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February 19, 2018
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Education Dept. may undergo restructuring
Education Dept. may undergo restructuring
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US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has released a plan for reorganizing the Department of Education. The plan includes the consolidation of the offices of postsecondary and career and technical education and the elimination of the undersecretary position.
Inside Higher Ed (2/19),  Education Week (tiered subscription model) (2/16) 
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NBCT offers idea for a reading challenge
NBCT offers idea for a reading challenge
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National Board Certified Teacher Rita Platt led her students in a reading challenge this month called Books Without Borders. In this blog post, she shares how she planned the challenge in partnership with a local library.
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Facebook Live helps deliver lessons on snow day
Facebook Live helps deliver lessons on snow day
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Tennessee English teacher Candous Brown taught her students using Facebook Live during a recent snow day. In this Q&A, she shares how her students inspired her to do the live event and describes her teaching philosophy.
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Schools Today
Math contest challenges students where it counts
Math contest challenges students where it counts
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High-scoring middle-school students recently competed in the annual Mathcounts contest, sponsored by the Nebraska Society of Professional Engineers as part of a national competition that offers awards and scholarships. Brian Meyers, president of the group, says it is important to cultivate students' passion for math.
Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.) (tiered subscription model) (2/18) 
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Developing Leaders
Principals receive coaching in NYC schools
Principals receive coaching in NYC schools
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New York City Public Schools' New Principal Support program is credited with reducing attrition and supporting school leaders, write Elyse Doti Cohen and Matthew Pearson, who both have served as teachers, assistant principals and principals in NYC schools. In this commentary, they share why principal coaching should be part of school-leadership plans.
District Administration magazine online (2/19) 
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Policy News
Md. bill would mandate 90 minutes of PE per week in schools
A former professional football player turned Maryland lawmaker is sponsoring a bill in the state Legislature that would require 90 minutes of physical education per week in public schools. The Student Health and Fitness Act, which also would give elementary students an added hour of recess per week, is not supported by Montgomery County Public Schools, which requires between 30 and 60 minutes of physical education a week.
WJLA-TV (Washington, D.C.) (2/16) 
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National Board Update
Humbling and transformative: The path to becoming an NBCT
"Through the NBCT process, I shifted from a person who was all-knowing to become one that is truly always learning," writes Maura Anderson, NBCT, about her National Board journey. Read the blog post.
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Based on the Five Core Propositions, National Board standards define what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do in 25 certificate areas. Read on.
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