 4 years
THE Journal
Annual school expenditures on surveillance and access control systems will reach more than $1.1 billion by 2018. According to a recent forecast from market research firm TechNavio, the total global market will grow at a five-year compound annual rate of 14.3 percent through 2018, with 2014 expenditures expected to hit about $563 million. Much of that growth is being driven by K-12 schools and higher education institutions in the United States, though K-12 schools are the larger of the two groups when it comes to expenditures on physical security systems.
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Teaching learning strategies to ELLs: What, why, when, how
By: Erick Herrmann
"Learning how to learn" is one of many goals educators have for their students. In fact, in a world where we cannot predict the jobs and work of the future, the act of learning, unlearning old ways of doing things and relearning new ways, is a 21st-century skill that is gaining increasing importance. The constantly changing landscape of technological advances in the workforce causes us to adapt ways of doing things on a seemingly daily basis.
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Make literacy a focus of PBL
Edutopia
What's the role of literacy in project-based learning? It's hard to imagine a project, in any subject area, that doesn't involve the essential skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. That was the overwhelming message from participants in a recent Twitter chat about PBL and literacy (#IRAchat, hosted by the International Reading Association).
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6 trends improving K-12 learning experiences
The Huffington Post
In this age of technology and innovation, the K-12 classroom is continually evolving in order to adapt to the times. It's important that teachers keep up-to-date with the latest helpful technology for their students and that parents understand the ramifications of that technology, too.
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Review focuses on expanded learning programs
EdCentral
A review of 30 studies on after-school and summer programs across the country found mixed results regarding their benefits on student academic performance. Students who were below grade level in English gained the most from these programs, according to some of the studies. Middle school students with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder also improved their social and emotional skills.
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Some struggles teachers face using games in the classroom
MindShift
Teachers have long known that making content more playful can be a great way to engage students and add diversity to classroom activities. As technology becomes an ever more significant part of modern classrooms, it makes sense that teachers are using video games for everything from teaching content, to keeping tabs on learning progress, and for skills practice. In a recent survey, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center found that 74 percent of K-8 teachers surveyed use digital games for instruction in some way and 55 percent use them weekly.
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Conversation topics for educators in the age of social media
Tech&Learning
Used effectively, social media can provide one of the most meaningful and powerful learning platforms available. Yet, in many cases, we don't have conversations about recommended practices and practices that teachers may want to reconsider. These conversations are important if we want to support others in dipping their toes (or diving) into these waters. Below are some conversation starters about social media use. These may be helpful for educators to discuss and consider how teachers are engaging where you work.
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How to go digital
Scholastic Administrator
It's pretty much a given that technology has enhanced learning in dramatic ways, but many school districts still don't know how to go about transforming a classroom from analog to digital. It starts with more than resources — you must have the vision and leadership at the top, says Keith Krueger, CEO of the nonprofit Consortium for School Networking. Only 13 percent of U.S. classrooms have 1:1 devices, Krueger observes, so we're a long way from having school systems with ubiquitous access to technology. However, many districts are letting kids bring their own devices to school and/or supplying them to students who can't afford to buy them, he adds.
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The architecture of loss: How to redesign after a school shooting
The Atlantic
Good architects strive to balance design and function while listening closely to a client's emotional needs for the space. Public projects often have the added layers of bureaucratic paperwork, media scrutiny and community outreach. But rebuilding a school after a shooting presents a unique kaleidoscope of intense feelings. Architects must create an environment that not only promotes learning, but also helps the students — and their towns — heal from tragedy.
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Study: US school meal rules might work against good nutrition
HealthDay News
New federal mandates controlling the types of meals served at U.S. schools may actually promote eating habits tied to obesity and diabetes, a new study suggests. Although it's now required that school meals contain less fat and more whole grains, fruits and vegetables, there are no rules on added sugar or extra carbohydrates, researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health explained.
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Healthy school cafeteria food rarely eaten by young children even though they put some on their trays
Medical News Today
You can offer young children healthier food choices in the elementary school cafeteria, but will they actually put it on their trays and eat it? Probably not, suggests a new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study. Researchers observed 274 children in kindergarten through second grade in 10 New York City public schools as they selected from the offerings during one lunch period when a chicken-and-vegetable entrée was on the menu. They watched to see whether each of the 6- through 8-year-olds chose a fruit, vegetable, whole grain, low-fat milk and/or a lean protein, taking before and after photos of the trays.
