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Strauss: The famous ‘word gap’ doesn’t hurt only the young. It affects many educators, too.

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 3:00pm
You have probably heard about what is called the “word gap” found in many low-income children, who were found in a famous 1995 research study to be exposed to 30 million fewer words than their more fortunate peers by age 3, and that this deficit affects literacy development. The word gap has been cited by many experts as a key reason that at-risk children need focused literacy instruction. In this post, Elizabeth A. Gilbert explains that there is a related problem: Many  early childhood educators have the same problem. Gilbert is the coordinator of the “Learn at Work Early Childhood Educator Program Labor” in the Labor Management Workplace Education Center  at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Presidents’ Day has an issue

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 2:17pm
There is an issue with Presidents’ Day, or, actually, more than one, to which you may not have given much thought. For one thing, there is no agreement across all states on which presidents are being honored, the actual name of the holiday, or even whether it should be “Presidents’ ” or “Presidents.”Read full article >>






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Think your college search is almost over? Think again: For many, a transfer awaits.

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 12:12pm
The college search process that for many high school seniors and their families began years ago is nearing the end, as acceptances roll in and the countdown for making a final decision quickly approaches.Read full article >>






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Prince William schools weighing steep cuts to trim $11 million out of budget

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 6:50pm
Facing one of its toughest financial situations in years, the Prince William County School Board has begun considering cuts to numerous discretionary programs as it seeks to trim approximately $11 million from the school system’s budget in the fast-growing division.Read full article >>






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Mathews: Why national superintendent searches miss the best people for the job

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 5:49pm
The Montgomery County Board of Education has hired a headhunting firm for $35,000 plus expenses to launch a national search to replace Superintendent Joshua P. Starr, whose last day on the job is Monday. That’s not much money, but it is still a waste of time and talent. Read full article >>






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Departing MoCo schools chief reflects on short tenure of superintendents

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 2:42pm
Montgomery County’s departing schools chief reflected on his record as leader of Maryland’s largest school system and said that sometimes expectations for superintendents are out of step with reality, according to an exit interview posted online Sunday. Read full article >>






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Strauss: A valuable school and principal — but you wouldn’t know it by the test scores

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 12:00pm
From Brownsville to The White House! @TheLopezEffect @MottHallBridges @humansofny This Is What It’s About! pic.twitter.com/lSrrEeBS68If you’ve never heard of HONY, or the Humans of New York project, this post will introduce you to it, and its relevance to school reform. The author of the post, Barnett Berry, tells the story of a wonderful school (highlighted in a HONY piece) that is embraced by its community but, unfortunately, doesn’t shine when it comes to standardized test scores. Berry is the founder, partner and chief executive officer at the Center for Teaching Quality,  a national nonprofit organization that helps teachers transform their profession.Read full article >>






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Strauss: The most common college financial aid mistakes — and how to avoid them

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 11:15am
Here is some important advice from a financial aid expert on how to avoid making the most common financial aid mistake for college-going families. It was written by Mark Kantrowitz, senior vice president and publisher of Edvisors.com, a web site about planning and paying for college. He is also co-author of the bestselling book, “Filing the FAFSA,” which is available for free download at www.edvisors.com/fafsa-bookRead full article >>






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‘Father Unknown’ — a D.C. student writes a love poem to his father

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 5:35pm
Every year middle school students in an after-school program in the District study poetry and then write their own love poems. The young poets have written about their love for video games, cheese, football, first crushes, and often, for their moms. Read full article >>






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Strauss: Five questions for teachers to ask about education technology

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 8:00am
Technology, says Gene Levinson, should serve  teachers, students and parents — not the other way around. Levinson is a research scientist, STEM educator and chief executive officer of the SmartNoter social enterprise, which offers a free iOS app that allows students and their parents to download modules developed by teachers to help them learn a broad range of courses. Here are five questions that Levinson says educators should ask about education technology, along with other information about what education technology companies should — and shouldn’t — do. This post, which I am publishing with Levinson’s permission, appeared on his LinkedIn page.Read full article >>






