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Prince George’s candidates vie for school board seats

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 1:49pm

Twelve candidates, including two new appointees in the Baker administration, are vying for four district seats on the Prince George’s County Board of Education, according to recent election filings.

The two top vote-getters in each June primary race will face off against each other in the November general election.

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Finland working to expand early education

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 1:07pm

Finland often ranks among the highest-performing countries on international math and reading tests. The Nordic nation gets results despite one surprising fact — compulsory schooling does not start until age 7.

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Michelle Obama notes Fairfax student effort to promote healthier food choices

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 1:02pm

In remarks at the White House last week, first lady Michelle Obama cited an effort by Fairfax County high school students to promote healthier eating habits.

While announcing a new initiative last Tuesday to curtail junk food marketing in public schools, Obama noted that students from Marshall High School in Fairfax had helped write a song about more nutritious meal choices. Obama said the song, called “wRap,” shows how much students care about what they eat.

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Fairfax students groove in ‘Happy’ video

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 12:28pm

Students, teachers and administrators at Mount Vernon High School jam, dance and groove in a new video set to the music of Pharrell’s hit single “Happy,” which was nominated for an Academy Award.

The short clip, posted on YouTube, shows teenagers and adults — including Mount Vernon’s principal Nardos King — showing their “Major Pride” through dance moves.

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Montgomery plans rally in Annapolis for school construction funding

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 11:50am

Delayed by snow last month, Montgomery County parents, students and elected officials are regrouping for a rally in Annapolis on Thursday to call for more state construction funding for Maryland’s fastest-growing school system.

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Indiana Standards to Replace Common Core Greeted Skeptically

Education Week - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 9:09am
At a public hearing in Indianapolis, critics expressed disappointment that the draft academic standards seemed very similar to the Common Core State Standards they are intended to replace.
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Common-Core Field Tests Gain Foothold in States

Education Week - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 9:08am
Armed with federal flexibility, a growing number of states plan to use common-core-aligned field tests in all, or nearly all, of their schools.
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The Learning Network Blog: What Have You Learned in Your Teens?

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 6:04am
What experiences have shaped who you are as a person?
    





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The Learning Network Blog: 6 Q’s About the News | Airport Chaplains Offer Guidance, and Directions

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 5:33am
What problems regarding spiritual and nonspiritual matters do airport chaplains help travelers solve?
    





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The Learning Network Blog: Test Yourself | History, March 4

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 5:15am
Answer this question about Ukrainian history.
    





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Strauss: A bizarre letter from Florida’s Education Department

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 5:00am

What is the Florida Education Department thinking?

State Education Commissioner Pam Stewart just issued an open letter to teachers (see below) that makes the ridiculous mistake of accusing people who want a change in standardized testing requirements for severely disabled students of launching a political attack on the department. It said in part:

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The Learning Network Blog: Word of the Day | indeterminate

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 1:03am
This word has appeared in 38 New York Times articles in the past year.
    





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The Learning Network Blog: Weekly News Quiz | Feb. 25-March 3, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 8:11pm
Ukraine, the Academy Awards, winter weather and primary season: How many of our 10 questions can you answer correctly?
    





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Strauss: What was on ’12 Years a Slave’ director Steve McQueen’s wrist on Oscar stage?

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 6:21pm

Director Steve McQueen was wearing a red wristband Sunday night when he ascended to the stage after his film, “12 Years a Slave,” won the Oscar for Best Picture. What was it?

McQueen was wearing a wristband that said ”Stand Up4Public Schools,” given to him by David A. Pickler, president of the National School Boards Association, on the Academy Awards red carpet.

What was the president of the NSBA doing at the Academy Awards and why would McQueen wear a wristband from the organization’s new public relations campaign in support of public education? The NSBA is partnering with McQueen and others to distribute edited copies of the powerful film to public high schools across the country along with the 1853 memoir of the same name from which it was adapted and a study guide for teachers.

A news release about the initiative quoted McQueen as saying:

“Since first reading 12 Years a Slave, it has been my dream that this book be taught in schools. I am immensely grateful to Montel Williams and the National School Boards Association for making this dream a reality and for sharing Solomon Northup’s story with today’s generation.”

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Assistant/ Associate Professor in Human Services | York College of Pennsylvania

Latest Job Postings - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 6:10pm
US - PA - York, Qualifications, Experience, and Attributes: A Ph.D. (or ABD status with evidence of degree completion by August, 2014) in Human Services, Applied Sociology, Sociology, Social Work, Human Development/F
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