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Researchers Sound Alarm Over Black Student Suspensions

Researchers Sound Alarm Over Black Student Suspensions | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
African-American students are suspended at more than three times the rate of their white peers, a nationwide analysis shows.

Not surprised unfortunately  :(

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Study: 'Daily Report Cards' Improve Behavior of Students With ADHD

Study: 'Daily Report Cards' Improve Behavior of Students With ADHD | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Education Week reporter Nirvi Shah tracks news and trends of interest to the special education community, including administrators, teachers, and parents.

"So-called "daily report cards" appear to improve the behavior of students with ADHD, a new What Works Clearinghouse review of a study concludes."

Formative assessment for the win!

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All in the Wrist: Can a Bracelet Measure Student Engagement?

All in the Wrist: Can a Bracelet Measure Student Engagement? | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it

Education Week Teacher's take on the latest news, ideas, and resources for teacher leaders.

"The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has put $1.4 million into the development of an "engagement pedometer," a bracelet intended to measure students' emotional responses to instruction, according to Reuters"

I think we're all going a little too far here...

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National PTA to Hear from 'Too Much Homework' Coalition

National PTA to Hear from 'Too Much Homework' Coalition | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Michele Molnar is a veteran journalist who has written about education at the local and national levels, as well as about business and community associations.
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Math Performance Linked to Child's Weight, Study Finds

Math Performance Linked to Child's Weight, Study Finds | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Education Week news producer Bryan Toporek brings you K-12 sports coverage that reaches far beyond box scores.

"Researchers discovered that both boys and girls who were persistently obese throughout their K-5 years performed significantly worse on math tests than their peers of healthy weight in 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades"

"The findings illustrate the complexity of relations among children's weight status, social and emotional well-being, academics, and time"

Veryyy interesting

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The Home Library Effect: Transforming At-Risk Readers

The Home Library Effect: Transforming At-Risk Readers | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it

Teacher Justin Minkel says a project he launched to get more books into the homes of his students has had a profound effect on their academic progress and connection to reading.

"The ratio of books to children in middle-income neighborhoods is 13 books to one child, while in low-income neighborhoods the ratio is one book to 300 children.

This "book gap" is easier to erase than the more complex barriers involved in poverty. Richard Allington found that giving children 12 books to take home over the summer resulted in gains equal to summer school for lower-income children, and had twice the impact of summer school for the poorest of those children."

AMAZING

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Supreme Court Immigration Ruling Resonates 30 Years Later

Supreme Court Immigration Ruling Resonates 30 Years Later | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it

Mark Walsh is a contributing writer to Education Week. He has covered legal issues in education for more than 17 years. He writes about school-related cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and in lower courts.

"By denying these children a basic education, we deny them the ability to live within the structure of our civic institutions, and foreclose any realistic possibility that they will contribute in even the smallest way to the progress of our nation."

Amen!

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Report: More Pre-K Programs Needed for Dual-Language Learners

Report: More Pre-K Programs Needed for Dual-Language Learners | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Veteran education reporter Lesli Maxwell has worked both inside and outside of major school systems. Join her now as she delves into the educational, policy, and social issues surrounding English-language learners in U.S.

"publicly-funded early childhood programs need to build their capacity and expertise to meet the needs of young English-language learners"\

I couldn't agree more!  Fundamental principle of language: if you improve one, the other improves, too

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Study Calls for Student Motivation in Improvement Planning

Study Calls for Student Motivation in Improvement Planning | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Reporter Sarah D. Sparks spent the last five years writing about federal and state education regulations. Now covering education research, she can most often be found with a double-shot mocha in one hand and the latest academic journal in the other.

"• Competence, in which students think they have the ability to do what is being asked;
• Control, or students believing they have choice in what to do and can affect the outcome;
• Interest, in which students perceive value in the task or learning; and
• Relatedness, or believing that doing the task or gaining the knowledge will gain them social approval."

