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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): An under-recognized issue that may ... - Medical Xpress

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): An under-recognized issue that may ... - Medical Xpress | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): An under-recognized issue that may ...
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This a short, easily understood article on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders written for those who want to understand the effects of this continuum of disorders.

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This a short, easily understood article on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders written for those who want to understand the effects of this continuum of disorders.

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More members of the House of Representatives join growing co-sponsor list for NSBA bill

Fourteen lawmakers from the U.S. House of Representatives have joined the 24 existing co-sponsors on the Local School Board Governance and Flexibility Act (H.R. 1386), since Feb. 2014.
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Local control is almost always a controversial issue.  


In a time when we are establishing one "national" curriculum, it is notable that Congress is considering the idea that school boards should have more autonomy, and the United States Department of Education should not implement policy without legislative action.

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Promoting Education through School Sanitation: Guest Post by Anjali Adukia

Promoting Education through School Sanitation: Guest Post by Anjali Adukia | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Worldwide, one in five children of upper-primary-school age remain out of school.  Girls in developing countries are disproportionately affected, with a quarter of them not completing primary school.
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This is an academic article on a very awkward subject.  But, the issue is an interesting one; and, if you are truly an education policy wonk, the article is worth reading.

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Why It’s Time For Music In Our Schools

Why It’s Time For Music In Our Schools | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Did you know that March is “Music in Our Schools Month“?
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March is "Music in Our Schools Month!"  This Edudemic post offers some great music education resources for those who choose to celebrate all that music has offered, and has to offer!

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San Jose Unified, teachers to ask State Board for waiver from tenure law - EdSource Today

San Jose Unified, teachers to ask State Board for waiver from tenure law - EdSource Today | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
EdSource Today San Jose Unified, teachers to ask State Board for waiver from tenure law EdSource Today In the ongoing trial Vergara vs the State of California, lawyers for the state and the California Teachers Association have been defending the...
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Teacher tenure is a tough issue.  Having a sister who has had to jump from district to district because she can't get a permanent (i.e., tenure track) position, I understand the frustration of good teachers teachers.  On the other hand, is it fair to students to maintain teachers who simply aren't skilled professionals, especially when the research shows that one year with a poorly performing teacher can set a student back two years.

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Here's Why We're Optimistic About The American Classroom

Here's Why We're Optimistic About The American Classroom | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Most teachers have some pretty selfless and inspiring reasons for going into education.

A new survey released this week by Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation asked more than 20,000 teachers various questions about their feeling...
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In most cases, it is readily apparent that teachers really care about, and are dedicated to, their students and their profession.  In many cases, teachers choose not to go into administration because they are in education for the kids.  This is a short, but informative, article on the subject.

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National School Boards Association announces “20 to Watch” education technology leaders « School Board News

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This the National School Boards Association's newsworthy "Top 20" list of edtech leaders.  Is there one in your area?  If so, keep an eye out for opportunities to benefit from his/her expertise!

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10 Easy Set Up Learning Centers for ESL Classrooms

10 Easy Set Up Learning Centers for ESL Classrooms | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Learning centers are great for ESL students.
With just a little effort, you can set up independent learning areas around your classroom that your students use during free learning periods. They don’t have to be complicated to be valuable to your ...

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This is another great teacher-to-teacher article.  The author writes that, "[w]ith just a little effort, you can set up independent learning centers around your classroom that your students use during free learning periods. They don’t have to be complicated to be valuable to your students, either."  


The author then offers a "Top Ten" list of easy ways to set up learning centers that focus on improving different aspects of English fluency.

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20 Guiding Questions To Develop A Digital Literacy Plan

20 Guiding Questions To Develop A Digital Literacy Plan | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
16 Guiding Questions To Develop A Digital Literacy Plan by TeachThought Staff Literacy is a chief concern for both academic and professional progress. Digital literacy is emerging as a genuine concern in education as technology...
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It is remarkable that we are now talking about "digital literacy."  However, it can't be denied that digital literacy includes essential skills that all of our students will need to to be 21st Century learners.

