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Maryland seeks help to reduce chronic absenteeism in schools

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 2:14pm

The Maryland State Department of Education has teamed up with a national nonprofit to address chronic absenteeism in the state’s public schools.

State officials said Maryland is partnering with Attendance Works to lower the number of days students miss school during the school year. This week, they launched a campaign in which the state will work with local school systems to provide them with tools and strategies to get students to come to school and then keep them there.

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Strauss: America’s suburban schools facing new pressures

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 2:00pm

One of the problems with many school reforms being implemented in schools today is that they are being done in isolation — from one another and from other policies that are necessary to actually allow the education changes to work. In the following post, two professors explain how housing policy affects America’s suburban schools in a profound way.  Amy Stuart Wells is a professor of sociology at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Douglas Ready is an associate professor of education policy at Teachers College. Wells leads the Center for Understanding Race and Education at Teachers College, founded in 2008 for research and outreach activities related to issues of race in educational institutions.

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Motherlode Blog: ‘Every Night It’s as If We’ve Never Had to Make Dinner Before.’

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 1:55pm
Two working parents. Two busy kids. One family that arrives home every evening, starved. Jenny Rosenstrach takes a recipe for chaos and coaches all of us in the planning and preparation needed to turn it into a pleasant nightly meal.






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Teachers, students gain web access to 100 objects from British Museum

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 1:40pm
Students and teachers will be able to view images of and learn about 100 objects from the British Museum through an online re -More
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Can music improve teaching, learning?

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 1:40pm
Using music in the classroom helps to engage students, who will retain more information when it is set to a tune, writes Naph -More
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Fla. district reverses decision to opt out of tests

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 1:40pm
A Florida school district that voted last week to opt out of state standardized tests has rescinded the vote.  -More
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Ind. relaxes its standards for new teachers

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 1:40pm
Indiana no longer will require formal education training for new teachers under a recent decision by the state's board of edu -More
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Survey: Schools increasingly use mobile technology

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 1:40pm
Mobile technology is becoming more popular in today's classrooms, according to a recent survey.  -More
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Books, blogs to help S.C. students connect with peers in France

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 1:40pm
French-immersion students at a South Carolina middle school will connect to peers in France by writing to each other, reading -More
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Iowa school uses on-campus garden for lessons on food, cooking

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 1:40pm
An Iowa elementary school is in its fifth growing season for a small on-campus garden that supports the school's farm-to-scho -More
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Call for members of FASSE Board

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 1:40pm
NCSS has opportunities for member volunteers to serve on The Fund for the Advancement of Social Studies Education (FASSE) boa -More
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Upcoming state and regional social studies conferences

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 1:40pm
Regional, state and local social studies conferences organized by NCSS-affiliated councils provide great opportunities for te -More
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Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 1:40pm
Norman Vincent Peale, American minister and writer -More
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Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 1:22pm
Welcome to Motherlode’s weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this week, and how it affects families? A question to ask? A rant to share? This is your place. Go.






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Some wrongly claim Alabama tax credit

Education Week - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 12:08pm
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