Focus on motivation!!

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Study: Most ELLs Are in Districts That Fall Short of Federal Goals

Study: Most ELLs Are in Districts That Fall Short of Federal Goals | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Veteran education reporter Lesli Maxwell has worked both inside and outside of major school systems. Join her now as she delves into the educational, policy, and social issues surrounding English-language learners in U.S.

"Most of the nation's English-language learners were enrolled in school districts that failed to reach all of their accountability goals for that group of students in the 2008-09 school year, according to a national evaluation of the federal program that supports English-language-acquisition services."

It will be interesting to see how it progresses under Common Core...

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Why Bother With Recess?

Why Bother With Recess? | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Recess is a valuable component of a child's time in school, a time when students can collect themselves, recharge their batteries, and challenge themselves in a different setting.

"The decision to limit or eliminate the unstructured play afforded by a recess period may detract from students' ability to focus on the very subjects we use to measure success. Several thoughtful researchers have proved that creative thought, which is a large part of recess and play, can be viewed as an important aspect of problem-solving."

I love recess!

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Grade the Work, Not the Behavior

Grade the Work, Not the Behavior | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Cindi Rigsbee thinks her students' grades should reflect their knowledge rather than behavior, so she gives cheaters and those who are late with assignments a second chance.

"I realized that I really do want grades to reflect what my students know, not what behavioral choices they make. So I began to change my philosophy on assessment."

"I now respond by reassigning the work or re-administering the test by making it different and, if possible, more rigorous. For example, what was at first a multiple-choice quiz may become an essay when I retest the student. Yes, it's more time-consuming than ripping up the original work and giving a zero—but it's worth it to me to actually be able to assess whether or not my students have met my learning goals. I can't determine that if they never do the work."

LOVE her philosophy.

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Math Teaching Often Doesn't Fit With New Standards

Math Teaching Often Doesn't Fit With New Standards | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Many teachers are broaching math topics at grades higher or lower than what the standards prescribe—and across more years than called for.

"By and large, opposition to the common core is not coming from teachers. They just want support to teach it."

It will be interesting to see what the state of common core is by the time I arrive in the clasroom.

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Imaginations More Active Despite Less Play Time, Study Shows

Imaginations More Active Despite Less Play Time, Study Shows | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Researchers say children's play is becoming more creative—even as the time to do it shrinks.
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Teaching Ahead: A Roundtable - Is the Traditional School Schedule Outmoded? Archives - Education Week Teacher

Teaching Ahead: A Roundtable - Is the Traditional School Schedule Outmoded? Archives - Education Week Teacher | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it

Sounds good to me!

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Title IX Promise Unmet for Pregnant Students

Title IX Promise Unmet for Pregnant Students | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it

Title IX is most often associated with school sports, but the gender-equity law applies to many aspects of schooling.

"Passed 40 years ago to ensure all students have equal educational opportunities, the law is most often associated with student athletics. But it was intended to apply to many aspects of students' schooling by strengthening the legal rights of pregnant teenagers, victims of sexual harassment, and others who may not get a fair shot at an education because of their gender."

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Study: Early Spatial Learning Promotes Math Competency

Study: Early Spatial Learning Promotes Math Competency | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Education Week staff writer Lesli A. Maxwell and contributing writer Julie Rasicot are reporters and bloggers with a long track record of covering education.

"Early, robust exposure to spatial learning—playing with puzzles, putting shapes together to make recognizable objects—not only can help kids better understand math, but can also help with other tasks such as reading maps and understanding diagrams about how to assemble things."

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Why Flipped Classrooms Are Here to Stay

Why Flipped Classrooms Are Here to Stay | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it

'Flipping' the classroom ensures students receive a personalized education tailored to their needs, say two early adopters of the model.

"After comparing the test results from both years, the data showed our students were learning more in the flipped environment than in our traditional classroom setting. Since then, our students' test scores have continued to improve, and the anecdotal feedback from students and parents has been extremely positive."

