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Obama's Budget Boosts Preschool, But Freezes Major Education Programs

Obama's Budget Boosts Preschool, But Freezes Major Education Programs | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama's 2015 budget request increases education funding 2 percent over the previous year, cheering many education advocates, and proposes a revamped Race to the Top competition that focuses on opportunity for all students and a tobac...
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The federal education budget will focus on early childhood education among other programs.  In this regard, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said, "[i]n tough economic times, education is receiving the largest non-defense increase" in discretionary spending."

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Chelsie DeBus's comment, May 8, 4:45 PM
I think it is a wonderful idea when Obama came up with a new plan for preschool education. The thing that is concerning to me are all the aspects might change and that might not be for the good.
Jacob Ostreng's comment, May 8, 5:28 PM
I think that it is good that Obama is investing in education, but I think that he should also try to decrease tuition costs at universities.
Nick Sigrist's curator insight, May 12, 9:12 AM

Obama is continuing to focus investments on education, which is very important. But having an even bigger focus on PRE-education is not what we need, necessarily. We should be focused on relieving the debts of college graduates, and aiding in the funding of high school educations, which can have a much bigger impact on students quality-wise than an early childhood education can. 

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Teaching in the New (Abundant) Economy of Information

Teaching in the New (Abundant) Economy of Information | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
With the proliferation of mobile technology, our ability to access information has increased, dramatically changing the practice of teaching. Comparing the two scenarios, the circumstances couldn't...
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This is a really interesting article comparing teaching when our access to information was limited and teaching now -- a time where access to information is seemingly endless.

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Social Media for Teachers: Guides, Resources and Ideas

Social Media for Teachers: Guides, Resources and Ideas | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Social media can be great tools in education. Yet, many teachers remain reluctant to use them. Blogger Matt Davis has gathered some of the best resources to help teachers use social media with their students.
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To help teachers navigate the ever-changing landscape of social media tools, Edutopia offers its list of the best guides on the web for four popular networks -- Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

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12 Habits of Motivational Leaders

12 Habits of Motivational Leaders | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Apathy is the opposite of motivation. When apathy hooks itself into our belief system a lack of enthusiasm and interest dominate. Indifference suffocates action. Motivation, however, is a catalyst for action, marked with enthusiasm and interest.
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This is an insightful article.  "The mainspring of motivation is the belief that something different, perhaps better, is possible. It is that cause that motivational leaders tap into when inspiring others. M And from such beliefs habits emerge that perpetuate goodness, possibility, and the desire to do more, to achieve more...."


As leaders, all eyes are on us.  If we are motivated, those who work with us will also be motivated.  This applies in the business world and in public education -- at the classroom, school site, and district levels.  Successive school districts are built on motivational leaders.

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Adelanto's Edwin Gomez awarded Administrator of the Year - Victorville Daily Press

Adelanto's Edwin Gomez awarded Administrator of the Year - Victorville Daily Press | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Adelanto's Edwin Gomez awarded Administrator of the Year
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ADELANTO • Adelanto Elementary School District Chief Academic Officer Edwin Gomez has been recognized as Administrator of the Year.
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Congratulations to Edwin Gomez!!

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The Impact Effective Principals Have on Education Infographic

The Impact Effective Principals Have on Education Infographic | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
The Impact Effective Principals Have on Education Infographic explores the effect of exceptional educational leaders on teachers, students and schools.
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This is an informative infographic that shows us how important the principalship really is.

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This is an informative infographic that shows us how important the principalship really is.

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The Simplest Way To Change Education

The Simplest Way To Change Education | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
The Simplest Way To Change Education
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This short article argues that making schools accountable to local communities, not federal policy, is the simplest way to change education.  I'm not quite sure that this is a simple fix.  While local control is an important part of public education, I think we are a long way from hitting this mark because public education is increasingly federalized.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 5, 1:30 PM

The first line says it all. The word accountable needs to be changed to responsible. The former is an external process; whereas the latter is one that includes schools as existing in the community. It is much like an ecological relationship.

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How Novels Widen Your Vision

How Novels Widen Your Vision | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Doug McLean“It was, gentlemen, after a long absence—seven years to be exact, during which time I was studying in Europe—that I returned to my people.”
So begins Tayeb Salih’s 1966 novel Season of Migration to the North.
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So the saying goes;  "Reading is fundamental."  This article addresses one author's work, and how reading enriches our perspective by offering of an opportunity to connect what we read to our own lives.


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New quality standards for expanded learning programs emphasize Common Core - EdSource Today

New quality standards for expanded learning programs emphasize Common Core - EdSource Today | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
New quality standards for expanded learning programs emphasize Common Core EdSource Today ExpandedLearningTimeFinal-copy-150x1503.jpg The California Department of Education has issued a set of Quality Standards for Expanded Learning Programs that...
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"The California Department of Education has issued a set of Quality Standards for Expanded Learning Programs that include giving youth opportunities 'to play a meaningful role in program design and implementation.'   This approach is similar to a Common Core State Standards strategy that encourages students to be in charge of their own learning.  Another expanded learning standard – giving students an opportunity to collaborate with each other – also echoes a Common Core theme."

