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September 21, 2011
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  • Should schools focus more on top students?
    A study released Tuesday shows that many top students regress in the transitions from elementary school, then middle school. Researchers with the Thomas B. Fordham Institute said the findings raise questions about whether federal education policies aimed at helping low-performing students are harming those who are high achievers. "We've been making good progress for kids at the bottom and for poor and minority kids -- that's important," said Michael J. Petrilli, executive vice president. "It just can't be the only thing that we do." Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Some N.Y. teachers blend physical education, academics
    After laying off more than 20 physical education teachers this year, the Rochester, N.Y., district trained classroom teachers to include physical activity in lessons. The state requires students in kindergarten-through sixth grade to have 120 minutes of activity each week. Teachers are leading students in warmup activities, such as playing Wii or walking the hallways. One teacher said she asks students to switch places in line to teach them about number placement. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (N.Y.) (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • N.C. district gives public-school students more options
    In Wake County, N.C., public-school students will have more choices under a plan approved by the school board Tuesday to offer single-gender leadership academies, a science academy, a vocational high school and a K-8 school. Officials said the options should appeal to an increasingly diverse student population and give students and their families more choices in education. The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 20 states to develop new science standards
    A group of 20 states will develop new standards for science education that will focus on analytical and conceptual thought and prioritize engineering. The National Academy of Sciences is leading the effort to reform science education in kindergarten through high school. Participating states include California, New York, Maryland and Ohio. The Sun (Baltimore) (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Facebook funds to be awarded to innovative teachers in Newark, N.J.
    A portion of the $100 million gift from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to Newark, N.J., schools will go directly to public classroom teachers, Zuckerberg's foundation will announce today. Under the two-year, $600,000 plan, teachers -- or groups of them -- could receive $10,000 grants to pay for innovative in-class initiatives. City and state education officials are set to review other grants being funded by Zuckerberg's gift, which has been used primarily to open schools, lengthen school days and hire teachers. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NBCT is chosen Oklaoma's Teacher of the Year
    National Board Certified Teacher Kristin Shelby has been named Oklahoma's Teacher of the Year, with her principal citing her dedication and enthusiasm. "It's a pivotal time in history for education," Shelby said. "I look forward to being all hands on deck with recruiting high quality new teachers into our school systems, embracing new technologies, incorporating our parents and our community into our classroom and tackling national Common Core Standards head on." The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (9/21), The Republic (Columbus, Ind.)/The Associated Press (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
SmartReport on EdTech: The Back-to-School Issue
SmartReport on EdTech is your back-to-school guide for all things education technology. Read about the highlights and takeaways from this year's ISTE Conference; find out what's keeping educators up at night; 5 tips for developing VR content creators; plus all of the latest innovative edtech products. Read it here.
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  Policy News 
  • Mo. districts brace for changes under revised Facebook law
    Lawmakers in Missouri continue to debate the boundaries of online communication between students and teachers. The state Senate has passed legislation that requires districts to develop policies. That bill is under consideration by the House. However, the uncertainty has some students and teachers questioning whether they will be able to continue online communication regarding schoolwork and academic topics. The Missourian (Washington, Mo.) (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ohio schools verify that students live in district
    Administrators at one Ohio high school are better-enforcing a state residency law after an increase in students enrolling from outside the district. Maumee High School officials credit the residency checks for a decline in enrollment this year. Checks used by schools include monitoring address changes and watching for returned mail. Educators say the issue is one of finances, because schools cannot afford to enroll more students than are legally allowed to attend. The Blade (Toledo, Ohio) (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NBPTS Update 
  • Board-certified teachers to attend NBC's "Education Nation" Event
    Board-certified teachers are attending Sunday's Teacher Town Hall, which is part of NBC's "Education Nation" series. Educators are encouraged to join NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams for the live town hall Web chat at noon on Sunday. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Board-certified teachers selected to 2011-12 class of U.S. Dept. of Ed. Teaching Ambassador Fellows
    Six board-certified teachers have been selected to represent the 2011-12 class of Teaching Ambassador Fellows. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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