Thursday, April 24, 2014

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

April 23, 2014 by twalker  
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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 [...]

Public School Students Will Look Pretty Different By 2022

April 23, 2014 by twalker  
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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 [...]

Kennedy Center Program Improving Access to Arts For All Students

April 23, 2014 by twalker  
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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 continually cut funds from their [...]

School Stabbings Signal Need for Broad Safety Plans

April 23, 2014 by twalker  
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Large-scale shootings have been a dominant driver of school safety debates, but a stabbing spree at a Pennsylvania high school this month should serve as a reminder that educators need to be prepared for a range of situations—including smaller, nonfatal incidents that don’t involve guns at all, school safety experts say. ”When we focus our policy [...]

5 Ways to Help Students with Autism Succeed in the Classroom

April 23, 2014 by twalker  
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In April, educators, parents and advocates across the country are helping raise awareness about autism.  Research shows that when students with intellectual and development disabilities are educated in mainstream education classrooms with their peers, they do better both academically and socially.  But for teachers who haven’t worked with students with autism, the challenges and unknown [...]

Performance-Based Funding: Chasing Outcomes Over Real Learning

April 22, 2014 by twalker  
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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, and [...]

Protecting Classrooms From Corporate Takeover: What Families Can Learn from Teachers’ Unions

April 22, 2014 by twalker  
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Teachers have always held a cherished role in our society—recognized as professionals who know how to inculcate a love of learning in our children. But the “education reform” movement represented by No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top blames teachers for the problems in our public schools. At heart, this is a debate between [...]

InBloom Student Data Repository to Close

April 22, 2014 by twalker  
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In a setback for the nearly $8 billion prekindergarten through 12th-grade education technology software market, inBloom, a non-profit corporationoffering to warehouse and manage student data for public school districts across the country, announced on Monday morning that it planned to shut its doors. The system was meant to extract student data from disparate school grading and [...]

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

April 21, 2014 by twalker  
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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 [...]

National Teacher Day – May 6

April 21, 2014 by twalker  
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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 [...]

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