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International Education: Canada Grapples With Adapting to Minority Needs

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 03/02/2014 - 1:01pm
In a country that is home to immigrants from hundreds of countries, religious accommodation is part of the give and take of everyday life.
    





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Briefly: International Education: Science Publishers Remove Papers Generated as a Hoax

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 03/02/2014 - 1:01pm
Two publishers are removing some 120 papers from their web sites after it was revealed that the works were computer-generated gibberish.
    





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Strauss: Your kid is being bullied at school -- but not in the way you think

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 03/02/2014 - 11:30am

How bad is the standardized testing obsession in public education? Really bad, says James Arnold, the former superintendent of Pelham City Schools in Pelham, Ga., in the following post. A version of this appeared on his blog.

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Fairfax County teachers propose cutting ‘extras’ in protest of lagging salaries

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 03/01/2014 - 9:07pm

Some teachers in Fairfax County are planning to protest lagging salaries by cutting back on work that is outside of their contract, a move that could cause students to miss out on many extra after-school services that teachers provide.

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Prince George’s County schools hope to recruit more male teachers

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 03/01/2014 - 7:39pm

When Albert Lewis attended middle school in Prince George’s County in the late 1990s, he was shocked to walk into his eighth-grade history class and find a black man sitting behind the teacher’s desk.

Nathaniel Laney’s presence was a first for Lewis, who is now a teacher himself. Until then, he had never seen a male teacher outside of gym class.

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Strauss: Why most professional development for teachers is useless

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 03/01/2014 - 12:30pm

There has been a strong reaction to my recent post titled ”A video that shows why teachers are going out of their minds,” which revealed Chicago teachers being led in a professional development session in which they sound like kindergarteners, repeating words in unison. Some commenters on the post defended the practice but most of the comments attacked it, revealing what is well known in the education world: Most professional development (PD) is lousy.

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Montessori Schools Surge in Popularity Among New Generation of Jewish Parents

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 10:19pm
Arguing that the traditional Jewish day-school model is outmoded and too clannish, many Jews are flocking to schools that combine secular studies with Torah and Hebrew lessons.
    





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Alvin Crawley to become next superintendent of Alexandria schools

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 10:06pm

Alvin L. Crawley will become the next superintendent of the Alexandria City Public Schools system, making permanent an interim post he has held since October.

The Alexandria School Board announced the decision Friday afternoon after slightly accelerating the search for a new schools chief in order to meet a state law that says the top position cannot go unfilled for more than 180 days.

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Arlington County schools plan to give every student a tablet in gradual technology rollout

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 9:59pm

Arlington County public schools are planning to introduce a technology initiative starting next school year that would give every student a tablet.

The rollout, included in Superintendent Patrick K. Murphy’s budget proposal, would begin by giving all second-graders iPads and all sixth-graders Chromebooks in the fall. Two new grades would be added each year.

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Sister of young victim of Birmingham church bombing tells students about segregation

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 8:28pm

The students at Kenmoor Middle School in Prince George’s County were about the same age as the young girl in the photo, taken more than 50 years ago.

The picture, along with books and other mementos, sat on a table near E. Dianne Braddock, 69, as she spoke about growing up in the segregated South. But the girl in the photo, dressed in her Sunday best with white-rimmed glasses, a yellow hat and long, white gloves, was not Braddock.

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The Learning Network Blog: Guest Post | News Literacy Is Not Optional If You Need to Be Well-Informed

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 7:59pm
How do you know if something you read is true? Why should you care? The Director of the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University explains how learning to check facts and challenge beliefs can help you be a better reader, writer and thinker.
    





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Beliefs: An Argument to Turn to Jesus Before the Bar

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 5:36pm
A lawsuit against an evangelical schools association opens a window into the “Matthew process,” a system of religious justice to settle disputes.
    





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U. of Richmond’s Ayers will step down in 2015

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 5:12pm

University of Richmond President Edward L. Ayers announced Friday he will step down in June 2015 after he finishes his eighth year as leader of the prestigious private institution in Virginia’s capital.

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Cantor accuses de Blasio of waging a ‘war’ against children in N.Y. charter school debate

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 5:06pm

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) accused New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio of waging a “war” against children after the mayor announced Thursday that he will rescind approvals for three public charter schools to be located inside traditional public schools.

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What cost $60 million and just shut down? This Texas high school football stadium.

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 4:20pm

Let’s take a walk down memory lane, back to the long-forgotten era known as 2012. A high school football stadium in suburban Dallas with an eye-popping price tag — $60 million — opened up that August, drawing quite a bit of attention.

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Students ask astronaut about life in space

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 2:07pm
Some students at an elementary school in Virginia recently chatted on the radio with astronaut Koichi Wakata of Japan.  -More
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12 lesson ideas for teaching students about water

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 2:07pm
Teaching about water allows educators to explore interdisciplinary projects that cover civics, world conflicts, science, busi -More
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Music, dance help Neb. students learn about African culture

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 2:07pm
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Teaching difficult issues with original historical texts
See how Kelly Rodgers uses primary documents to engage students in civil discussion about the difficult issue of slavery. Her education in the MA Degree program offered by the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University strengthened her expertise in the content, and let her develop useful curriculum resources.
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