Education News

Students grow, sell produce in Del. gardening program

NCSS Smartbrief - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:56pm
An organization in Delaware has taken the community-garden model popular among adults and implemented it with students.  -More
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Drama course builds literacy, confidence for Ind. students

NCSS Smartbrief - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:56pm
Eighth-graders at an Indiana school learned about drama while building literacy skills and confidence through a weekly class  -More
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Robert H. Jackson Center Award for Teaching Justice

NCSS Smartbrief - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:56pm
The Robert H. Jackson Center and the National Council for the Social Studies announce the 2014 Robert H.  -More
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NCSS Annual Conference registration is open!

NCSS Smartbrief - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:56pm
Registration for the NCSS Annual Conference in Boston is now open. Learn more about the conference and register. -More
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Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.

NCSS Smartbrief - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:56pm
Oprah Winfrey, American media mogul and philanthropist -More
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Strauss: A bone-headed tweet from Education Department

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 11:51am

Put this in the you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff category:

Someone at the U.S. Education Department tweeted out what was considered a funny reminder for students to fill out their federal financial aid forms, known as FAFSA. The tweet had a picture from the movie “Bridesmaids” depicting the drunken character played by Kristen Wiig’s character on a plane with the words, “Help me. I’m poor.”  After the tweet got strong blowback from folks who found it offensive, the Education Department took down the tweet and apologized.

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Motherlode Blog: My Yearly Camp Permethrin Dance

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:35am
The week before my two eldest children headed off for a month of open-air sleeping in the woods of northwest Virginia, I made a permethrin solution and soaked their clothes in it.






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Strauss: The Great Teachers and Principals Act: not so great after all

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:01am

Last year I published a piece by Kenneth Zeichner, a professor who has done extensive research on teaching and teacher education, which discussed legislation in Congress about teacher and principal preparation programs. The legislation is officially called the “Growing Excellent Achievement Training Academies (GREAT) Teachers and Principals Act”  and referred to as the GREAT Act.  That post focused on the role of an organization called the NewSchools Venture Fund in promoting this federal legislation promoting alternative teacher preparation programs. Zeichner, a professor of teacher education at the University of Washington, Seattle, and professor emeritus in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, recently published with a co-author a paper in the Teachers College Record that elaborates on the original article.

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D.C. considers guaranteeing preschool across most of city

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 9:16am

The District’s latest proposal to overhaul school boundaries has generated plenty of pushback, but it also includes at least one far-reaching idea that appears to have strong support: guaranteeing access to pre-kindergarten for students who live in-bounds for high-poverty schools.

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Strauss: Reformers lose one to a veteran teacher

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 8:55am

There’s a new piece on The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog with this headline: “ Vergara vs. California: Are the top 0.1% buying their version of education reform?” Anybody paying attention to school “reform” knows that the answer to that question is that some folks in that group are trying their best. But they don’t always win. They didn’t in a highly contested Democratic primary race for a seat on Colorado’s state Board of Education.

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The Learning Network: Student Crossword | Building Blocks of Vocabulary

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 8:50am
Test your knowledge of vocabulary and its foundations by playing our crossword.






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Strauss: Is this really how we should test reading development in kids?

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 5:01am

DIBELS, or Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills,  is a set of procedures and measures developed at the University of Oregon for assessing literacy development in students from kindergarten through sixth grade. The DIBELS website says that the measures — one-minute fluency exercises — were “specifically designed to assess the five early literacy components: Phonological Awareness, Alphabetic Principle, Vocabulary, Comprehension, and Fluency with Connected Text,” but critics say its validity is very weak. (Here’s an extensive critique.) Nonetheless, DIBELS has become widely used in schools around the country since 2001 — reaching some 2 million children a year. In this post, Rachael Gabriel,  an assistant professor of reading education in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut, write about continuing problems with DIBELS and how struggling readers are affected.

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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Cool at 13, Adrift at 23

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:49am
What does a study show about what happened to risk-taking, socially precocious 13-year-olds in later years?






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | satirical

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:02am
This word has appeared in 312 New York Times articles in the past year.






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Motherlode Blog: Read to a Tiny Baby? Yes

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 10:14pm
The American Academy of Pediatrics now advises doctors to recommend reading to infants, and for good reason. Reading is a habit best formed early.






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De Blasio Offers Easier Access to City Money for Special Education

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 8:38pm
Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a series of changes to make it easier for special-needs students in New York to receive private schooling at public expense.
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Shift in Law on Disability and Students Shows Lapses

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 7:55pm
The Education Department said that it would evaluate growth in students with disabilities over time and will compare their test scores with those of students not designated with special needs.






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