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Strauss: ‘I teach because…’

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 12:01pm

Maribeth Whitehouse has been a special education teacher in the Bronx for nearly a decade. In 2012, she scored in the 99th percentile — better than nearly all other teachers in New York City — on  teacher data reports created through “value added measures”, which supposedly can determine the “value” of a teacher by plugging student standardized test scores into a complicated formula. Yet she told the New York Times’ Michael Winerip that such data is “nonsense” — and she helped organize a protest by other teachers who had top scores because, as she wrote at the time in this piece:

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Behind Ivy Walls: Americans Think We Have the World’s Best Colleges. We Don’t.

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 6:00am
The United States may have many of the best elite colleges, but over all, our higher-education system has many of the same problems found in K-12.






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An Orchestra of Little Hands and Big Dreams

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 9:25pm
Young musicians from disadvantaged backgrounds will show off their skills on Saturday at the United Palace Theater in Washington Heights, Manhattan.






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Md. groups to collaborate on evaluation process for teachers, principals

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 8:05pm

Maryland education officials, teachers unions and other education organizations signed a written agreement Friday to collaborate on methods for assessing classroom effectiveness, a central element of the state’s evaluation system for teachers and principals.

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Report cards delayed in Montgomery after recalculation of final exam grades

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 7:11pm

Report cards for Montgomery County’s 151,000 students were mailed Friday after a three-day delay that followed a mass recalculation of final exam grades for Algebra 1, according to the school system.

Schools officials said late Friday that they added 15 percentage points to all Algebra 1 exam scores after they became aware that already-high rates of failure had risen markedly.

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Prince George's school board approves $1.8 billion budget for school system

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 2:37pm

The Prince George’s County Board of Education reconciled changes made by the County Council in the school system’s 2015 budget Thursday night and approved the $1.8 billion spending plan just days before it goes into effect.

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No more half-day Mondays in Fairfax elementary schools

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 1:47pm

Fairfax County elementary school students will receive an extra 75 hours of instruction next year after the school board voted late Thursday to eliminate half-days on Mondays.

The school board voted 10 to 1, with one board member absent, to end the 40-year practice in elementary schools.

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Conn. students seek memorial to remember visits from MLK

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 1:32pm
Students and community members in Simsbury, Conn., are raising money for a memorial to honor Martin Luther King Jr.  -More
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Judge: NYC schools can enforce vaccination policies

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 1:32pm
A federal judge has upheld a New York City policy that allows school districts to enforce vaccination policies.  -More
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Some schools cope with slow Internet

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 1:32pm
This interactive map allows users to search 70,000 schools in the U.S.  -More
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How to give teachers time to flip instruction

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 1:32pm
Schools can give teachers the time, support and resources they need to flip instruction by rethinking professional-developmen -More
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Mich. students raise money for storm-damaged schools in the Philippines

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 1:32pm
Students at three high schools in Grand Rapids, Mich., have adopted two elementary schools in the Philippines that were damag -More
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Va. middle-school students grow, sell their own veggies

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 1:32pm
Students at a Virginia middle school will harvest and sell their own produce at a vegetable stand every Wednesday through the -More
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Volunteer opportunities

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 1:32pm
NCSS has opportunities for member volunteers to serve on NCSS Operations Committees and Award and Grant Selection Committee.  -More
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Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 1:32pm
Soren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher and writer -More
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