Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Kennedy Center Program Improving Access to Arts For All Students Kennedy Center Program Improving Access to Arts For All Students

By Kelsey Nelson The facts are clear: Students who participate in the arts demonstrate improved academic performance and lower dropout rates. Without the arts, students can face greater difficulty mastering core subjects, higher dropout rates and disciplinary problems. Even with all the established positive effects of arts education, school systems... [Read more]


Performance-Based Funding: Chasing Outcomes Over Real Learning Performance-Based Funding: Chasing Outcomes Over Real Learning

By Mary Ellen Flannery Performance funding for public colleges and universities is a bad idea on fire these days. Even as more research clearly shows the plans don’t work as intended, nearly 30 states, most recently Florida, have adopted punitive approaches to paying for higher education. “They have this one-size-fits-all vision for higher education,... [Read more]


New Teachers Staying in the Classroom, But For How Much Longer? New Teachers Staying in the Classroom, But For How Much Longer?

By Tim Walker Approximately 200,000 new teachers entered the classroom in 2007-08, just as the nation stood on the edge of a devastating recession and an era of relentless budget cuts and assaults on the rights and reputations of public school educators. It has been a turbulent time to put it mildly. So of those teachers who weren’t pink-slipped,... [Read more]


Deployed High School Students Help Younger Peers Adjust to Challenges Deployed High School Students Help Younger Peers Adjust to Challenges

By Tim Walker April is Month of the Military Child, during which military children are recognized for the sacrifices they make by being a part of a military family. These children face a number of daunting challenges: the stress that accompanies the separation from a deployed parent, the anxiety of worrying for that parent, or living with the fear that... [Read more]


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Must Reads

How Anxious are Kids About Taking Standardized Tests? This Anxious.

A counselor at an El Paso elementary school, in an effort to allay student fears about having to take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness tests this week, held conversations with students in grades 3 through 5 to see exactly what they were worried about. The counselor made a list of comments kids had made during these discussions. Check out some of the responses. Source: The Washington Post/The Answer Sheet


Public School Students Will Look Pretty Different By 2022

In the future, public schools are going to be less white and more Hispanic, according to recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics. The report estimates that between the 2009-2010 and 2022-2023 school years, there will be a 16 percent decrease in white students, 14 percent decrease in black students, and 29 percent decrease in American Indian and Alaskan Native students who graduate public high school. However, there’s expected to be 23 percent increase in Asian and Pacific Islander students and a whopping 64 percent increase in Hispanic students who graduate. Source: The Huffington Post


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Ahead in Ed

National Teacher Day – May 6

May 6th is National Teacher Day, a time to thank the nation’s teachers—you and your colleagues—for all you do. You can find  National Teacher Day Artwork here. Download poster and web art for this year’s celebration. And celebrate National Teacher Day on social media by using the #ThankaTeacher hashtag and join thousands showing their support for our nation’s teachers. Find out more at NEA.org (more…)


NEA Joint Conference on Concerns of Minorities and Women, June 29-30

Empower your inner social justice activist and leader! Register now for the 2014 NEA Joint Conference on Concerns of Minorities and Women. Learn more on NEA.org


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