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Strauss: Robin Williams’ commencement speech in ’96 film ‘Jack’: ‘In the end none of us has very long on this Earth’

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 8:29pm

In the 1996 film Jack, Robin Williams played a boy who ages four times faster than normal. As his high school valedictorian, he delivers the commencement speech at graduation, telling his classmates to enjoy their lives and to “make your lives spectacular. “In the end none of us has very long on this Earth,” he said in the short speech, which you can watch below.

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National Briefing | Southwest: Texas: University Regent Is Censured

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 8:18pm
A Texas House panel on Monday censured a University of Texas System regent for misconduct and incompetency, but it decided not to push for his removal.
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St. Mary’s County teachers plan a ‘back to basics’ work action

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 7:16pm

Teachers in St. Mary’s County plan to stop doing the “extras” and will focus only on instruction as part of a protest over pay, union officials said Monday.

When classes begin next week, the majority of the teachers in the school district plan to participate in a “back to basics” job action that includes refusing to give homework, work overtime, volunteer for extracurricular activities and contact parents after school hours.

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Lunch lady rises to teachers union leader and takes on all comers, bluntly

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 6:33pm

She began her career in a school cafeteria, as a lunch lady. In three weeks, she will take over as head of the nation’s largest labor union, representing 3 million educators.

Lily Eskelsen García, 59, a telegenic, guitar-slinging firebrand, has made her unlikely rise to the top of the National Education Association as the union faces the most daunting political challenges in its 157-year history. She is already fighting back with blunt talk, urging teachers nationwide to revolt against “stupid” education reforms and telling politicians to leave teaching to the professionals.

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Global Health: Africa, With U.S. Help, Graduates More Doctors

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 5:52pm
An ambitious United States government project to strengthen medical education in sub-Saharan Africa is reporting broad progress.
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African American Studies – Senior Position | Boston University

Latest Job Postings - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 5:43pm
US - MA - Boston, The African American Studies Program at Boston University invites applications for the George and Joyce Wein Chair in African American Studies, with a joint appointment at the tenured full professor
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Assistant Professor of Global Studies and Anthropology | Pacific Lutheran University

Latest Job Postings - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 4:53pm
US - WA - Tacoma, The Pacific Lutheran University Global Studies Program and Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level with a joint appointment to Glo
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Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology | Nazarbayev University

Latest Job Postings - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 4:52pm
KAZ - Nationwide, Applicants should submit a cover letter describing your management style and how your interest and previous experience will contribute to the building of the Department and School, a statement of teac
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Instructor/ Assistant Professor of Sociology | Bowdoin College

Latest Job Postings - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 3:37pm
US - ME - Brunswick, The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Bowdoin College seeks applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in Sociology beginning fall 2015. The successful can
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Strauss: 50 ways schools ‘cheat’ on high-stakes standardized tests

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 3:36pm

In March 2013, Atlanta Schools superintendent Beverly Hall and 34 other educators and administrators were charged in a 65-count indictment on racketeering charges in what prosecutors say was a conspiracy to cheat on high-stakes standardized tests. Those 35 were just a fraction of the more than 175 principals and teachers found by state investigators in 2011 to have cheated to make it seem as if students were doing better on tests than they actually performed because the scores affected the adults’ jobs.

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The Learning Network: Weekly News Quiz | Aug. 5-11, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 3:13pm
Take the quiz to see what you know about these news stories, and to find links to more information about each.






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N.J. students learn about Vietnam War from veteran in summer course

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 2:04pm
Students at New Jersey's Verona High School who completed a college-credit summer course about the Vietnam War had the opport -More
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Ideas for teaching students to "close read" movies

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 2:04pm
Analyzing film techniques, such as positioning of actors in the scene and camera angles, helps students develop a deeper unde -More
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Education Department to release guidelines for standards, tests

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 2:04pm
States soon could have more guidance from the U.S.  -More
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Texas schools to implement mandatory financial literacy

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 2:04pm
Texas K-8 educators this year will begin implementing a new mandatory personal financial literacy curriculum.  -More
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