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iPad Accessibility Options for Special Education Classrooms

iPad Accessibility Options for Special Education Classrooms | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
The iPad's accessibility features make it a great assistive technology tool for students with disabilities that impede their learning. Here's why special education teachers love the iPad. (Here is a nice overview of accessibility options on the iPad.
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As we see technology finds its way into the classroom, there are some devices that are being embraced by special educators in particular.  One of these is the iPad.  This is a great overview of how Apple has universally designed the iPad to be accessible to the greatest number of students -- especially students with disabilities.

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As we see technology finds its way into the classroom, there are some devices that are being embraced by special educators in particular.  One of these is the iPad.  This is a great overview of how Apple has universally designed the iPad to be accessible to the greatest number of students -- especially students with disabilities.

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Study shows kids eating more fruits, veggies

Study shows kids eating more fruits, veggies | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
New federal standards launched in 2012 that require schools to offer healthier meals have led to increased fruit and vegetable consumption, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers.
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This article provides good news in the fight to eliminate childhood obesity.  According to a new study from the Harvard University School of Public Health, "[n]ew federal standards launched in 2012 that require schools to offer healthier meals have led to increased fruit and vegetable consumption, The study, the first to examine school food consumption both before and after the standards went into effect, contradicts criticisms that the new standards have increased food waste."

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Jessica Vega's curator insight, April 23, 8:43 PM

in the schools that i been working at have improve giving the students more fruits and vegetables each mean everyday the students always get fruits and vegetables, they even have a salad bar. when i was in school they never offer that. and its good for the schools to give them fruits and vegetables. the hard part it's just getting the students eat them because some students don't like vegetables

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Why It's Time to Rethink the Role of Business in Education

Why It's Time to Rethink the Role of Business in Education | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
One million students will not have the same opportunities their graduating peers will have. This is a national emergency that needs to be addressed for the sake of America's prosperity and competitive edge....
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This article presents a cogent argument for looking to business for resources to improve our nation's public schools.  


Of course, there are as many opponents on this issue as there are proponents. Clearly, business has a legitimate interest in ensuring that students graduate from high school with the skills necessary to enter the labor force.  However, there is certainly a problem when businesses begin to set the education agenda (e.g., where and/or how business financial backing is spent).  


This issue is only going to grow as more and more school districts seek ways to tap into support from private enterprise.

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10 Common Mistakes Parents Today Make (Me Included)

10 Common Mistakes Parents Today Make (Me Included) | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
What we may justify as "good parenting" can hurt our children later. Unless we're mindful of that, it's easy to handicap them by making their lives too easy....
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I was really taken by this article.  While I'm not sure that this Huffington Post columnist has the credentials to provide parenting advice, each of her "common mistakes" make intuitive, practical sense.  As a new parent, I was terrified of doing the wrong thing. I've made (and will make) mistakes.  What really counts is what you do after the mistake is made.

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Top 10 Reasons Why the Expansion of High-Quality Early Learning is Inevitable | ED.gov Blog

Top 10 Reasons Why the Expansion of High-Quality Early Learning is Inevitable | ED.gov Blog | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Top 10 Reasons Why the Expansion of High-Quality Early Learning is Inevitable http://t.co/TA7lT5LVJU via @usedgov
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In a recent speech during the National Governors Association’s winter meeting, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said that we have reached an important turning point in the debate over early learning. 'Demographic, economic, and ideological forces are all combining today to propel a big expansion of high-quality early learning,' Duncan said.  In his speech, Duncan provided a list of "Top Ten" reasons why states and the country will see a dramatic expansion of high-quality early learning over the coming few years.

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Would You Recognize an Exceptional Performer If You Interviewed One?

Would You Recognize an Exceptional Performer If You Interviewed One? | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
10 telltale signs of exceptional performance - and how to expose them with one straightforward interview question.
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This article offers "Top Ten" traits to look for when interviewing a job candidate.  "While the [hiring] assessment needs to be made in comparison to real job needs, ... you also need to look for exceptional performance -- regardless of context."

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The Essentials of Innovation

The Essentials of Innovation | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Innovation isn’t buried in your screensaver. But if you tilt your head up, just a little bit, there’s a world of opportunity right in front of you.
Many people think that innovation is masked in complexity.
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"Many people think that innovation is masked in complexity. In reality, successful innovation harnesses the obvious."

