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Collaboration is increasing among school librarians, teachers

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:49pm
School librarians and teachers have experienced more collaboration as school libraries become centers for research and techno -More
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Fla. school's blended learning teaches students to work independently

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:49pm
A Florida middle school is piloting a blended-learning history course that has students complete online lessons at their own  -More
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Iowa middle-schoolers use social media to help village in Ethiopia

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:49pm
Global studies students at Washington Middle School in Iowa recently launched a social media campaign to help a village in Ho -More
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Prom offers life-skills lessons for students with disabilities

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:49pm
Special-education teacher Mary Bebber is using prom night to teach life-skills lessons.  -More
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Webinar: The Vocabulary of Chronology -- April 26

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:49pm
By third grade, children are supposed to understand before and after, now and later, morning and afternoon, etc.  -More
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Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:49pm
Robert Collier, American writer -More
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Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:00pm
Welcome to Motherlode’s weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this week, and how it affects families? A question to ask? A rant to share? This is your place. Go.






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Strauss: Arne Duncan dismisses critics: ‘Lots of drama, lots of noise’

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 8:38am

There he goes again.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan went to New York recently and introduced state Education Commissioner John King at a function at New York University, calling him “a remarkable leader” and “as smart and as thoughtful as anyone working in this space.” As for the growing number of critics of King’s education reforms, Duncan dismissed the movement as “lots of drama, lots of noise” on which the media likes to focus. He could have been referring to the tens of thousands of parents opting their children out of Common Core-aligned standardized tests, or the nearly 3,000-delegate body of the New York State United Teachers, which earlier this month overwhelming approved a resolution calling for King to resign, or anybody else who doesn’t agree with him and King.

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Five Critical Conditions That Encourage School Improvement

Education Week - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 8:09am
To prepare students to be productive, forward-thinking individuals, districts must offer a range of accessible, high-quality, innovative schooling options, writes Heather Zavadsky.
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Strauss: The real meaning of diversity (beyond the Benetton ads)

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 4:00am

When colleges say they believe in diversity, what do they really mean? It talk of diversity nothing more than a gimmick to get college websites and brochures to look like politically correct Benetton ad? Alejandra Dubcovsky, an assistant professor of history at Yale University, addresses this issue in the following post. Dubcovsky’s research and teaching focus on colonial America. She is a Public Voices Fellow with The OpEd Project, an Echoing Green project aimed at increasing the range of voices and quality of ideas heard in the public space.

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Libraries Seek High-Speed Broadband

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 8:52pm
As more people use their local libraries to connect to the Internet, libraries are requesting funding for better services.






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Black students at Washington and Lee urge administrators to confront school’s past

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 8:11pm

A group of black law students at Washington and Lee University is urging administrators to atone for its Confederate heritage and what they call the “dishonorable conduct” of namesake Robert E. Lee.

The movement has struck a racial divide on the bucolic campus in Lexington, Va., where black students make up about 3.5 percent of the total student population.

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U-Va.’s in-state price likely to rise 4.3 percent

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 7:46pm

Undergraduate tuition and fees at the University of Virginia would rise 4.3 percent for Virginians in the coming year under a proposal the governing board will consider next week.

The basic in-state price of the public flagship university, not counting room and board, would be $12,998 if the Board of Visitors approves the increase at its meeting Wednesday in the southwest Virginia town of Abingdon. The current price is $12,458.

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D.C. parents raise questions about funds for at-risk students, school renovations

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:54pm

D.C. parents and education activists on Thursday praised Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s proposal to invest tens of millions of extra dollars to help at-risk students in the city’s traditional schools next year, but they criticized Gray’s administration for failing to explain how and where those dollars would be spent.

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Strauss: The ‘new’ Graze to the Top program

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 3:55pm

If you need a laugh, this is for you. It’s by Matt Farmer, a Chicago trial lawyer who is a member of the Local School Council at Philip Rogers Elementary School. Farmer wrote this satirical piece about Race to the Top, the competitive funding program run by Arne Duncan’s Education Department to dispense federal grants to states and school districts that promised to implement specific school reforms.

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Motherlode Blog: My Daughter, Profoundly Disabled, Needs a School for Children Like Her

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 3:25pm
The consensus that children with disabilities are best educated in an inclusive classroom is in danger of hardening into dogma that risks re-stigmatizing children with severe or profound disabilities.






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Motherlode Blog: What to Do When Your Child Wants Marijuana Stocks

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 1:47pm
If we don’t want our kids consuming marijuana, does that mean that they shouldn’t try to make money from it either? Three things to think about when it comes to children’s investing decisions.






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Motherlode Blog: What to Do When Your Child Wants Marijuana Stocks

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:08pm
If we don’t want our kids consuming marijuana, does that mean that they shouldn’t try to make money from it either? Three things to think about when it comes to children’s investing decisions.






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