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Strauss: Is Ohio allowing schools to drop arts teachers, nurses, counselors, librarians?

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 7:00am

Is Ohio going to give school districts the right to drop librarians, music and arts teachers, nurses and counselors in schools? Maybe.

Whatever the state Board of Education ultimately decides, the debate that the proposal has sparked over how much flexibility school districts should have, how much control the state should retain over education, and what personnel schools need for students to succeed will only get more intense.

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Strauss: How to reframe the education reform debate

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 6:00am

Education policymakers have successfully framed the language of modern school reform to reflect specific values — “accountability,” for example, means standardized test-based accountability, and “no excuses” means that teachers are to blame if students don’t do well. The author of the following post argues that to move past this limiting reform model supporters of public education will have to reframe the debate with language that infuses their own values of shared responsibility and empathy.  This was written by Arthur H. Camins, director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. The ideas expressed in this article are his alone and do not represent Stevens Institute. His other writing can be found at www.arthurcamins.com.

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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | For the Monarch Butterfly, a Long Road Back

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 5:30am
What efforts should government, scientists or ordinary citizens take to save the monarch butterfly and its annual migration?






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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Beards at Brigham Young

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 5:03am
Here are the first eight paragraphs of the Nov. 17 article “At Brigham Young, Students Push to Lift Ban on Beards.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?






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Strauss: A paradigm shift schools need now — and it’s not Common Core, tech or rigor

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:00am

Marion Brady is a veteran educator who has long argued that public education needs a paradigm shift, though not the same one that school reformers who push the Common Core State Standards, school choice and vouchers want to see. What Brady and like-minded educators say is needed is an overhaul in what and how students learn. You can see some of his earlier pieces on this here (Why Common Core isn’t the answer), here (One way to solve America’s major curriculum problem) and here  (‘The Procedure’ and how it is harming public education). Here’s his newest.

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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | epilogue

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 1:05am
This word has appeared in 45 New York Times articles in the past year.






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U-Va. student Hannah Graham’s death the result of ‘homicidal violence,’ officials say

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 10:49pm

University of Virginia student Hannah Graham’s death has been ruled a homicide but the method was “undetermined,” Albemarle County police said late Tuesday.

The chief medical examiner’s office in Richmond determined the cause of Graham’s death to be “homicidal violence” but did not specify what killed her. It is the first time that Graham’s death has officially been called a homicide.

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Pedagogy and Practice of Human Rights Education--Christopher Buckley

NCSS Blogs from Connected - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 9:48pm
Welcome to the NCSS Annual Conference! Wrap up your Saturday experience at the Annual Conference with a conversation on the ways to use the principals of Human Rights Education in you classrooms! Sponsored by the RFK Center for Human Rights and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut, we will look at some of the core documents to Human Rights Education as well resources and lessons currently being used in classrooms. By the end, you will walk away with ideas and resources --> Read More

Family struggles to explain girl’s death, among 3 teen suicides in Fairfax since Sept.

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 9:28pm

On a sunlit day in June, Cara Lynn Golias joined a group of friends at their secret swimming hole in Hemlock Overlook Regional Park, splashing into the water from a rope swing tied to a railroad trestle.

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Educators, parents sound off about D.C. truancy laws

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 8:06pm

More than a year after the D.C. State Board of Education approved stricter attendance regulations aimed at getting more students into classroom seats, principal Stephen Jackson said monitoring truancy has become an all-consuming task at Dunbar High School.

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Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology | University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Latest Job Postings - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:51pm
US - MA - Dartmouth, Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in Anthropology, Sociology or related disciplines is preferred. ABD candidates will be considered, but Ph.D. must be certified as complete no later than September 1, 2016
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D.C. board moves to revoke charter for Potomac Prep

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 2:38pm

The D.C. Public Charter school board voted Monday night to begin the process to revoke the charter for Potomac Prep in Northeast Washington.

Darren Woodruff, vice chairman of the board, said the decision was based on a "a decade- long pattern of declining academic performance and challenges with management.”

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Fairfax schools budget discussions begin for next year

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 1:57pm

The Fairfax School Board will meet with county supervisors next Tuesday to begin discussions on funding the growing school system next year as administrators seek to cover a $117 million shortfall.

Schools officials said Monday that this year’s negotiations with supervisors will probably not be as fraught as in years past, when financial obligations and a struggling economy hampered the school system. Last year, the school system eliminated more than 720 staff positions and increased class sizes to reduce the budget.

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Opposition mounts to high school for English-language learners

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 1:55pm

Some parents in Prince George’s County are upset about a plan to make Largo High School one of the locations for the school district’s new international high schools, telling school board members that the community has asked for additional programming for the students who already attend the school.

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