I am definitely interested in flipping my classroom every now and then!

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Wake County's Families of ELLs Need Translations, Complaint Alleges

Wake County's Families of ELLs Need Translations, Complaint Alleges | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it

Veteran education reporter Lesli Maxwell has worked both inside and outside of major school systems. Join her now as she delves into the educational, policy, and social issues surrounding English-language learners in U.S.

What's next North Carolina? ...

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E x t r a S p a c i n g Improves Reading for Those With Dyslexia

E x t r a S p a c i n g Improves Reading for Those With Dyslexia | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it

Education Week reporter Nirvi Shah tracks news and trends of interest to the special education community, including administrators, teachers, and parents.

"Extra-wide letter spacing could be a simple, efficient way to improve the reading ability of children with dyslexia and could encourage these kids to read, further improving those skills, a group of Italian and French researchers say."

"Extra-wide letter spacing doubled students' text-reading accuracy and increased their reading speed by more than 20 percent."

Sounds like a good solution for some!

 

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Art Exhibit Spotlights Power of School-Museum Partnerships

Art Exhibit Spotlights Power of School-Museum Partnerships | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Veteran Education Week reporters Catherine Gewertz and Erik Robelen bring you news and analysis of issues at the core of classroom learning.

"Art is a powerful tool for education, and museums provide invaluable access to arts education for students in this country"

I think it would be cool to have some sort of partnership with a local museum...

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Study: Feminizing STEM Role Models Turns Off Girls

Study: Feminizing STEM Role Models Turns Off Girls | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Reporter Sarah D. Sparks spent the last five years writing about federal and state education regulations. Now covering education research, she can most often be found with a double-shot mocha in one hand and the latest academic journal in the other.

"There were twice as many boys as girls nationally performing at the highest level in science (2 percent versus 1 percent, respectively)."

"Rather, they believe the cognitive clash of two gender stereotypes—images of a successful feminine woman and a successful scientist—can convince girls who already feel disconnected from science that they will never measure up to "counter-stereotypic success."

Making a mental note to not put up images of girly scientists in my class, make sure they're just normal women actively involved in science!

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Census: Foreign-Born Population Reaches Record High

Census: Foreign-Born Population Reaches Record High | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Veteran education reporter Lesli Maxwell has worked both inside and outside of major school systems. Join her now as she delves into the educational, policy, and social issues surrounding English-language learners in U.S.

"The U.S. Census Bureau reports today that the population of foreign-born people living in the United States has reached 40 million, an all-time high. That figure—from the 2010 American Community Survey—comprises about 13 percent of the total population in the U.S., which is roughly 312 million people. That represents the largest share of the population since 1910, when foreign-born residents comprised 14.7 percent of the overall population."

Good stats to know. 

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Scholars Say Pupils Gain Social Skills in Coed Classes

Scholars Say Pupils Gain Social Skills in Coed Classes | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Studies suggest that coeducational classrooms are an ideal setting to dispel gender biases and teach boys and girls to get along.

"Even if boys and girls don’t learn differently, classroom demographics can change how students learn, according to research by Erin E. Pahlke, an assistant research professor of social and family dynamics at Arizona State University in Tempe. Ms. Pahlke analyzed the achievement of more than 21,000 pupils in the federal Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten Cohort, and found that as the percentage of girls in a kindergarten or 1st grade classroom increased, the reading and math achievement of both boys and girls at the end of 1st grade rose, too.
Moreover, boys and girls in classes near sex parity had better self-control than those of either sex in a class in which they were the dominant majority, 80 percent or more."

Definitely something to keep in mind.  I like the opposite gender partners every Monday idea.

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Districts Draw the Line on School Meal Debt

Districts Draw the Line on School Meal Debt | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Faced with mounting debt from unpaid lunches, cash-strapped districts are starting to take action against nonpayers.

There has to be a better way to do this...

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