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Strauss: 7 charts: Why you shouldn’t confuse correlation with causation

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 2:50pm

One of the problems with research of any kind, including and especially in education, is the problem of confusing correlation with causation. This sounds technical, but it really goes to the heart of the problem with research that confuses the first for the second. For example, a study may report that test scores rose after implementation of a specific academic program, and the conclusion could be made that the program helped. But the test scores could have risen for any other number of reasons, including kids eating better breakfasts or being tutored outside of school.

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The Learning Network: Weekly News Quiz | May 6-12, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 2:30pm
Climate change, the N.F.L. draft, an entertainment trend and more: How many of the topics in this week’s news quiz have you been following?






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Motherlode Blog: When Kids Would Rather Play Computer Games Than Code Them

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 2:03pm
Coding is growing as a kids’ activity, but as trendy as it is, it’s not easy. Most children won’t seize on coding games with the same enthusiasm as they did Minecraft. To engage kids in what’s happening behind the screen takes work.






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N.M. students explore history via letters written in 1967 by 8th-graders

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 1:52pm
Eighth-graders at Hermosa Middle School in New Mexico recently took a trip back in time as they read letters written by peers -More
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Blended learning supports students' individual needs

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 1:52pm
More teachers nationwide have adopted blended learning -- an instructional method that, in some cases, allows them to flip th -More
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Utah 6th-graders build miniature castles for lessons on medieval history

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 1:52pm
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Join us at Professional Development this Summer!
New professional development programs have been added this summer from the leaders in Holocaust Education. Model active and collaborative learning, address CCSS, and explore the medium of visual history testimony at a program near you or schedule a no-cost training program for your school district.

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Survey: Students, teachers, administrators weigh in on testing

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 1:52pm
The number of teachers and administrators who believe "just the right amount" of time is being spent on preparing students fo -More
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D.C. considers future of schools as NCLB waiver expires

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 1:52pm
The District of Columbia was granted a waiver two years ago from provisions under No Child Left Behind, and officials now are -More
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Tips for using social media to assess students' understanding

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 1:52pm
Social media can be used to gather real-time feedback on students' thoughts about academic concepts and their mastery of less -More
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Mass. middle-schoolers write legislation during social studies class

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 1:52pm
Students from Fairview Middle School in Chicopee, Mass., recently learned how a bill becomes a law and held a demonstration t -More
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Tenn. school's garden to serve multiple purposes

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 1:52pm
A Tennessee high school is working to establish a garden that will serve as a site for academic lessons and grow food that wi -More
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Engaging Social Studies Strategies for Achieving Excellence in the Common Core

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 1:52pm
This week's NCSS Tuesday Webinar is "Engaging Social Studies Strategies for Achieving Excellence in the Common Core." Present -More
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Volunteer opportunities

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 1:52pm
NCSS has opportunities for member volunteers to serve on NCSS Operations Committees and Award and Grant Selection Committee.  -More
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Have you visited SmartBlog on Education?

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 1:52pm
Check out this week's posts on SmartBlog on Education. Want to join our blogger community?  -More
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Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 1:52pm
John Wayne, American actor -More
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Strauss: 5 things you (probably) don’t know about the Washington Monument

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 1:03pm

The Washington Monument is reopening Monday for the first time in nearly three years, during which more than 150 cracks were fixed after being sustained during a rare earthquake. Everybody knows that the monument was built to honor George Washington, but probably not a lot more about the history of the obelisk. Here are five things you probably don’t know about it:

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Strauss: There’s no such thing as the ‘best’ teacher

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 12:02pm

How often do you hear people talk about wanting or having the “best” this or the “best” that and you have to try to stop yourself from rolling your eyes? Here’s a look at why the notion of “best” doesn’t make sense when it comes to teachers. This was written by Sarah Blaine, who wrote a post earlier this year by  about teachers that went viral under the headline, “You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong.” Blaine is  a mom, former teacher and full-time practicing attorney in New Jersey who writes at her parentingthecore blog, where a version of this post appeared. She tweets at @parentingcore.

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Victim advocate: VMI wants to do ‘the right thing’ on sex assault prevention and response

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 11:42am

As an advocate for victims of sexual violence, Judy Casteele deals often with Virginia Military Institute and other colleges in the Lexington area.

Her nonprofit organization, Project Horizon, operates a crisis hotline and provides counseling and other services to people in need. Sometimes that includes VMI cadets. Sometimes, too, the public military college asks Casteele for help.

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