Common-Core Testing Contracts Favor Big Vendors

Most of the biggest contracts being awarded by the two main consortia creating online assessments aligned to the standards are flowing to some familiar industry players. (October 2, 2014)

Benefits of 'Deeper Learning' Schools Highlighted

New research finds that students in schools that used deeper-learning teaching approaches had better test results and people skills than peers in other schools. (October 1, 2014)

Report: N.Y.'s Bad Teachers Often Remediated, Not Removed

(October 2, 2014)

Military Surplus Program Provides Weapons to School Police

(October 1, 2014)

After Decades of Action, High Court Cools on School Cases

(September 30, 2014)

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Brooke T. Webb, a teacher at Lanier High School in Gwinett County, Ga., trains a group of fellow Lanier educators who are interested in implementing eClass, an online educational platform used for teachers and students to share work, engage in class discussions, take tests, receive grades, and accomplish other tasks.
—Dustin Chambers for Education Week

Pressure on LMS Companies to Provide Quality PD

Educators must grasp how learning management systems can help students, yet also acquire the skills to juggle myriad academic and managerial duties. (October 2, 2014)

K-12 Schools Need More Steve Jobs and Less Bill Gates

(October 2, 2014)

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In this Spotlight, take a look at schools with language immersion programs, biliteracy certifications, and strategic language courses, geared toward languages like Farsi, Mandarin, and Arabic.
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Reading Is About More Than 'Evidence'

When students approach reading as only an exercise in seeking out evidence, as the common core recommends, they risk missing out on the value of reading for intrinsic literary value, writes Mia Hood. (September 30, 2014)

Make a Difference: Show Students You Care

Polling data show that teachers who are supported and respected by their schools inspire engaged, hopeful students better able to succeed in school and life, Gallup’s Brandon Busteed says. (September 30, 2014)

Global Dimensions of Math

Every curricular area has potential for bringing international issues into the classroom, including math, writes opinion blogger Anthony Jackson. (October 1, 2014)

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Voices of History: John Stokes

In 1951, John A. Stokes led a student protest against the poor conditions in his segregated high school in Prince Edward County, Va., and later became a plaintiff in a case that was decided as part of Brown v. Board.

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Digital Directions

Tech Advances Fuel LMS Identity Crisis

Big questions are facing school district leaders across the country about how a learning management system should best fit into the larger ed-tech ecosystem. (September 29, 2014)

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Helping Students Understand Literary Texts Through Performance

High school English teacher Jesse Breite says performance and play can deepen students' experience of a literary work. (September 26, 2014)

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Efficiency Index Report Challenged by Think Tank

An economist questions the inputs, outputs, and conclusions of a report that ranked the U.S. 19th out of 30 countries in educational efficiency. (September 23, 2014)

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