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Teacher-Evaluation Mandate Unlikely in ESEA Rewrite

Education Week - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 8:22am
Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill agree that teacher evaluations are crucial, but as they take up the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, they are shying away from such a requirement.
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For Transgender Students, Business Schools Are a Transition

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 8:00am
M.B.A. programs, long bastions of male dominance and conservatism, face a gender-identity challenge.

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The Learning Network: How Do You Think Dinosaurs Went Extinct?

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 5:00am
Did a massive asteroid collide with Earth? Did erupting volcanoes poison the atmosphere? Did mammals simply outcompete dinosaurs? Do you believe in these or any other theories?

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Strauss: Progressive labels for regressive practices: How key terms in education have been co-opted

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 5:00am
Words matter. As Arthur H. Camins noted here, the words accountability, no-excuses and choice have “been claimed and defined by currently powerful policy makers and associated with their values.” Thus accountability language evokes the authority of the powerful to direct others to improve education, but not shared responsibility. And “no excuses language evokes blaming teachers, administrators, students and their parents for disappointing outcomes, while deflecting attention from the need to address systemic issues, such as the burden of poverty on children’s lives and inequitable school funding.” In the following posts, Alfie Kohn expands on this theme. Kohn ( is the author of 13 books, the most recent titled “The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting.” This post, which I am publishing with permission, appeared on Kohn’s website.Read full article >>

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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Super Bowl Ads

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 4:14am
Here are several paragraphs from a Feb. 1 review, “Super Bowl Commercials Go for Heart, Not Just Funny Bone and Jugular.” Can you choose the best word or phrase for each blank?

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Strauss: When getting deferred from college is a gift

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 4:00am
This is the sixth post in a continuing series about a high school senior attempting to navigate through the college admissions process. She is Samantha Fogel, a student at The Derryfield School, a private college preparatory day school for grades six through twelve in Manchester, New Hampshire. Samantha and her college counselor, Brennan Barnard, are documenting her application process in a series of occasional posts that include the voices of her parents, teachers, friends and others. Her story may help debunk some myths surrounding selective college admission while providing a window into a time of transition for one young woman growing up in rural New Hampshire.Read full article >>

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Study: High-quality early education could reduce costs

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 1:43am
High-quality early childhood programs can reduce the number of children diagnosed with certain learning disabilities by third grade, according to a study published Tuesday in the Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis journal.Read full article >>

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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | viscous

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 12:03am
This word has appeared in 39 New York Times articles in the past year.

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