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Education Chief vies to expand US
role as partner on local schools

The New York Times    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Education secretaries usually keep a low profile, in keeping with their agency’s backseat status to states and local districts, which control schools. But there was Secretary of Education Arne Duncan one recent day, racing through Washington traffic in a black Chevrolet Suburban, sirens wailing to clear traffic on his 13-block trip to the National Public Radio studios for an hour-long call-in show that he crammed into his hectic schedule. More




Latino kindergartners' social skills found strong
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A majority of Latino children enter kindergarten with the same social skills as middle-class white children, while low-income Latinos demonstrate stronger social skills than low-income African-American kindergartners at the start of school, says a study published in the May issue of "Developmental Psychology." More


Arizona grades teachers on fluency
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As the academic year winds down, Creighton School Principal Rosemary Agneessens faces a wrenching decision: what to do with veteran teachers whom the state education department says don't speak English well enough. The Arizona Department of Education recently began telling school districts that teachers whose spoken English it deems to be heavily accented or ungrammatical must be removed from classes for students still learning English. More


Pa. school district's webcam surveillance focus of suit
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Katarina Perich uses her sleek white MacBook every day. The ninth-grader carries it to class at Lower Merion High School, she works on it sitting on the hallway floor during breaks, and she takes it home with her overnight. That's just the point of a school district program that issues laptops to every high school student. But once, while hanging out with friends, Katarina noticed a glowing green light on her computer signaling that the built-in webcam had been turned on. More
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Kagan Publishing
Publishing and Professional Development is all about engagement! Central to most Kagan publications and workshops are Kagan Structures. You've probably heard of some popular Kagan Structures including Numbered Heads Together, Timed Pair Share, RallyRobin, and Quiz-Quiz-Trade. More info



Panel finds no favorite in teacher-prep pathways
Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After six years of study, a national panel of prominent scholars has concluded that there’s not enough evidence to suggest that teachers who take alternative pathways into the classroom are any worse—or any better—than those who finish traditional college-based preparation programs. The finding comes in a report released today by the National Research Council, which is an arm of the National Academies, a scientific body created to advise the federal government on scientific matters. More


The secret to stopping a bully?
The Boston Globe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
She looks as you expect she would. Straight blond hair, pert nose, complexion as perfect as her clothes. She can say a lot with just a surgical flick of her head and can stretch simple phrases like "shut up" and "totally" to twice their natural length. Tess Tyler is the privileged, beautiful-but-brittle, mean-girl bully who torments Mitchie Torres, the working-class, wide-eyed, good-girl protagonist. In this case, the bully and victim come from the Disney Channel tweener franchise Camp Rock, which will pump out a sequel this summer. But you can find similar pairs driving the drama in many popular kids’ TV shows and movies. More




Rhode Island teachers union sues after mass firings
The Associated Press via USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Rhode Island teachers union has sued a troubled school district that fired all its high school teachers and staff. The union is challenging a requirement that all fired teachers reapply for their jobs. No more than half can be rehired under a federal turnaround model selected for the school district. More


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The Classroom Caddy is designed for placement in the classroom and other high traffic areas of the school where germs are prevalent. As recommended by the CDC, the Caddy has instant hand sanitizer and antimicrobial wipes MORE


Despite push, success at charter schools is mixed
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the world of education, it was the equivalent of the cool kids’ table in the cafeteria. Executives from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, McKinsey consultants and scholars from Stanford and Harvard mingled at an invitation-only meeting of the New Schools Venture Fund at a luxury hotel in Pasadena, Calif. Founded by investors who helped start Google and Amazon, this philanthropy seeks to raise the academic achievement of poor black and Hispanic students, largely through charter schools. But for all their support and cultural cachet, the majority of the 5,000 or so charter schools nationwide appear to be no better, and in many cases worse, than local public schools. More


Like Facebook, but for learning
eSchool News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Aiming to engage students who are multitasking with different forms of technology, companies are creating collaborative learning spaces online where students can help one another solve homework problems and study—all while building important 21st-century skills. One such social-networking study site is Grockit, which currently offers test-prep services and is expanding its focus to include math and English for students in grades 8-12, with history and science soon to follow. More



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