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Goucher College allows video applications, without transcripts or test scores

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 10:00pm

Goucher College is offering a novel way for cellphone-savvy teenagers to seek admission if the regular application process seems too confusing or if they fear that their grades and test scores aren’t good enough.

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Pastry gun case goes to oral arguments in Anne Arundel County

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 9:57pm

The so-called “Pop-Tart case” made its way to the Anne Arundel County Board of Education Wednesday, where lawyers sparred in oral arguments about the disciplinary action taken against a second grader who chewed his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun.

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Final Touches Range From Flowery to Frantic as Expanded Pre-K Awaits Start

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 8:50pm
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign promised free prekindergarten for every 4-year-old, and his administration has invested mightily in quickly bringing that plan to life.






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Air conditioners falter at Washington area schools as temperatures rise

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 7:37pm

Washington was the hottest spot on the Weather Channel’s map at noon Tuesday when temperatures spiked to 92 degrees. And at H.D. Woodson Senior High School in Northeast, students and teachers were starting to feel it as the air conditioner struggled to keep up with the mercury.

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Take Note of These Back-to-School Aids

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 6:12pm
Apps can put a dictionary, graphing calculator, organizer and more in the palms of students’ hands.
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Fairfax full-day Mondays meeting ends with tense exchange on funding

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 5:52pm

Fairfax County leaders began discussing next year’s school budget this week in a sometimes tense meeting that focused on funding the elimination of half-day Mondays.

When it began the academic year Tuesday, the county school system ended its 40-year-old practice of dismissing children in lower grades early on Mondays, a move that was popular with parents who previously had to make day-care arrangements for Monday afternoons. The policy also allowed the system to build in a scheduling cushion in the event of inclement weather, effectively adding 13 snow days to the school calendar.

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Degrees of Education: The Economic Price of Colleges’ Failures

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 4:55pm
Many students do not learn critical-thinking skills in college, and they’re suffering in the job market, a new study finds.






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State of the Art: Grading Teachers, With Data From Class

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 4:10pm
Panorama Education, aided by prominent tech investors, is refining student feedback through innovative data collection. School systems are embracing the concept.






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U.S. awards $3.1 million grant to Newtown schools to help with counseling services

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 3:14pm

Nearly two years after a gunman killed 20 first-graders at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the students, parents and community members are still recovering.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Education said it is awarding a $3.1 million grant to help the Newtown school system, part of $17 million the Obama administration has spent to date on counseling and other support services for the still-grieving community.

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Fairfax begins school year with added security measures

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 2:45pm

Students who returned to school in Fairfax County on Tuesday were protected by added security measures placed by the administration in recent months.

After the shootings at Virginia Tech and Newtown, Conn., school officials nationwide reviewed safety protocols to help prevent mass tragedies. In Fairfax, all high schools this fall are equipped with state-of-the art door-access technology that allows administrators inside the building to monitor who comes in.

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Strauss: A pledge school reformers should take

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 2:30pm

Education historian Larry Cuban notes that no matter what part of the political spectrum school reform originates, reformers keep making the same mistakes, decade in and decade out. What mistakes? Cuban explains in this post. Cuban was a high school social studies teacher for 14 years, a district superintendent (seven years in Arlington, VA), and professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than 20 years. His latest book is “Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice: Change without Reform in American Education.” This appeared on Cuban’s on School Reform and Classroom Practice blog.

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N.H. teacher designs curriculum tailored to local French-Canadian history

NCSS Smartbrief - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 1:20pm
Susan Pomasko, a social studies teacher in New Hampshire, has incorporated her grant-funded summer travels to France and Cana -More
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History teacher develops civic course for N.J. high school

NCSS Smartbrief - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 1:20pm
First-year African-American studies and U.S.  -More
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Tenn. revamps social studies tests to boost rigor

NCSS Smartbrief - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 1:20pm
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Educator: Put teachers in charge of common core PD

NCSS Smartbrief - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 1:20pm
Districts should tap teachers to help lead the professional development and collaboration needed to implement Common Core Sta -More
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Various approaches taken for Minn. teachers' tech training

NCSS Smartbrief - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 1:20pm
More schools in Minnesota are introducing classroom technology this school year.  -More
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Calif. bill aims to keep students' electronic data safe

NCSS Smartbrief - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 1:20pm
Lawmakers in California have passed legislation that prohibits the sale and disclosure of schools' online student data in wha -More
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Pa. students' painted barn "quilts" showcase county's history

NCSS Smartbrief - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 1:20pm
Students in Perry County, Pa., have contributed artwork for the Quilt Barn Trail, a project in which their seven quilt design -More
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Texas father creates accessible amusement park for children with special needs

NCSS Smartbrief - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 1:20pm
Morgan's Wonderland, a nonprofit amusement park in San Antonio, offers a fully accessible experience for children with disabi -More
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