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January 25, 2013
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  • Racial disparity remains in high-school graduation rates
    Recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics found that 78% of students nationwide are graduating from high school in four years -- the highest rate since 1974. However, the data from the 2009-10 school year show that while minority students have made progress, gaps still remain in graduation rates of African-American, Latino and other groups of students and their white peers. U.S. News & World Report (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 

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  • Using the Internet to reach out to parents
    There are ways that teachers, administrators and other school staff can use social media to connect with parents, educator Lisa Nielsen writes in this blog post. Among the suggestions are to create a Facebook page and invite parents to "like" it, post positive school news on Twitter and create a blog that includes the answers to frequently asked questions. Schools also can post students' artwork on Tumblr, create a YouTube channel that allows parents to watch student plays, live-stream PTA meetings and morning announcements. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Educators use dance to instill love of math
    A math lesson that relies on dance to teach number patterns is helping raise student scores and increase student engagement in a Virginia school district, reporter Rebecca Jacobson writes in this blog post. Educators are using training they received as part of a local college's science, technology, engineering and math teacher-preparation program to shake things up in the classroom. It teaches fifth-graders how to break down dance steps, number and graph them, and use this data to predict the number of repetitions needed in a particular song. KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Seattle district sets deadline for teachers boycotting test
    Seattle Public Schools officials have set a deadline of Feb. 22 for teachers to administer the state Measures of Academic Progress exam. Superintendent José Banda said the letter is not intended as a threat, but he warns that teachers who have in the past refused to give tests have faced suspension without pay. Teachers, however, said they will continue their protests and boycott because of concerns about the quality and purpose of the exams. The Seattle Times (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: Investing in teachers key to school reform
    Most Michigan residents say that investing in increased training, professional development and evaluations for teachers is the best approach to reforming K-12 education, according to a report from the Center for Michigan. "It's not about pouring money into it -- it's about building more supports and systems, and building capacities of local schools to do that," said Amber Arellano, executive director of Education Trust-Midwest, an education reform group that recommends teacher mentors, professional learning communities and National Board Certification for teachers. Bridge Magazine (Lansing, Mich.) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ind. considers linking students' test scores to college aid
    The Indiana General Assembly's House Education Committee recently approved a bill that would tie state financial aid to student performance on state exams. Under the bill, students who do not pass the exams will be ineligible for state financial aid. Supporters say they believe the legislation will help ensure students are better prepared for college and require less remediation, while critics said the bill could harm nontraditional students who don't go to college immediately after high school. The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Check out the new Accomplished Teacher Job Board on the National Board website. Stay up-to-date with opportunities to get involved in your local area. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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