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Strauss: One thing we can learn from Shanghai: How to develop teachers

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 6:02am

Shanghai has been No. 1 on the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, two straight times — in 2009 and 2012 — though it is now considering pulling out of the exercise in part, officials say, because they don’t want to place so much emphasis on standardized tests. That sounds refreshing. And here’s another lesson from Shanghai: how to professionalize teaching and develop teachers. Here to explain how Shanghai does it is Rachel Evans,  a National Board Certified Teacher in Seattle, Washington. Since 2010, she has been an active member of her district’s International Schools Leadership Team, working collaboratively with colleagues to develop a framework for international education for Seattle Public Schools. She is also a Virtual Community Organizer and Collaboratory member with the Center for Teaching Quality.

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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | The Sneaker Comes of Age

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 4:30am
Who started the latest trend in sneaker culture?






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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Editing Practice, June 13, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 4:12am
Can you choose the verbs that correctly complete the sentence from the article?






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | amnesty

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:01am
This word has appeared in 486 New York Times articles in the past year.






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Strauss: AFT’s Weingarten smacks Arne Duncan about his praise for Vergara decision

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:27pm

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten just sent a letter (see below) to Education Secretary Arne Duncan blasting him for his statement praising a California judge’s decision to throw out five state statutes that provide job protections to teachers.

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David Brat and Jack Trammell show unease in the spotlight

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:01pm
David Brat, who beat Eric Cantor, and Jack Trammell, the academic colleague Mr. Brat faces in the election, have found themselves unprepared for the political fishbowl.
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D.C. releases new boundaries proposal with emphasis on neighborhood schools

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 8:01pm

D.C. officials on Thursday put forth a new proposal for public school boundaries that would maintain a system of neighborhood schools while providing a pathway for children, particularly those who are disadvantaged, to gain access to schools outside their immediate communities.

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Op-Ed Contributor: California Ruling on Teacher Tenure Is Not Whole Picture

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 7:59pm
Firing bad educators won’t close the achievement gap.






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With California tenure ruling, a Democratic divide

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 7:52pm

When a California judge struck down tenure and other job protections for teachers this week, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) both applauded, revealing fissures in the once-solid alliance between labor unions and the Democratic Party.

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Montgomery school board committee to recommend changes to spending rules

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 7:45pm

A Montgomery County school board committee tentatively agreed Thursday to recommend tightening the district’s expense-reporting practices in the wake of concerns about improper credit card charges and vague rules.

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Prince George’s school board approves charter school’s new campus location

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 6:00pm

The Prince George’s County Board of Education on Thursday approved a recommendation by schools chief Kevin M. Maxwell to allow a charter school to lease a vacant elementary school in Forestville, despite objections from some parents about safety concerns.

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Perverse Incentives: Remember the Problems With Mortgage Defaults? They’re Coming Back With Student Loans

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 5:06pm
Companies managing the loans have little incentive to devise forgiveness plans for borrowers who run into trouble.
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Motherlode Blog: Kids and Parents: Happy to Move Up, Sad to Say Goodbye

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 3:03pm
I think of summer as a happy time of year—which is why I’m annually blindsided by the small sorrows of graduations and change.






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Jill Abramson, Ex-Times Editor, to Teach at Harvard

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 1:38pm
Ms. Abramson, dismissed on May 14 as executive editor of The New York Times, will teach narrative nonfiction to undergraduates.
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Strauss: Real learning doesn’t ‘look like 6-year-olds slumped in chairs … staring at iPads’ — parent tells school board

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:16pm

Massachusetts parent Tassia Thomas gave the following testimony to the Cambridge School Committee — a panel of seven members that sets policy and oversees Cambridge Public Schools — earlier this month. It appeared in Cambridge Day , which said it had lightly edited her comments for publication.

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