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Where Do Biases Start? A Challenge to Educators

Education Week - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 8:27am
Teachers should consider how biases about minority-student fashion and style may influence their actions, Darius Prier says.
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Push to Limit Federal Test Mandates Gains Steam

Education Week - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 8:26am
Legislation in Congress would open the door to "staggered testing," letting states give summative exams only in certain grades in a departure from the NCLB testing regime.
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The Learning Network: We’re Off for Columbus Day

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 6:35am
We’ll be back on Tuesday, Oct. 14, with all our usual content.






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Economic Scene: Why Aid for College Is Missing the Mark

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 9:40pm
The government strategy to subsidize higher education is failing at its core task: giving less privileged Americans a real shot at a college degree.






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California Prep School Shaken by Arrests of Headmaster and Woman, 21, on Drug Charges

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 9:37pm
Thomas Woodrow Price, headmaster of Branson School in Marin County, Calif., was found with heroine, cocaine and enough methamphetamine for the pair to be accused of possession of that drug for sale.






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Focus on ninth-grade promotion rate helps Maryland district see dramatic gains

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 5:47pm

Tiny slips of paper are stuck to a board in a small conference room next to Principal Gorman Brown’s office at Charles H. Flowers High School, each bearing the name of a ninth-grader.

If a student’s name appears on a green slip, the student has a high probability of passing the ninth grade. A yellow piece of paper means a student is likely to make it to the 10th grade on time. If a student’s name is on red, the child is at risk of failing.

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Mathews: AP U.S. history change is not unpatriotic; it makes the exam less stressful for students

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 3:55pm

During the 11 years Trevor Packer has run the College Board’s Advanced Placement program, teachers of AP U.S. history have bemoaned the wide-open nature of the AP final exam’s multiple-choice section. Questions could range across anything related to American history. It was hard to resist stuffing students with every stray fact for fear it would be on the test.

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International Education: Japan's Divided Education Strategy

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 12:00pm
The government wants to rewrite textbooks to make wartime history more “patriotic.” But at the same time, it wants to project an open, international image.






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International Education: Turkish Reforms Entangle Education

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 12:00pm
Secularism in schools has been undergoing a transformation that signals a reticence on the part of the government to separate religion from politics.






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Strauss: ‘No, this is absolutely not good for kids’

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 9:55am

Amelia Larson has worked for a few years as an assistant superintendent for student achievement in the Pasco County School District in Florida. Now she is resigning, and going out with something of a blast. Larson wrote a formal resignation letter — apparently requested by Superintendent Kurt Browning — and in it she savages Florida’s “accountability system” for schools that relies on high-stakes standardized testing. (See text below.)

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Strauss: How to spot a fake ‘grassroots’ education reform group

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 9:30am

It can be bewildering to keep track of all the “grassroots” education reform groups that have popped up in recent years. Where, have you ever wondered, do they all come from? Daniel Katz, an assistant professor of educational studies at Seton Hall University, explains in the following post who is actually funding many of them — and how “grassroots” they actually aren’t.  This appeared on his blog.

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Motherlode Blog: My Toddler, Bartleby

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 8:41am
The “terrible twos” are merely the beginning of a futile attempt to tame the Bartleby in each of us.






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Canadian District Goes to School on Concussions

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 9:36pm
A school district near Toronto has begun a program to teach students about the risks of traumatic brain injuries in sports.






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In Washington State, Political Stand Puts Schools in a Bind

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 9:34pm
The state refuses to base teacher evaluations on student scores, which triggers an outdated standard: that every student be proficient in reading and math.






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The legacy of a school transformed: Name changed to honor educator Jody Leleck

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 6:44pm

It’s been a decade since JoAnn “Jody” Leleck helped transform Montgomery County’s lowest-performing school into one of its high achievers — a decade since she was clocking so many hours at Broad Acres Elementary that her staff fondly dubbed her “Ms. 7-11.”

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Strauss: Pearson apologizes to mom for wrong answer

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 10:30am

Earlier this week I published a post titled “Pearson’s wrong answer — and why it matters in the high-stakes testing era” by Sarah Blaine, a mother, former teacher and full-time practicing attorney in New Jersey who writes at her own parentingthecore blog. The post (which has been very popular) detailed what happened when her fourth-grade child came home with some school work and she discovered an error by Pearson, the giant education company, which, she noted, matters a great deal in this high-stakes testing era. It turns out that a Pearson official, Brandon Pinette, senior public affairs manager, posted a comment on Friday to the post on The Answer Sheet apologizing for the mistake.

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<p>A third generation Virginia educator

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:02pm

A third generation Virginia educator whose lessons on farming explore the mysteries of plant life and the finer points of livestock care was named the state’s teacher of the year for 2015.

Jaclyn Marie Roller Ryan, a agriscience teacher at Signal Knob Middle School near Strasburg, was among eight finalists in the state for the honor. The surprise announcement was made Friday at a hotel in Richmond by Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples and state board of education president Christian N. Braunlich.

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As Apprentices in Classroom, Teachers Learn What Works

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 10:17pm
A charter school training program reflects the belief that teachers, like doctors, need to practice repeatedly with experienced supervisors before they can take the reins in classes of their own.






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Maryland chooses Howard County educator as Teacher of the Year

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 10:10pm

A high school teacher from Howard County who helped boost minority enrollment in Advanced Placement courses and improve minority success rates on exams was named Friday as Maryland’s 2014-15 Teacher of the Year.

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