Sunday, April 20, 2014

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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]


Strong Support Systems, Collaboration Key to Retaining Quality Teachers in High-Poverty Schools Strong Support Systems, Collaboration Key to Retaining Quality Teachers in High-Poverty Schools

By Edward Graham According to new research, minority and low-income students are more likely than their White and more affluent counterparts to be taught by ineffective, underqualified, and newer teachers . While the problem is not new—research and data from the Department of Education and other organizations has identified and tracked the trend for... [Read more]


Report: Black, Latino, and American Indian Students Facing Huge Barriers to Success Report: Black, Latino, and American Indian Students Facing Huge Barriers to Success

By Kelsey Nelson Children of color in every state in the country continue to lag significantly behind their Asian and White counterparts in access to quality education and economic opportunities, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Consequently, these kids are more likely to “fall out of the middle class and are more likely... [Read more]


NEA Master Teacher Says Building Blocks Are Not Only for Kindergarteners NEA Master Teacher Says Building Blocks Are Not Only for Kindergarteners

By Janet Mednik When kindergarten teacher Dawn Gunn’s students’ small, nimble hands manipulate wooden blocks to construct towers and staircases, she recognizes that they are grasping more than toys. Rather the Phoenix, Ariz. educator—who is also a National Board Certified Teacher and a National Education Association (NEA) Master Teacher—knows... [Read more]


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Must Reads

Where Are Some of the Worst Sex Ed Programs?

If you think students should get an unbiased and accurate education, then you probably won’t be happy about the state of sex education in America. Around the country, teachers can provide sex education courses that are biased against specific races or ethnicities, that are inappropriate for students’ ages and that promote specific religious agendas, according to a recent Guttmacher Institute analysis. Furthermore, 37 states reportedly allow for medically inaccurate sex education, and only 18 states require teachers to provide information about contraception. Source: The Huffington Post


Education in Juvenile Justice System Lacking, Report Says

Many of the teenagers who enter the juvenile-justice system with anger problems, learning disabilities, and academic challenges receive little or no special help for those issues, and consequently fall further behind in school, a report released Thursday concludes. “Way too many kids enter the juvenile-justice system, they don’t do particularly well from an education standpoint while they’re there, and way too few kids make successful transitions out,” said Kent McGuire, the president and CEO of the Atlanta-based Southern Education Foundation. Source: Education Week

 


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Ahead in Ed

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


GLSEN Day of Silence – April 11

Hundreds of thousands of students at more than 8,000 schools are expected to participate in the 19th annual Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)  Day of Silence on Friday to raise awareness about the pervasiveness of anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Anyone can organize a Day of Silence activity or event, and it can be a powerful way to band together and take a stand. Learn more about how to register and organize an event.


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