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March 11, 2013
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Do school data systems need improvement?
Among the problems with the way school data are collected and organized is that the data are isolated, with academic, disciplinary and administrative data being kept separately, says Darrell West, founding director of the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution. Now, however, there is increased focus efforts that would allow school districts nationwide to share certain data. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (3/14)
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Mich. district prepares students for tech-driven world
Michigan's Plymouth-Canton Community Schools district is using a recently approved $114.4 million bond, in part, to invest in the school technology necessary to implement online testing requirements being implemented in the 2014-15 school year. Among other things, the district will purchase digital devices for all students and make improvements to district labs for science, technology, engineering and math to prepare students for technology-driven jobs of the 21st-century. "This is the way of the future, it's the nature of the global world," said John Barrett, school board president. Observer & Eccentric Newspapers (Livonia, Mich.) (3/9)
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Systems Management
Va. district to improve security cameras, install buzzer system
The school board in a Virginia district has approved the School Safety Task Force's recommendations to upgrade security cameras and install a buzzer system at its high-school/middle-school campus. The changes require the transfer of about $60,000 to operations and maintenance from a surplus in instruction funds. Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.)/Goochland Gazette (3/8)
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Managing Budgets
Mo. schools plan for end of School Improvement Grants
Missouri school districts are facing the challenge of continuing progress at struggling schools after the federal School Improvement Grant program ends this year. Schools have used the extra funding to buy resources, provide teacher coaches and pay for state oversight. Now, some schools are looking for ways to keep moving forward when the funds run out. "I don't want to feel like it takes money to move students," superintendent Tiffany Anderson said. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (3/9)
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Schools and Social Media
Calif. high-school students critique younger students' work
More than 100 seniors in Kip Glazer's English class at Independence High School in Bakersfield, Calif., are improving their writing by being virtual writing mentors to sixth-grade students in Chicago. Once a week, the 12th-graders read posted assignments and then send feedback about the material to the younger writers. As they have learned to make constructive critiques of the younger students' work, the older students have become more aware of the strengths and weaknesses of their own writing, Glazer said. KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog (3/7)
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Last Byte
How to celebrate middle-level students in class and beyond
In recognition of National Middle Level Education Month, held in March, the writers of this blog post suggest several ways to celebrate middle-level students -- those ages 10 to 15. Patti Kinney, a veteran educator, and Dru Tomlin, director of Middle Level Services for the Association for Middle Level Education, suggest, among other things, that teachers give students the opportunity to write about their lives as middle-school students, encourage them to keep a journal of their health habits and allow students to express themselves creatively and artistically. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (3/5)
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Editor's Note
SmartBrief's inside look at #SXSW
SmartBrief is attending the South by Southwest Interactive Festival, with tweeting @SmartBrief and blogging at SmartBlogs. Here's some of our coverage so far.
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-- Gertrude Stein,
American writer and feminist
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