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10 of the Best Tools for Collaborative Learning

10 of the Best Tools for Collaborative Learning | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Collaborative learning can help to stimulate interesting debate and allow learners to discover a new perspective on material. Many educators are now turning to collaborative learning strategies to help their students to learn.
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This blogger writes:  "Collaborative strategies can help to stimulate interesting debate and allow learners to discover a new perspective on material."  She then shares what she considers to be the "Top Ten" best tools on the web for collaborative learning.  

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Early Reaction Rolls In on Redesign Plans for SAT

Early Reaction Rolls In on Redesign Plans for SAT | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Educators, policymakers and others comment on the plans to revise the SAT to make it more open and relevant in the spring of 2016.
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This article shares early reactions to the proposed changes to the SAT from education insiders.

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Another Sign The Cost Of College Is Becoming A Bigger Factor

Another Sign The Cost Of College Is Becoming A Bigger Factor | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new survey of the nation's college freshmen has found that the percentage attending their first-choice school has reached its lowest level in almost four decades, as cost and the availability of financial aid have come to...
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No surprise here:  "A new survey of the nation's college freshmen has found that the percentage attending their first-choice school has reached its lowest level in almost four decades, as cost and the availability of financial aid have come to play an influential role in decisions of where to enroll."

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10 Big Education Stories You Should Know About

10 Big Education Stories You Should Know About | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Here are our picks for the must-read education stories of the past few days. You can see all these stories, some witty remarks, and more over at Learn Egg. Enjoy!
The post 10 Big Education Stories You Should Know About appeared first on Edudemic.
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Edudemic puts together a relevant compilation of articles on a variety of education topics.  The article is worth a gander!

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4 Technologies to Help Students Find Their Voice In Your Classroom

4 Technologies to Help Students Find Their Voice In Your Classroom | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Terry Heick suggests helping students find their voice in the classroom through technology, whether a medium in which they're already comfortable or one that you believe will make them more articulate.
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Here, the author refers to "voice" as a student's ability to recognize his/her own beliefs, practice articulating them in a variety of forms, and then find the confidence -- and the platform -- to express them.

The author opines that the platforms part can go a long way toward serving the confidence part. So, for example, Introverted students (who may be gifted with self-reflection) might find the openness of a social media channel like Twitter intimidating, but they might also love the idea of long-form blogging, or even communicating indirectly through the creation of mini-documentaries, podcasts or music videos.


"... [T]here is no one-size-fits-all solution for students to express themselves and interact with the world. You can indeed insist that all students blog because, from your perspective, it sounds justifiable and beneficial, but if the goal is to help students find their own voice, they will need choices."  This article offers some strong choices.

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A Woman in Leadership | Harvard Graduate School of Education

Professor Deborah Jewell-Sherman, who shared tea with Farah Anwar Pandith on the Askwith Forum stage last night, couldn't help but say what everyone was likely thinking about the woman who has worked for two Bush ...
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This is a brief article about an interview with Farah Anwar Pandith, who has worked for two Bush administrations, the Obama administration, and traveled the world learning and educating about Muslim communities in the wake of Sept 11, 2001.  “Truly all of these things have been done by one woman,” the interviewer said. “We often talk about the Bond girl – the girl that’s on the arm of James Bond — but you are actually the James Bond – the woman doing the work.”


Pandith was a natural to discuss what it means to be a leader. Currently, a fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, Pandith most recently held an appointment as the special representative to Muslim communities under then Secretary of the State Hillary Clinton – a position specifically created for her.


Read more: http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news-impact/2014/03/the-life-of-a-woman-in-leadership/#ixzz2vfs1jh6h

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The Agony of Perfectionism

The Agony of Perfectionism | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Imagine, for a moment, what it would mean to be a perfectly rational consumer today.
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This is a short, entertaining, perceptive article.  It is based on the premise that we're just not the consumers of yesteryear -- when we could make decisions about products because we could know everything about every kind of refrigerator or microwave oven on the market.  This doesn't have to apply to just consumer products -- we comparison shop for colleges, tutors, pre-schools, etc.....

