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Mathews: Those football powers may be good for you

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 12/28/2014 - 11:49am
This is an exciting week for college football freaks like me. Our nation’s first four-team playoff for the national championship (hopefully to be replaced eventually by an eight-team playoff) begins New Year’s Day. It teaches a lesson that goes beyond sports to how we rate colleges and how we should feel when the most highly ranked reject us. Read full article >>






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Strauss: The ‘F-bomb’ of teaching. (It’s not what you think.)

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 12/28/2014 - 11:00am
Ellie Herman took an unorthodox path to the world of education. For two decades she was a writer/producer for television shows including “The Riches,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Chicago Hope” and “Newhart.” She wrote fiction that appeared in literary journals, among them The Massachusetts Review, The Missouri Review and the O.Henry Awards Collection. Then, in 2007, she decided “on an impulse” to become an English teacher. She got a job at a South Los Angeles charter school that was 97 percent Latino and where 96 percent of the students lived below the poverty line. She taught drama, creative writing, English 11 and 9th grade Composition until 2013, when she decided to stop teaching and spend a year visiting classrooms and learning from other teachers. She chronicled the lessons she learned on her blog, Gatsby in L.A., where a version of the following post appeared. Herman, who gave me permission to publish this, was awarded first and third place prizes in the 2014 SoCal Journalist Awards given by the Los Angeles Press Club. She wrote this in January 2014, when she was halfway through her year of observing teachers across Los Angeles.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Nine education predictions for 2015

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 12/28/2014 - 9:30am
In this post, veteran teacher Larry Ferlazzo offers his annual list of education predictions for the coming year.  Ferlazzo teaches English and Social Studies at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California.  He has written seven books on education, writes a teacher advice blog for Education Week Teacher, and has his own popular resource-sharing blog. Read them and see if you can tell which ones are wishful thinking (I would suggest No. 2), and which are more likely to happen, and tell him in the comments what he got right and wrong.Read full article >>






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Motherlode Blog: A Foster Teen’s Holiday and Uncertain Future

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 12/28/2014 - 8:39am
We have mentored a foster child through many “homes” and placements, and she has spent many holidays with us. This year, she’s bonding (we hope) with a new family.






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Prototype: Out of Tragedy, a Protective Glass for Schools

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 12/27/2014 - 10:35am
The killer at Sandy Hook Elementary School shot through a window, a detail that stuck with the co-founder of School Guard Glass, maker of a strong glass intended to thwart intruders.






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Motherlode Blog: Charities That Inspire Kids: Sal’s Shoes

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 12/27/2014 - 8:55am
Sal’s Shoes collects used shoes from families to send directly to children who need them.






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Group Turns Children’s Pennies Into Millions for Charity, but Fights to Survive

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 9:21pm
Common Cents, which conducts annual Penny Harvests in New York City schools, has raised $10 million over the years. But for the second consecutive year, the program is on the brink of shutting down.






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A Piece of Yale’s Library Is Brought Back to Life

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 9:12pm
Stained-glass and ceiling vaults that had all but disappeared under 80 years of grime are back on display at Sterling Memorial Library’s entrance hall, known as the nave.






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National Briefing | New England: Massachusetts: Boston to Extend School Day

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 7:43pm
Mayor Martin Walsh of Boston said that public school officials and teachers’ union leaders had agreed to add 40 minutes to the school day.






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Redskins protesters gearing up for FedEx Field rally offended by nearby event’s title

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 7:11pm
Opponents of the Washington Redskins name have staged protests over the past two years from California to Texas, Arizona to Minnesota. They have also taken their pleas to Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.Read full article >>






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Teachers’ suit against Bailey’s principal moves forward; some claims dismissed

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 5:42pm
A lawsuit filed by three former educators at Bailey’s Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences alleging discrimination will move forward, but a federal judge has dismissed several of the claims against the school’s principal.Read full article >>






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Motherlode Blog: Training Children in Insomnia, and Embracing the Enemy

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 2:43pm
From the time our boys were babies, we were so desperate for a few hours of respite that we turned our house into a library with a nasty librarian. Now they can’t sleep without silence — and I know how well that ends.






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Students to build museum for local memorabilia collection

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 1:32pm
Some high-school students from a career center in Pennsylvania will help build a replica of a one-room schoolhouse.  -More
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Ohio adding world history to high-school graduation requirements

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 1:32pm
Ohio legislators have finalized a measure requiring students who start high school in 2017 to take a half-credit world histor -More
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Spotlight: President Obama and digital learning

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 1:32pm
President Barack Obama has taken many actions regarding digital learning during his time in office.  -More
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5 ways technology has changed K-12 education

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 1:32pm
Technology has had a major impact on teaching and learning inside today's K-12 schools.  -More
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Re-enactors mark George Washington's crossing of Delaware River

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 1:32pm
Thousands of people gathered on Christmas Day to watch the re-enactment of Gen.  -More
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Texas elementary students celebrate Kwanzaa

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 1:32pm
Kindergartners and first-graders at Raye-Allen Elementary School in Texas took part in a celebration of Kwanzaa, which is off -More
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2015 NCSS Board of Directors elections

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 1:32pm
Voting for the 2015 Elections for the NCSS Board of Directors opens Feb. 2. Members of good standing as of Dec.  -More
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Be an NCSS leader! Serve on an NCSS Operations Committee

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 1:32pm
NCSS is seeking applicants to serve on NCSS Operations Committees.  -More
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