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Competency education in a K-16+ world
Connected Principals (commentary)
Jonathan VanderEls, a contributor for Connected Principals blog, writes: "It was a typical Wednesday evening in mid-October at our home. My wife and I were sitting on our couch. She was correcting papers, and I was doing some work on my laptop for school the next day. My wife suddenly exclaimed out loud, but somewhat to herself, 'Wow, she's already completed my course.' It was approximately half-way through the college semester, and a student had demonstrated mastery in all requirements for her course, and had 'completed' everything that was assigned."
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How many K-12 students are illegal immigrants?
The Washington Post
While President Barack Obama's new executive order offering protection from deportation to millions of illegal immigrants raises many questions, let's look at how many children of illegal immigrants are attending K-12 schools in the United States, and how many of those children are illegal immigrants themselves. According to the Pew Research Center's Hispanic Trends Project, 6.9 percent of K-12 students had parents of illegal immigrants in 2012, while far less — 1.4 percent — of all students were illegal immigrants themselves.
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Reviewing the failures of the No Child Left Behind program
By: Archita Datta Majumdar
No Child Left Behind is once again in the limelight. The Department of Education has just announced that states can renew their waivers from NCLB for 3-4 years but have to show incredible results in closing student achievement gaps, implementing college and career-ready standards, using effective teacher and principal evaluation systems, and turning around low-performing schools. Despite its lofty ambitions, NCLB has faced more flak than other education reforms since it fell far short of the expectations it set. To see how NCLB has fared, a timeline review is warranted.
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Billions more in spending for school Internet connections under FCC proposal
The Hechinger Report
After months of pleas from the nation's school leaders, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission agreed that billions more dollars each year are needed to improve school and library Internet connections. Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed raising the cap on such spending by about $1.5 billion a year to support work to link nearly every school with a reliable, high-speed Internet connection. About 70 percent lack such service now, according to federal estimates. If the additional funding is approved, it would bring the cap on total yearly spending on this program to about $3.9 billion.
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States expanded availability and uses of student K-12 data, new report says
Education Week
The number of states that provide data to parents allowing them to track their children's academic progress has more than doubled in the last three years from eight to 17, while more than 100 bills designed to better safeguard student data were considered in states, according to a recent report from the Washington-based Data Quality Campaign. The "Data for Action 2014" report from the group, which advocates for the availability and use of student data to improve K-12 achievement, was released Nov.19.
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Is Ohio allowing schools to drop arts teachers, nurses, counselors, librarians?
The Washington Post
Is Ohio going to give school districts the right to drop librarians, music and arts teachers, nurses and counselors in schools? Maybe. Whatever the state Board of Education ultimately decides, the debate that the proposal has sparked over how much flexibility school districts should have, how much control the state should retain over education, and what personnel schools need for students to succeed will only get more intense.
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States step forward to act on education data
Government Technology
An annual report highlights the progress states are making when it comes to making decisions with education data. Data for Action 2014 measures states against 10 actions that the Data Quality Campaign recommends to improve student learning with data. This year, Kentucky became the third state to complete all of the actions, joining Arkansas and Delaware from last year. Every year, the data governance board in Kentucky tackles the actions it didn't take the previous year.
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Krystal Hardy, new kind of principal: Can she turn around New Orleans school?
The Christian Science Monitor
Many school districts are looking for a new kind of principal – those with an intense focus on helping teachers improve. Krystal Hardy, one of these new leaders, took the helm this year at a struggling charter school in New Orleans.
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Register for Advanced Mentor Training in January
NAESP
The NAESP National Mentor Training and Certification Program is designed to engage retired and experienced principals to give back to their profession by supporting new, newly assigned, or even experienced principals through mentoring. Register now for the new NAESP-McREL Advanced Mentor Training this January.
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Winter wellness guide
NAESP
With flu-season approaching, student wellness is likely at the forefront of educators' minds. These resources on hot health topics can help you, your teachers and parents boost students' wellness and keep them ready to learn.
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