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Fla. 7th-graders prompt county to install crossing signs for threatened birds

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 1:26pm
A civics class project has prompted seventh-graders from Umatilla Middle School in Lake County, Fla., to ask the Lake County  -More
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N.J. 8th-graders study pond's quality for World Water Day

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 1:26pm
Eighth-graders from Bloomfield Middle School in New Jersey recently worked in groups to test water samples of a pond near the -More
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2014 NCSS Board of Directors election results

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 1:26pm
Peggy Jackson, a teacher at Moriarty High School in Moriarty, N.M., has been elected as vice president of the National Counci -More
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NCSS Tuesday webinars

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 1:26pm
Through June 10, NCSS presents a different professional development every Tuesday evening.  -More
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Have you visited SmartBlog on Education?

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 1:26pm
Check out this week's posts on SmartBlog on Education. Want to join our blogger community?  -More
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Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.

NCSS Smartbrief - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 1:26pm
Muhammad Ali, American boxer -More
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Fairfax County Public Schools hires new auditor

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:43pm

The Fairfax County School Board has hired a new audit manager tasked with helping the school system become more efficient with its $2.5 billion budget.

On Thursday night, School Board Chair Ilryong Moon (At Large) announced that Chris Horton will serve as the audit manager within the office of internal audit.

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One and done: Many applications to selective colleges get just a single read

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:28pm

Students aiming for selective colleges will agonize for days or weeks over every little detail of their applications. But often that file will get just one read, perhaps 5 to 15 minutes, before a gatekeeper decides yes or no.

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Motherlode Blog: Baby M Grew Up, But Surrogacy Remains Controversial

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 11:22am
Nearly 30 years after a United States court first considered it, many questions surrounding surrogacy, legal and otherwise, remain unanswered.
    





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Strauss: The brainy questions on Finland’s only high-stakes standardized test

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 10:30am

Much has been written in recent years about Finland’s vaunted education system, which has consistently scored at or close to the top in international test scores and has the distinction of operating under policies very different from those that drive U.S. corporate-based education reform. In Finland, teachers are respected and students don’t take a mountain of standardized tests. In fact, they take one high-stakes standardized test, as explained here by Pasi Sahlberg, a visiting professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education and former director general at the Finland’s Ministry of Education. He is a schoolteacher and teacher educator who has advised governments around the world about education policy and change. He has served the World Bank in Washington D.C. and the European Commission in Turin, Italy. His best-selling book, “Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland,” is the winner of 2013 Grawemeyer Award. Sahlberg has written some earlier pieces for The Answer Sheet, including this provocative piece: “What if Finland’s great teachers taught in U.S. schools?” He can be reached at pasi_sahlberg@gse.harvard.edu and @pasi_sahlberg.

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Strauss: The brainy questions on Finland’s only high-stakes standardized test

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 10:30am

Much has been written in recent years about Finland’s vaunted education system, which has consistently scored at or close to the top in international test scores and has the distinction of operating under policies very different from those that drive U.S. corporate-based education reform. In Finland, teachers are respected and students don’t take a mountain of standardized tests. In fact, they take one high-stakes standardized test, as explained here by Pasi Sahlberg, a visiting professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education and former director general at the Finland’s Ministry of Education. He is a schoolteacher and teacher educator who has advised governments around the world about education policy and change. He has served the World Bank in Washington D.C. and the European Commission in Turin, Italy. His best-selling book, “Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland,” is the winner of 2013 Grawemeyer Award. Sahlberg has written some earlier pieces for The Answer Sheet, including this provocative piece: “What if Finland’s great teachers taught in U.S. schools?” He can be reached at pasi_sahlberg@gse.harvard.edu and @pasi_sahlberg.

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Strauss: Ravitch: The best reason to oppose the Common Core Standards

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 8:30am

The growing opposition to the Common Core State Standards does not all stem from the same criticisms or even from the same political wing. Included in the anti-Core camp are conservatives, moderates and liberals who don’t offer identical critiques of the initiative. Some don’t like it academically; some don’t like it politically. In this post, education historian and activist Diane Ravitch, the leader of the national movement that opposes corporate-influenced school reform, offers what she says is the most compelling reason to oppose the Common Core standards. This appeared on her website.

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