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How are schools killing the love of reading? In Readicide Kelly Gallagher
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March 20, 2013
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Sequestration brings worry about local school budgets
Teachers nationwide say they are bracing for across-the-board federal spending cuts. Of the $85 billion being cut by Sept. 30, $2.5 billion will come from the $70 billion budget of the U.S. Department of Education -- a hit that teachers say they expect to result in larger class sizes, fewer resources and less job security. Other say they are worried that past attempts to spare the classroom from budget cuts will not be possible to maintain this time. CNN (3/18)
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N.C. teachers get creative to integrate cursive in curriculum
A new "back to basics" curriculum being proposed in North Carolina would require elementary-school students to learn cursive. In some parts of the state, teachers say cursive is included in everyday lessons. In one classroom, students practice their cursive by writing quotes from historical figures, along with a paragraph explaining the meaning of the quote. The lesson culminates with students exchanging papers and reading each other's cursive writing. Star-News (Wilmington, N.C.) (3/19)
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Current events can spark classroom discussions, active citizenship
News topics can make for interesting classroom discussions, but social studies teachers say controversial issues offer the chance to teach students about being active in society. Teacher Joe Furlan, from Hall High School in Spring Valley, Ill., said he uses current events as he teaches government and U.S. history, often connecting news of the present with events in the past. "The goal is to have them better informed so they can make better decisions later on. It shows them that they have a power of the vote and can change things," Furlan said. News-Tribune (La Salle, Ill.) (3/18)
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Grade-Specific Greek & Latin Roots for Vocabulary Growth
By Grade 4, the Common Core Standards for Language expect students to use Greek and Latin roots to determine word meaning. Zaner-Bloser's vocabulary program, Word Wisdom, gives you the tools to tackle this and the other Language standards for vocabulary acquisition and use. Download our free Greek and Latin roots reference materials for your classroom!
 
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How summer school can enrich learning
Several school districts in Pennsylvania are using summer school for more than remediation and credit recovery, officials say. In one district, students can enroll in summer enrichment programs for math, science, literacy and more. "It's not just for credit recovery anymore," said Kristin Kruger, executive director of K-12 instruction for the Allentown School District. The Express-Times (Easton-Bethlehem, Pa.) (3/19)
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School leaders can take free K-12 technology course
A free, online course on planning school technology is designed for school and district administrators and is being offered through the North Carolina State University's Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and the digital-education advocacy group, Alliance for Excellent Education. The course, a massive open online course for educators -- or MOOC-Ed -- will cover topics such as setting goals for digital learning, and will allow participants to collaborate to share ideas and offer feedback. Education Week/Digital Education blog (3/19)
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Survey: Education matters in debate over guns in schools
The more education people have, the less likely they are to say that teachers should be armed in the classroom, according to a recent survey from Samford University. The survey of people in Alabama found that those with a high-school diploma or less were more likely to favor training and arming teachers. Those with graduate degrees were less likely to favor such a move. AL.com (Alabama) (3/19)
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