Saturday, November 1, 2014

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As More Schools Have Their Head in the Cloud, Privacy Concerns Persist As More Schools Have Their Head in the Cloud, Privacy Concerns Persist

By Luke Towler Not too long ago, Anne Smith, like most other teachers, used regular class periods to offer feedback and guidance  to her students on their classwork. After she began using Google Apps for Education (GAfE), things began to change. Soon, students were seeking feedback from her after school hours. Initially, Smith, a high school English... [Read more]


All in the Family: How Teacher Home Visits Can Lead to School Transformation All in the Family: How Teacher Home Visits Can Lead to School Transformation

By Mary Ellen Flannery Barbréa Finney has something to tell the two teachers who have settled into her living room couch. Finney, 70, has been fostering children in the Detroit area for 40-plus years and she’s probably welcomed more than 50 boys and girls into her home. But the four girls, ages 6 to 11, living with her now are her adoptive daughters.... [Read more]


Is it Getting Better for LGBT Students? Yes, Just Not Fast Enough. Is it Getting Better for LGBT Students? Yes, Just Not Fast Enough.

By Richard Naithram Although schools remain a hostile environment for many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students, real progress has been made in providing greater support and resources. That’s the takeaway from the new 2013 National School Climate Survey, published by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN). Even... [Read more]


Students Speak Out on Staying Motivated and Engaged in Learning Students Speak Out on Staying Motivated and Engaged in Learning

By Nicholas Sella Everyone has an opinion when it comes to education, from politicians to reformers and pundits, but we don’t often hear from those with the most important voice—the students. How have teachers impacted their lives? What do they like about their schools? What’s the best way they learn? All of these questions and more were answered... [Read more]


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Must Reads

Teachers: Finding Appreciation at Work

So many of those working in our schools don’t feel appreciated — and one luncheon or certificate per year just doesn’t cut it. The daily demands are so intense and taxing that we all need more acknowledgement of our hard work in order to manage some of the stress we’re under: The acknowledgements help us feel seen, help us focus on what we need to do more of, and help us feel as if we’re having an impact — which is what all educators in schools want, writes leadership coach Elena Aguilar. Here are a fewsuggestions for increasing appreciation in your work life. Source: Edutopia


A Simple Way to Help Poor Kids Succeed

Here’s a deceptively simple way to close part of the achievement gap between poor and wealthy students: make sure that poor students are in school as much as their richer peers. A recent study found that absentee rates could explain up to 25 percent of difference in math scores between low-income students and less disadvantaged ones. Getting kids to come to school seems like an obvious way to help them score better on tests and eventually graduate. But it’s often overlooked in favor of more complicated, more controversial, and more interesting interventions. Source: Vox


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Ahead in Ed

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Find out more at NEA’s Bully-Free: It Starts With Me campaign. Resources include the NEA Bullying Prevention Kit, 10 Steps to Stop and Prevent Bullying and the Bully Free: It Starts With Me pledge.


National Hispanic American Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens who trace their ancestry to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Spanish-speaking countries of Central and South America. Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month with the following lessons, activities, videos, and more.


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