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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

How Educators Can Protect Students’ Data from Security Breaches

April 21, 2014 by twalker  
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Every day, teachers are responsible for maintaining numerous logins, passwords, data, and other private information about their students. As chief technology officer in the modern century classroom, an educator’s role becomes more complex (and potentially overwhelming) as more tablets, computers, and web tools are put in the hands of students. Given the enormous amounts of information [...]

Where Are Some of the Worst Sex Ed Programs?

April 18, 2014 by twalker  
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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 [...]

Education in Juvenile Justice System Lacking, Report Says

April 18, 2014 by twalker  
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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 [...]

Why is Public Television Against Public schools?

April 16, 2014 by twalker  
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“You’d think that that public television would support public education, but you’d be wrong,” writes Peter Dreier in The Huffington Post. “The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) has gotten in bed with the billionaires and conservatives who want to privatize our public schools. PBS has nary a word to say about the big money — from [...]

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