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Strauss: Pushback on standardized testing around the country getting stronger

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 05/15/2014 - 4:02am

To get an idea of what is going on around the country in regards to the growing anti-standardized testing movement, look at the following collection of stories that have come out in the last week or about the growing resistance around the country to high-stakes standardized testing. This list was issued by the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, a non-profit organization known as FairTest that is dedicated to ending the misuse and abuse of standardized testing. FairTest puts out an updated list every week.

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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | rant

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 05/15/2014 - 12:06am
This word has appeared in 258 New York Times articles in the past year.






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Parents protest cuts to autism program in Arlington

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 9:56pm

Some Arlington County parents are protesting a proposed cut in the number of aides who help students with mild forms of autism function in mainstream classes.

Several years ago, the county began offering a program with more structured support to help high-functioning students in middle school and high school — those often diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome — with social skills that they need in the classroom. About 60 students are enrolled in the program.

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Executive Director, Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership (0379U) | University of California, Berkeley

Latest Job Postings - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 7:03pm
US - CA - Berkeley, Executive Director, Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership (0379U) #17665UC Berkeley - Main CampusThe University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world’s most iconic teaching and rese
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Catania seeks to shift school renovations, add at-risk funds

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 5:47pm

D.C. Council Education Committee Chairman David A. Catania is proposing to delay reopening the old Spingarn High School for several years in order to pay for renovations at existing schools, where parents have been advocating for improvements.

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Retirees Are Finding Second Careers at Historical Sites

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 5:47pm
Many older adults have found a home or a second career as historical interpreters at living history museums or as docents at historic house museums.
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Motherlode Blog: The Language of Autism: Disease or Difference?

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 5:24pm
The debate over whether autism is a disease to be cured or a variation to be celebrated is an abstraction, utterly disconnected to our day-to-day experience. To describe that, I cannot avoid the lexicon of illness.






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Assistant Vice Chancellor - Construction & Design (0483U) | University of California, Berkeley

Latest Job Postings - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 5:12pm
US - CA - Berkeley, Assistant Vice Chancellor - Construction & Design (0483U) #17796UC Berkeley - Off CampusThe University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world’s most iconic teaching and research insti
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Motherlode Blog: Looking for a Family That Is Looking to Eat More Vegetables

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 4:57pm
Want cookbook author and Times columnist Martha Rose Shulman to help your family eat more healthily? We’re looking for you.






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D.C.’s Roosevelt High to become international-themed school

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 3:37pm

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced Wednesday that she plans to transform Roosevelt High into an “international relations focused school” when it reopens, fully renovated, in fall 2015.

Roosevelt is one of several neighborhood high schools with poor test scores and high truancy rates that has struggled to attract students in recent years. Its relaunch is part of the school system’s broader effort to redesign secondary schools across the city.

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Child Development Center Director - Joint Base Anacostia Bolling | Navy Child & Youth Programs

Latest Job Postings - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 1:40pm
US - DC - Washington, Must submit copy of College Degree and/or course completion certifications with your application packet to be considered for this position. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Must have one of the following:
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Laura Nedd Shelton named Prince George’s Teacher of the Year

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:45pm

Sixteen years ago, Laura Nedd Shelton was a correctional officer in a men’s prison in Virginia wondering how she could help affect people’s lives — especially young men’s lives — before they made bad choices that had an impact on their futures.

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Starting Out Behind: How Student Debt May Be Stunting the Economy

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:22pm
Evidence is mounting that rising levels of student loan debt are restraining the ability of young adults to buy homes and enter the “grown-up” economy.
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The Learning Network: Social Experiments: Investigating Questions Related to Personality Attributes

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:02pm
In this lesson, students learn about current research on social structure and personality attributes in a type of communal spider, then design their own research questions related to personality.






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Strauss: Is Georgetown University ‘Catholic enough’?

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 11:38am

William Peter Blatty, the famous author of “The Exorcist,” a graduate of Georgetown University, and a doctrinaire Catholic, submitted a petition to the Vatican last year asking church officials to strip his alma mater of  the labels Catholic and Jesuit because, it says, neither the faculty nor the student body are, in fact, Catholic enough.

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Motherlode Blog: 5 Things to Consider in Choosing a Camp for a Special-Needs Child

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:20am
Sending a child with special needs, physical or otherwise, to summer camp isn’t just a matter of filling out the forms.






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Schmoke named president of U. of Baltimore

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:04am

A top official at Howard University was named president of the University of Baltimore on Wednesday.

Kurt L. Schmoke, interim provost and general counsel at Howard, is no stranger to Baltimore. He was a three-term mayor of the city from 1987 to 1999. In the past decade Schmoke has held a variety of positions at the historically black university in Northwest Washington, including law school dean.

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Strauss: Why D.C. should take Youth Court program off life support

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 9:50am

The Youth Court of the District of Columbia, one of the only organizations dealing with juvenile delinquency in Washington, is currently on life support, writes Michael Shank, associate director of legislative affairs for the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Here’s his post about why the D.C. mayor should keep it.

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Strauss: Holder, Duncan asked to investigate ‘racially discriminatory’ school closings in New Orleans

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 9:49am

This week marks the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 Supreme Court ruling that was intended to strike down the “separate but equal” doctrine that codified racism in America’s public schools. You can read a report here about what it has and has not accomplished. Following is an open letter (see full text below) to Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan from a national organization called Journey for Justice Alliance requesting that they investigate “racially discriminatory school closings” in New Orleans.

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