Friday, April 25, 2014

No, Parental Involvement is Not ‘Overrated’

April 24, 2014 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker Anyone who follows education news and trends has come to expect that, every three or four months, a new research report or book will be released that dishes up a counter-narrative too irresistible for the media to pass up.  On April 14,  we had a whopper serving, courtesy of The New York [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Deployed High School Students Help Younger Peers Adjust to Challenges

April 18, 2014 by twalker  
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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 [...]

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

April 16, 2014 by egraham  
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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 some [...]

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

April 15, 2014 by twalker  
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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 [...]

NEA Master Teacher Says Building Blocks Are Not Only for Kindergarteners

April 13, 2014 by twalker  
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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 that these young students are actually [...]

National Movement to Curb High-Stakes Testing Gains Momentum

April 9, 2014 by twalker  
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By Cindy Long Tens of thousands of activists are joining forces this spring to stop the high-stakes use of standardized tests and reduce the number of standardized exams to save time and money for actual classroom instruction. The growing movement to end the testing obsession got a major boost in March when U.S. Representatives Chris [...]

Cities Sharpen Strategies to Re-Engage Dropouts

April 8, 2014 by egraham  
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By Edward Graham Even though the U.S.  graduation rate has risen to its highest level in 40 years, one in five students drop out of school before receiving a high school diploma. While re-engaging these dropouts may be challenging, efforts are underway in states across the nation to target, identify, and fully equip these students [...]

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