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The Learning Network: Do You Take More Risks When You Are Around Your Friends?

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 04/28/2014 - 5:01am
What role does peer pressure play in making decisions?






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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Los Angeles Clippers Turn Shirts Inside Out in Protest

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 04/28/2014 - 4:28am
Why did the Los Angeles Clippers turn their shirts inside out on Sunday?






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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | E.L.L. Practice, April 28, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 04/28/2014 - 4:11am
April 29 is International Dance Day. Here are some ideas for using it to teach English Language Learners.






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | obtuse

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 04/28/2014 - 12:03am
This word has appeared in 28 New York Times articles in the past year.






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Hundreds of students march in Montgomery, calling attention to academic achievement gap

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 04/27/2014 - 7:45pm

Hundreds of Montgomery County students marched more than a mile through Rockville on Sunday in a call to close the achievement gap that has left black and Hispanic students in the high-performing district trailing their white and Asian peers on measures of academic success.

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Fairfax student wins Gates scholarship

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 04/27/2014 - 5:01pm

A Fairfax County senior is among a select group of students to receive a scholarship from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that will fully cover college tuition.

Maryam Mustafa, a Falls Church High School senior, is one of 1,000 U.S. recipients of a Gates Millennium scholarship. The program, created in 1999 with a $1 billion grant from Gates, provides students with tuition through college graduation and beyond. Students can use the scholarship toward a master’s degree and even a doctorate in such fields as computer science, education, engineering, mathematics and public health.

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Va. test reform law includes no money for improved exams

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 04/27/2014 - 4:35pm

Thousands of Virginia public school students are trying out a new kind of online Standards of Learning test this year that education officials say is proving to be a more efficient exam, offering more precise and valuable information about each student.

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Two moms of preschoolers push for Spanish immersion program in Prince George’s County

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 04/27/2014 - 3:06pm

Delores Millhouse and Gina Bowler don’t have children in the Prince George’s County school system.

But they would like to.

That was the message they shared with members of the county Board of Education, the new schools chief, the county executive and anyone else who would take a few minutes to listen during the past several months as they lobbied the district to add a Spanish immersion program to its academic offerings.

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Does high school stress have to be a bad thing?

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 04/27/2014 - 3:00pm

I am both impressed and annoyed by the work of Denise Clark Pope, a senior lecturer at the Stanford University School of Education who has become a leading national expert on the causes of stress for high school students.

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Briefly: International Education: Denmark Outlines Plan to Attract Foreign Students

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 04/27/2014 - 12:02pm
The plan aims to make programs more international, reduce dropouts among foreign students and help them find employment in Denmark after graduation.






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International Education: Adapting for the Future at European University Conference

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 04/27/2014 - 12:01pm
European education policy makers are looking at how new teaching tools and changes in the student body could significantly alter the university landscape.






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International Education: Black Colleges in U.S. Struggle to Reconnect to World

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 04/27/2014 - 12:01pm
Historically black colleges in the United States have a legacy of international engagement but are now lagging behind their predominantly white peers in international outreach.






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Motherlode Blog: When a Working Grandma Can’t Afford to Babysit, a Tradition Ends

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 04/27/2014 - 8:36am
My great-grandmother cared for my mom and aunt while my grandparents worked. My grandmother cared for me and my sister while my parents worked. But my mom can’t afford to do the same for me.






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New York Finds Space for 3 Charter Schools

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 04/26/2014 - 9:29pm
The schools had been at the heart of a battle between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Eva S. Moskowitz, the leader of a high-performing charter network.






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Catania seeks to harness connections with parents for mayoral bid

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 04/26/2014 - 7:00pm

D.C. Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large) pledged to visit each of the city’s more than 200 traditional and charter schools when he took the helm of the council’s education committee in January 2013.

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Truancy, absenteeism a chronic problem in D.C. schools

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 04/26/2014 - 6:51pm

When students at the District’s Simon Elementary show up for school on time, they reach for a numbered index card. It’s their ticket for that day’s attendance raffle.

The prizes are small — a ruler, a calculator, a bag of candy — but they are enough to trigger shrieks of celebration each morning in the cafeteria, and administrators hope they also are enough to help nudge more children through the front door of the schoolhouse. The reward program is one of the more visible parts of a much broader effort to tackle rampant truancy at Simon and other schools across the city.

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Students to march in Montgomery County, urging school action on achievement gap

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 04/26/2014 - 4:41pm

Montgomery County students and their supporters plan to march in Rockville on Sunday to bring attention to the school system’s achievement gap, which has left black and Hispanic students lagging behind their white and Asian peers on multiple measures of academic success.

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Getting Into the Ivies

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 04/26/2014 - 4:08pm
Why is it harder than it used to be? Colleges are globalized.






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University of North Carolina Is at Odds With a Raleigh Newspaper

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 04/26/2014 - 1:38pm
The University of North Carolina has been at odds with a journalist for a Raleigh newspaper over his exposés of academic malfeasance at the university, some of it relating to athletes.






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Strauss: Kindergarten show canceled so kids can keep studying to become ‘college and career ready.’ Really.

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 04/26/2014 - 11:59am

An annual year-end kindergarten show has been canceled at a New York school because the kids have to keep working so they will be “college and career” ready. Really.

That’s what it says in a letter (see below) sent to parents by Ellen Best-Laimit, the interim principal of Harley Avenue Primary School in Elwood, N.Y., and four kindergarten teachers. The play was to be staged over two days, May 14 and 15, according to the school’s calendar.

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