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Five Ways that 21st and 20th Century Learning Will Differ - Inside Higher Ed (blog)

Five Ways that 21st and 20th Century Learning Will Differ - Inside Higher Ed (blog) | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
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Five Ways that 21st and 20th Century Learning Will Differ
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How will teaching and learning in the early 21st century differ from its 20th century predecessor?
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This author identifies five ways that 21st Century learning goes beyond 20th Century learning.  The insights are notable.


This blogger writes:  "How will teaching and learning in the early 21st century differ from its 20th century predecessor? Some shifts are already well underway. These include the growing embrace of open educational resources and of courses collaboratively designed and developed by teams including content area specialists, educational technologists, and instructional designers. Peer mentoring and grading are becoming more common, as is a gradual shift toward learner-centered pedagogies and competency-based, outcomes-oriented approaches."

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This Is What the New SAT Will Be Like

This Is What the New SAT Will Be Like | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
No more SAT words or long essays: The new SAT is here, and it looks pretty different.
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This article must be shared with all students, parents, and high school counselors.


"The new SAT is here, and it looks pretty different. Almost a year after first announcing the SAT would face a major redesign, College Board President David Coleman released new information this afternoon on how the exam is going to change."

The College Board says it is "emphasizing 'delivering opportunity' to all students and making the SAT more reflective of high school academics. 'It is time to admit that the SAT and ACT have become disconnected from the work of our high schools,' Coleman said in a press conference. He also said he hoped the changes would remove the 'sense of mystery and dismantle the advantages that people perceive in using costly test preparation.'"

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Brawley Union High School granted Civic Learning Award of Excellence - Imperial Valley Press

Brawley Union High School granted Civic Learning Award of Excellence - Imperial Valley Press | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Brawley Union High School granted Civic Learning Award of Excellence Imperial Valley Press BRAWLEY — Understanding the importance of civic knowledge and the role it should play in the state's youth, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and state...
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Way to go Brawley Union High School!

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5 Tips for Classroom Management With Mobile Devices

5 Tips for Classroom Management With Mobile Devices | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
When adopting technology in the classroom, one of the key concerns for teachers and administrators is classroom management.
The post 5 Tips for Classroom Management With Mobile Devices appeared first on Edudemic.
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This "Top Tips" article is written by a teacher for teachers.  It's a great source of information about how technology can enhance classroom management instead of interfering with it.

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States That Spend the Least on Students Are Growing the Fastest

States That Spend the Least on Students Are Growing the Fastest | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
New projections on student enrollment from the federal government hint at the financial pressure many states will face as their student populations rise considerably in the next decade.  The data, released last week by the National Center on...
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State education agencies and the US Congress need to read this article.  The message is clear:  States that will grown the most over the next decade continue to be among the lowest in per pupil spending.  There is something wrong with this picture.

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State education agencies and the US Congress need to read this article.  The message is clear:  States that will grown the most over the next decade continue to be among the lowest in per pupil spending.  With this news as the backdrop, it is my hope that Congress will pass a meaningful spending bill to fullly fund special education. 

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New and Old Challenges for Teacher Candidates

New and Old Challenges for Teacher Candidates | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller, reflecting on his own experience of certification and student teaching, checks in with current candidates about the things that concern and inspire them.
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This is a short piece on how teacher training has changed over time.  It's worth the read -- especially for those who hire new teachers -- and want them to be qualified and ready to enter the classroom after post-baccalaureate study. 

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NSBA, New Regency, Penguin Books, and the Filmmakers to Distribute 12 Years a Slave to Public High Schools

NSBA, New Regency, Penguin Books, and the Filmmakers to Distribute 12 Years a Slave to Public High Schools | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
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12 Years a Slave was the last movie I saw before the Academy Awards.  It is a life-changing movie and a powerful, humbling story.  I'm so very proud that NSBA has taken Solomon Northup's story seriously, and found it important enough to recommend that it be added to our high school curriculum. 

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14 Bloom's Taxonomy Posters For Teachers

14 Bloom's Taxonomy Posters For Teachers | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
14 Bloom's Taxonomy Posters For Teachers (RT @TeachThought: TT: 14 Brilliant Bloom's Taxonomy Posters For Teachers http://t.co/Sp6MVYXJCO #edchat #teaching)...
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Bloom's Taxonomy has, once again, taken the spotlight in this era of 21st Century learning.  At least some of these posters are fantastic depictions of this hierarchy of skills (i.e., levels of learning).

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Learn | National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials

Learn | National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials | Focus on Education Practice, Policy & Leadership | Scoop.it
RT @AIM_Center: Have you browsed the Learn section of our website? Gr8 resources on #AIM & student #learning! http://t.co/9usUNMsQVP #UDL
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Accessible instructional materials (AIM) are universally designed to allow the greatest number of students to access the general curriculum.  This is the website of the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials.  Lots or lots of great resources for teachers.

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