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A few simple rules can bring order to your school meetings
Scholastic Administrator
Schools, at their best, are hotbeds of ideas and innovation. The building is filled with well-educated, passionate, and verbal staff, and improvements are always needed. Yet differing perspectives on what is most urgent can provoke as many conflicts as concrete plans. The battles often emerge in the first moments a new idea is presented, even when an administrator is offering the innovation. Let's examine this landscape and how to manage potential landmines.
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Do the police belong in public schools?
By: Archita Datta Majumdar (commentary)
Recent news reports of police and citizens clashing all over America have been disturbing indeed. What is remarkable is that many of the protestors are American youth and even schoolchildren in some instances, painting an even more complicated picture. The increasing presence of police in schools shows how opposing forces are splitting the system apart from within — authorities that want more control over the future generation who are unwilling to give it.
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Does Common Core really mean teachers should teach differently?
The Hechinger Report
The Common Core wasn't necessarily supposed to change how math is taught, but in many schools that's exactly what's happening. Many — some might argue most — American math teachers once followed a simple format: Explain a formula to the class, show an example on the board, then let students practice on worksheets.
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Are schools taking the right approach to field trips?
MindShift
Few things are more exciting in school than a field trip, but budget constraints and curriculum priorities have changed the nature of field trips. For example, a growing number of schools use field trips as an incentive for good behavior instead of learning enrichment for everyone. Researchers at the University of Arkansas are trying to measure the connection between culturally enriching field trips and learning.
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Student reading practices lag far behind national goals
The Journal
As new learning standards put more emphasis on getting students to be able to read and analyze non-fiction text, this year's annual "What Kids Are Reading and Why It Matters" report from Renaissance Learning suggests that classrooms have a long way to go. Renaissance produces Accelerated Reader, an integrated reading program that delivers online quizzes to students on the books they've read, both fiction and nonfiction.
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Steps to proficiency-oriented classrooms
By: Douglas Magrath
When making steps toward proficiency-oriented classrooms, authentic material is used as much as possible, and students are encouraged to interact with each other and express their own ideas beyond the book lesson. In addition, students need to transfer their ESL skills to their academic subjects or careers. A study done in 2012 at Arizona State University indicates that this process may not always occur.
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Big drop in students being held back, but why?
NPR
The question of when or whether it's appropriate to hold a child back in school is a heated one among teachers, parents and even politicians. And a new study is adding some kindling to the debate. Researchers found that the rate at which kids are held back — in education circles it's called "grade retention" — has dropped dramatically. From 1995 to 2005, the overall retention rate hovered near 3 percent. But, from 2005 to 2010 it fell to 1.5 percent.
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Districts get personal: How districts can support teacher professional development
EdSurge
Even as schools across the U.S. rethink how they deliver learning experiences to their students, districts, too, are rethinking professional development for teachers. We look for all learners — teachers as well as students — to construct their own learning path, explore how to deepen their skills and support their colleagues. Districts play an important role in this process, by encouraging teachers to build specific, new skills and leveraging the skills teachers already have.
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Almost 100 school shootings have occurred since Newtown, Conn., while Congress has done nothing
The Huffington Post
Nearly 100 school shootings have occurred in the two years since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to a report. The report, sponsored by anti-gun violence groups Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, counted at least 95 school shootings in 33 states since Dec. 14, 2012, when a gunman killed 20 children and six educators in Newtown, Connecticut. According to the data, previewed by The Huffington Post, each week averages about one school shooting.
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Smartphones: From toy to tool
Edutopia
In classrooms, smartphones are slowly shifting out of the toy-and-liability-to-attention category, and into the tool-and-engaging-students category. It's part of the movement to "meet students where they are" that's being embraced by teachers who believe in a nonstandardized approach to education. Jeremy Mettler, social studies teacher at Batavia (New York) High School, puts it this way: "Students all have them and they love using them, but they don't realize they're walking around with a computer in their pocket."
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FCC approves major E-Rate funding increase on party-line vote
Education Week
The Federal Communications Commission today approved a major increase in funding for the E-rate program, a decision that supporters predict will greatly expand schools' and libraries' access to high-speed Web connectivity after years of neglect. The commission approved the change in a 3-2 vote that broke down along partisan lines and was at times sown with discord. The plan, overseen by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, will lift the overall spending cap for the E-Rate program from $2.4 billion to $3.9 billion a year, after years of stagnant funding.
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US Supreme Court weighs threats on social media about school shootings
EdTech Magazine
The Supreme Court is considering how threats on social media platforms should be treated. The ruling could have broad implications for how authorities respond to online comments regarding school shootings. Justices heard oral arguments Monday in the case of Elonis v. U.S., more than four years after Anthony Elonis, 31, was convicted in federal court of making threatening statements in material on Facebook. Authorities considered the comments threats of violence against his estranged wife, an FBI agent and schoolchildren.
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House education committee welcomes new Republican members
Education Week
The chairman of the House education panel, Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., announced new committee members for the 114th Congress, which convenes on Jan. 6, 2015, for its first working legislative day. The committee is slated to welcome eight new Republicans-Democrats haven't yet finalized their picks for the committee — including Rep.-elect Dave Brat, R-Va., who famously ousted former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the GOP primary.
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Ohio Department of Education added the religious requirement to Gov. Kasich's student mentoring program
The Plain Dealer
The recent decision to require participation of a church or religious group for any school to receive money from Gov. John Kasich's student mentorship program came from the Ohio Department of Education, a department spokesman said. State Superintendent Richard Ross added that requirement after meetings with ODE staff, governors staff and members of Kasich's advisory panel for the governor's new "Community Connectors" program, ODE spokesman John Charlton said.
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New principals: Spotlight on relationship-building
NAESP
While new principals feel confident about their schools' safety and instructional quality, parent involvement presents a challenge. That's just one finding from the October Rise and Shine brief, which presents survey results from NAESP's National Panel of New Principals. Last month, the panel explored programs and relationships within their schools.
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A Principal Ambassador's view: On the best practice journey
NAESP
In December 2013, the U.S. Department of Education named Jill Levine one of three inaugural Principal Ambassador Fellows. Here, Levine, principal of Normal Park Museum Magnet School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, shares a snapshot of her work at the department.
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