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Private-Public Partnerships Key To Education Innovation

June 4, 2012 by jrosales  
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By John Rosales Panelists from the business and education communities recently met at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., to discuss the role of public and private sectors in keeping young people engaged in school while supporting education innovation. Four panelists discussed current challenges that the United States faces, particularly in how to [...]

Non-Classroom Educators Help Students Cope Inside and Outside the Classroom

February 13, 2012 by jrosales  
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By John Rosales Elizabeth Duffey recently renewed her national board certification, but she isn’t a teacher. After 37 years of teaching high school English, Duffey wanted to impact student achievement in a different way. So she became an instructional facilitator for Tacoma Public Schools in Washington. Duffey now helps teachers teach more effectively. She works [...]

How Bad Education Policies Demoralize Teachers

February 7, 2012 by jrosales  
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By John Rosales We often hear the term “teacher burnout” to describe how some educators feel overtaken by the pressures of the classroom. But are these really cases of burnout or have many educators become “demoralized”? These are similar but also distinct forces, says Doris Santoro, Assistant Professor of Education at Bowdoin College, and both [...]

“There Are No Shortcuts to Improving Student Achievement”

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By John Rosales West Seattle Elementary School in Washington is changing. While the irksome perception persists that this school in a high-poverty neighborhood is too ill-equipped, mismanaged, or even incapable of high student achievement, the school’s students, staff, and parents work quietly and effectively to change its course. “We have a vision of becoming a [...]

Healthier Lunches Coming to Schools

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By John Rosales New standards for school meals released on Wednesday  by the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help ensure healthy nutritious food served to every public school student in an effort to bolster their health and academic success. This effort was kicked-off with an appearance by First Lady Michelle Obama at Parklawn Elementary School [...]

A Boot Camp to Promote Healthy Food in Schools

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By John Rosales The rigorous culinary training that Donna West attended in Aurora, Colorado, involved much more than cooking classes. West is a lunchroom and child nutrition manager at Brownwood Elementary School in Scottsboro, Alabama. For five long days spent in a high school kitchen and classrooms, West and two dozen other public school food [...]

The Persistence of Privatization

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By John Rosales Person by person, block by block, school by school. Since Spring 2009, about two dozen custodians from Maine School Administrative District 75 (MSAD 75) have beat back the lingering threat of privatization. They have sat with one neighbor at a time, spoken at numerous school board meetings and labor organization events, started [...]

Promoting School Safety with a Badge and a Smile

August 26, 2011 by jrosales  
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By John Rosales If school staff across the nation have one thing in common, it is that they will take all measures to keep students safe. Whatever it takes. After several high-profile incidents of school violence in the late 1990s in places like West Paducah, Kentucky (1997), Springfield, Oregon (1998), Jonesboro, Arkansas (1998), and Littleton, [...]

Advertising on School Buses Softens the Budget Crunch

July 13, 2011 by jrosales  
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By John Rosales In an era of severe, nationwide school budget cuts, easy money for a school district is hard to pass up. Even if it means selling advertising space on school buses. “It’s free money,” says Kathy Bareiss, a spokeswoman for the Mesa Unified School District in Arizona. “Our parents are encouraging us to [...]

National Teachers Hall of Fame: Preserving the Story of Teachers

June 20, 2011 by jrosales  
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By John Rosales Every June, crowds gather for a three-day event in Emporia, Kansas to honor five outstanding teachers from across the nation who are inducted into The National Teachers Hall of Fame (NTHF). The 2011 inductees arrived in Emporia last Wednesday, and were VIP guests of a citywide outdoor concert. The music was followed [...]

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