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27 Simple Ideas To Stimulate Creativity

27 Simple Ideas To Stimulate Creativity | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Is creative just not happening? Try a little mindset refresh: Believe you're creative. Change up your routine. You might be surprised at what happens.
The post 27 Simple Ideas To Stimulate Creativity appeared first on Edudemic.
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This post includes a handy infographic that "details some simple ideas to stimulate creativity. It encourages you to do them every day. I see the idea of the graphic as sort of a mindset refresh – train yourself to be creative, and be positive about it, and you’ll be more creative. ... Even if you’re a skeptic, following the ideas in the graphic will get you thinking in new ways, and many of the items will get you out of your typical thinking patterns, which should get your brain churning!"

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Is It Time To Start School Later?

Is It Time To Start School Later? | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Many parents and school officials will likely have their own schedules and routines affected by any changes. But even small delays in favor of students can have significant effects on the quantity and quality of their nightly rest, their physical and...
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You must read this article if you have a teenager at home!  I would never have guessed that research shows that starting school even 25 minutes later is associated with significant changes to sleep (including daytime sleepiness and staying up late) and waking mood.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 7, 3:25 PM

It has been for a long time and in more than one way. What if children did not go to school until they were seven? Students function best when their circadian rhythms are in synch with being awake.

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Two Sides Of The Same Coin: The Employment Crisis And The Education Crisis

Two Sides Of The Same Coin: The Employment Crisis And The Education Crisis | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
It’s a well-publicized reality that job growth is not consistent with the increase in the number of college graduates, and the unemployment crisis is a major concern for many countries. And yet, employers and business leaders are beginning to insist that their demand for talent is not being met by the [...]
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"Despite the fact that employers are in a position to have their pick of the crop, they still can’t find what they’re looking for – a fact which begs the question: Are we dealing with an employment crisis? Or an education crisis?" 

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3 Simple Strategies For More Rigorous Instruction

3 Simple Strategies For More Rigorous Instruction | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
3 Simple Strategies For More Rigorous Instruction
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This post looks at options to increase the depth of your instruction. "What you’ll notice throughout the activities is a shift to student ownership of learning, as well as the need to think at higher levels to complete the activities."  More rigorous instruction will be a necessity as states begin to implement Common Core.

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The Practices of Engaging Workplaces

The Practices of Engaging Workplaces | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Though small in size, TinyHR is mighty in it’s impact as a young start-up.
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As an employer, I found this article's insights important to consider.  "Recently, TinyHR analyzed the data they collected to find trends on employee engagement, and found some interesting insights any leader should consider in their tactics to make the workplace great.  Offering a handy infographic, these seven practices may be applied in any work environment -- including today's public school. 

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Too Many Teachers Leave Before Hitting Their Stride

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Too Many Teachers Leave Before Hitting Their Stride
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Teacher attrition is a significant problem, especially among our newest teachers.  Here, Teach Thought suggests practical (and in some cases disruptive) changes to the system aimed toward keeping teachers teaching.

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What My Students Think Makes a Great Teacher

What My Students Think Makes a Great Teacher | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
A day doesn't go by that my students don't enlighten me with their genuine innocence or entertain me with their youthful ignorance....
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This is an interesting read!  The author, a high school teacher, shares statements by his students about what makes a "great teacher."

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10 Colleges With the Highest Tuition and Fees for Out-of-State Students - US News

10 Colleges With the Highest Tuition and Fees for Out-of-State Students - US News | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
At one Michigan school, non-state residents pay more than $40,000.
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It appears as if state schools no longer want to teach out-of-state residents.

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The Top 10 Free Web Tools (As Chosen By You)

The Top 10 Free Web Tools (As Chosen By You) | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
There are a lot of web tools out there. Many of which are free or, at the very least, freemium. In other words, you can do a free trial to see if you like it.
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This is another great "Top Ten" list.  Teachers should review the list; and curriculum and instruction folks may want to take a look, too!

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