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Strauss: More than 500 researchers sign NCLB letter to Congress: stop test-focused reforms

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 5:00am
More than 500 education researchers around the country have signed an open letter to Congress and the Obama administration about how the No Child Left Behind law should be rewritten, saying that they “strongly urge departing from test-focused reforms that not only have been discredited for high-stakes decisions, but also have shown to widen, not close, gaps and inequities.”Read full article >>






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Md. private school bans use of the ‘R-word’ on campus to promote equality

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 9:03pm
The students gathered in the historic Sandy Spring Friends Meeting House, a white clapboard building that forms the heart of the Quaker school. Normally, this was a time for quiet reflection and discussion of high school concerns like the quality of cafeteria food, driver’s education and pep rallies.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Why teaching is more like basketball than baseball — and why it matters

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 4:30pm
Is teaching more like basketball, or more of an individual team sport, like baseball? And why does it matter? This post looks at the nature of teaching in an unconventional way that informs the national discussion about school reform and its focus on recruiting and retaining great teachers. This post, which I am publishing with permission, was written by Esther Quintero, a senior fellow at the nonprofit Albert Shanker Institute, and it first appeared on the institute’s blog.Read full article >>






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White House pushes back against GOP on funds for poor school children

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 4:00pm
The Obama administration on Friday said legislation passed this week by Republicans on the House education panel would rob vital federal dollars from the nation’s poorest schools and redirect them to wealthier schools.Read full article >>






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Strauss: What David Carr told me about standardized testing — and his unconventional schooling

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 2:46pm
The great New York Times reporter David Carr passed away Thursday night at the age of 58. In 2010, I interviewed Carr about his views on his own education — both formal and informal — as part of a series of Q & As I was doing with people from different walks of life about education. Excerpts of our interview, which remain as interesting as when I first published them, are below.Read full article >>






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Strauss: How teachers unions must change -- by a union leader

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 11:15am
There is nothing new about Republican opposition to teachers unions, but in recent years, it has become increasingly clear that some Democrats have turned against them as well. In the following post we hear from a union leader, Bob Peterson, the president of the  Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association, about how he thinks teachers union must change to keep alive public education. This post first appeared in Rethinking Schools, a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization dedicated to improving public education. I am republishing this with permission from the author.Read full article >>






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Plz RT: Twitter advice, why comets are like deep-fried ice cream, and other new research

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 8:28am
What are they finding out in all those labs on campus these days?At Cornell, researchers developed a computer model to help predict how persuasive a message is, the university announced recently. When they tested it on Twitter, the computer was more successful than people at pointing to what would be retweeted more — and the researchers believe the algorithm would work with longer ideas and essays.Read full article >>






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Strauss: No Child Left Behind’s test-based policies failed. Is Congress poised to keep them?

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 5:00am
Education Secretary Arne Duncan wrote on the department’s website here that “for more than a decade, states and schools throughout this country have worked within the narrow confines of the No Child Left Behind law,” and that “it’s long past time to move past that law, and replace it with one that expands opportunity, increases flexibility and gives schools and educators more of the resources they need.” He’s right about that; the severely flawed  NCLB was supposed to be rewritten in 2007 but Congress didn’t get around to doing it until now. But Duncan says he wants to retain the NCLB requirement of annual standardized testing that drove the law’s unworkable accountability system, and many Republicans in Congress agree. Indeed, the House education committee this week approved legislation to rewrite NCLB that includes an annual testing mandate.Read full article >>






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Nation’s high school graduation rate ticks up for second year in a row

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 5:21pm
The nation’s high school graduation rate ticked up for the second year in a row, according to new federal data released Thursday showing that 81 percent of the Class of 2013 graduated within four years.Read full article >>






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Some D.C. Council members defend Henderson’s minority male initiative

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 3:33pm
Days after D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (Ward 3) asked the District’s attorney general to provide an opinion about the legality of Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s plan to dedicate $20 million in extra funds to support minority male students, given questions about gender inequality, some of her colleagues are coming to the plan’s defense.Read full article >>






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