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Just look at their faces: A bus full of UMd admissions staff and a turtle mascot surprise applicants with good news

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 6:05pm
Alex Mazze answered the door at his family’s house in Rockville on Sunday morning, then jumped back: A huge red bus was rumbling on the street out front of his house, a small crowd of people wearing red had gathered around his door, neighbors were staring, and video cameras were rolling.Read full article >>






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What happens when the Common Core becomes less ... common?

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 5:57pm
The Common Core State Standards were envisioned as a way to measure most of the nation’s students against a shared benchmark, but education experts say political upheaval and the messy reality of on-the-ground implementation is threatening that original goal.Read full article >>






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What happens when the Common Core becomes less ... common?

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 5:57pm
The Common Core State Standards were envisioned as a way to measure most of the nation’s students against a shared benchmark, but education experts say political upheaval and the messy reality of on-the-ground implementation is threatening that original goal.Read full article >>






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The decline of neighborhood schools causes discomfort. Should it?

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 4:02pm
I try to impress my grandsons with tales of my difficult childhood. Unlike them, I say, I walked to school every day.They find this amusing because they often stay at the little house in San Mateo, Calif., where I grew up. They know my walk to my elementary school was about 200 yards, the same as my walk to my middle school in the opposite direction. High school was a longer hike, but still just two blocks.Read full article >>






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The decline of neighborhood schools causes discomfort. Should it?

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 4:02pm
I try to impress my grandsons with tales of my difficult childhood. Unlike them, I say, I walked to school every day.They find this amusing because they often stay at the little house in San Mateo, Calif., where I grew up. They know my walk to my elementary school was about 200 yards, the same as my walk to my middle school in the opposite direction. High school was a longer hike, but still just two blocks.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Teacher to legislators: Here’s how your decisions impact my students every single day

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 11:00am
Lori Rice is a fourth-grade teacher at West Elementary in Wamego, Kansas, who has  taught K-2 reading as well as kindergarten, first grade and fourth grade for the past 19 years. Her students read books that are held together by tape, and because of budget cuts her school does not have a full-time librarian, art teacher, technology teacher or music teacher.  As a result, she says, “our schedules are limited and cannot be arranged for what is best for students.”Read full article >>






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Distracted behind the wheel? These teens are developing an app for that

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 7:01pm
Block it Out, submission for Verizon Innovative App Challenge from Margaret Anderson on Vimeo.Every school day, 16-year-old Meg Anderson, a freshly minted driver, makes the 45-minute commute from her home in Woodbridge, Va., to the Governor’s School @ Innovation Park. Then, in the afternoon, she makes the 45-minute trek back to Woodbridge Senior High School, where she is also enrolled.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Mom: I thought I did everything right, but my 6-year-old is already ‘behind’ in reading

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 1:34pm
A recent post on a new report calling into question the practice of forcing young children to read to meet Common Core standards generated hundreds of responses from educators and parents. The report, written by three experts in early childhood education, said that requiring some youngsters to read before they are ready could be harmful.Read full article >>






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Cost of College: A Quiet Revolution in Helping Lift the Burden of Student Debt

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 12:55pm
Some little-noticed legislative changes have created conditions for a far-reaching overhaul of how a college education is bought and paid for.






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Strauss: Condi Rice taking reins of Jeb Bush’s education foundation

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 11:13am
Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice is taking the reins of Jeb Bush’s education foundation while the former Florida governor continues exploring whether he will dive into the 2016 presidential race.Read full article >>






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Technophoria: Your College May Be Banking on Your Facebook Likes

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 9:40am
College fund-raising offices are turning to a handful of start-ups to help identify prospective alumni donors through their social media activity.






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Montgomery parents plead for later high school start times

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 6:52pm
Parents in Montgomery County made impassioned pleas Thursday for later high school starting times, sharing personal stories of teenagers who barely function in the pre-dawn darkness, fall asleep during early classes and fight chronic exhaustion.Read full article >>






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J.C. Hayward announces retirement from WUSA 9 after long hiatus

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 5:22pm
Longtime television news anchor J.C. Hayward is retiring from WUSA Channel 9 after four decades on the air, following a hiatus that began in late 2013, when she was linked to allegations of financial irregularities at a D.C. charter school whose board she chaired.Read full article >>






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ESEA Testing In Flux After Senate Hearing

Education Week - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 4:42pm
Several witnesses implored Sen. Alexander to maintain annual testing in the ESEA, but he continues to entertain alternatives.
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Motherlode Blog: Childless, With Regret and Advice: Don’t Wait for the Perfect Picture

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 1:50pm
I didn’t want to become my mother, so I actively avoided becoming a mother at all until it was too late.






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Pilot programs help Mass. 6th-graders explore archaeology, fossils

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 1:33pm
About 400 sixth-graders in Cambridge, Mass., recently studied artifacts, fossils and history as part of pilot programs in soc -More
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Why teachers should partner with librarians for inquiry-based learning

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 1:33pm
School librarians can help educators make the transition to inquiry-based learning, said Paige Jaeger, a school librarian tur -More
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Obama addresses higher education, student data protections

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 1:33pm
President Barack Obama addressed several education issues during the State of the Union, including the need for expanded acce -More
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