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Two Fairfax crossing guards honored by VDOT

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 2:28pm

For helping children safely walk across busy streets, two Fairfax County schools crossing guards were honored for their work by the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Phyllis Krapf, of Armstrong Elementary near Reston and Sherry Mull of Stratford Landing Elementary near Alexandria were named among a group of six to be Virginia’s Most Outstanding Crossing Guards of the year for 2013.

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Strauss: How billionaire-funded ‘ed reform’ groups push charters, vouchers

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 2:10pm

How powerful are organizations such as Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst and other like-minded groups that support charter schools, voucher programs and the weakening of teachers unions.?

The Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organization that works to reveal abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust by public and private institutions, takes a look at this issue in a new post on its Web site, ”Education groups battle teachers unions in state races.” It reveals the growing power of the purse of “education reform” organizations that are funded by wealthy philanthropists and that are spending big bucks to support mostly conservative candidates running for local and state offices around the country.

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Fairfax students earn science recognition

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 2:05pm

Five Fairfax County students from the elite Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology were named semifinalists for the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search competition.

The teenagers were among 300 students from around the country who qualified as semifinalists out of 1,800 entrants who applied. The students will receive $1,000 in awards. None of the students made it to the final round of 40.

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Eight groups apply to open new D.C. charter schools

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 2:04pm

Eight groups have submitted applications to open new D.C. charter schools in fall 2015, according to the D.C. Public Charter School Board, which is responsible for vetting proposals and deciding which merit approval.

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N.Y.C. Charter Groups Rally to Keep Rent-Free School Spaces

Education Week - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 1:01pm
Angered by Mayor Bill de Blasio's decision to rescind co-location agreements for some charter schools, thousands of protesters took their fight to the state capitol.
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Why Learning to Write by Hand Matters

Education Week - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:58pm
A special education teacher's experiences in a French school led her to see value in teaching children to write by hand, rather than by redirecting children to keyboarding when they struggle with writing.
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Early-Years Data Push a Touchy Topic in Delaware

Education Week - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:56pm
State officials say better data on the youngest children will help educators gauge their academic needs, but some raise privacy concerns with sharing such information more broadly.
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Expanding Definitions of Career Readiness

Education Week - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:54pm
For some students, high-quality career and technical education offers a better fit and future than preparation for college, Jean Evans Davila writes.
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Defining Teacher-Prep Accountability

Education Week - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:54pm
Meaningful assessment of teacher preparation must be founded on strong research methodology and focused on program outcomes, writes Gerardo M. Gonzalez.
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Missouri Weighs Steps for Intervening in Troubled Schools

Education Week - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:53pm
A law that lets students transfer out of unaccredited districts is forcing debate over what the state should do for school systems on the brink of failing.
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Education Equity, Pre-K Get Nod in Obama Budget

Education Week - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:53pm
Districts and states would get federal incentive grants to help bridge the achievement gap between poor and minority students and their more advantaged peers under a federal budget plan that faces an uphill climb on Capitol Hill.
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Teach For America Targets Retention, Longer Preparation

Education Week - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:52pm
The launch of two new pilot projects signals a shift in direction for the national teacher-training and -placement organization.
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Phila. Superintendent Plans to Open Unconventional Schools

Education Week - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:44pm
All three of the newly approved schools will feature project-based learning, push students to learn outside the walls of traditional classrooms, and incorporate online education.
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Innovative Ed. Model Challenges Teachers to Adjust

Education Week - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:43pm
A controversial gamble by Philadelphia Superintendent William R. Hite to expand innovative school models is revealing the difficulties of changing and improving how students are taught.
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Teachers Learn to Judge Formative-Testing Tools

Education Week - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:40pm
Educators gathered recently for training on how to size up instructional resources for possible inclusion in a digital library that a common-core testing consortium is developing.
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Canada Research Chair (Tier II) - Energy/ Natural Resources Law/ Policy or Environmental Risk Mgmt | College of Law/School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan

Latest Job Postings - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:30pm
CAN - SK, The University of Saskatchewan invites applications from scholars with a strong research profile for a SSHRC Tier II Canada Research Chair (CRC) in one of the following fields: Energy and Natural Re
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Educators, Entrepreneurs Connect at South by Southwest

Education Week - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:12pm
About 6,000 educators, entrepreneurs, and other innovation-minded people gathered in Austin, Texas, to talk about how technological advances are fueling improvements in education.
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State of the States: Florida

Education Week - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:11pm
Facing a tough re-election campaign, Gov. Rick Scott told state lawmakers in his annual address that he plans to budget $18.8 billion for the state's public schools in fiscal year 2015.
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Canada Research Chair (Tier II) - Energy/ Natural Resources Law/ Policy or Environmental Risk Mgmt | College of Law/School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan

Latest Job Postings - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 11:55am
CAN - SK - Saskatoon, The University of Saskatchewan invites applications from scholars with a strong research profile for a SSHRC Tier II Canada Research Chair (CRC) in one of the following fields: Energy and Natural Re
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