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Strauss: Michelle Rhee still doesn’t get it

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 11:36am

Michelle Rhee still doesn’t get it.

The former D.C. schools chancellor and now leader of a national organization that pushes corporate school and attacks teachers unions, just wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post that uses bad analogies and a number of straw men to argue against the growing “opt out” movement in which parents are refusing to allow their children to take high-stakes standardized tests. A small but growing number of educators are refusing to administer the tests, too.

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Motherlode Blog: Jesus Lives, but Should He Live in My Front Yard?

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 10:47pm
As a young adult Christian whose political views are left of center, working in higher education where intellect is the only religion, I’m constantly negotiating how much of myself to share. My daughter has no such doubts.






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D.C. releases proposed school boundaries and far-reaching student assignment policies

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 7:44pm

D.C. officials released a proposal for new elementary school boundaries Saturday, the first comprehensive overhaul of the politically sensitive partitions in four decades.

The proposed new lines — redrawn to adjust for schools that are overcrowded or underused and to address travel or safety issues — could affect thousands of families. But even more far-reaching­ than the reconfigured map is a set of three policy proposals the city also unveiled at a public meeting, parts of which could fundamentally change how students are assigned to traditional public schools.

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What are ‘authentic assessments’? How are they different from multiple-choice tests?

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 4:49pm

Virginia’s elementary and middle school students will have fewer Standards of Learning tests starting next school year, since Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Friday signed into law a bill that eliminates five tests.

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Virginia students will take fewer Standards of Learning tests next year

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 4:17pm

Spring is a busy time for third-grade teacher Marlon Mohammed, who is preparing his students to take the Virginia Standards of Learning tests for the first time.

In addition to reviewing four years of material in reading, math, social studies and science for the cumulative state tests, he also has to teach them how to take the exams. That means familiarizing 8-year-olds and 9-year-olds at Discovery Elementary School in Ashburn with multiple-choice questions and conditioning them to sit through the hour-long tests.

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Strauss: What Americans like best about their favorite teachers

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 1:00pm

What attribute do Americans find most compelling in the teacher they have identified as having the greatest impact on their lives?

I learned the answer recently when I was listening to a speech by Brandon H. Busteed, the executive director of Gallup Education, about public education and what polls show about how Americans view their teachers.

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Brief summary of D.C. student-assignment proposals

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 10:21am

D.C. officials have put forth a proposal to redraw elementary-school boundaries, but they are also floating three broader policy proposals, pieces of which have the potential to radically change the way in which students are assigned to schools.

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Strauss: The federal government’s short attention span

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 10:00am

When it comes to school and neighborhood inequality, the federal government has a short attention span, discussed here by Elaine Weiss and Patrick Sharkey. Weiss is the national coordinator for the Broader Bolder Approach to Education, a project of the nonprofit Economic Policy Institute that recognizes the impact of social and economic disadvantage on many schools and students, and works to better the conditions that limit many children’s readiness to learn. Sharkey is an associate professor of Sociology at New York University and the author of Stuck in Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress Toward Racial Equality. He will discuss key findings at an Economic Policy Institute event on Thursday, April 10.

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Re-enactors bring history of Bleeding Kansas to school's 7th-graders

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 1:31pm
Seventh-graders at Washburn Rural Middle School in Kansas recently learned a lesson about their state's history when re-enact -More
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How project-based learning teaches 21st-century skills

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 1:31pm
Some educators at a school district in North Carolina are adopting project-based learning in their classrooms.  -More
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Students develop speech, social skills through film project

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 1:31pm
Some students with disabilities from a school in Staten Island, N.Y., recently put their filmmaking skills to the test.  -More
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Significant racial disparities exist in U.S. children's well-being, report says

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 1:31pm
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Educators design schools of the future

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 1:31pm
Innovative school districts looking to offer engaging, interactive learning experiences for students increasingly are adoptin -More
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Mich. high-school students launch voter-registration drive

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 1:31pm
Student council members from Fenton High School in Michigan recently set up a booth as part of a drive to encourage eligible  -More
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N.M. 6th-graders learn civics by studying district's reorganization plan

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 1:31pm
Sixth-graders at a New Mexico school have spent recent weeks studying their school district's reorganization plans as part of -More
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Common Core Literacy in History and Social Studies: Now What?

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 1:31pm
Join us Tuesday, April 8, for our next NCSS Tuesday Webinar.  -More
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About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age.

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 1:31pm
Gloria Pitzer, American writer -More
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