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Principals share secrets to positive school culture
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Turning around low-performing schools and improving educator morale might seem daunting as school leaders are being asked to do more with less, but some leaders have made marked improvements in their schools with determination and dedication to maintaining a positive school culture. In a Dec. 8 Education Trust webinar, two school principals detailed how they transformed their schools into positive places where students, teachers and staff enjoyed their learning and teaching experiences. More

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Teaching in a diverse America: It's the relationships that matter
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Our nation continues to grow more diverse. It's especially apparent in our nation's classrooms where one out of four students are the children of immigrants. When the school bell rings, more teachers are finding themselves looking at a sea of young faces representing an array of racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Sadly, there are unacceptable gaps in the academic achievement of students from diverse backgrounds. More

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Can YouTube for schools usher education into the 21st century
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Google has launched a YouTube for Schools service to make educationally relevant videos available for use in school. It's a great idea. YouTube can be an incredibly useful resource to enhance classroom lessons, providing a wealth of resources from a wide variety of sources, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, UC Berkeley, PBS, TEDTalks and the Kahn Academy. More

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5 ways to save American education
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A research team led by Marc S. Tucker, a relentless advocate for adopting successful international practices in U.S. schools, recently concluded that we, in essence, are doing almost nothing right. His investigators could find no evidence, Tucker said, "that any country that leads the world's education performance league tables has gotten there by implementing any of the major agenda items that dominate the education reform agenda in the United States, with the exception of the Common Core State Standards." More

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How much should teachers be paid?
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With U.S. schools facing enormous pressure to improve, even as state and local budgets continue to evaporate, teacher compensation is the latest flashpoint in debates about education reform. Though some critics argue that teachers are overpaid, many believe it's just the opposite. More

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Will more Latino teachers solve the Latino achievement gap in US?
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Could bolstering the Latino teacher workforce have an impact on the widening achievement gap between Latino students and their white and black peers in America? According to the Washington Post, more than 21 percent of school children are Latino, compared to seven percent of teachers, a wider disparity than any other racial or ethnic minority in the U.S. The article cites research that suggests that having more Latino teachers would lead to better attendance, fewer behavioral problems and better test scores for Latino students. More

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Are e-books revitalizing reading culture?
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As an increasing number of people turn to e-books and purchase e-reading devices, has the electronic boom revitalized the way we think about reading? Neighborhood bookstores continue to struggle in light of the recession, with readers turning more and more to e-reading electronic devices. Biographies, literary fiction and educational resources are all available in the cheap e-book format. More

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Duncan's 82 percent NCLB failure prediction way off base
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Remember when U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued the warning that 82 percent of schools would fail to make the grade this year under the No Child Left Behind Act, and hoped that would spur Congress to rewrite the law? Well, the researchers behind Duncan's prediction clearly are in need of improvement, based on one group's analysis. The real number, according to the latest report from the Center on Education Policy: 48 percent. More

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An insider's guide to the 11 NCLB waiver plans
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If you haven't had time to read the thousands of pages that make up the NCLB waiver applications for the first 11 states, that's OK. Your intrepid Politics K-12 bloggers, along with other EdWeek colleagues, have. The bottom line: Even if you can make it through the incredible complexity of the states' accountability plans, and the sometimes surprising vagueness of states' teacher-evaluation and turnaround plans, you will be left with a lot of questions about what this new state-led accountability looks like. More



Kansas government to outline school funding plan's details
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Gov. Sam Brownback's administration plans to release the long-awaited details of his plan for overhauling how Kansas finances its public schools amid skepticism about his ability to keep his promises to protect rural schools and prevent any local districts from losing state aid. The details will become public when Landon Fulmer, the governor's policy director, makes a presentation to the State Board of Education. Brownback spokeswoman Sherriene Jones-Sontag said each of the state's 283 districts will be able to see how the plan will affect its aid. More

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Report: Half of US schools fail federal standards
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Nearly half of America's public schools didn't meet federal achievement standards this year, marking the largest failure rate since the much-criticized No Child Left Behind Law took effect a decade ago, according to a national report released. The Center on Education Policy report shows more than 43,000 schools — or 48 percent — did not make "adequate yearly progress" this year. The failure rates range from a low of 11 percent in Wisconsin to a high of 89 percent in Florida. More

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Principal evaluation webinar now available on-demand
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Did you catch NAESP and EdWeek's "Making Principal Evaluations Count" webinar on Tueday? If not, you can view it now and download PowerPoint slides from the presentation. NAESP is leading an effort to improve principal evaluation, forming a plan to help schools and districts create assessment instruments that focus on the traits of excellent principals. More

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New RTI Marketplace launched
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The RTI Marketplace is a centralized resource for finding products and services developed by partners of the RTI Action Network. Browse the RTI Marketplace to find a broad selection of books, DVDs, seminars and more. More

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